The Water, Energy, Food (WEF) Nexus is a comprehensive approach aimed at ensuring long-term resource accessibility by addressing the significant interdependencies between water, energy, and food security. The WEF Nexus advocates for an integrated approach to resource governance, planning, and management to enhance synergistic and efficient resource use across sectors.
The “Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme” (NRD), jointly funded by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH from 2016 to 2023, sought to identify the most effective institutional arrangements, methodologies and tools to promote and ensure systematic cross-sector coordination in natural resource management. The programme has carried out policy dialogues, investment dialogues, and demonstration projects in five geographical areas: Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, the Niger Basin, and Southern Africa.
The policy dialogues established a forum for stakeholders across various sectors to exchange knowledge, experiences, and best practices in integrated natural resource management. The investment dialogues encouraged cross-sectoral policy making and secure integrated financing for water, energy, and food security. The demonstration projects have shown the benefits of the Nexus approach to natural resource management. In addition, the NRD programme developed standardised methods and tools to assess cross-sectoral impacts and business models. These tools are important for evaluating the effectiveness of Nexus projects and for ensuring their long-term sustainability. The programme also provided trainings and training materials for human capacity development.
The Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme