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Good Governance and Sustainable Development: Lessons for the South Caucasus from South Africa, Turkey and Azerbaijan. Dr. Farhad Mukhtarov Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences & Policy ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan. PlayPumps as a solution?. What is Good Governance?.
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Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences & Policy
ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan
“Politikos” (something to do with citizens)
Something that a government does
Something that anyone may have
A set of rules and guidelines
Something that does not exist in all languages
Something that is enforced by “police”
A predictable, open, and enlightened policy-making (that is, transparent processes); a bureaucracy imbued with a professional ethos; an executive arm of government accountable for its actions, and a strong civil society participating in public affairs, and all behaving under the rule of law (World Bank, 1994).
Hutema, Dave, online. www.watergovernance.eu
Good governance can be seen as a panacea;
“We know how to transfer resources, people and technology across cultural borders. But well-functioning public institutions require certain habits of mind, and operate in complex ways that resist being moved” (Fukuyama, 2005)
“A water users’ association, or WUA, is a nongovernment, nonprofit organization initiated and managed by a group of farmers and other water users along one or more hydrological subsystems or watercourses. [...] By organizing themselves, they can put together the financial, material, technical, and human resources needed to manage, operate, and maintain an efficient irrigation and drainage system in their locality.“ (ADB, 2006)
Harris, Leila (2002) Water and Conflict Geographies of the Southeastern Anatolia Project
And above all – the importance of context in introducing “good water governance” to countries…
Design where designers,
users and intermediaries
and learning (started with 900 and then adjusted). Worked from the context, not from the “text”.
Mukhtarov, F., Fox, S., Wegerich, K. and Mukhamedova, N. (2015) Institutional design in the face of contextual relevance: water user associations in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. Environmental Science and Policy. Forthcoming