NEXUS Gains Talk #17 – Energy, water, and multisectoral linkages in Africa

NEXUS Gains Talk #17 - Energy, water, and multisectoral linkages in Africa


November 15, 2023    
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Interdependencies between resource systems complicate the development of water–energy–food–ecosystems (WEFE) resources. Given the urgent need to mitigate and adapt to climate change, investments in energy and water supply infrastructure are being driven by a mix of security, financial, and decarbonization objectives. To date, most planning and management of these resources has been undertaken in isolation without due consideration of other sectors. This siloed approach remains one of the biggest challenges to delivering effective, sustainable solutions.

This NEXUS Gains webinar will explore the intricate relationships within the WEFE nexus, focusing on the role of energy systems in Africa. It will examine this nexus from the perspective of both small-scale and national energy system modelling, offering insights into the challenges and opportunities at both scales. Presentations will review the benefits of linking river basins and regional energy systems for joint intervention assessment and multi-sector strategic planning. Case studies will emphasize the critical role of understanding energy demands in rural Africa as a key element in the WEFE nexus and addressing the complex challenges to promoting sustainable development in the region.


Mohammad Amin Tahavori, R&D Energy Modeling, VITO: Bridging gaps: exploring energy systems’ nexus contributions

Julien Harou, University of Manchester: Assessment and design of interlinked river basin and energy systems


Mohsin Hafeez, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and NEXUS Gains coordinator for the Indus Basin