Policy & Law Links

General international documents

Water Law and the Dublin Principles, produced in association with the GWP by Miguel Solanes

BERLIN RECOMMENDATIONS on Transboundary Water Management - Experience of International River and Lake Commissions - Lessons Learned, Challenges and Issues for the Future, Berlin, 27-30 September 1998.


Ministerial Declaration of The Hague on Water Security in the 21st Century Agreed to on Wednesday 22 March, 2000, In The Hague, The Netherlands

South Africa

Water Law Review

  • Final SA Water Law Principles 20 November 1996

  • The Water Services Act (Act 108 of 1997) on the Department of Water Affairs site (PDF)

  • National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998) 20 August 1998 (NOTE : The Water Affairs server can be very slow at times.

Policy documents

Site Links

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has introduced a new publication series. The Water Policy Briefing series presents new perspectives and solutions to water problems in developing countries. Each briefing is based on peer-reviewed research that challenges policy makers and planners to think differently about the way water is managed for agriculture.

Development Policy Forum/DSE of the German Foundation for International Development. The objective of the Development Policy Forum is to promote political dialogue within the framework of multilateral and bilateral development cooperation. The Forum provides an opportunity to talk informally, free from the pressure to make decisions and from direct political constraints.


The Africa Policy Information Center provides accessible information and analysis in order to promote U.S. and international policies toward Africa that advance economic, political and social justice and the full spectrum of human rights.

APIC promotes citizen action to influence public policy through:

  • disseminating information and analysis electronically and through publications that educate,

  • frame policy debates, and promote a rich content of excluded progressive and African voices;

  • promoting dialogue and debates; and

  • facilitating collaborative relationships through coalitions and networks.

The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) was established in 1993 to promote social justice through human rights. CESR works with social scientists and local partners in affected communities to document rights violations, advocate for changes in policies that impoverish and exploit people, and mobilize grassroots pressure for social change.