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This paper examines the strategies of poor households in local water conflicts, based on case study studies from Vietnam, Bolivia and Zambia. It is shown that such households not only engage actively in collaborative water management but may also apply risk aversion strategies when faced with powerful adversaries in conflict situations. It is further shown how dependency relations between poor and wealthy households can reduce the scope of action for the poor in water conflicts. As a result, poor households can be forced to abstain from defending their water resources in order to maintain socio-economic and political ties with the very same households that oppose them in water conflicts. The paper concludes by briefly discussing how the poorest can be supported in local water conflicts. This includes ensuring that alternative spaces for expressing grievances exist and are accessible; facilitating that water sharing agreements and rights are clearly stipulated and monitored; and working beyond water governance to reduce the socio-economic dependency-relations of poor households.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Irrigation and water management
  • Livelihood rights
  • Water resources
  • Water rights
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Viet Nam
Copyright Unclear copyright
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M. Funder,; R. Bustamante,; V. Cossio,

Author (individual) Funder, M.
Co-author (individual) Bustamante,R.; Cossio,V.; Huong, P.T.M.; van Koppen, B.; Mweemba, C.; Nyambe, I.; Phuong, L.T.T.; Skielboe, T.
Publication date 2012
Pagination 16 p.
General note

Water Alternatives Volume 5, Issue 1, 20-36

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