Polycentrism improves Kenyan water management
After independence, Kenya adopted the standard practice of centralized control over water resources to improve agricultural productivity. By the 1980s, the centralized model was in disarray. In the current issue of Governance, Elizabeth Baldwin,Camille Washington-Ottombre, Jampel Dell’Angelo,Daniel Cole, and Tom Evans explain what happened next. Kenya pursued a polycentric approach to water governance, in which decision making about water resources is shared among multiple, overlapping local, regional, and national authorities. The new approach has proved to be better suited to Kenya’s variable social and ecological conditions and the available resources of its administrative agencies. Read the article.