Blue Book

Blue Books provide independent analysis of a country's water management environment. They are especially focused on access to water and sanitation and the management of water resources. The Books take a critical look at sector strategy, policies, and stakeholder roles and capacities. The Books are drafted by committed citizens from government, the private sector and civil society who are water managers, planners and consumers. They seek stakeholder consensus to plan and initiate joint action, as well as multisector and multifactor synergies.

The first Blue Book was released in 2007. Five have been published, in Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Benin and Niger.

The Blue Book team is currently working on Peru, Moldova and the second edition of the Blue Book Mali.

The Blue Book is used to measure peoples' actual access to water and sanitation, using these these indicators as a framework:

  • The need for agreement within the public sector and between the public sector and civil society
  • The need for citizens participation in water management decision
  • The need for public-private action to strengthen watershed management;
  • the need to mitigate water usage conflicts;
  • the need to promote a mixed financing model with multilateral components
  • adaptation of water management to climate change;
  • regional management associated with water management dynamics


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7 Blue Books have been developed in 5 countries. In Peru, the Blue Book approach was launched successfully. 350 people were present, including representatives of the Ministry for Water Management.


The Blue Book in Peru

The Blue Book is an instrument developed by the ISW that seeks a shared vision of water management (water resources, water supply and other uses) and sanitation at the country level. Developing a vision to be shared, and especially at the country level, is a challenge that in Peru has gathered national, regional and local … Continue reading The Blue Book in Peru

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Blue Book leaflet

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