Improving Water Demand Management Addressing Socioeconomic Inequalities and Power Asymmetries The case of Yemen and Jordan

January 20, 2012

Efforts to conserve water by improving water demand management policies in the Middle East and North Africa are often slowed or even thwarted by a lack of political consensus and support for water demand management from key powerful stakeholders with vested interest in the status quo. This policy brief based on experience in Jordan and Yemen suggests ways to confront such socioeconomic inequalities slowing reform in the water sector. Suggested policy solutions employ an innovative approach, which analyzes power asymmetries amongst stakeholders and suggests various strategies for working within established power hierarchies and/or leveling the playing field.

This policy brief is based on an extensive collaborative research effort between the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Canadian International development Agency (CIDA).​

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