An adaptive and context-driven approach to the water, energy and food nexus
Oct 08 2021
By Alfonso Medinilla, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), September 2021
Since its introduction in 2011, the concept of the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus has quickly taken off in EU external action and development cooperation policy. In a context of climate change and increasing demands on limited resources, the case and need for a more integrated management of water, energy and food security is clear. However, this is easier said than done. Implementing nexus approaches is notoriously difficult. It not only requires a more systemic approach to resource management, but also substantial reforms both in policy and practice.
This paper looks at the often under-studied political economy dynamics of cross-sectoral and cross-border integration, and examines how and why integrated policies often face implementation gaps.