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 19

Are investment programmes for for rural livelihood improvement in Laos well-spent and well-targetted at rural poor?

Kees Blok reviewed rural infrastructure provided through an IFAD loan to the Government of Laos, as part of a ;arger rural development programme. Investments in rural roads, schools, water supplies and irrigation system represent money well-spent, allthough some improvements in how infrastructure development is aimed at rural poor were suggested.