Southwest Area Integrated Water Resources Planning and Management Project in Bangladesh: Sharing Knowledge on Community-Driven Development
Applying community-driven development principles to managing water resources can both expand livelihood opportunities available to beneficiaries, and bridge a gap between project beneficiaries and project implementation agencies.
The Southwest Area Integrated Water Resources Planning and Management Project in Bangladesh became the first initiative to successfully incorporate beneficiary participation into all aspects of managing large-scale irrigation systems.
This publication describes how applying community-driven development principles to managing the water resource can both expand livelihood opportunities available to beneficiaries at no additional cost to the project, and can bridge what historically has been a gap between project beneficiaries and project implementation agencies. As a result of directly involving project beneficiaries, the project achieved significant gains in the efficiency and sustainability of flood control, drainage, and irrigation infrastructure development initiatives.
- Project Context
- Project Activities
- Institutional Capacity Development
- Community Involvement in Planning and Implementation
- Community Involvement in the Operation and Maintenance, and in Ensuring the Sustainability of Water Management Infrastructure
- Beneficial Impact of the Project on Socioeconomic Development
- Conclusions and Lessons Learned