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What is Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF)?


The Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF) is a high-level regional event convened every three years by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in collaboration with its Member States and in partnership with development partners. The event is a science-policy dialogue that provides an opportunity for sharing latest information, knowledge and best practices as well as building partnerships among professionals, in trans-boundary water resources management and development. The objectives of the Forum are to build common understanding on the status of the water and natural resources base of the Nile Basin among stakeholders, examine the shared complex challenges and, exchange perspectives on the solutions for addressing these challenges. Six editions of the NBDF have taken place, with the last held on February 22nd to 7th April 2021 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.


NBDF forums are attended by a broad range of stakeholders who include ministers in charge of water and foreign affairs in Nile riparian countries, other senior government officials, parliamentarians, water resource managers, river basins organizations, economists, environmentalists, development planners, academics, researchers, media practitioners, civil society, local and international NGOs, UN agencies, and private individuals and corporations.




The aim of the biennial, high level event, which was first held in 2006, is to create communities of people who are well informed, actively engaged in and promoting Nile cooperation as the only means of achieving sustainable management and development of the shared Nile Basin water resources as well as addressing shared risks, threats and challenges across the Basin.


Target Audience


Nile Basin Development Forum is organised mainly as a public event and as such, the target audience is all NBI stakeholders as outlined in the overarching NBI Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy 2018 – 2023. These include members of the NBI core and extended governance in each Member State, Members of Parliament, Development Partners, Researchers, Academia, Civil society and Media. Others are opinion leaders, the youth and children



List of Past NBDFs

Year          Date                                                     Forum              Theme                                                                                                                                                                                                          Host

2020        February 22 to April 29, 2021       NBDF 6            Rethinking regional investments in the Nile Basin: Water | Energy | Food | Environment| Climate Change         Ethiopia

2017        23rd to 25th October,     2019         NBDF 5             Investmenting in Nile Cooperation for a Water Secure Future                                                                                              Rwanda

2014        6th to 7th October,         2014        NBDF 4           Building Sustainable Trans-boundary Cooperation in a Complex River Basin: Challenges│ Lessons │Prospects Kenya

2011        26th to 28th October,      2011        NBDF 3             Climate Change and its implications for sustainable development                                                                                        Rwanda

 sad                                                                        NBDF 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kenya

sad                                                                         NBDF 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Kenya


This Nile Basin Development Forum is organised with the financial support of the European Union and the Federal German Government. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the Nile Basin Initiative and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union or the Federal German Government