With the flow of the Nile ever more concentrated in and regulated by reservoirs, the production of food and energy along the Nile is indeed increasing (NBI 2012). Yet this has not reduced concerns of many along the Nile who struggle to access water, energy and food. On the contrary; as the new projects in the name of water security resonate with earlier struggles over territory, ethnic conflicts and international debt, conflicts over water along the Nile are on the rise.
To understand how and for whom particular projects of modern securitization of the Nile were a success, this tour provides a history of how modern water security materialized through large scale hydraulic engineering. The specific interest here is in how successive waves of Nile development projects in the name of water security created a particular trajectory of Nile development.