Using an integrated tool to promote sustainable rural development - participatory modification of the Water Prosperity Index at village level in India
2008 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
The Water Poverty Index, originally set up at national and regional levels, using ready available aggregated statistical information, is a holistic tool to integrate different water related components. In this project we are testing the potential of the index when used at the village level, where data collection can be more adapted to local conditions. Thus, by grounding index construction and data collection with local stakeholders, the tool may become a more effective means of achieving Integrated Water Resource Management, IWRM. In a village in Madya Pradesh, India, with 170 households we are in the process of modifying the Water Poverty Index into a Water Prosperity Index together with local stakeholders.
The WPI is based on a number of indicators which are combined into a Geographic Information System framework, enabling a cross-sectoral identification the most pressing problem areas. We bring both analytical and technical components of the tool to the village (i.e., the integrating intellectual structure of the WPI and diesel generator, power point projector, computer and GIS-software) but we take the technical part home with us again as no one in village has training in computer use or any of the software. The main advantage of the index creation however is not the technology but the system thinking around water management, which has been focused upon during the participatory process. The index is not a solution in itself but a means to holistically analyse, monitor and plan for local sustainable development. The paper discusses the opportunities and obstacles encountered while implementing this process.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: VHU , 2008. 95- p.
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-42881Local ID: 69707OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-42881DiVA: diva2:263738