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Nepal Water Action: Building Gender-Responsive Water user Associations in Nepal

Nepal Water Action: Building Gender-Responsive Water user Associations in Nepal

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Country Water Actions

Country water actions are stories that showcase water reforms undertaken by individuals, communities, organizations, and governments in Asia-Pacific countries and elsewhere.

Nepal: Building Gender-Responsive Water user Associations in Nepal

A pilot project proved its success by improving the participation of women in water users associations in Nepal, where poverty is widespread and affects 42% of the population. Women's roles vary among the poor in Nepal, depending on the crops they grow, their ethnic origin and caste, and their geographical location. The project involved an irrigation canal and 17 settlements. The project was designed to test and document ways in which women could better contribute to irrigation management and improved agricultural production. The pilot discovered that women were interested in learning to manage the technical aspects of irrigation canal maintenance and operation as well as water distribution and management. Through a Women's Facilitator Group, the skills of women were improved and the pilot was successful in involving women in decision-making. Read the case study [ PDF ] .

__________________________________ *This article was first published online at ADB's Water for All website in 2004: http://www.adb.org/water/actions/NEP/gender_responsive_associations.asp. The Country Water Action series was developed to showcase reforms and good practices in the water sector undertaken by ADB’s member countries. It offers a mix of experience and insights from projects funded by ADB and those undertaken directly by civil society, local governments, the private sector, media, and the academe. The Country Water Actions are regularly featured in ADB’s Water for All News, which covers water sector developments in the Asia and Pacific region.

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