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The Human Right to Water

From Concept to Reality

Editors: Singh, Nandita (Ed.)

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  • A completely new perspective on human right to water that brings forth the relevance of ‘context’ in ‘realization’ of the right
  • Offers an innovative approach that draws conceptual distinction between ‘implementation’ and ‘realization’ of the right
  • A comprehensive, in-depth analysis of the most significant contextual factors that influence realization of the right
  • An interdisciplinary exploration primarily from the perspective of water resources management/governance that takes the reader beyond the limits of the legal discipline wherein human right to water discourses are unfortunately confined
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About this book

The discourse on the human right to water presents deliberations on the concept, content and rationale for the right, with little attention to the practical question of translating the right into reality. This book aims to fill this void by focusing on ‘realization’ of the right by its holders, examining how effective the mechanisms are for ‘implementing’ the right in enabling its universal realization. In a quest to answer this question, the book draws a conceptual differentiation between ‘implementation’ and ‘realization’ of the right, arguing that unlike implementation - which is an objective process of creation and implementation of measures such as legal frameworks, institutional structures or policy and action guidelines, realization of the right is a subjective process that extends much beyond. It takes shape within specific contextual settings which may include varied situations, yet remains neglected in the related academic and action forums. This book attempts to address this void by discussing some of the most significant contexts and the underlying problems and concerns that strongly influence realization of the human right to water. It contends that if the right is to be truly realized, these different contexts - which can be further classified as 'objective' and 'subjective' - must be understood, analysed and appropriately addressed before framing and implementing relevant action. The book further situates the human right to water discourse in a broader interdisciplinary perspective, expanding its scope beyond the narrower legal dimensions, linking it to the wider field of water resources management/governance. Through the novel ideas it proposes, the book makes an innovative and unique contribution in the field of human right to water which is of great scientific value.

About the authors

Nandita Singh is Docent in Water Resources Management and engaged in research and teaching in water and environmental management at the Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. She is the recipient of many fellowships, awards and distinctions, including the prestigious Wennergren Foundation fellowship for postdoctoral research at KTH. She was awarded the University Gold Medal for academic excellence in Masters and has the distinction of being placed in the famous ‘Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 2006’ for her outstanding contribution in defining an alternate model on water resources management based on integration of local perspective in the global paradigm. She also holds a distinguished place among the ‘Leading Scientists of the World’ (2006) compiled by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. She is an academician, author and activist in water sector with a long experience in research, education and advocacy in the areas of water policy, gender and water, human right to water, climate change and water, integrated water resources management, water quality management, participatory approach in water management, and traditional water management systems. She has authored several international publications and is the co-founder of Millennium Water Story (MWS), which is an information, education and communication initiative. She has conducted extensive research on water management and governance issues leading to several important policy recommendations. 

She has been instrumental in establishing and strengthening educational cooperation between Sweden and India through the Linnaeus-Palme Academic Exchange Program supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Erasmus Mundus Program supported by the European Commission. She has been a visiting faculty at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore for eight years and at A. N. College, Magadh University, Patna under these programs. She has served as an expert in the water sector independently and as member in working groups in Sweden, India and also at many other places, including evaluation of the working of non-governmental organizations in the sector and of projects for research funding agencies. She is a regular reviewer of research articles for several international peer-reviewed journals and has also been an adviser on water issues to the private sector.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-16

    Singh, Nandita

  • Realizing the Human Right to Water in Local Communities: An Actor-Oriented Analysis

    Pages 17-31

    Singh, Nandita

  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Rural Water Supply in Uganda: Implications for Achieving the Human Right to Water

    Pages 33-54

    Quin, Andrew (et al.)

  • Arsenic in Drinking Water: An Emerging Human Right Challenge in India

    Pages 55-81

    Kumar, Arun (et al.)

  • Climate Change and Human Right to Water: Problems and Prospects

    Pages 83-103

    Singh, Nandita

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $149.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-40285-7
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-82069-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Human Right to Water
Book Subtitle
From Concept to Reality
Editors
  • Nandita Singh
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40286-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40286-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40285-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82069-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 238
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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