Pre-conference Workshops

Naranpur Water Game

General Description
The Naranpur Water Game is a method for simulating rural community and household livelihood realities to facilitate a better understanding of these circumstances for natural resource management (NRM) practitioners, researchers, and policy makers. This exercise has been adapted to explore how the socio-economic dynamic of a village changes under different water resource conditions. Participants take up the role of a farm household in a village. At the game’s conclusion, all the participants’ decisions and transactions are important data, which will be analysed and presented to them. While this version of the game – the version most commonly used – focuses on groundwater specifically, the game can be modified to suit other water resources as well.

This exercise has proved to be useful in helping cultivate a deeper understanding of the processes of collection action around water resources among those seeking to implement, study, or design water resource progammes in rural India and is among the most promising field techniques in this sector.

Target Workshop Participants
Researchers in NRM and Water, Practitioners from NGOs working on watershed, groundwater management

Workshop Goals
To develop the Naranpur Water Game for understanding issues in collective action around natural resources management and inform policy making through these games through analyses of game developments.

Agenda and Topics
Initial Introduction and Demo
Participation in the Game (Aim to have 5 rounds)
Presentation of Results and Discussion of Game

Duration: Half-day class

Size: 25-30 participants

Workshop Methodology
The workshop centres around the Naranpur Water Game as a tool to expose the participants to issues in water and natural resources management in a rural setting. The participants will go through a experience of actually taking the role of decision makers in a village where they are exposed to different physical and social conditions. We will observe the conditions under which different institutional regimes are formed and why it is difficult under some settings to bring about optimal, desired outcomes. At the end, we will summarize the results and have a discussion based on the game.

Materials and facilities: Tables, Chairs, Projector, White Board, Sheets

Workshop Leader/s: Sunderrajan Krishnan, Shilp Verma

Supporting Organization/s
Indian Natural Resources Economics and Management (INREM) Foundation