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close this bookWater Management in Africa and the Middle East: Challenges (IDRC, 1996)
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View the documentAcknowledgments
View the documentPreface
View the documentIntroduction
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View the documentDemand-side Management, Conservation, and Efficiency in the Use of Africa’s Water Resources
View the documentAllocation of Water Resources in Africa: Potential for Moving Water in and out of Agriculture
View the documentWomen, Men, and Water-Resource Management in Africa
close this folderPart II - Subregional contributions
View the documentBetween the Great Rivers: Water in the Heart of the Middle East
View the documentSources of Strain and Alternatives for Relief in the Most Stressed Water Systems of North Africa
View the documentWater Crises and Constraints in West and Central Africa: The Case of Côte D’Ivoire
View the documentStrain, Social and Environmental Consequences, and Water Management in the Most Stressed Water Systems in Africa
View the documentStrain, Water Demand, and Supply Directions in the most Stressed Water Systems of Eastern Africa
View the documentStrain, Water Demand, and Supply Direction in the most Stressed Water Systems of Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland
View the documentStrain, Water Demand, and Supply Directions in the Most Stressed Water Systems of Southern Africa except South Africa and Namibia
View the documentImproving Water Supply Systems in Rural West and Central Africa
close this folderPart III - Special issues
View the documentWater Supply and Management in Rural Ghana: Overview and Case Studies
View the documentWater Management, Use, and Conflict in Small-Scale Irrigation: The Case of Rombo in the Kenya Maasailand
View the documentNGO Experience, Intervention, and Challenges in Water Strain, Demand, and Supply Management in Africa
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This book is the product of an International Development Research Centre (IDRC) workshop to take stock of the present situation of water management in Africa and the Middle East. The workshop was held in December 1994 in Cairo, Egypt. Twelve formal presentations were given: three overview papers on key water issues; seven subregional papers on key water issues; and two transsectoral papers, one on nongovernmental organizations’ perspectives and the other on sectoral water allocation.

Each presentation was followed by lively discussions, and a day was devoted to the identification of priorities for research and development. Two additional papers have been included in this publication, the first dealing with women’s roles as water users and managers; the second with, grassroots utilization of water resources. The full report of the conclusions and recommendations from the workshop has not been included in this book, but is available from IDRC’s Middle East Regional Office in Cairo upon request.

Although some papers were edited only for style, others had to be substantially revised. Limitations of time and communication did not permit all the authors to respond to a number of specific questions formulated by the editors. In a number of cases, references were vague or incomplete and had to be removed. However, every effort was made to neither change the meaning of the text nor modify the author’s approach.

Eglal Rached
Eva Rathgeber
David Brooks