Dividing Water: Localised Water Related Conflict in Egypt

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This article is based on the findings of a two-year qualitative study carried out by
the author in Egypt. The author first conducted a comprehensive literature review of
local resource-based conflict in Egypt, followed by archival work in the Egyptian
Ministry for Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI). This provided a broad perspective
at the national level. The scale and spread of the problem in Egypt meant
that a sample of governorates was necessary for more in-depth research. A team of
8 Egyptian researchers, led by the author, then examined localised, water-related conflicts
in four Egyptian governorates along the Nile – Kafr El Sheikh, Fayoum, Sohag
and Aswan. Three villages were selected in each governorate and two researchers
trained ten community-based research volunteers in each village on participatory
conflict-mapping methods. Over six months, these 120 individuals collected data regarding
water-oriented conflicts.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

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NamePRDU Working Paper Series

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