Benefit sharing in international rivers

This paper explores two propositions regarding international river basins: cooperative development of international rivers offers unique economic advantages over unilateral development; and benefit sharing is a necessary condition for facilitating this cooperation. Despite the intuitive appeal of benefit sharing, clear benchmarks and good practices in structuring agreeable benefit sharing arrangements are lacking. Lessons from past experience are critical for guiding emerging regional institutions and potential water-related investments in several international river basins in Africa. By examining three parallel case studies

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