PhD defence

Governance of Small-scale Irrigation Schemes in Northern Ghana. The Role of User Groups


This thesis aims to assess governance dimensions of water users associations that affect the development and sustainability of small-scale irrigation systems in northern Ghana. Results of field experiments assessing cooperativeness and time preferences are combined with primary data on governance perceptions and agricultural performance collected among irrigators in 37 small schemes to reach this aim. Main findings are that user perceptions on participation in governance are positively related to yields in irrigated agriculture, while other governance dimensions play a role in user contributions to the maintenance of schemes. Perceptions on conflict management are found to negatively affect yields as well as cooperativeness among users.