The French Development Agency (AFD) supporting the Nile Basin Initiative
The French Development Agency has granted one million euros to the Nile Equatorial Subsidiary Action Program, NELSAP, for technical assistance. The financing agreement was signed in May 2015 and will expire on 31 December 2019.
The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is a regional intergovernmental partnership that seeks to develop the River Nile in a cooperative manner, share substantial socio-economic benefits and promote regional peace and security. The Partnership was established on 22nd February 1999 and continues to be led by nine member States namely Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, the Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Purpose is also to share best practices and enhance dialogue at political and technical level on how to share and sustainably manage water resources.
With their grant, the French Development Agency (AFD) is supporting NELSAP’s technical assistance in four areas:
- Definition of a strategic approach to financial empowerment;
- Support to the establishment of a future reorganization of the basin;
- Maintain and upgrade NELSAP’s information systems by acquiring new tools
- Strengthen NELSAP regulation of dam safety.
According to Virginie Leroy, AFD Representative in Uganda, water is a stake of economic development: “Water is the source of life, that’s why we cannot turn our back to this matter. Supporting talks between States sharing the same resources, and handling the regional investment planning are ways of preparing tomorrow’s peace.”
AFD is also supporting other international basins in Africa such as the Niger Basin Authority, the Organization for the Development of the Senegal River and the International Commission for Congo-Oubangui-Sangha basin.