Power and Development: Controversies over the Bujagali Hydropower Porject Along the Nile River in Uganda
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 20 points / 30 hpStudent thesis
Mega projects are in most cases considered as the necessary evil of development. Before their benefits can be reaped, a lot of sacrifices and tough choices have to be made. The fear and uncertainties surrounding such projects range from the impacts on the local people, on the environment, the costs of investment, and to, if the project will deliver the promised benefits. Because of these fears and uncertainties, it is not unusual that most if not all such projects meet a lot of critics and resistance before their success or failures are witnessed. Today, it is more of a requirement than a belief (although without a guarantee) that stakeholders’ involvement and their active participation in all decision-making process concerning a project is the surest way of minimizing conflicts and ensuring justice. The Bujagali hydropower project being an example of such projects and without immunity to the problems faced by other mega project around the world has been a case study for this thesis. This study has therefore focused on institutional arrangements that governed the management and utilization of water resources in connection to hydropower development along the Nile River in Uganda, the procedures and stages of the negotiations for hydropower infrastructure development in Uganda, identified the major stakeholders that take part in such negotiations and looked in detail for what their issues and interests are. It has also examined the attitudes and opinions of stakeholders on the potential and benefits of hydropower against (solar, bio-fuel and geothermal) energy sources in the context of Uganda, taking into consideration the need for socio-economic development, preservation of culture and environmental protection. Finally, it has analyzed the conflicts/controversies that have arisen in the Bujagali hydropower project.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. , 59 p.
Water resources, hydropower, stakeholders, negotiation, rights, risks, and responsibilities
Other Environmental Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-15002ISRN: LIU-TEMAV/MPWLS-D--07/015--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-15002DiVA: diva2:37557
Holmén, Hans, Dr.Kiza, Michael, Senior Energy Officer