03. februar – Africa now: The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam – possibilities and challenges

On the 3rd of February invites YATA Oslo in colloboration with the Norwegian Coucil for Africa to the online event «Africa now: The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam – possibilities and challenges.»

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is a gravity dam on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia. The primary purpose of the dam is electricity production to relieve Ethiopia’s acute energy shortage and for electricity export to neighboring countries. After several attempts to end the dispute over the GERD, it appears as if Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have reached a deadlock. The construction of GERD is seen as a vital part of Ethiopian national development. However, Egyptian authorities have declared water availability a matter of national security and perceive the construction as a potential threat.

During the close to ten years of construction, there have been both periods of conflict and cooperation. If the Ethiopian Federal Government follows through on their plan to fill the reservoir before an agreement is implemented, tensions could increase between the three nations – which could challenge the prospects of a joint agreement. What implications will the ongoing dispute have for the region? Could we see increased tension over water management on the Horn? And what are the possible solutions?


Rashid Abdi, Senior Horn of Africa analyst, former Project Director Horn of Africa Crisis Group

Kjetil Tronvoll, the Director of Oslo Analytica, as well as Professor and Research Director of Peace and Conflict studies at Bjorknes University College. Tronvoll has undertaken long-term anthropological fieldworks in Ethiopia.

Last panelist TBA.

The moderator for the event will be Kendra Dupuy. She is a political economist focusing on socio-economic development, natural resource management, civil society and the climate-conflict nexus.