This project is part of the World Bank managed Multi-Donor Trust Fund Cooperation in International Waters (CIWA), with 50 million USD for direct beneficiaries of projects influenced by CIWA and 10 billion USD investment financing for implementation of projects influenced by CIWA.

CIWA has been designed specifically to support riparian governments and other stakeholders with the complexities of building cooperation and undertaking collaborative or joint investments in shared river basins. The development objective of the CIWA-multi-donor trust fund is to strengthen cooperative management and development of international waters in Africa to facilitate sustainable climate resilient growth in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The activities of CIWA are complementary to the existing African water programs, focusing specifically on transboundary cooperation. Program areas are currently under formulation and will support Regional Economic Communities, River Basin Organisations, riparian countries and other stakeholders.

Political economy analysis (PEA) is beginning to be used increasingly by financing and donor agencies. PEA is concerned with the interaction of political and economic processes in a society: the distribution of power and wealth between different groups and individuals, and the processes that create, sustain and transform these relationships over time.

As a tool, the principles of PEA can be applied to virtually any sector or situation. To be most effective it needs to be tailored to meet the requirements of specific circumstances such as the need to determine the most effective way of promoting cooperation in international river basins. This is the main purpose of the development of a PEA framework for CIWA through this assignment.

The Hague Institute works with Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) on the development and application of a framework for political economy analysis (PEA) in transboundary river basins in Africa, funded by the World Bank.

The assignment will be undertaken in two components:

  • Component 1: Preparation of a Political Economy Framework Analysis Framework
  • Component 2: Application of the PEA framework in three case studies

The three case studies include:

  1. The Lake Chad Basin, shared between Algeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Libya, Niger, Nigeria and Sudan)
  2. The Zambesi Basin, shared between Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique
  3. The Okavango Basin, shared between Angola, Namibia and Botswana