Opportunities in Dam Planning and Management: A Communication Practitioner's Handbook for Large Water Infrastructure

Opportunities in Dam Planning and Management: A Communication Practitioner's Handbook for Large Water Infrastructure


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Opportunities in Dam Planning and Management: A Communication Practitioner's Handbook for Large Water Infrastructure by World Bank, Lawrence J.M. Haas, Donal T. O'Leary

This Handbook offers 'how to' ideas to help infrastructure practitioners identify good practice improvements in communication, starting with the World Bank's own expanding portfolio of dam projects. In-depth case studies prepared for this Handbook show the considerable scope, value added, and many practical reasons to link governance, sustainability, and communication aspects at all stages of the project cycle. The Handbook reflects a philosophy of continuous improvement in development practices.

Improving communication in dam planning and management not only achieves consensus on imbedding anti-corruption measures in projects but also builds multi-stakeholder partnerships that are fundamental to advance the wider development effectiveness of large dams and creates synergy to combat poverty with sustainable infrastructure provision.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821382165
Publisher: Bernan Distribution
Publication date: 06/21/2011
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

About the Authors xiii

Abbreviations xv

Introduction 1

1 Advocacy and Awareness Raising 11

Bridging the Communication and Infrastructure Paradigms 12

Adopting a New Generation of Tools 15

Capturing Synergy from Governance, Sustainability, and Communication 29

Adding Value for Relevant Groups of Stakeholders 31

Reinforcing the Advocacy Roles of World Bank Task Teams 32

2 How to Adopt Good Practice 39

Starting with a Communication-Based Assessment 40

Applying Criteria to Benchmarking for Good Practice 42

Formulating Comprehensive Communication Strategies 52

Improving Communication along the Project Cycle 57

Investing in Communication for Governance and Sustainability 70

3 Tools and Resources: Some Thumbnail Sketches 77

Communication Tools 78

Anticorruption Tools 89

Sustainability Tools 98


A Berg Water Project 121

B Lesotho Highlands Water Project 133

Glossary 141


1.1 Featuring Communications and Governance in the Hydro Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) 21

2.1 What is the Traditional Communication-Based Assessment (CBA)? 40

2.2 The Multiple Expectations Associated with Dam Projects 47

2.3 Using Rules and Dialogue in the Project Governance Structure to Empower Relevant Voices 48

2.4 Using Communication to Create Stakeholder Value at All Project Stages 50

2.5 Tools for All Forms of Risk Reduction 51

2.6 Communication Strategy: Three Streams for the BWP Implementation Phase 55

3.1 Social and Participatory Communication Analysis: Issues to Be Covered by the CBA 81

3.2 IWRM Management Tool Classification 101

A.1 Berg Water Project: Its Genesis 122

A.2 Linking Options Assessment to Communications, Governance, and Sustainability 125

B.1 Lesotho Highlands Water Project (Phase I): Project Features 134


1 How to Get the Most from This Handbook: Entry Points 9

1.1 Stakeholders in the Public Sector Governance System for Infrastructure 17

1.2 Old and New Sustainability Themes in Dam Planning and Management 20

1.3 Four Areas of Communication Practice Relevant to Contemporary Dam Planning and Management 25

1.4 The Four-Phase Development Communication Process: Activities and Outputs 26

1.5 Analytical Support for Communication Needed through All Project Cycle Stages 26

1.6 Multiple Aspects of Governance Reform and Its Impact on the Policy and Planning Context of Dam Projects 30

1.7 Synergy Starts by Linking Communication-Based Assessment with Other Strategic and Technical Assessments 31

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