Water governance in semi-arid lands: political and economic insights for the management of variability and extremes in a changing climate

Led by the Overseas Development Institute, with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, and the University of Ouagadougou, the research focuses on Burkina Faso and Pakistan.

It analyses how institutions and decision-making respond to crises of too much and too little water, as well as oscillations between extremes, by using a ‘political economy’ lens to ask:

  • What role do political-economy considerations play in determining water governance responses to extreme climate events – such as droughts and floods – in semi-arid regions?
  • What are the distributional outcomes, for prosperity and/or equity, of these responses?
  • To what extent can insights from past extreme events support learning to inform policy and institutional planning for future climate resilience in the water sector?