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Promotion of women's participation in water resources development. Report of the seminar, Bamako, Mali 14-18 November 1988.
New York, New York, United Nations, 1990. iv, 63 p. (Natural Resources Water Series No. 25; ST/TCD/16)This report presents the conclusions and recommendations of the Mali and UN Department of Technical Cooperation for Development's 1988 Seminar on Promotion of Women's Participation in Water Resources Development. The seminar was the first one on women and water supplies held in French-speaking Africa. The seminar reviewed new approaches, women's participation in the operation and maintenance of water supply and sanitation facilities, self-financing of water projects, and measures to improve water quality. Over 80 participants from 20 French-speaking African countries and other developing regions, donor countries, and nongovernmental and international organizations participated. Women living in Sahelian countries were of particular concern because of water shortages and their impact on women. Chapters focus on the opening and closing of the meetings, summaries of general problems, problem analysis and solutions, recommendations and summaries of presentations. The appendices include a list of participants and observers and UN publications on water resources. The participation of communities and women must be pursued despite economic crises. Obstacles include increased population, drought, persistent water control problems in zones of the Sudan-Sahel, lack of water management in humid areas, and the need to increase the supply of water for household production and use. Water quality and its monitoring are needed. Technologies must be suitable to the solution of the problem. Approaches should enable the local population to solve its own problems, (e.g., with basic, locally produced technologies).