PRESS RELEASE | South Africa and DRC plan to press ahead with Inga 3 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

PRESS RELEASE | South Africa and DRC plan to press ahead with Inga 3 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Democratic Republic of Congo has just concluded a week-long conference on the beleaguered Grand Inga Dam Project, restating the commitment from South Africa to purchase 5000MW of electricity from the proposed project. Meanwhile, back home the SA Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy is reported to be pressing ahead with their…

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Activist training school in DRC strengthens the movement for rivers

Activist training school in DRC strengthens the movement for rivers

International Rivers’ advocacy training in DRC aimed at strengthening the movement of civil society partners and community groups to effectively advocate for the protection of rivers, rights of dam affected communities, and energy access. At the end of the training, groups were encouraged to sing their visions for their campaigns, which helped them take ownership…

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World Bank Reneges on Its Promise to Protect Key Biodiversity Site on Uganda’s White Nile

World Bank Reneges on Its Promise to Protect Key Biodiversity Site on Uganda’s White Nile

By: Josh Klemm, Policy Director Last month, after a long-running saga, the World Bank signed away its legal obligation to protect Uganda’s Kalagala Falls, a site of immense spiritual and biodiversity value near the headwaters of the Nile River. By granting Ugandan authorities permission to flood Kalagala, the Bank has harmed thousands of local people…

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The Zambezi River, Drained Bone Dry

The Zambezi River, Drained Bone Dry

By: Fidelis Zvomuya “Rather than look upstream in anger, we must start looking downstream with compassion,” said 79-year-old Mafiosi Siabwanda, a Tonga elder from Mola in the Nyaminyami District of Kariba, Zimbabwe. He admitted that human activities happening upstream in1 the Zambezi River are having devastating impacts downstream. “The situation is dire,” he said. “Millions of…

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It’s Time to Invest in Congo’s Energy Future

It’s Time to Invest in Congo’s Energy Future

By: Josh Klemm, Policy Director Earlier this month, the DRC government seemed to acknowledge what we have long argued: The proposed Inga 3 Dam, touted for decades as a fix-all to the country’s energy woes, is not a good investment. By calling on developers to radically alter the design of Inga 3, the DRC’s minister in…

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The Women of Inga: A Portrait of Resilience

The Women of Inga: A Portrait of Resilience

“Go and tell them that we, the women of Inga, are suffering” By: Ange Asanzi, former Africa Program Associate One thing is for certain: the women of Inga are self-sufficient. They grow avocados, oranges, bananas, cassava, nuts and beans. They harvest medicinal plants to tend to their sick. Nearly everything they consume comes from their…

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Large Hydropower Dams Are Not the Answer: Time to Rethink Africa’s Energy Infrastructure

Large Hydropower Dams Are Not the Answer: Time to Rethink Africa’s Energy Infrastructure

By: Rudo A. Sanyanga, former Africa Program Director This article was previously published in thePerspectives #02/2017: Putting People Back Into Infrastructure The electrification rates of Africa are appalling: the lowest in the world, with as little as 1 percent access in some rural areas. The average electrification rates in sub-Saharan Africa range from 16 percent in rural areas to about 59…

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Memories and Unanswered Questions on the Zambezi

Memories and Unanswered Questions on the Zambezi

By: Rudo Sanyanga, former Africa Program Director Although I had spent many years working on the Zambezi River, the lower Zambezi region in Mozambique was unfamiliar to me. I had crossed the Zambezi at the Tete Bridge a few times before but had never been on the stretch between the Cahora Bassa Dam and Tete town…

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