New World Development article by Fiona Nunan

Drawing on research in East Africa and Malawi, Fiona Nunan has published analysis of how institutions are navigated and used in gaining and maintaining access to benefits from fisheries. Writing with Paul Onyango of the University of Dar es Salaam and Mafaniso Hara of The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape, South Africa, she draws on Critical Institutionalism and the concept of institutional bricolage.

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Institutions matter within natural resource management. While 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.