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Human Development Report 2006: Beyond Scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis

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Throughout history water has confronted humanity with some of its greatest challenges. Water is a source of life and a natural resource that sustains our environments and supports livelihoods - but it is also a source of risk and vulnerability. In the early 21st Century, prospects for human development are threatened by a deepening global water crisis. Debunking the myth that the crisis is the result of scarcity, this report argues poverty, power and inequality are at the heart of the problem.

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Throughout history water has confronted humanity with some of its greatest challenges. Water is a source of life and a natural resource that sustains our environments and supports livelihoods - but it is also a source of risk and vulnerability. In the early 21st Century, prospects for human development are threatened by a deepening global water crisis. Debunking the myth that the crisis is the result of scarcity, this report argues poverty, power and inequality are at the heart of the problem.

*Investigates the underlying causes and consequences of a crisis that leaves 1.2 billion people without access to safe water and 2.6 billion without access to sanitation
*Examines the social and economic forces that are driving water shortages and marginalizing the poor in agriculture and examines the scope for international cooperation to resolve cross-border tensions in water management
*Includes special contributions from Gordon Brown and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, President Lula, President Carter, and the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230500587
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Human Development Report (Paperback) Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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The United Nations Development Program is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. They are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and their wide range of partners. Every year since 1990, the UNDP has commissioned the Human Development Report by an independent team of experts to explore major issues of global concern.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
• OVERVIEW
CHAPTER 1: WATER AND SANITATION — THE NEXT LEAP FORWARD
• 1 WATER AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
• 1.1 Lessons from the rich world
• 1.2 global water and sanitation: the great divide
• 1.3 Under-reported deprivation
• 2 THE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT COSTS OF THE WATER AND SANITATION CRISIS
• 2.1 Human security and water security — the deadly link at birth
• 2.2 The wider health costs 2.3 Life cycle disadvantages
• 2.4 Time poverty and gender inequality
• 2.5 Water and sanitation deficits hurt girls' education
• 2.6 Human dignity
• 2.7 From people to countries — the economic costs
• 3 WHY INEQUALITY MATTERS
• 3.1 The poor account for most of the deficit
• 3.2 Unequal access to 'improved' sources
• 3.3 The poor pay more — and more than they can afford
• 3.4 Scarcity amidst abundance — the great water divides
• 4 THE MDGS AND BEYOND: GETTING ON TRACK AND ACHIEVING THE GOALS
• 4.1 The MDG progress report
• 4.2 Meeting the target —costs and benefits
• 5 MAKING PROGRESS A REALITY
• 5.1 National strategies
• 5.2 International aid
• CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
CHAPTER 2 WATER FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
• 1 WHY THE POOR PAY MORE — AND GET LESS WATER
• 1.1 'Improved' and 'unimproved' water — an illusory border
• 1.2 The role of vendors
• 1.3 Climbing the price ladder
• 1.4 Overcoming exclusion — the financing, affordability and access challenges
• 2 MANAGING THE NETWORK — THE PROVIDERS DILEMMA
• 2.1 Public providers — the unvirtuous circle
• 2.2 The public-private link
• 3 DELIVERING THE OUTCOMES — THE POLICIES
• 3.1 Reaching the rural poor
• 3.2 Solidarity financing access for the urban poor
• 3.3 International solidarity matters too
• SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
CHAPTER 3 SANITATION
• INTRODUCTION
• 1 OVERVIEW OF THE SANITATION PROBLEM
• 2 WHY SANITATION LAGS SO FAR BEHIND WATER
• 2.1 Why supply-driven provision is particularly ill-suited to improving sanitation in deprived settlements
• 2.2 Why governments and donors give more support to water than to sanitation
• 2.3 When sanitation does not always lag behind water
• 3 BREAKING THE CYCLE (DRAWING ON LESSONS FROM SUCCESS STORIES)
• 3.1 Comparing different experiences in urban areas
• 3.2 Comparing different experiences in rural areas
• 3.3 Involving Children
• 4 JUDGING SUCCESS
• 5 WAYS AHEAD: MORE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT, MORE ENGAGEMENT WITH THE UNSERVED
• 5.1 Avoiding inappropriate models of sanitation improvement
• 5.2 Tapping collective demands for better sanitation
• 5.3 Supporting community groups in organizing for better sanitation
• 5.4 Promoting good hygiene
• 5.5 Encouraging local government to be more responsive to demands for sanitary improvement
• 5.6 Obtaining national support for locally-driven sanitary improvement
• 6 GOING TO SCALE AND REACHING THE MDG TARGETS
• 6.1 What role for international agencies?
• 6.2 Combining government, community and household contributions
CHAPTER 4 WATER —SCARCITY, RISK AND VULNERABILITY * INTRODUCTION
• 1 RETHINKING SCARCITY IN A WATER-STRESSED WORLD
• 1.1 Understanding scarcity
• 1.2 The shrinking resource base — problems, policies and responses
• 2 RISK, VULNERABILITY AND UNCERTAINTY
• 2.1 The crucial role of infrastructure
• 2.2 Global warming — the predictable disaster
• SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
• INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
CHAPTER 5 WATER COMPETITION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN AGRICULTURE
• INTRODUCTION
• 1 WATER AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT — THE LIVELIHOOD LINK
• 1.1 The livelihood links
• 1.2 Agriculture under pressure — the emerging scenarios
• 1.3 Immovable objects and irresistible forces
• 1.4 Putting human development and equity at the heart of water management
• 2 COMPETITION, RIGHTS, AND THE SCRAMBLE FOR WATER
• 2.1 The limits to private water markets
• 2.2 Equity and empowerment have not been central to the rights framework in water
• 2.3 Customs and rights in sub-Saharan Africa
• 2.4 Rethinking water rights
• 3 THE GOVERNANCE CHALLENGE IN IRRIGATION
• 3.1 Equity, efficiency and empowerment in irrigation systems
• 3.2 Financing with equity
• 3.3 Empowerment - the missing link
• 4 REDUCING RISK AND RAISING PRO-POOR PRODUCTIVITY
• 4.1 Water harvesting and micro-irrigation
• 4.2 Low-technology solutions with high human development returbans
• SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
CHAPTER 6 MANAGING TRANSBOUNDARY WATERS FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: POWER, INTERDEPENDENCE AND INSTITUTIONS
• INTRODUCTION

• 1 HYDROLOGICAL INTERDEPENDENCE
• 1.1 Sharing the world's water
• 1.2 Following the river
• 2 THE COSTS OF NON COOPERATION
• 2.1 Transmitting tensions down the river
• 2.2 Shrinking lakes and dirty rivers
• 3 THE CASE FOR COOPERATION
• 3.1 The rules of the game
• 3.2 On the river and beyond the river
• 3.3 The state of cooperation
• 3.4 Obstacles to deeper cooperation
• 4 RIVER BASIN COOPERATION FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
• 4.1 Basin level cooperation* 4.2 Strengthening institutional structures for water management
• 4.3 Investing in human development needs assessments
• 4.4 International support
• CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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