Discussion Paper No. 236: African River Basin Organisations from Best Practice to Best Fit

The European Centre for Development Policy Management

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Transboundary river basin organisations (RBOs) are a specific subset of regional organisations in Africa. RBO membership follows a purely geographic logic with mandates centre around managing a single shared resource. On paper, African RBOs adhere to a consensual and cooperative approach to water resource management between states; in practice, water management is a constant negotiation to deal with conflicting interests and competing claims between upstream and downstream countries.

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