M-POWER Program

Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience

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The M-POWER program aims to improve livelihood security, human and ecosystem health in the Mekong Region through democratising water governance.

Direct engagement is an important feature of activities in this program. We attend meetings and help run and contribute to dialogue activities at different levels and with different stakeholder groups. We also contribute to efforts to build capacity for institutional, political and policy analysis of water governance issues in mainland Southeast Asia.

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Our more theoretical work hopes to change the way people think about states, authority and governance. It is about going beyond governance by government and participation by stakeholders. In particular we have been looking closely at issues of scale, space and expertise in assessment, deliberation and decision-making or, in short, the politics of knowledge. We are also interested in the politics of vulnerability and resilience around “risk management” and what its implications are for the pursuit of social justice, for instance, as part of adaptation to climate change or building resilience to climate change and other significant stressors.