Universität Wien FIND

140370 SE VM2 / VM6 - Water and irrigation in international development (2016S)

Continuous assessment of course work



Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 07.03. 14:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Monday 14.03. 14:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Monday 11.04. 10:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Monday 25.04. 10:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Monday 09.05. 10:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Monday 23.05. 10:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1


Aims, contents and method of the course

The allocation of water as a scarce resource is a fundamental problem in human development. Different from the industrialized world developing countries very often lack effective political, economic and social institutions to regulate water and avoid conflicts. Owing to their geographic localtion among others, developing countries are also more vulnerable to the effects of climate change which has put futher strains on scarce water resources.The course discusses problems, solutions and challenges of water and irrigation in the development world. Our discussion will be guided by new institutional economics which stresses the importance of economic, social, political and cultural factors. The course is divided along three questions or themes

1. Water and irrigation in rural communities. We compare various allocation systems (market, regulation, collective action). There will be one simulation session of the Tragedy of Commons, where we try to apply Ostrom's thinking in practice. Also this session is usually highly interactive
2. How can water allocation work in urban areas? The role of utilities, their maintenance and effeciency of urban water systems
3. What has been the impact of development aid (e.g. MDG 7) on national and on community level? There will be one visit from the Red Cross Water Department. This is usually a highly informative and interactive part.

Assessment and permitted materials

SE (7 ECTS): Homework, presentation and seminar paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students will be able to understand the complex questions of water allocation in developing countries.

Examination topics

We will discuss seminal literature (mostly case studies) covering the 3 themes of the course.
One expert / professional from the field will be invited each semester to discuss with students.
Two interactions and simulations are planned where students apply theory to case studies from the field.
Literature will be read at home and assignements will test the level of understanding before dicussion in class.

Reading list

Araral, Yu 2012 Water governance: Critique, Theory and Evidence from Asia
Araral 2011 The Impact of Decentralization on Large Scale Irrigation: Evidence from the Philippines
Araral 2010 Reform of water institutions - Review of evidences and international experiences
Araral 2008 Public Provision for Urban Water - Getting Prices Right
Bauer 2004 Results of Chilean water markets- Empirical research since 1990
Branco, Henriques 2010 The Political Economy and the Human Right to Water
Grafton, Libecap et al 2011 An Integrated Assessment of Water Markets: A Cross-Country Comparison
Galiani et al 2005: Water for life - impact of privatization on child mortality in Argentina
Lam 2005 Designing institutions for irrigation management - Nepal and Taiwan
Lam 2006 Irrigation systems in Taiwan
Tang 1991 Institutional Arrangements and the Management of Common-Pool Resources - Evidence from 36 irrigation systems

Isham, Kähkönen 2002 How do participation and social capital affect community-based water projects? Evidence from Central Java, Indonesia in: Grootaert (2002): The Role of Social Capital in Development, chapt 5.
Shirley 2002 Thirsting for Efficiency, World Bank
Ostrom 1990 Chapters 1-3
Ostrom, Schroeder, Wynee 1993 chapt 4
Solomon, Thurton (eds) 2000 Waters Wars
UN 2000, Global report on water supply and sanitation

Association in the course directory

VM2, VM6

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