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March 2007

Announcement of a publication

Access to water, pastoral resource management and pastoralists’ livelihoods: Lessons learned from water development in selected areas of Eastern Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia)

Livelihood Support Programme Working Paper Number 26


Water development in pastoral dry lands of Africa has always been a priority for humanitarian and development agencies and for governments. However, over the last decades, experts have raised an increasing concern about its numerous adverse effects, including: environmental degradation and induced displacements involving conflicts and exclusions; enclosures and conflicting appropriation of the new water resources and the surrounding grazing areas; and an exclusion of vulnerable groups from their access to water that were previously managed as common property.

This paper builds upon an initial paper which explored the interface between land and water rights “Land and water – the rights interface. LSP Working Paper 10”. It is complemented by the regional analysis publication “Land and water rights in the Sahel: Tenure challenges of improving access to water for agriculture. LSP Working Paper 25”.

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