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TitleResources, infrastructure, demands and entitlements (RIDe): a framework for holistic and problem-focussed water resources assessments
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsButterworth, JA, Moriarty, PB, Batchelor, CH, Reddy, YVMalla, James, AJ, Pollard, S, Smits, SJ, Reddy, GV, Renula, B
Secondary TitleWHIRL Project working paper
Volumeno. 10
Pagination32 p. : 2 boxes, 7 fig., 7 tab.
Date Published2004-01-01
PublisherNatural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
Place PublishedChatham, UK
Keywordsagriculture, data analysis, drinking water, environment, india andhra pradesh, information gathering, infrastructure, integrated approach, models, participatory methods, sdiafr, sdiasi, sdiman, sdiwrm, south africa sand river, water demand, water resources management, water supply, water use, whirl (water, households and rural livelihoods) project

The Resources, Infrastructure, Demand and entitlement (RIDe) model is a simple framework with generic application. It is based on the understanding that water resources are linked to people by supply (and disposal) infrastructure, and that each of these three system elements (resources, infrastructure, users) has its own set of institutions, boundaries and other characteristics.

It was developed to support analysis of a range of problems and issues relating to how domestic water supply did (or did not) get dealt with in wider IWRM initiatives.

The RIDe framework was used to guide analysis at a river catchment scale in South Africa and at a village level scale in India, starting from a water resource management perspective in the former, and user needs satisfaction in the latter. In both cases, the framework helped to bring conceptual clarity to key issues involved.

RIDe is an analytical framework, and as such a guide for problem, stakeholder, information and tool selection. By creating a framework that explicitly acknowledges infrastructure as the link between water supply and water resources management within a single conceptual framework, RIDE helps to provide critical insights into how water resources and water users interact. RIDE provides a framework for assembling and analysing water-related information in a way that concentrates effort and resources on analysis of causes of problems as opposed to symptoms. It was largely conceptualised, based on lessons learned and an analysis of what did and did not work and needs to be tested further in new environments.


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