Lyla Mehta

Lyla Mehta

Water and Sanitation domain convenor

Lyla is a sociologist whose work has largely focused on issues concerning knowledge, power, rights and access in natural resource management, addressed through the case of water. Research areas include global and local responses to water scarcity and, more recently, Community-Led Total Sanitation.

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    Published on 18 March 2009

    By Lyla Mehta, STEPS Centre Member

    The World Water Forum means many different things to different people. For the many so called water warriors and activists attending the event and organising alternative water justice events at Taksim Square, the Forum lacks legitimacy because it is organised by the World Water Council, a private think tank with close links with the World Bank and large French water companies. Their credibility suffered further, due to the way in which a peaceful protest was crushed.



    Published on 13 March 2009

    By LYLA MEHTA , STEPS Centre member

    Every three years, the water community gathers together for the Water Water Forum. This year’s Water Water Forum is in Istanbul from March 16 – 22. Are such global meetings a big circus or can something meaningful emerge? Photo credit: Crispin Hughes / Panos

    My colleagues and I will be in Istanbul to participate in the Forum and will write regular blogs here on The Crossing. Join us to be updated on what’s happening, what the faultlines in the debate are and whether there’s any hope for the billions without access to water and sanitation.

    Find out more about the STEPS Centre’s work on water and sanitation.