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TitlePerspectives on learning alliances as an innovative mechanism for change
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsSutherland, A, C. Wells, DSilva, Darteh, B, Butterworth, J
Paginationp. 38 - 65; 1 box; 2 fig.
Date Published2011-01-01
Keywordsgovernance, urban communities, water management

The research consortium which made up the SWITCH project brought together over 100 professionals from more than 33 partner institutions from more than 15 countries. These institutions were mainly universities, international research centres and municipalities. While the majority of the SWITCH project research expertise came from a technical and water engineering background, the project design included multi-stakeholder platforms known as city learning alliances. Aspects of urban water governance and related challenges of rapid urbanisation, climate change, unequal access, institutional and disciplinary fragmentation have received increasing attention from the international research community. Literature on strategic planning signals the need for and value of more participatory and inclusive approaches to planning and decision making when addressing complex development challenges, including those facing cities. There is also growing interest in the results of applying newer governance models to water management. Moreover, some researchers in the water sector are seeking to increase their impact by engaging in action-research and social learning, working with decision makers and planners to influence the way that water is managed as part
of water governance in cities. [authors abstract]


With bibliography on p. 64-65

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