Purpose: The purpose of this study is to assess Water Users Associations (WUAs) technically, financially and administratively as being partially responsible for spate irrigation system management in Gash Delta Agricultural Corporation in Sudan.
Methodology: WUAs were assessed using questionnaire, direct observation and focus group discussion. Accordingly, WUAs were categorized into very poor, poor, average, good and very good.
Findings: The results indicate that technically and financially, WUAs in Gash Delta Agricultural Corporation are poor. Administratively, WUAs classified as average. The results also indicated that WUAs located in the upper spate system perform better than that located in the middle system.
Originality/value: The study was based on an innovative idea of giving stakeholders part in development of the assessment criteria as it is the first study assessing WUAs in Gash spate irrigation systems in Sudan.
Keywords: WUAs; Assessment of WUAs; Spate Irrigation System; Gash Delta; Sudan
Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Bashier, E.E., Adeeb, A.M. and Ahmed, H.M., (2014) Assessment of water users associations in spate irrigation systems: case study of Gash Delta Agricultural Corporation, Sudan, Int. J. Sudan Research Vol. 4 No. 2, pp.109-126