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.
We support our Congolese allies in their efforts to protect the mighty Congo River and the communities that depend on it. We promote expanding sustainable energy access to the vast majority of Congolese who lack it. Learn more.
We are working with the Himba to ensure recognition of their rights as indigenous peoples, and to explore legal protections for the free-flowing Kunene River, which spans both Angola and Namibia and is threatened by dam development. Learn more.
The Zambezi River is both one of the most heavily dammed rivers in Africa and among the most susceptible to climate change-induced drought. We promote solutions to increase the region’s climate resilience and provide needed power. Learn more.
- Mapping Community Protocols with Himba Leaders – Part TwoBy Aqeelah Hassen, Africa Program Communications and Campaigner International Rivers, Natural Justice, Himba community committee members and two researchers from the Kunene region convened in Windhoek, Namibia for the second…
- Protecting Rights of the Himba Indigenous Community and Kunene River through Community Protocolsby Siziwe Mota, International Rivers Africa Program Director of International Rivers and introduction by Nalori Chakma, South Asia Senior Programme Coordinator, Transboundary Rivers of South Asia Introduction Globally, Indigenous rights…
- Guinea is at a crossroads in meeting its energy needs and respecting rightsNew study shows solar alternatives would cost less and outperform the proposed Koukoutamba Dam in Guinea by Josh Klemm & Ibrahima Kalil Bamba During a trip to Guinea last month,…
- Inga 3: Too High a Cost for both South Africa and the DRC (French & English)By: Aqeelah Hassen, Africa Program On Thursday the 17th of February International Rivers with partners Womin, Femmes Solidaires (FESO) and Coalition des Organisations de la Société Civile pour le Suivi…