Journals Higher Education



Published: 19 November 2016

280 Pages | 17 b/w illus., 5 maps

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9789774167638

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Social Capital and Local Water Management in Egypt

Dalia M. Gouda

A Publication of The American University in Cairo Press

From the 1980s onward, billions of dollars were poured into irrigation improvement programs in Egypt. These aimed at improving local Nile water management through the introduction of more water-efficient technology and by placing management of the improved systems in the hands of local water user associations. The central premise of most of these programs was that the functioning of such associations could rely on the revival of traditional forms of social capital-social networks, norms, and trust-for their success. Social Capital and Local Water Management in Egypt shows how the far-reaching social changes wrought at the village level in Egypt through the twentieth century rendered such a premise implausible at best and invalid at worst.