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Transboundary Water Cooperation In Africa: The Case Of The Nile Basin Initiative (Nbi)


  • Wondwosen TESHOME

    () (University of Vienna, Austria)


The aim of this paper is to identify the economic, social and political benefits of the transboundary cooperation by using the Nile Bain Initiative (NBI) as a case study. It also attempts to identify the obstacles that hinder transboundary cooperation in the Nile Basin. The paper argues that the riparian states in the Nile Basin should work for “benefit-sharing” rather than “water-sharing” and this should be the basis for the transboundary cooperation. It also claims that implementing the concept of benefit-sharing would help in solving problems that are caused by divergent interests among the riparian states in the Nile basin and the up stream-down stream problems frequently manifested in the area. The paper concludes by suggesting the main points that have to be considered in transboundary cooperation.

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  • Wondwosen TESHOME, 2009. "Transboundary Water Cooperation In Africa: The Case Of The Nile Basin Initiative (Nbi)," Review of General Management, Spiru Haret University, Faculty of Management Brasov, vol. 10(2), pages 129-138, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:fmb:journl:v:10:y:2009:i:2:p:129-138

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    “benefit-sharing”; Nile Basin Initiative; transboundary cooperation; “water-sharing.”;

    JEL classification:

    • N57 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Africa; Oceania
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development


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