ICA presents Nexus study to joint Africa-EU strategy group
12 May 2016
The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) presented the Nexus study to the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) Reference Group on Infrastructure in Addis Ababa in February 2016.
Commissioned by the International Water Association (IWA) on behalf of the ICA, the study - “Nexus Trade-offs and Strategies for Addressing the Water, Agriculture and Energy Security Nexus in Africa” - provides an overview of selected regional challenges and opportunities for multipurpose infrastructure and provides a framework to assess how current and upcoming infrastructure projects manage these challenges.
Invited by the European Union (EU), the ICA presented the study to a broad audience of donors and African stakeholders, outlining the findings of the study and the potential ways to take forward the Nexus approach into cross-border and regional investment planning.
The presentation was well-received and generated great interest among development partners and African stakeholders. In particular, the EU expressed a wish to work with the ICA and its partners to analyse synergies and collaboration opportunities for Nexus integrated investment plans for River Basin Organisations (RBOs).
The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) also agreed to promote the Nexus approach during African Water Week in Tanzania in July 2016. This will be further analysed together with IWA, who are organising a side event on the Nexus during African Water Week.
The ICA is also working with the IWA to take forward marketing, communicating and disseminating the Nexus concept for infrastructure. The aim is to increase understanding of the concept amongst investors and stakeholders in preparation for better informing and influencing investment streams in infrastructure which are ‘nexus sensitive’.