Conference – Accessing Water in Africa: emerging paradigms between risks, resiliences and new solidarities – Paris, 4-5-6 July 2016

CEDEJ Khartoum is pleased to announce that three of its researchers recently participated in an international conference, “Accessing Water in Africa: emerging paradigms between risks, resiliences and new solidarities”, that took place in Paris on July 4th, 5th and 6th, 2016:


  • Luisa ARANGO (Université Paris 8-LAVUE) – Impayés, reconnexions, redistributions. Stratégies polémiques d’accès à l’eau dans les quartiers centraux de Khartoum
  • Barbara CASCIARRI et Clément DESHAYES (Université Paris 8-LAVUE) – « Nous sommes assoiffés ! » : quelques réflexions à partir des mouvements récents de protestation pour l’accès à l’eau dans les villes soudanaises

Description of the conference:

Nearly 40 years after the United Nations Conference on Water in Mar del Plata in 1977, and 20 years after the International Conference on Water and Environment in Dublin in 1992, the “global water management model” has been thoroughly debated. Its three pillars (the Integrated Water Resources Management-IWRM, public-private partnerships and the commodification of water resources) have all shown their limits when applied to African countries where the hydrosocial configurations are very different from those of the northern countries in which they were conceived.
The widely discussed assessment of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals in Africa suggests that a global “alternative » model does not yet exist that might meet the challenges of the management of water on the continent. Yet recent research explores the emergence of new paradigms of water management, sometimes based on old or emerging forms of solidarity, which seem more suited to local hydro-social configurations.
The objective of this conference is to study these new forms of « water policies » and to consider the extent to which they might provide alternative solutions to current problems around water distribution and access.
These questions are most often studied in a sectoral manner; for example, research focuses on linkages with agriculture or climate change, on specific applications in urban or rural areas, or aspects such as the environment or infrastructure. Instead we have chosen to adopt transversal approaches, focusing on four themes that cut across both theoretical issues and specific African realities.


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