Conference Themes

Abstracts are now invited on the following or related topics. Please see the Call for Paper for details of how to submit your abstract.

  • Potential and planned developments
  • Adapting design and construction methods to suit Africa
  • The role of hydro in regional development
  • Regional cooperation on transboundary rivers
  • The roles and challenges for river basin authorities and power pools
  • The ‘Belt and Road initiative’ and how it affects hydropower in Africa
  • The Programme for Infrastructure Development (PIDA)
  • Building and maintaining transmission systems
  • Hydro in synergy with other renewables
  • Innovations in hydrogen technology and opportunities for hydro projects
  • Hydro machinery (research, design and operational issues)
  • Innovations in powerplant design
  • Opportunities for expansion and refurbishment of existing schemes
  • Small hydro
  • Rural electrification
  • Physical and cyber security
  • Innovative low-cost technology
  • Pumped storage
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Best maintenance practice in an African context
  • Innovations in dam engineering
  • Surveillance of key structures
  • Safety of dams, spillways, gates and powerplants
  • Hydro-mechanical equipment
  • Design of flood discharge works
  • Hydrological monitoring of rainfall and runoff
  • Sedimentation of reservoirs and irrigation canals
  • Upgrading of dams and associated structures
  • Complicated construction and challenging sites
  • Materials for dams
  • Dealing with AAR and ASR
  • Covid-19: Lessons in risk and resiliency at water infrastructure projects and operating schemes
  • Adaptive project management and business continuity
  • Risk and insurance
  • Regulatory and policy frameworks
  • Innovative financing and contractual issues at all project stages
  • Sovereign debt and macro development economics in Africa
  • Financial sustainability
  • Multipurpose dams and reservoirs
  • Water resources management including irrigation
  • Planning for combined hydro and irrigation schemes
  • Reservoir operation and cascade developments
  • Small dams for irrigation and community water supply
  • Hydropower and tourism
  • Climate change: resilience, adaptation and mitigation
  • Environmental and social aspects
  • Dealing with weeds and water hyacinth
  • Resettlement and livelihood improvement
  • Capacity building
  • Changing management and transformational leadership
  • Developing local talent in the sector
  • Post-ante and ex-post measurement of project success

Conference Programme

AFRICA 2021 will take place at the Speke Resort Munyonyo beside Lake Victoria, Uganda. The fourth in the AFRICA regional conference series, previous events have been held in Ethiopia, Morocco and Namibia. 


Monday 12 July

Pre-conference workshops and Chairpersons' & Speakers' meetings and reception.


Tuesday 13 July

Opening ceremony, technical sessions begin and evening Welcome reception.


Wednesday 14 July

Technical sessions continue and extended opening of the Exhibition.


Thursday 15 July

Technical sessions continue, closing ceremony and Farewell Dinner.

Industry co-sponsors


  • 13 - 15 July 2021
  • Lake Victoria, Uganda
Gilkes Hydro
Harbin Electric Machinery