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Irrigation Management Transfer

Irrigation Management Transfer
Strategies and Best Practices

First Edition

February 2008 | 260 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Over the years, various factors like increased competition for water, fiscal constraints faced by the government in continued subsidies for irrigation management, the demonstrated improvement in water use equity and efficiency when managed by the users, have led to the devolution of irrigation management to users. Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT), that is, the relocation of responsibility and authority for irrigation management from government agencies to the users, such as water users' associations, has been adopted in more than 25 countries across the world. However, its implementation and adaptation across and within countries has been varied and is at different stages of development.

This work, supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), New Delhi, is a synthesis of strategies and best practices adopted by various countries with respect to IMT. It identifies key concerns such as the structure and functions of water users' associations, financial mobilization and constraints, repair and maintenance of physical structures, operation of canal systems and capacity building and monitoring mechanisms. It also identifies enabling environments, including regulatory mechanisms and the role of non-governmental organizations. The last section of this volume distils critical issues and strategic options and suggests a way forward. It is largely based on secondary sources, although some field-based studies and visits were carried out across various states in India.


Tadashi Kondo
Executive Summary


Water Users` Associations in Major Canal Systems: Structure and Functions

Water Users Associations in Tank Systems

Participatory Irrigation Management: National and International Experiences

Rehabilitation and Maintenance

Financial Viability of Water Users` Associations

The Role of Non-governmental Organizations in Promoting Participatory Irrigation Management

Capacity Building and Monitoring

Institutional Reforms

Enabling Environment

A Way Forward

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ISBN: 9788178298177