Drought-Proof People

African Dispatches for Institute of Current World Affairs
 
The philosophical basis for Heart of Dryness grew out of a two year experience studying the causes and consequences of water scarcity in Africa. Southern Africa was the primary arena, but excursions took the author to the Negev, Sahara, Karoo, Namib and Kalahari Deserts as well.
 
Each Report showcases adaptive responses by individuals and institutions to drought and water depletion and conflict in Africa, from Cape to Cairo and back.
 
Monthly reports, titles in order of ICWA publication, Jan 2002-Jan 2004:

12/6/2003
ICWA
The Coming Hydrocracy: Arid Africa as the Water Runs Out
12/3/2003
ICWA
Retirement Plans for African Dams? Apartheid’s Legacy vs. Gravity’s Force: What Goes Up Must Come Down
11/25/2003
ICWA
Upstream vs. Downstream: The Benign Dictatorship of the Mozambican Shrimp
11/1/2003
ICWA
Bread Basket to Begging Bowl: Dry Zimbabwe’s ‘Slow-Track’ Water Derails Mugabe’s ‘Fast-Track’ Land Reform
10/1/2003
ICWA
The Gamey Taste of Virtual Water: Recurring Drought Turns Cattle into Kudu
9/1/2003
ICWA
Kalahari Earthsuckers: San Sip-Wells vs. Roughneck Rigs: Seducing Water from the Ground
8/1/2003
ICWA
Holy Fire, Sacred Water: At Namibia’s Edge, Himba Caught Between a Dam and a Dry Place
7/3/2003
ICWA
Pliocene Park: Water Sources Shrink. Elephant Numbers Expand. Uh, Oh.
6/3/2003
ICWA
Silent Stream Sentinels: Landmines Convert Africa’s Water from Combat Catalyst to Civilian Battleground
5/3/2003
ICWA
To Drink a Mirage: The Foggiest Idea: Elusive Extraction of Water from Wind
4/3/2003
ICWA
Aquae Incognita: ‘Drawing A Line’ in the Water Breeds African Border Disputes
3/3/2003
ICWA
The Grapes of Mirth: Fresh Water Becomes Fresh Leverage Behind Race-Based Farmland Reform
2/3/2003
ICWA
Overhauling the Nilometer: After 5,200 Years of Top-Down Rule, Can Water Scarcity Re-Democratize?
1/3/2003
ICWA
Of Dams & Disease: Triage in an H2O-Negative, HIV-Positive Landscape
12/2/2002
ICWA
The Highlanders: Manmade Quakes and Giant Snakes; Africa’s Beautiful and the Damned
11/2/2002
ICWA
Cutting Edge: Repelling ‘The Invasion of the Water-Snatchers’
10/2/2002
ICWA
Potty (Re) Training: Water Scarcity Changes How Africa Pees and Poops
8/2/2002
ICWA
African Zion: Homeward-Bound, Away from Government Water and “Development”
7/2/2002
ICWA
Line in the Sand: Digging in During the Dry Season
7/2/2002
ICWA
Women’s Water Quest: Long Days Journey into the Clouds
6/2/2002
ICWA
Rules of the Game: Rifles, Rhino and Access to Water
5/1/2002
ICWA
Smuggling for the San: Water as a Weapon in the Central Kalahari
4/1/2002
ICWA
Knifing Opportunists: The Struggle to Fill the Vacuum Africa’s First Regulated River
3/1/2002
ICWA
Water Meter Wars: Privatization, Protests and Renegade Plumbers

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