Knowledge Note

The Nile River system is a vital economic lifeline across East Africa. Over 200 million people live in the basin of the world's longest river that stretches 6,695km. To ensure people's needs and risks are jointly addressed and that benefits reach the most vulnerable, it is critical to connect national and regional actors that direct the management and development of the river with the communities that depend on the river for food, energy, transport, and livelihoods. Yet in practical terms, weak institutional contexts and challenging political environments eclipse the participation of grassroots stakeholders in activities and decisions that most directly impact them.

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