Water Lecture on Changing water politics in the Nile basin: A more equitable order emerging or a conflict delayed?

June 17, 2015 | 17:00 h - 18:30 h

We kindly invite you to our next Bonn Water Lecture with Rawia Tawfik, Guest Researcher, German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), and lecturer, Cairo University, on

Changing water politics in the Nile basin: A more equitable order emerging or a conflict delayed?

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 5.00 - 6.30 p.m.

Venue: ZEF, Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn, ground floor, conference room see map.

Discussant: Tobias von Lossow, fellow, Middle East and Africa research division, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs/ Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

Moderator: Ines Dombrowsky, Head of Department Environmental Policy, DIE

About the speaker:

Rawia Tawfik is a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University and a guest researcher at the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik.

About the lecture:

After four years of escalating tensions between downstream and upstream countries in the Nile basin, in particular in view of Ethiopia’s construction of its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), some recent developments have provided reasons for optimism over the future of cooperation in the world’s longest river. Last February Egypt attended the Nile Basin Initiative’s meeting in Khartoum for the first time after 2010 when five upstream riparians signed the Comprehensive Framework Agreement (CFA), an agreement which it considered as a threat to its acquired rights in the Nile waters. Cairo has further moderated its stance in the dispute with Ethiopia over the GERD replacing the empty rhetoric of threatening to use force with an attempt to reach compromises through joint mechanisms. In return, Ethiopia has used diplomatic means, including public diplomacy, to improve relations with Egypt. Last March, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed a declaration of principles that encourages co-ordination between the three countries in the operation of the dam. But do these developments really indicate a transition to a more equitable, cooperative and stable regime in the Nile basin or they just mean that the conflict between downstream and upstream countries have been delayed.

About the Water Lecture Series:

The Water Lecture series is a joint series organized by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), the United Nations University (UNU) in Bonn, the Global Water Systems Project (GWSP), the German Development Institute (DIE) and the Water Unit of the Geography Department (University of Bonn).


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