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The imperative for establishing a Water Institute of the Greater Horn of Africa

Author(s): Yonas Kinfu; Nebiyu Daniel Tiruneh

Linked Author(s): Yonas Kinfu

Keywords: IAHR; Hydrolink; The Greater Horn of Africa Region; GHAR; regional water institute; capacity building; Yonas Kinfu; Nebiyu Daniel Tiruneh

Abstract:

The Greater Horn of Africa Region (GHAR) which includes Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania has a combined population of about 375 million people. Apart from Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzaia, the rest are member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The population of the GHAR suffers from food, energy, and water insecurity despite the potential it has in terms of resources. Water has been identified as an entry point to alleviate poverty, improve the quality of human life, and ensure sustainable economic development. This article contends that the GHAR has a tremendous opportunity to benefit from the water resources it is bestowed with by pulling resources together and establishing a regional water institute.

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Year: 2022

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