Gender and Water

  • FACTSHEET: Water Governance: The Gender DimensionMar 15, 2005The factsheet highlights community action and social mobilization around the provision of basic social services such as water can be an effective 'entry point' for promoting women's empowerment. Having a leadership role in community management of water supplies can increase women's social capital as well as their bargaining power within the household.

  • Fast Facts: Adaptive Water GovernanceJun 1, 2010UNDP promotes equitable access to water resources and water and sanitation services as a fundamental requisite for human development. In a rapidly changing world, UNDP's Water Governance Programme catalyzes efforts towards the achievements of the MDGs. The document provides a brief overview of UNDP's Water Governance Programme.

  • Water Rights and Wrongs: A summary of the Human Development ReportMar 22, 2007

  • Resource Guide: Mainstreaming Gender in Water ManagementNov 27, 2006The Guide is a reference document designed to facilitate access to available literature and resources regarding gender and IWRM; improve the sustainability and effectiveness of water-related activities through incorporation of gender equality and diversity; and improve understanding and awareness of gender concepts through an easy reference to existing materials, cases, and tools. Download this Document * Complete Report English

  • Why Gender Matters: A Tutorial for water managersMar 1, 2006The tutorial aims to show how addressing gender will improve efficiency of water use and environmental sustainability, as well as social benefits and equity from use of water resources. It also helps capacity builders to include gender issues in their training and educational programmes. It has been developed jointly by Cap-Net and GWA.

  • UNDP WGF Issue Sheet: Gender and WaterApr 22, 2009As one of the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI Issue Series, it notes that equitable access to and management of water is fundamental in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development. An integrated approach to water resources management can help reduce disparities in equitable access to and control over resources, benefits, costs, and decision-making between men and women.

  • Water Supply in Rural Ghana: Do Women Benefit?Dec 10, 2009The One Pager, by UNDP's International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, examines the impact of water provision on women's time allocation in rural Ghana. The document notes that while having access to water infrastructure can reduce the time burden on women, it is not implicit that the time saved would be devoted to paid activities. It calls for additional public policies to achieve that goal.

  • Implications of Water and Electricity Supply for the Time Allocation of WomenDec 10, 2009The Working Paper, by UNDP's International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, investigates the time allocation of women in Ghana as a trade-off between domestic chores and market-oriented activities when households are provided with water and electricity infrastructure.

  • Partnership Interventions for the Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for Lake TanganyikaOct 26, 2011

  • UNDP Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Portfolio – Accelerating MDG Progress through Governance Reform and Local ActionAug 1, 2012