Economics and politics of water resources development: Uda Walawe Irrigation Project, Sri Lanka
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Molle, Francois; Renwick, M. 2005. Economics and politics of water resources development: Uda Walawe Irrigation Project, Sri Lanka. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). vi, 68p. (IWMI Research Report 087) doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3910/2009.087
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The Uda Walawe Irrigation and Resettlement Project (UWIRP) located in the Southern dry zone of Sri Lanka was initiated in the early 1950s. The original plan for the UWIRP was a highly ambitious social, economic and physical engineering project aimed at creating a modern, profitable agriculture sector. This report examines the history of water resources development and investment decisions for the UWIRP over a period of 50 years and uncovers underlying processes that shaped the evolution of the project and highlights the limitation of viewing development as a mere set of technical and social engineering endeavors.