Nile Region LPA

The Nile LPA is the key to scaling RiPPLE’s approach upwards and outwards into the broader Nile Region. The LPA will include a wide range of stakeholders from government, academia, civil society and the private sector, if possible drawn from all ten Nile Basin countries: Burundi, DRC, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The central aim of the Nile LPA is to act as a learning and research platform: to bring together researchers, policymakers and implementers so that each can learn from the others’ experiences and from other countries, and to shape a regional research agenda for the water sector in which all these partners can participate.

At a Colloquium held in Kampala in March 2008 – the first step towards developing a Nile LPA – almost 40 participants from six basin countries agreed that there are currently critical barriers to learning both within the water sector and between water and other related sectors such as health and agriculture. The Nile LPA will seek to overcome these barriers with the ultimate goal of improving decision-making around water in the Nile Basin, with benefits to the poor.

RiPPLE has also begun conducting transboundary research. A recent study investigated and compared factors affecting decision-making around technology choice for WASH in Ethiopia and Sudan, and involved researchers from four countries. Through such action research studies, shared learning and exchange visits among other approaches, RiPPLE aims to forge links with a variety of organisations across the Nile region to further joint learning on water-related issues.

How will it work?

There are a number of networks in the Nile region which relate to water. The Nile LPA will not duplicate these but will be closely embedded into existing platforms, and will be hosted by one of them with support from RiPPLE. However the Nile LPA’s focus on research and learning will make it unique. With RiPPLE’s support, participants will develop a shared agenda for action research in the water sector across the region, and work in partnership to carry it out. Through partnerships which the LPA members have with local organisations, research, learning, communication and capacity building activities will extend to subnational levels in each country. The Nile LPA will also have strong links with the LPAs already established at national, regional and woreda level in Ethiopia.

What next?

Following the March Colloquium, a taskforce of participants is developing proposals for future LPA activities. All participants, and prospective LPA members, are invited to share their comments, suggestions and ideas through an interactive blog on this website.

Page last updated 28 Aug 2009