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The Nile Basin Initiative: Balancing historical rights, national needs and regional interests

December 2017

Knaepen, H., Byiers, B. The Nile Basin Initiative: Balancing historical rights, national needs and regional interests. ECDPM policy brief, December 2017.

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What blocks or drives regional integration in Africa? And what role do regional organisations play in this? To answer these questions, we have dug deeper into the political economy dynamics of 17 regional organisations in Africa.

This policy brief analyses why the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and national level stakeholders operate as they do around their joint agenda.


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The policy brief is based on a background paper that was prepared in March 2017.

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More information about the project


Our PEDRO project (‘The political economy of dynamics of regional organisations in Africa’) looks into the political economy dynamics of 17 regional organisations in Africa.

The study, carried out with support from the German ministry for economic cooperation and development (BMZ), will try to understand the actors and factors that shape how regional organisations play their role in promoting regional integration and cooperation.

For more information and to see our other 29 studies, have a look at our PEDRO dossier:

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