oa Africa Insight - West Africa's river basin organizations

Volume 21, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



A conference entitled ""African development from a regional perspective"" was held by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 1969. It attempted to assess the possible advantages of a regional over a nation-by-nation approach to African development.1 Could a regional view permit a more effective use of the limited funds available by overcoming the need to single out particular recipients, especially where development potentialities overlapped international boundaries? Various models were considered, one of them being lake and river basins as a possible spatial and organizational framework for the planning and implementation of multi-purpose international projects. Support for this approach had come from the adoption in 1966 of the Helsinki rules on the uses of the waters of international rivers.

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