The study reported below was commissioned by the International Water Association on behalf of the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa. The International Union for Conservation Nature were also partner in developmnet of the study. It was originally intended to apply a structured analytical process to Africa's Volta and Lake Victoria basins and using this information i) provide an overview of selected regional challenges and opportunities  for multipurpose (water infrastructure); and based on that ii) to design a Rapid Assessment Framework with which to assess how current and upcoming infrastureture projects deal with nexus challenges. 

A major element of the analysitical process comprised an extensive review of the "NEXUS" literature. The review itself suggested that a suitable point of departure for the study would be an acknowledgementthat the NEXUS itself can be thought of as a response to perceptions of insecurity on the aprt of various classes of stakeholders.

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