Political and economic revolutions on the nile

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Political and economic revolutions on the nile

  1. 1. Political and economic revolutions on the Nile: when water mix with fire Ana Elisa Cascão, SIWI Presentation to DIIS Seminar, 19 March 2013
  2. 2. The stage
  3. 3. Multiple changes in the Nile Basin regionPolitical and Economic revolutions 2
  4. 4. ... a revolution
  5. 5. ... an independence and a new state
  6. 6. ... double-digit economic growth figures
  7. 7. ... increasing demands for food and energy
  8. 8. ... new infrastructures,including large-scale dams
  9. 9. ... new large-scale land deals
  10. 10. Impact of the political-economic changes intransboundary water management/cooperation Transboundary Management/Allocation • National development first • Water enough to all developments? • Transboundary impacts? Transboundary Cooperation • NBI: Transitional institutional framework • Lack of basin-wide legal agreement • ≠ ’Languages’ and Timing
  11. 11. ’Industrial’ revolution timeAgenda:• National economic development on top• ’Growth’ is the slogan• Race for natural resources• Political benefits outweight financial/social/ environmental costs• Perception of risk decreasedChallenges:• Limited regional perspective (on water)• New financiers and financial ’contracts’• New ways of interacting with external actors
  12. 12. Regional growth corridors (including water?) • Roads • Railways • Trade • Oil pipelines • Power transmission lines • Etc... Why not water?
  13. 13. Who is financing development(s)? Who is financing cooperation?...and several private companies from US/EU ... and the Nile riparians countries themselves... and the Nile riparians countries themselves
  14. 14. Recommendations to ’donors’...
  15. 15. ’Right to Development’: Yes or Not?Thanks for your attention! ana.cascao@siwi.org

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