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April 30, 2010 - Water Systems Key to Functioning Informal Governance
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April 30, 2010 - Water Systems Key to Functioning Informal Governance
While on patrol with the Canadian Recce Squadron, USAID Field Program Officer Andrew Golda was able to engage villagers in remote sections of Panjwayi District. Of particular interest was a conversation with a local villager about the irrigation systems in the area. While district governments in much of Kandahar Province are barely functional, the traditional system of mirabs that control water flow seem to have remained functional. One villager – Isanullah – explained how he had to partake in an auction for his right to get irrigation water at a certain time. He also detailed how the local mirab works with villagers to resolve disputes about water usage. This traditional system could be leveraged to establish more effective and legitimate government in remote sections of the province. (Andrew Golda)
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