Institutions and Co-Management in East African Inland and Malawi Fisheries: A Critical Perspective

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2015
Date published: 06/2015
Authors: Fiona Nunan, Mafaniso Hara, Paul Onyango
Journal title: World Development
Volume: 70
Pages: 203 - 214
ISSN: 0305750X

Institutions matter within natural resource management. While there are many examples of analyses of the nature and influence of institutions within fisheries, there are fewer examples of how institutions inform the practice and outcomes of co-management. This article reports on analysis of institutions and fisheries co-management in East African and Malawi inland fisheries informed by Critical Institutionalism. It concludes that relations between fisheries departments and local co-management structures, and between local government/traditional authorities and local co-management structures, and social, power, and gender relations within and beyond fisheries communities, particularly impact on the practice and outcomes of co-management.

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