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The Burdana Dam, part of the Upper Atbara and Setit Dam Complex in Sudan. (photo: SaWaM, KIT / Frank Zöllner)
A boat cannot go forward if each rows his own way
Be it to improve irrigation, manage floods and droughts or generate energy; dams have played a significant role in humanity’s progress. But the dam-building development model also has its flaws. The Niles journalists tackle the sensitive dam topic and self-aware that they all are in the same boat, they agree that it is time to start rowing the same way.
A photojournalist from Egypt at Sudan’s Sennar Dam, February 21, 2020. (photo: The Niles / Dominik Lehnert) A photojournalist from Egypt at Sudan’s Sennar Dam, February 21, 2020. (photo: The Niles / Dominik Lehnert) A photojournalist from Egypt at Sudan’s Sennar Dam, February 21, 2020. (photo: The Niles / Dominik Lehnert)
Comment

How to report on dams without having seen one

Rehab A. Almohsen
Reporting on dams in the Nile Basin is a tricky endeavour – even more so if you’ve never seen one.
22.02.2021
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Rehab A. Almohsen
Sudan’s Roseires Dam. (photo: OFID / F. Albassam) Sudan’s Roseires Dam. (photo: OFID / F. Albassam) Sudan’s Roseires Dam. (photo: OFID / F. Albassam)
The cascade effect

Sharing information, knowledge and experience

MiCT The Niles
The interdependency of dams in a river system demands coordination, so all dams have an optimal configuration that, in the interplay with all others, minimises risks and maximises benefits for all riparian states.
22.02.2021
Michael Abebe briefs journalists at Sudan’s Sennar Dam, February 21, 2020. (photo: The Niles / Dominik Lehnert)
Michael Abebe briefs journalists at Sudan’s Sennar Dam, February 21, 2020. (photo: The Niles / Dominik Lehnert)
Michael Abebe briefs journalists at Sudan’s Sennar Dam, February 21, 2020. (photo: The Niles / Dominik Lehnert)
Interview

Why dams matter

Waakhe Simon
Nile Basin countries are in a race for time as growing populations require significant amounts of electric power. Dams are a solution but also pose new challenges.
22.02.2021
Construction activity at Sudan’s Merowe Dam. (photo: David Haberlah) Construction activity at Sudan’s Merowe Dam. (photo: David Haberlah) Construction activity at Sudan’s Merowe Dam. (photo: David Haberlah)
Editorial

The dam conundrum: to build or not to build?

MiCT The Niles
The ancient technology of dams has fuelled human progress. Yet countries building and managing dams, especially in transboundary river systems like the Nile, face complex and difficult challenges.
22.02.2021
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The dam issue

MiCT The Niles
Correspondents from the Eastern Nile riparian countries take a closer look at dams and dam cascade management in the region.
22.02.2021
Directions

Eat ancient grains to ward off future food insecurity

Addis Getachew
Today, teff is being hailed internationally as a “superfood” for its nutrients. But the tiny grain has been feeding Ethiopians for 4,000 years.
30.12.2019
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