Publications

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Interested in learning more about our project thematic fields – from transboundary water resources management to resilient sanitation systems or the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus? Find the latest publications here.

  • Stakeholders Survey on the Water Energy and Food Nexus in the Niger Basin region

    Under the umbrella of the NRD Programme, nine national dialogues were conducted (one per country) and these workshops were a unique opportunity to carry on institutional high-level conversation on the WEF approach that provided an unvaluable contribution in achieving the objective of the WEF institutionalization. Taking stock from the experience of the national dialogues’ participants, the analysis outlined in this report provides interesting elements to assess the level of knowledge of public institutions on the water, energy and food nexus concept and it does so with the support of a structured survey. The survey tool is especially useful to address challenges and collect recommendations directly from stakeholders involved in the water, energy and food sectors. The aim of the report is to shed light on the public sector perspective on the WEF space in terms of challenges and opportunities, to formulate relevant suggestions to move forward for a full-fledged nexus institutionalization.

  • Promoting change through an inclusive approach. FREXUS: Improving security and climate resilience in a fragile context through the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus

    This report offers an overview of the Frexus project approach which combines a multisectoral approach (known as the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus) with a participatory and inclusive approach. The project has been designed to support the peaceful resolution of social tensions and conflicts between population groups, caused or exacerbated by climate change in fragile areas.  This report highlights tools developed to address. The challenges, avoid their negative consequences and create new opportunities for peace and sustainable development in the areas of intervention in Mali, Chad and Niger.

  • The Frexus Approach Guidelines Fostering Climate Security in Fragile Contexts

    This guideline promotes the development of strategies and the implementation of projects that aim to build resilience of societies affected by the adverse impacts of climate change-related security challenges. The aim of the working paper is to showcase the added value and interoperability of cutting-edge concepts of development work across topics, contexts, and regions – based notably on the experience of the Frexus project. The Guideline can also be used to mainstream climate-security nexus considerations in regard to projects and programs that aim to achieve self-induced peacebuilding. It also seeks to offer valuable lessons on effectively handling the connections between climate issues and security in real-world scenarios.

  • WEF Nexus Startup Acceleration Programme 2-Pager

    This factsheet offers a brief overview of the Water - Energy - Food Security Nexus start-up acceleration programme in the Niger Basin region

  • 2-pager on the Adoption of the Niger Basin Authority WEFE Nexus Guidelines

    This factsheet offers a brief overview of the institutionalisation of the Water-Energy-Environment-Food Nexus in the Niger Basin area, supporting the Niger Basin Authority

  • Study: Financing strategy: Identification of Financing Facilities for Water-Energy-Food and Ecosystems projects for the Nexus Dialogues Programme

    Nexus specifically focuses on projects that leverage the water-energy-food interaction. From an economic perspective, nexus-projects can have added value compared to non-nexus-projects. From a financing perspective, a well-structured nexus project can improve the risk-return characteristics of a project. Risks can be reduced by diversifying the sources of project returns, and by building a wider base of stakeholders interested in achieving a successful project, inter alia reducing possible opposition to a project. Returns can be improved by establishing both clear off-takers, as well as widening the range of revenue streams that could accrue to the project.

  • Study: Financing the Water Energy and Food Nexus

    The WEF Nexus can reveal approaches as well as business models that look at how water, energy and food can be connected to respond to essential development needs, increasing economic productive capacities and driving socio-economic welfare while reducing trade-offs. This analysis aims at shedding light on the multifaceted universe of financing mechanisms available, with a particular focus on two geographic areas: the Niger Basin region and the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA). One of the main objectives of the analysis is to determine if currently available funding mechanisms could be considered “WEF-oriented”. Even if rarely explicitly mentioned, some funds have tools to support integrated WEF projects.

  • Study: Designing innovative solutions for the Water, Energy and Food Nexus

    The interlinkages captured by the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus offer a ground-breaking perspective to increase access to clean energy combined with water and food. The WEF Nexus can reveal business models that look at how water, energy and food can be connected to respond to essential development needs, increasing economic productive capacities and driving socio-economic welfare. This report analyses WEF-based applications and business models in the Niger Basin region and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The three sectors and their interactions have been assessed separately in order to understand their related benefits and challenges. The study analyses a set of countries which highly differ, even within the same region.

  • Lessons Learned Study of the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme

    The Nexus Regional Dialogues (NRD) Programme, implemented from 2016 to 2023, sought to identify the most effective institutional arrangements, methodologies and tools to promote and ensure systematic cross-sector coordination in natural resource management. The programme carried out policy dialogues, investment dialogues, and demonstration projects in five geographical areas: Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, the Niger Basin, and Southern Africa. It also developed WEF Nexus training materials for human capacity development and standardised methods and tools to assess cross-sectoral impacts and business models. This study offers insights from the NRD programme, on challenges encountered in the context of the programme and reflects on opportunities to overcome some of them.

  • Policy Paper: Sustainable Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems

    Despite their relative novelty, solar-powered irrigation systems (SPIS) have earned a reputation for contributing to multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a single technology. The policy paper gives an overview over sustainable solar-powered irrigation systems.

  • Report on Water and Climate Change

    Stop Floating, Start Swimming: Water & Climate Change – Interlinkages & Prospects for future Action. This state-of-the-art report summarizes the key impacts of climate change on water resources and the sectors most affected. It reflects relevant models, projections, and uncertainties, discusses global trends, and evaluates regional case studies. In collaboration with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and adelphi, German Development Cooperation presents significant cross-references and provides perspectives for future action. The importance of water in mitigating greenhouse gases and achieving international climate and development goals is made abundantly clear.