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

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  • The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape


Institutions matter within natural resource management. Whilst 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.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-214
JournalWorld Development
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015