Multinational - Feasibility study of the Nyimur Multipurpose Water Resources Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 21 Nov 2014
Signature Date 04 May 2015
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2019
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2019
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Commitment U.A 1,601,282.58
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Nyimur Multipurpose Water Development Project within the multinational Aswa River Basin, part of the Upper Nile River Basin is one of the three prioritized projects selected by the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of South Sudan to be further developped and implemented. The project is, therefore, of major importance for both countries and fits into their national water resources development objectives and strategies. It corresponds well to the focal areas of intervention of the Africa Water Vision 2025 for Equitable and Sustainable Use of Water for Socio-economic Development and the priorities of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) on strengthened cooperative framework arrangements for transboundary water resources management to enhance water and energy security, and adaptation to climate change and variability risks. The project will support the creation of a demand for agricultural support services that will enable farmers to fully benefit from a more reliable access to water. The core scheme of the project consists of a 26 m head dam (earthfill type) and reservoir on Nyimur River and five (5) modules of irrigated areas of approximately 5,105 ha and a mini hydropower plant with a capacity of 350 kW. Water supply schemes of the adequate types targeting local communities in the zone of influence of the project will be part of the project. The development of fisheries in the reservoir/ponds will also be included in the scope of the project. Its implementation essentially involves consultancy services, as identified below: (i) Technical and Economic Feasibility Studies and Tender Design Studies; (ii) Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Study - ESIA (including ESMP and RAP); (iii) Project management, communication and consultation.

Project Objectives

The ultimate goal of the project is to sustainably improve both countries socio-economic development through water resources development and management for increasing water availability for multi uses encompassing flood mitigation, irrigation, electricity generation, fisheries and water supply and sanitation. The project’s specific objectives are: (i) to complete the technical, economic, financial and institutional feasibility studies as well as the project’s environmental and social impacts assessments so as to ensure its economic viability; (ii) to further complete the tender design of the project comprising detailed design studies and preparation of tender documentation for its construction; and (iii) to mobilize donors’ financing for the project implementation.


The project immediate aims are to provide bankable investment project studies reports and to mobilize funds for their implementation. The implementation of this project will substantially contribute to increase the water availability for multiple uses by the populations in the Aswa River Basin, which are the main beneficiaries. At national levels and after construction of the works, the services providers, various consumers of agro-products will also be indirect beneficiaries. The institutional stakeholders comprise the Governments and local authorities of both countries, community interest groups, private and public sectors and NGOs.

Participating Organization

AfricaWater Facility Fund
Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Actions Program – Coordination Unit NELSAP - CU


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-EAZ-041
Other IATI identifier CA-3-A034853001
Last Update 18 Feb 2020


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