Africa’s great rivers have nourished some of the world’s most significant civilizations. They have shaped the rhythm of life for untold generations of riparian peoples, linking cultures across political borders.
Unfortunately, from the Nile to the Zambezi, many of these rivers have been dammed, diverted, dredged and polluted in the name of meeting water and energy needs. This development has not only failed to meet these needs, it has caused catastrophic social, environmental and economic damage.
Our Work in African River Basins
Africa deserves a just energy transition that maintains the vital free-flowing rivers that nourish its unique biodiversity and enable transportation, farming and fishing.
With our partners, the Africa Program works to promote sustainable solutions for meeting food, water and energy needs and to ensure that local communities, and women in particular, have a voice in decisions affecting their rivers.
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- Large Hydropower Dams Are Not the Answer: Time to Rethink Africa’s Energy InfrastructureBy: 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…
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