Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Winter School 2021 for Southern Africa

Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Winter School 2021 for Southern Africa. Achieving water, energy and food (WEF) securities is a priority for southern Africa, especially under unfavourable climate change, increasing urbanisation, population growth, and advanced ecosystems degradation. Achieving WEF securities will require a collaborative and inclusive approach, which considers the interconnections and interdependencies between the three sectors. Since 2011, when the WEF nexus first came to prominence, various southern African actors have been championing it at various levels. There has been progress in building a shared understanding of the WEF nexus concept, using it to facilitate discourse through various dialogues, and recently developing a frameworks and analytical models/tools.

The WEF Nexus Winter School is a capacity-building initiative aimed at providing support to early career researchers, postgraduate students, managers and practitioners in understanding nexus thinking, particularly the WEF nexus, as a transformative approach to sustainable natural resources management and socio-economic development. As the field of nexus research is relatively recent, participants will be exposed to this rapidly developing and critically important way of thinking. Participants will improve their knowledge of the WEF nexus and get acquainted with the concepts, how to facilitate discourse and new frameworks, tools and methods for analysing the WEF nexus.


Early career researchers, postgraduates, managers, practitioners (NGOs, Government, River Basin Organisations), and
stakeholders conducting research and development related to the WEF nexus and related fields such as agriculture,
forestry, water, energy, engineering, climate change, ecosystems, and environment. Applicants must demonstrate an
advanced (C1) English level (please, see the application form).


The WEF Nexus Winter School will be held at Future Africa, University of Pretoria, Hillcrest Campus, Pretoria South Africa ( from 26 to 30 July 2021.

The venue has accommodation facilities, and you are
encouraged to book your accommodation on time (check-in 25 July & check out 31 July).
The winter school organisers will closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic situation and timeously communicate any changes via email and through the website:

Program Cost:

The program fee is USD1000 per participant. The fee includes registration, lunch and teas during the Winter School and the field trip.

Participants are responsible for their accommodation, flights, airport transfers and meals outside the Winter School hours. A limited number of full and partial sponsorships are available to financially needy candidates from SADC countries who meet the criteria (see application form for details).

How to Apply:

To apply: Visit¬†¬†to download the application form and learn more about the 1st WEF Nexus Winter School for Southern Africa. Submit your applications to [email protected] with subject WEF Winter School.

You may also use that email for enquiries.

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