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Water SA

On-line version ISSN 1816-7950
Print version ISSN 0378-4738

Abstract

JACOBS-MATA, Inga; MUKUYU, Patience  and  DINI, John. A review of trends in scientific coverage of water governance in South Africa and what this means for agenda-setting of public investment in water governance R&D. Water SA [online]. 2021, vol.47, n.1, pp.10-23. ISSN 1816-7950.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/wsa/2021.v47.i1.9441.

A review of global trends in water governance reveals a paradigm dominated by political and institutional change which becomes increasingly aligned with global shifts towards sustainability and also a rapid decline in the hydraulic mission. Closely aligned to these trends, but distinct in its own trajectory, South Africa's water governance dynamics have evolved through a period of considerable socio-political change marked by inequitable resource allocation and water scarcity. This paper presents the results of a review of water governance research and development (R) trends in South Africa, aimed at informing the national funding agency - the Water Research Commission (WRC) - in its agenda-setting process for future water governance research. Through a bibliometric analysis, a data-mining exercise, and stakeholder consultations, this paper distils four key areas of focus for the future of water governance research in South Africa: (i) that future water governance research needs to be more needs-based, solution-oriented and embedded within real-life contexts; (ii) the need for a paradigm shift in water governance research to a constructive, adaptive and rapid response research agenda in an environment of increasing change and uncertainty; (iii) the need for the enabling environment to be strengthened, including acknowledgement of the role of individuals as agents of change, and the role of WRC in establishing a community of practice for water governance experts that can respond to issues with agility; and (iv) a consolidation of fragmented project-based knowledge to a programmatic approach that builds the pipeline of expertise in the water governance R domain.

Keywords : water governance; bibliometrics; water resource management; South Africa; R& D; agenda-setting.

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