Africa 2020 workshop: The Nile: Inclusion and Exclusion over a Trans-boundary Resource (water and land acquisition)

Two-day workshop: "The Nile: Inclusion and Exclusion over a Trans-boundary Resource (water and land acquisition)"

Although the Nile is an indispensable resource for the people, its governance has not been designed and implemented conveniently on national and regional levels. Inside national territories, different challenges impede the livelihood of populations such as droughts, floods, deforestation, land degradation and water pollution. But on transnational level, the disagreement about the Nile waters allocation causes a lack of trust and confrontations mainly between the upstream and downstream countries. Land and water acquisition (grabbing) are contributing to these tensions. Therefore there is a need for equitable and sustainable water policies in the Nile.

In this two-days workshop a ‘scenario development process’ will be used to explore future paths where the Nile waters could fulfill social consideration, development policies and environmental justice within the complexity of transboundary governance.This workshop is funded by LeidenASA and is part of Africa 2020.

On the second day, there will be an open session, where future scenarios of water and land grabbing in the Nile basin will be discussed (registration not required). More information.
Date: Friday 21 February
Time: 14.00 - 15.00
Venue: Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden. Room SA49 (basement).  

Read more about the background of the two-day workshop.

Read the call for abstracts (closed).

Read the special web dossier on 'The Nile', containing titles from the ASCL Library collection, the broader Leiden University Library collection, and the library of IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.

Organising committee
Abeer Abazeed, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University
Abby Onencan, TU Delft
Bert Enserink, TU Delft (facilitator)
Lama El Hatow, Erasmus University Rotterdam

The workshop is scheduled to correspond with the Nile Day when the Nile basin countries signed the agreement of establishing the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on 22 February 1999. The participants are invited to the event ‘Nile Pop' at Rijksmuseum van Oudheden on Friday 21 February after the workshop. This event is organized by IHE-Delft, Stichting Zenobia and Rijksmuseum van Oudheden with the support of Global Partnership for Water and Development funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



Date, time and location

20 February 2020 to 21 February 2020