Through the lens of the 12 OECD Principles on Water Governance, this article examines six water resources and water services frameworks in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and South America to understand enhancing and constraining contextual factors. Qualitative and quantitative methods are used to analyze each framework against four criteria: alignment; implementation; on-ground results; and policy impact. Four main target areas are identified for improving water governance: policy coherence; financing; managing trade-offs; and ensuring integrity and transparency by all decision makers and stakeholders. Suggestions are presented to support practical implementation of the principles through better government action and stakeholder involvement.
- Likert scale
- OECD principles
- multilevel assessment
- water governance
Neto, S., Camkin, J., Fenemor, A., Tan, P-L., Baptista, J. M., Ribeiro, M., Schulze, R., Stuart-Hill, S., Spray, C., & Elfithri, R. (2018). OECD principles on water governance in practice: an assessment of existing frameworks in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and South America. Water International, 43(1), 60-89. https://doi.org/10.1080/02508060.2018.1402650