Around the world, water resources are typically owned by governments. They issue permits to water users for accessing and using those water resources. This sounds intuitive and logical. However, research on permit systems in various African countries reveals that they are ineffective as mechanisms of fair allocation, or as means of conflict resolution. In fact, in many countries it is difficult to distinguish between permit systems they adopted after independence, and the colonial water laws they were supposed to replace.
In this video, Barbara van Koppen (IWMI) explains how.
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