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Feature — 08 August 2011
The international politics of water
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In our latest, International edition, of H2O Thinking, John Briscoe, Harvard Professor and former World Bank expert, shares his opinion on the controversy over dams and comments on water and economic development.

"Infrastructure may not be a sufficient condition for poverty reduction, but it is undeniably a necessary condition," Briscoe argues. "Every country which succeeded in improving the lot of the poor in recent decades, including China, India and Brazil, has done so partly by driving infrastructure development..."

He says Australia’s management of water availability over the last decade shows “it is possible (with ingenuity and investment) to adapt to rapid climate change and associated water scarcity.”

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