Hydropower is often a major factor in economic and social development at local, national and regional levels.
With the increasing number of interconnections between electricity systems and 260 of the world’s rivers crossing at least one national boundary, the future development of hydropower often involves cooperation not just among domestic stakeholders, but also with stakeholders from neighboring countries as well.
The opportunities and benefits associated with regional hydropower development can increase in tandem with the number of countries concerned, as can the complexities and potential risks.
Our work on cross-border projects
IHA, in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other interested parties, has explored these issues through a series of regional workshops in Africa, Asia and Latin America as part of our work on regional cooperation.
Common themes and lessons learned are shared with our partners and stakeholders for continued learning.
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The 2017 World Hydropower Congress closed on Thursday 11 May with strong commitments from multiple stakeholders towards delivering better hydro. Here are some of the most notable moments from the final day.Type:Blog postDate:11 May 2017
The 2017 World Hydropower Congress opened at the United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa on Tuesday 9 May.Type:News postDate:9 May 2017
The 2017 Hydropower Status Report was launched at the opening of the World Hydropower Congress in Addis Ababa on Tuesday 9 May.Type:News postDate:9 May 2017
31.5 GW new hydropower capacity commissioned worldwide in 2016, pumped storage development accelerates
31.5 GW of new hydropower capacity was commissioned in 2016, according to estimates in our new briefing, 2017 Key Trends in Hydropower.Type:Blog postDate:22 March 2017
H.E. Elham Ibrahim is the African Union Commissioner for Energy and Infrastructure. Speaking at the 2015 World Hydropower Congress in Beijing, she discusses the challenges in bringing electricity to people across Africa.Type:Blog postDate:27 February 2017