The Nile Basin and the Southern Sudan referendum: Regional water intelligence report

This Regional Water Intelligence Report (RWIR) examines the current political landscape in the Nile Basin and includes a political and legal analysis of the Southern Sudan independence referendum to be held on 9th January 2011.

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The objective is to analyze key political events and their potential impact on Nile cooperation, within the framework of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), with a specific focus on the referendum in Southern Sudan. Some recommendations are explored that the international community could consider taking in the post referendum process to strengthen development and cooperation.

The analysis of political events provides input to further analysis on the political economy of water in the Nile basin. The report does not provide a detailed overview of the NBI process to date which is provided elsewhere. Input to the RWIR is based on public referenced information and confidential interviews.


GRANIT, G., CASCAO, A., JACOBS, I., LEB, C., LINDSTRÖM, A. and TIGNIO, M. 2010. Regional Water intelligence report The Nile Basin and the Southern Sudan Referendum. Report commissioned by UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility. Stockholm: SIWI.