Nexus Region Niger Basin

The Niger River Basin covers an area of 2.13 million km2 and is home to over 130 million people in nine countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria. Over 70% of the population live in areas where food security depends on unreliable rainfall and highly variable inter-and intra-annual river flows. Significant poverty levels and a high dependency on small-holder agricultural production persist in the region. Increasing demand for water, energy and soil resources, and competing uses in the context of climate variability, population growth and a complex web of governance levels (regional, basin, national and sub-national) constitute a major challenge for a balanced resource planning. Water infrastructure (multi-purpose) is considered by the riparian countries of the Niger River as particularly crucial for improving the quality of life in the region. Emphasis is placed on hydroelectric and irrigation schemes, aiming at supplying electricity to major urban centres and promoting economic development and food security.

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Country Profiles

Nexus Country Profile // Nigeria

A key regional player in West Africa, with approximately 184 million inhabitants, Nigeria has experienced a moderate growth driven by the continued recovery of oil production and sustained growth in agriculture. Developmental challenges include reducing the dependency on oil and diversifying the economy, addressing insufficient infrastructure, and building strong and effective institutions as well as improving human development indicators and the living conditions of the population. A Nexus...

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Country Profiles

Profil de pays Nexus // Tchad

Le Tchad, qui compte parmi les pays producteurs de pétrole depuis 2003, est devenu dépendant de cette ressource. Son économie qui, auparavant reposait sur l’agriculture, a vu son PIB par habitant augmenter grâce au pétrole. L’agriculture continue cependant à employer près de 75 % de la population. Le Tchad a enregistré des progrès modérés sur le front de la pauvreté mais doit continuer à travailler pour accroître l’accès à l’eau, à l’électricité et à la sécurité alimentaire.

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News

Nexus Bassin du Niger // Réaliser la Vision Partagée du Bassin du Niger en Tirant Parti de Sa Force Intersectorielle

Par Claudia Ringler. Le bassin du fleuve Niger dans les régions arides d'Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre, qui abrite plus de 130 millions de personnes dans neuf pays, fait l'objet d'une grande activité de développement. Plus de 300 projets orientés vers transformer le bassin du Niger en un espace commun pour le développement durable à travers la gestion intégrée des ressources en eau et des écosystèmes associés. Cet rapport examine comment accroître l'efficacité et le succès de ces projets en...

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Nexus Niger Basin // Achieving the Niger Basin Shared Vision by Drawing on its Cross-sectoral Strength

By Claudia Ringler. The Niger River Basin in arid West and Central Africa, home to more than 130 million people across nine countries, is in a buzz of development activity. More than 300 projects are working on turning the Niger Basin into a common space for sustainable development through integrated management of water resources and associated ecosystems. This report investigates how efficiency and success of these projects can be increased by drawing on and maximizing cross-sectoral synergies.

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Atelier Nexus à Bamako// Mieux structurer ce que nous savons déjà

Par Richard Sagno. L'atelier Nexus à Bamako les 2 et 3 mai 2018 a réuni plus de 40 professionnels pour discuter du Nexus et partager leur expérience d'un large éventail d'institutions et de projets. L'approche Nexus, c'était clair, permet de mieux fixer les priorités et de réduire les externalités indésirables.

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Nexus Workshop in Bamako // Better Structuring of What We Already Know

By Richard Sagno. The Nexus Workshop in Bamako on 2-3 May 2018 brought together more than 40 professionals to discuss the Nexus and share their experience from a wide range of institutions and projects. The Nexus approach, it was clear, allows for better priority setting and reduction of unwanted externalities.

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Fact Sheets

Nexus Regional Dialogues // Nexus Fact Sheet Collection

The Nexus Regional Dialogues aim at connecting and educating sectors, states and experts in the respective regions. They are implemented by different international organisations and in cooperation with regional partners. The Fact Sheet Collections gives an overview of the project regions and the specific regional Nexus-related challenges.

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Fact Sheets

Nexus Fact Sheet // The Nexus Regional Dialogue in the Niger Basin

The aim of the project is to support the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and its member states to take a Nexus approach to the management of the basin. This entails looking at resources in the basin in a holistic manner and putting in place cross-sectoral policies and projects. The NBA has a clear Nexus mandate and already has instruments to implement this.

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News

Second Nexus Executive Steering Committee Meeting // Supporting Regions, Countries and Cities

By Isabel Pasternack, Susanne Schmeier and Tina Schmiers. The second Executive Steering Committee Meeting of the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme took place in Brussels on the 1-2 Mar 2018. The general objective of the meeting was to present the outcomes and impacts of the activities within the different regional dialogues, to discuss challenges and common issues as well as to find entry points and synergies to improve and strengthen cooperation and collaboration among the different regions...

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Fact Sheets

Nexus Fact Sheet // The Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme: The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus and its on-the-ground operationalisation

Starting in 2014, GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) started to implement Nexus Regional Dialogue activities. This included five regional dialogues and Nexus Resource Platform as faciliation and dissemination tool.

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