Obstacles to Establishing an Effective Water Resources Planning Process in Developing Countries

by Steve Kadivar,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


Four obstacles stand in the way of effective planning: lack of agreement among participants on practical operating principles; misuse of local money-making opportunities by foreign contractors or consultants; politically-motivated rapid, unplanned development; and lack of decision power for planners in the face of assertive resource owners and managers. Several directions are outlined toward a resolution of the obstacles, including the reappropriation of responsible decision-making influence by planners and the support by concerned professional groups of the planners' culture-change efforts. The use of a planning simulation gaming model is suggested as one part of this professional support.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Hydro power | Developing countries | Water policy | Decision making | Simulation models | Game theory | Contracts and subcontracts

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