Equity in Growth (EiG)

As well-documented and confirmed by findings from case studies done under the RiPPLE project, access to water can contribute to economic growth. This is especially the case when people use water for multiple uses, including productive uses, like watering livestock, irrigation and small scale industry. Whether or not this economic growth is only limited to certain groups of people or is equitably distributed, will depend on a large number of factors. Under the RiPPLE’s Growth LARS, the Equity sub-LARS focuses on how equitable water services and water for multiple uses contribute to equitable benefits.

Study approach

The central problem that this sub-LARS addressed, is “how can equitable access to multiple water use be stimulated and facilitated?”. The objective of the equity sub-LARS is to inform service providers and implementers to plan and provide equitable water services within the wereda. This is expected to contribute to integrated water management that addresses multiple water needs in an equitable and sustainable manner, in order to contribute to sustainable growth.

Objectives include:

  • Better matching of water services to multiple demands in an equitable way.
  • Developing better understanding of barriers to equity and how to overcome these.

This study will contribute to this by designing, testing and refining methodologies for an assessment of available water resources, infrastructure and water demand at wereda level.

Study outputs and links to action

The establishment of an information base intended to stimulate better and more equitable planning of water services for multiple uses at woreda level. Studies on ‘barriers to equity and mechanisms to overcome the barriers’ intend to inform implementers and service deliverers when providing equitable multiple use services.

Page last updated 28 Aug 2009