Applications

The Nexus Game offers a unique opportunity to explore the challenges of water management for energy and food production. Participants are put into the roles of key ministries of two countries sharing the same river. From this perspective, they may brainstorm and collaborate to creatively form and verify a number of policies. As they try to meet the growing water demands, they still have to remember about ecological and economical balance within and across the borders. The simulation is foremost targeted at water, energy, and agriculture sector professionals: ministries, power plants, capacity building institutions, etc. It is designed to be used within capacity development programs, both as a training tool and a policy exercise.

The game met with an enthusiastic reception from players in many countries around the world, including:

Ivory Coast (African Development Bank), 
Republic of South Africa (Southern African Systems Analysis Centre), 
Egypt (Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology) 
and Pakistan (Lahore University of Management Sciences).

Benefits

Learn

Learn

how to balance increasing water demand and solve water-supply conflicts between different sectors and countries

Experience

Experience

challenges connected with transitions in complex systems where multiple stakeholders’ interests collide

Discover

Discover

and exploit the potential of innovative technologies for increasing energy and water use efficiency

Practice

Practice

collaboration among various organizations and groups of interest whose individual and collective goals differ

News and Articles

What participants say

  • “The simulation gave me more insight into the benefits of interacting with other people and getting their point of view. It also helped me understand the benefit of working in synergy. A problem can be solved from different perspectives - it is a complex system, but eventually, a consensus can be reached.”

    August 2018
    Southern African Systems Analysis Centre’s Emerging Researchers Program (SASAC)
  • “I have learned how managing resources is a complex process; without integration of sectors, it can have side effects on water quality, and impacts a large number of people.”

    July 2018
    3rd Indus Basin Knowledge Forum
  • “The game is very engaging and - via presenting different scenarios; dry and wet seasons, pollution, etc. - inspires to get interested in the real world’s problems. It also provides an opportunity  to come up with solutions that may be further applied to problems outside the game.”

    March 2018
    Center for Water Informatics & Technology at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
  • “The Nexus Game is a good visual way to see the nexus dynamics in practice, especially the trade-offs that one has to make at times.”

    June 2017
    African Development Bank
  • “Even though the link between water-food-energy is simple in this game, you can observe how these nexus elements interact. You can see how uncertainty of natural processes influences the result of your decisions. Group  dynamics can vary a lot between two groups and between 2 games, and is an important (maybe the most important) part of arriving at a decision.”

    May, 2017
    Dresden Nexus Conference

Technical details

3-4 hours

3-4 hours


8-12 players

8-12 players

3 tables

3 tables

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Nexus Game Elements

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The game was developed by the Centre for Systems Solutions in collaboration with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

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