n Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering = Joernaal van die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut van Siviele Ingenieurswese - Best practice in water resources from a development finance perspective : technical paper




Water resource project developers have increasing accountability to more stakeholders and there are greater demands that project benefits be distributed more equitably, widely and transparently. In order for institutions in the sector to satisfy the aspirations and meet these demands, it is essential that they follow best practices. The key criteria for smooth project implementation and success now include stakeholder analysis, participation, co-operation, environmental management, integration and risk management, while new values include openness, transparency and cultural and environmental sensitivity. Best practices are partly established internationally, but may not necessarily be well defined or may require adaptation or nuances in local or regional circumstances. This paper systematizes and describes best practices according to planning issues that include integrated water resource management, participation and the environment, legal issues that involve compliance, technical issues that include technology choice, and project management issues.


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