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A strong body of governance is crucial for the development and implementation of roads for water. Here you can find articles on governance and on how to establish a strong collaboration between different disciplines and levels. We welcome you to share your ideas and experiences with us on this topic!

Roads for Resilience Report Tajikistan

Integrating climate change adaptation and water management in the design and construction of roads.  

Assessment of Opportunities in Tajikistan

Find the report here



Inclusive and Green Rural Roads – Beyond Connectivity, Accelerating Green Growth

This presentation aims to contribute to the evolving thinking on how in particular rural roads and transport can better contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and what practical measures could be taken to make rural roads and transport ‘greener’ and more ‘inclusive’ – with a special attention on vulnerable groups: women and unemployed youth. 
The presentation uses research findings undertaken under the ReCAP Gender Mainstreaming Program in Ethiopia. It looks at how rural roads and transport can unblock access to rural goods and services; how it triggers direct labour opportunities and skills development, how it triggers the development of local business and how in particular roads can change the physical environment in a beneficial way.

Access the presentation (.ppt) here and the pdf  here 

Road Water Management at 2nd IRF Africa Regional Congress, Namibia

The Beneficial Use of Road Water for Climate Resilience and Asset Management. 

Presentation done at 2nd IRF Africa Regional Congress, Windhoek, Namibia. 

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Vaguely Right or Exactly Wrong: Measuring the (Spatial) Distribution of Land Resources, Income and Wealth in Rural Ethiopia

Land ties people to specific localities featuring different levels of accessibility and natural endowments; it is therefore related in various ways to matters of inequality. Drawing from economics and human geography, we explore the multifaceted and complex nature of inequality. Our case study takes place in rural Tigray, Ethiopia. Quantitative data analysis is used to reveal (spatial) income distribution patterns between statistically representative population groups. Qualitative data are then used to describe the productive activities of these groups, their respective processes of material asset accumulation or losses, and how their economic activities are affected by location. The paper concludes that, where measures of the distribution of income falls short, we require other tools that will help us reveal patterns: (1) of material wealth distribution; (2) of control over production; and (3) of the unaccounted value created within the household or derived from the natural environment. View full text here

Country Experience on Road Water Management for Resilience

Find out here what activities are on-going in Uganda, Malawi, Kenya and Ethiopia:

Country Visions for Road Water Management for Resilience

These countries share how they envision the future prospect and actions, of road water management for resilience:

Well-being method for social survey

How to create a connection between the interviewed person and the person interviewing? Read more here.

Wider Road – Inclusive growth


Presentation to include forum on inclusive growth

30th September 2016, Leiden, The Netherlands


Stakeholder Meeting – Roads for Water Governance and Experiences (Presentation)

Stakeholder Meeting – Roads for Water Governance and Experiences (Presentation)

Author: Frank van Steenbergen

Year: 2014

Presentation: Socio-Political and Socio-Economic impact of roads

Socio-Political and Socio-Economic Impact of Roads (Presentation)

Presentation by Lyla Mehta (IDS) on analysis of linkages between road projects and water source availability.

Author: Lyla Mehta (IDS)

Year: 2013


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