In this seminar for World Water Day 2021, Nepal MUS Network members presented their recent work virtually to an international audience. This webinar shares and consolidates national and international lessons learned from implementing MUS at decentralized levels. The advantages of bridging the sectoral divides at the higher levels will guide further action of policy makers, senior program managers, and implementers, researchers, and educators.
In rural communities, both women and men value water for resilience, health, nutrition, food security, and income. Accordingly, they use water infrastructure to meet these multiple needs. Since the early 2000s, government, NGOs and researchers in Nepal have been global forerunners in mobilizing communities’ holistic water management by supporting MUS and developing capacities to derive more benefits from water use, for example from high-value homestead (bari) irrigation. Decentralization in Nepal and elsewhere has opened up new opportunities for holistic community-led water development. Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic further underscore the urgent need for reliable access to sufficient water.
Addressing the nexus of women, work and water – Mansi Shah (SEWA)
What factors determine the productive use of rural water systems in the middle hills of Nepal? – Raj Kumar GC (Virginia Tech)
Multiple use of water services in far western Nepal – RVWRMP experience working with local governments – Sanna-Leena Rautanen, Pallab Nepal and Juho Haapala (RVWRMP/FCG Finnish Consulting Group)
Institutionalization process of MUS: Results of recent review of its implementation – Prachanda Pradhan (FMIST), Alok Rajauria (IWMI) and Vishnu Pandey (TU)
Rural water supply systems in Nepal: Factors affecting equitable water access – Manita Raut (IWMI)
Piloting revolving finance for MUS development – Corey O’Hara and Rabindra Karki (iDE Nepal)
Scaling groundwater MUS – Luke Colavito (iDE Global)
Closing Remarks – Barbara van Koppen (IWMI)