A nexus approach can offer multiple gains, but only if there is meaningful collaboration across sectors and administrative boundaries. This study found that, in Ethiopia, relationships in the networks appear instead to follow administrative and sectorial boundaries.

To address nexus problems at a single system boundary limits the possibility to find truly comprehensive solutions. In order to implement a nexus approach, there is a need for organizational arrangements that cut across hydrological, political and sectorial boundaries.

Building on and strengthening existing organizational relations can be an important prerequisite for more coordinated decision-making. A better understanding of existing organizational structures – an understanding that social network analysis can offer – including their strength and weaknesses, is critical to the implementation of a nexus approach.

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