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Nile Basin cooperation: a review of the literature
The Nordic Africa Institute.
2003 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Two interrelated developments can be identified in the Nile basin, during the last decade: an emphasis on potential conflict over the Nile waters on the one hand, and an evolving process of basin-wide cooperation on the other.

The history of the Nile basin is dominated by tensions and conflicts. Relationships between major Nile basin countries are usually described in terms of mutual distrust and confrontation. The Nile basin, moreover, has frequently been referred to by many observers and analysts as an example where conflict over water resources as a result of water scarcity will lead to armed confrontation. Recent years, on the other hand, have witnessed a growing cooperation among the basin countries. The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is a case in point. All the ten countries that share the Nile waters agreed, for the first time, to cooperate on development of the Nile basin. This is a significant step, although a number of serious problems and challenges remain. Many donors have made formal pledges to support the initiative.

This paper reviews literature on the Nile basin cooperation and issues related to this process, focusing on more recent publications. The literature on utilization and management of the Nile waters related to basin-wide cooperation efforts has been growing fast during the last decade. At least seven books have been published on the subject between the years 2000 to 2002, while the number of papers presented at conferences and articles in various journals and on the Internet is enormous. This review discusses and covers a wide range of issues, which include: debate on water scarcity and its potential consequences in general, and its implications for the Nile basin countries in particular; legal aspects of utilization of the Nile waters focusing on the UN Watercourse Convention of 1997; conflicts and major attempts at cooperation; divergent views and interests of the basin countries; and challenges and prospects of the recent basin-wide cooperation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2003. , 41 p.
Series
Current Africa Issues, ISSN 0280-2171 ; 26
Keyword [en]
Nile river, Water resources, Regional cooperation, Literature surveys
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-185ISBN: 91-7106-512-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-185DiVA: diva2:241394
Note
1: Introduction. 2 : Water scarcity: cause of conflict or opportunity for cooperation. 3 : Legal aspects of utilization of the Nile waters and the Nile basin cooperation. 4 : Conflict and cooperation along the Nile River. 5 : The NBI: the new evolving cooperation. 6 : Ten riparians, one Nile: divergent interests of the Nile basin. 6 : Challenges and prospectsAvailable from: 2009-10-02 Created: 2009-10-02 Last updated: 2009-10-02Bibliographically approved

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