“Participatory” water and wastewater governance: an enabling development approach...or business as usual?

Citizens’ participation in water resources management is a buzz word that has received attention from donor organisations and governments. Participatory approaches are implemented in countless development projects and programs, particularly in developing countries. But the question is, what sort of “participatory” governance do we need – as development professionals in the water sector – to achieve development goals (e.g. SDG 6)?