NBD stakes Trans-boundary Discourse on Vulnerability and Cooperation in Socio-economic baseline of Nyimur Project
Published: 30 August 2016
The Nyimur multipurpose water resources project is a brain child of the Nile Basin Initiative’s Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP). It is to be implemented as trans-boundary at both the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Uganda sides. On implementation, it is to reduce poverty and increase economic growth of the people by improving availability of water resources for livelihood as well as productive activities, such as agriculture. Ultimately, the project is aimed at improving, the two countries’ socio-economic development through water resources management and development, to increase water availability through flood mitigation, irrigation agriculture, electricity generation, fisheries and water supply and sanitation in both Uganda and South Sudan.
The Nile Basin Discourse plays vital roles in this project because of its mandate to communicate information of the NELSAP – Nyimur project to communities, consult on the emerging issues prior to and during implementation of the project, and facilitate discourse platforms on cooperation.
Therefore for the baseline, the stake of the Nile Basin Discourse in the Nyimur multipurpose water resources project is the trans-boundary discourse on vulnerability reduction, especially through trade of agricultural products and cooperation of the two countries on the shared water resources. The stake is a follow-up of NBD’s activities initiated in September 2015 in Lamwo district, Uganda and also in March 2016 in Magwi County, South Sudan with support from the Cooperation on International Waters of Africa (CIWA)/World Bank, Phase1. NBD in collaboration with the NELSAP, the governments and the National Discourse Forums (NDFs) of South Sudan and Uganda, successfully participated in national task force meetings and held grassroots consultations with citizens of the two countries, to hear their voices on the Nyimur project and also to create a sense of ownership of the project. The citizen’s earnest voices, especially from the women, were mainly on the transboundary access to markets, and on peace and cooperation of the two Nile Basin countries.