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Water Institutions and Management in Cape Verde

Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales Edificio Antiguo de Empresariales, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Despacho nº 15, Campus de Tafira, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 35003, Spain
Academic Editor: Miklas Scholz
Water 2015, 7(6), 2641-2655;
Received: 30 March 2015 / Revised: 13 May 2015 / Accepted: 20 May 2015 / Published: 29 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Study, Development and Management of Water in Volcanic Areas)
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The water-management model used in Cape Verde for irrigation water is a singular one involving both public and private institutions. The institutional framework adopted since independence (1975) includes influences of both Portuguese colonial occupation and African culture. Water is a common-pool resource, which can take the form of communal, private or state property, or not be subject to any form of ownership. Thus, this case study enables us to compare theories about managing. From a neo-liberal point of view, the common administration of resources of this kind is inefficient, but for one school of the institutional theory, solutions can come “from within”; in other words, from user groups themselves, who can co-operate, once they have defined commitments. Research based on surveys and interviews with private sector administrators leads to the conclusion that user association management is successful, whereas, individual management can lead to squandering. View Full-Text
Keywords: institutions; evolution; management; technology; water institutions; evolution; management; technology; water

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