Publication of interest: Rules, Norms and NGO Advocacy Strategies – Hydropower Development in the Mekong River, by Yumiko Yasuda, Earthscan Studies in Water Resources Management, Routledge, UK, 2015

There is much controversy over the development of new dams for hydropower, where concerns for environmental protection and the livelihoods of local people may conflict with the goals of economic development. This book analyses the opportunities and barriers that NGOs and civil society actors face when conducting advocacy campaigns against such developments. In particular, it compares the strategies of two NGO coalitions advocating against the Xayaburi hydropower dam on the Mekong River, namely the Vietnam Rivers  Network and the Rivers Coalition in Cambodia, and examines the manner in which formal and informal rules influence these strategies. The book may be purchased online at