The STEPS Centre have recently published a working paper by Shilpi Srivastava and Lyla Mehta, called ‘Not Another Nexus? Critical Thinking on the New Security Convergence in Energy, Food, Climate and Water’.
This paper sets out some of the background to Nexus thinking, looks at how Nexus has become framed in a ‘security’ agenda and what this means for the nexus as an effective way to address issues of equity, local resource rights and justice.
The paper raises the following questions around securitisation of the nexus:
- What are the drivers of this nexus re-thinking?
- Who is driving this debate of the nexus and to what ends?
- What do these debates tell us about the character of the development ‘industry’ and the political, ideological and institutional logics operating within it?
- What are the challenges of this nexus formulation, what spaces may open up for addressing issues of equality and justice?
In conclusion, the authors state ‘For now, the nexus appears to be a global discourse pushed by development organisations, driven by experts and still orbiting the water sector. What it means for the local users has yet to be seen..’
You can read the full paper on the STEPS website.
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