How to manage water resources? Is it just a matter of matching supplies to demands? Should water and its quality be recognised for its wider role in life? How to prepare public decisions on water, which are widely supported yet affordable? Questions without easy answers as interests, ideas and stakeholders diverge.

Kees Blok works on such questions and combines insights in technical aspects – and in socio-economic and institutional contexts – with experience in communication and participation.

Example 23

How can a long-running programme aimed at providing small-scale rural infrastructure to communities in Bangladesh provide and improve its services?

Kees Blok is member of the review missions for the Participatory Small-Scale Water Resources Development Programme, co-funded by ADB and IFAD. He supports standardisation of the infrastructur development component - in order to remain cost effective - and further quality improvement in the participatory design process. Moreover, advice is given to improve crop and culture fisheries production.