Aerial coastlineDespite being so isolated, the future and fate of the Lake Tanganyika Basin could not be more connected to the rest of the world. Rich in natural resources, like oil and minerals, and a place of enormous environmental importance because it contains one fifth of the world’s fresh water, the lake exists at the nexus of several global struggles and is increasingly attracting the attention of outside interests ranging from multi-national energy and mining corporations to global powers. The lake region is home to millions of indigenous and displaced poor, spread across four countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Burundi and Zambia.

Recognizing the complexity of the region, the organization has mobilized itself to engage on policy, legislation and technologies that promote effective development, transparency and ensure the safety of Lake Tanganyika’s populations.

We are bringing new ways of working, new thinking and new energy to one of the most neglected, yet important places on Earth. Watch footage of our efforts here >>


Latest News

  • Launch of our first policy paper, “From Curse to Cure”

    Amy presenting at iPADEarlier this year we announced our new brand, WAVE, which encompasses our broadened scope of work in policy and advocacy, in addition to the programmatic work of the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic.

    With this in mind, Founder and CEO Dr. Amy Lehman has just launched “From Curse to Cure:  The Impact of Energy Exploration & Production in the Lake Tanganyika Basin,” at the annual iPAD Oil and Gas Conference in Kinshasa, DRC, September 10th and 11th, 2014. 

    “From Curse to Cure” charts risks and rewards of the forthcoming oil boom in the African Great Lakes.  The Lake Tanganyika Basin is used in the report as a lens to view the complex issues and development opportunities in Central and East Africa.

    This report is the first of a series of publications on cross-sectoral collaboration, business and development opportunities, as well as best practices in the African Great Lakes region in general and the Lake Tanganyika Basin in particular.  This project was led by the policy team at WAVE and in conjunction with its programmatic arm, the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic, to highlight among other things, the vulnerabilities of one of the world’s greatest assets in the 21st Century:  Water.

    We encourage you to download our full paper. Further information may be found in our press release: New study charts risks and rewards of the forthcoming oil boom in the African Great Lakes

    For a better understanding of why we initiated this scholarship on energy exploration and production in the basin, check out this interview with Amy.

    Thank you for your continued support!!


Experiencing Lake Tanganyika

Complexity of the region

Complexity of the region

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Water-based concept

Using the Lake as the highway

Using the Lake as the highway