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Information, systems and water management: Information systems which support water management - cases from rural water supply in Uganda and WFD implementation in the North Baltic River Basin District, Sweden
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Management and Assessment.
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Successfulwater management implies tackling multi-level governance and improvingintegration between sectors. Sound information and related processes will berequired to support water management decision-making at these various levels.Additionally, considering Principle 10 of the UN’s Agenda 21, actors shouldhave access to information to enable their involvement in shaping watermanagement outcomes. This thesis draws on the results of two separate caseswhere information systems support action: (i) rural water supply in Uganda;and, (ii) water management according to the Water Framework Directive in Sweden.A research approach was formed based on: (a) a model conceptualising how informationsystems support organisational processes which lead to action; and, (b) asystems-thinking methodology. The results reveal that there are numerous,similar challenges to achieving information support for action in both theUgandan and Swedish cases. In both cases, information quantity and quality islimited; consequentially, the use of information to support action is inhibited.Furthermore, not all actors are involved in information system processes; in particular,local-level actors. Overall, there is limited support of strategic decision-makingand weak support of operational, or local, decision-making. The results suggestthat it might be possible to tailor strategic-level information processes tolocal needs, hopefully encouraging active involvement of local actors. Improvedinvolvement, together with a suitable systems approach, could be used to furtherdevelop information systems, improving integration between multiple levels ofgovernance and across sectors – suiting not just the needs ofstrategic decision-making but also the needs of operational, or local,decision-making.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2012. , x, 27 p.
Series
Trita-LWR. PHD, ISSN 1650-8602 ; 1067
Keyword [en]
information support, actors, water management, organisational action, Soft Systems Methodology
National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-100885ISBN: 978-91-7501-459-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-100885DiVA: diva2:545696
Public defence
2012-09-11, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Note
QC 20120822Available from: 2012-08-22 Created: 2012-08-21 Last updated: 2012-08-22Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. How to "walk the talk": The perspectives of sector staff on implementation of the rural water supply programme in Uganda
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How to "walk the talk": The perspectives of sector staff on implementation of the rural water supply programme in Uganda
2011 (English)In: Natural resources forum (Print), ISSN 0165-0203, E-ISSN 1477-8947, Vol. 35, no 4, 269-282 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have adopted similar approaches to tackle the challenges of rural water supply, including community-based management, community participation and the demand-responsive approach. These are often combined with nationwide programmes of capacity-building and decentralization. This paper first shows how Uganda has adopted these approaches in its rural water supply programme. Based on Government documents, we construct an organizational framework that illustrates the overall programme and outlines the roles and responsibilities which actors are expected to fulfil. Second, based on interviews with sector staff and a review of Government documents, the paper examines challenges to successfully walk the talk; that is, it provides insight into challenges affecting programme implementation. Among numerous difficulties, two key issues are highlighted: local political interference and the weak capacity of local governments. Concerning local political interference, local planning processes need to be reformed so that local politicians commit more strongly to improving water supply. Regarding local government capacity, the Government department responsible for the programme has established eight regional units that provide support to local governments. This promising strategy, combined with more appropriate engagement and the commitment of local politicians, should help to improve the implementation of the rural water supply programme in Uganda.

Keyword
Rural water supply, programme implementation, Uganda, sub-Saharan Africa, community-based management, demand-responsive approach, capacity-building, decentralization
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-63280 (URN)10.1111/j.1477-8947.2011.01401.x (DOI)000298084800002 ()2-s2.0-82255186126 (Scopus ID)
Note
QC 20120124Available from: 2012-01-24 Created: 2012-01-23 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
2. Monitoring and Evaluation of Rural Water Supply in Uganda: Tracking Progress towards Achieving the Human Right to Water
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Monitoring and Evaluation of Rural Water Supply in Uganda: Tracking Progress towards Achieving the Human Right to Water
(English)Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-101064 (URN)
Note
QS 2012Available from: 2012-08-22 Created: 2012-08-22 Last updated: 2012-08-22Bibliographically approved
3. Governance of Water Resources in the Phase of Change: A Case Study of the Implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Governance of Water Resources in the Phase of Change: A Case Study of the Implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in Sweden
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2011 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 40, no 2, 210-220 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, focusing on the ongoing implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive, we analyze some of the opportunities and challenges for a sustainable governance of water resources from an ecosystem management perspective. In the face of uncertainty and change, the ecosystem approach as a holistic and integrated management framework is increasingly recognized. The ongoing implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) could be viewed as a reorganization phase in the process of change in institutional arrangements and ecosystems. In this case study from the Northern Baltic Sea River Basin District, Sweden, we focus in particular on data and information management from a multi-level governance perspective from the local stakeholder to the River Basin level. We apply a document analysis, hydrological mapping, and GIS models to analyze some of the institutional framework created for the implementation of the WFD. The study underlines the importance of institutional arrangements that can handle variability of local situations and trade-offs between solutions and priorities on different hierarchical levels.

Keyword
Ecosystem management, GIS, Hydrological mapping, Information management, Stakeholder participation
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-31024 (URN)10.1007/s13280-010-0132-2 (DOI)000286933300011 ()2-s2.0-79951759819 (Scopus ID)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European StudiesStandUp
Note

QC 20110309

Available from: 2011-03-09 Created: 2011-03-07 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
4. Information in support of action: implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive’s information requirements in the North Baltic River Basin District, Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Information in support of action: implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive’s information requirements in the North Baltic River Basin District, Sweden
(Swedish)Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-101065 (URN)
Note
PS 2012Available from: 2012-08-22 Created: 2012-08-22 Last updated: 2012-08-22Bibliographically approved
5. Towards local actor involvement in water management: the perspectives of farmer’s on WFD public information and consultation in Åkerströmmen catchment, Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards local actor involvement in water management: the perspectives of farmer’s on WFD public information and consultation in Åkerströmmen catchment, Sweden
(Swedish)Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-101067 (URN)
Note
PS 2012Available from: 2012-08-22 Created: 2012-08-22 Last updated: 2012-08-22Bibliographically approved

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