The Merowe Dam in Northern Sudan: A Case of Population Displacement and Impoverishment

  • Iman A. I. Ahmed
Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


This chapter analyzes in detail the effects of the Merowe Dam project in Sudan, highlighting population displacement and impoverishment of three communities: the Hamadab, Amri, and Manasir. Within the scholarship of development-induced displacement and resettlement (DIDR), as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs), the contribution takes a critical approach by assessing two World Bank variables in its impoverishment risks and reconstruction (IRR) model: landlessness and homelessness. By exploring the decade-long history of the dam project, its sources of funding and stakeholders, as well as legal documents and media reports, the chapter concludes that the dam and the Sudanese government systematically violated the human rights of the three tribal groups by forcing them onto less fertile land and failing to deliver key compensation promises to the affected populations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Iman A. I. Ahmed
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  1. 1.Center for Refugee StudiesAmerican University in CairoCairoEgypt

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