Ganesh P. Shivakoti is Adjunct Professor of Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, and Visiting Professor, Arizona State University, US. He has co-authored Improving Irrigation in Asia: Sustainable Performance of an Innovative Intervention in Nepal with Nobel Laureate Elionr Ostrom. Douglas L. Vermillion is a development sociologist and independent consultant for water policy and institutions in the USA. Formerly a re-searcher for the International Water Management Institute, he has over two decades of experience in research, policy analysis, and managerial and socioeconomic aspects of water management in less developed countries. He has worked in Asia, North and Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Recently, he has assisted Indonesia, Cambodia, Gujarat, in India, and Nigeria to develop policy and legal frameworks for irrigation sector reform. Email: email@example.com Wai-Fung Lam is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong and holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University, USA. He has a book to his credit, Governing Irrigation Systems in Nepal: Institutions, Infra-structure, and Collective Action (1998, ICS Press, California). His research focuses on institutional policy analysis, resource management, public organizations, and public sector reform. Elinor Ostrom is the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2001; is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and a recipient of the Frank E. Seidman Prize in Political Economy and the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. Her books include Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action; Rules, Games, and Common-Pool Resources (with Roy Gardner and James Walker); and Local Commons and Global Interdependence: Heterogeneity and Cooperation in Two Domains (with Robert Keohane). Ujjwal Pradhan is a Program Officer in Environment and Development with the Ford Foundation based in Jakarta. He is also a member of the International Steering Committee of Rewarding Upland Poor for Environmental Services (RUPES) for Southeast Asia. He earlier served as Social Scientist and Head of the Nepal Country Program of the International Irrigation Management Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University, USA. His doctoral dissertation dealt with property rights and relations and state intervention in water resources in Nepal. Robert Yoder is Director of Water Development with International Development Enterprises in the USA. A civil and agricultural engineer by training, much of his professional work has focused on research and improvement of farmer-managed irrigation systems. He was Head of the International Irrigation Management Institute.s field operations in Nepal from 1985.1990. His recent work in Romania and Jordan included increasing farmer involvement in irrigation management.