Performance evaluation of River Basin Organizations to implement integrated water resources management using composite indexes

Gallego-Ayala, J. and Juizo, D. (2012) Performance evaluation of River Basin Organizations to implement integrated water resources management using composite indexes. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 50-52. pp. 205-216.

[img] PDF - Published Version
Restricted to ICRISAT researchers only


In the Southern African Development Community region, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) principles and tools are being implemented through the existing regional framework for water resources development and management. The IWRM approach is applied at river basin level seeking a balance between the economic efficiency, social equity and environmental sustainability in water resources management and development. This paper uses composite indexes to analyze the performance of River Basin Organizations (RBOs) as key implementing agents of the IWRM framework. The assessment focuses on three RBOs that fall under the Regional Water Administration for Southern Mozambique (ARASul) jurisdiction, namely: Umbeluzi, Incomati and Limpopo River Basin Management Units. The analysis focus on the computation of a set of multidimensional key performance indicators developed by Hooper (2010) but adapted to the Mozambican context. This research used 24 out of 115 proposed universal key performance indicators. The indicators for this case study were selected based on their suitability to evaluate performance in line with the legal and institutional framework context that guides the operations of RBOs in Mozambique. Finally these indicators were integrated in a composite index, using an additive and multiplicative aggregation method coupled with the Analytic Hierarchy Process technique employed to differentiate the relative importance of the various indicators considered. The results demonstrate the potential usefulness of the methodology developed to analyze the RBOs performance and proved useful in identifying the main performance areas in need of improvement for better implementation of IWRM at river basin level in Mozambique. This information should support both the IWRM framework adaptation to local context and the implementation at river basin level in order to improve water governance.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This research was financed by the National Research Fund of Mozambique (Research Project STAWAREM, FNI- 85-INV).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Composite indicator, IWRM, Integrated river basin management Mozambique, River Basin Organization
Author Affiliation: Water Research Institute of Mozambique, Av. Patrice Lumumba No. 770, Maputo, Mozambique
Subjects: Social Sciences > Agricultural Extension,Technology, ICT
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2014 08:44
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2014 08:44

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item