n Conflict Trends - Water and conflict in an African context

Volume 1999, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The word rival that is in common use in the English language is derived from the Latin word rivus, which literally means to share a river. The whole notion of rivalry is thus intimately linked with the idea of sharing a common source of water. Given the fact that one of the unique aspects of Africa is related to the fact that it has a large number of shared or international river basins - a quirk of colonial history where borders were arbitrarily drawn - an understanding of water and its potential for conflict becomes strategically significant.

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