The Inga hydroelectric dam (DR Congo) is the keystone to this intersectoral study that only François Misser could have written. Few experts have his capacity to grasp the complex relationships between the geostrategic sectors of the Congo. Misser's deep understanding of the country's renewable and non-renewable resources have led to the writing of this highly readable book that will interest development experts and donors, as well as a broader readership interested in the twists and turns of Congo's development saga. A meticulous review of available literature on the topic and numerous interviews were used to craft a book written in the style of an accomplished journalist who has covered the topic for over thirty years.
In one way or another, Inga's hydroelectric power is essential to the improved management of energy, forests, agriculture, poverty reduction strategies, macroeconomic development, and even Congo's external relations. Inga Dam is not only relevant locally, but presents high stakes for the international community's attempt to fight the effects of climate change.
In the attempt to reconstruct the Congolese state and re-establish its sovereignty over its natural heritage, all aspects must be given priority. Misser makes a convincing case that national and regional development would be hindered in the absence of significant investments in Inga. The author is sensitive to the social implications of Inga's development without losing sight of the financial aspects of the issue.
Africa is the continent of the 21st century. Misser points out that Inga has the potential to help Congo join the ranks of other African nations that now see growth and development. Yet the message of La Saga d'Inga is clear: the potential is indeed there, but turning Inga into an engine for change is a political challenge and the real debate is neither solely technical nor financial but relies on good governance as well.
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