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The Guiding Principles of the NBI’s Nile Basin Sustainability Framework (NBSF) are the principles of the Shared Vision as set out in the Policy Guidelines for the Nile River Basin Strategic Action Program (1999), the NBI 10 Year Strategy, and the principles of policies approved by NBI governance bodies over the years, such as the Environment and Social Policy (2013).

The principles from the above-mentioned sources include equitable utilization of transboundary water resources; obligation not to cause significant harm; cooperation and joint action seeking win-win outcomes; promotion of public participation and awareness; promotion of dialogue and consultation to build trust and confidence; data and information exchange; evidence-based decision making; subsidiarity principle; integrated regional planning; and poverty eradication and promotion of economic integration.

They also contain the principles of sustainable development; wise use of natural resources; integrated natural resources management; water resource monitoring and assessment; legitimate, transparent, accountable, strong, and adaptable institutions; participatory and inclusive decision-making processes; and gender equity and equality.

The Policy Portal includes policies, strategies, guidelines and manuals defined as below..

Policy: A formal statement of principles or values that establishes the parameters for decision-making and action. Policies may set broad directions or goals in the specific areas that they address. Policies are approved by Nile-COM upon recommendation of Nile-TAC.

Strategy: A prudent and sagacious plan or course of action, selected from among alternatives, to operationalize policy principles and reach policy goals. Strategies may set quantitative targets, and timeframes, contain budgets, and assign responsibilities to implementing agencies. Strategies are approved by Nile-CoM, upon recommendation of Nile-TAC.

Guideline: A general rule, principle, or piece of advice, that suggests how something should be done. Guidelines may contain checklists and general guidance on practices or approaches used to perform tasks related to the implementation of NBSF policies and strategies. Guidelines may be prepared for use at different levels, i.e., basin-wide, sub-basin, or project level. Guidelines prepared by Nile-SEC will be approved by Nile-COM while guidelines prepared by ENTRO and NELSAP-CU will be approved by ENCOM or NELCOM respectively on recommendation of the technical advisory committees (Nile-TAC, ENSAPT, and NEL-TAC).

Manual and RoadmapA book containing detailed instructions, explanations, and procedures for the step-by-step performance of specific tasks. Manuals and roadmaps under the NBSF fall in the category of guidelines.

In addition to policies, strategies, and guidelines, the Policy Portal contains legal instruments for the establishment of the NBI, agreements between the NBI and host countries for NBI Centres, and agreements between the NBI and other regional organizations. 
There are a number of benefits to the Nile riparian countries from their decision to develop and apply the policies, strategies, and guidelines in their cooperation on the Nile, helping to:
(a)    demonstrate to national governments and the international community that the NBI has a systematic approach to dealing with sustainable development issues, thereby helping  to create a climate of certainty, minimize risk, and improve the confidence of investors.
(b)    allow for joint actions that increase mutual trust and promote a deepening of riparian States’ cooperation. 
(c)    increase the ability of the NBI to mobilise much-needed investment capital for the management and development of the river basin

 

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Document Name   

Year of Publication

Description

1.1  
Nile-COM Meeting - Arusha 22 Feb.1999 (internal)
1999 The Nile-CoM Meeting Minutes of 22 Feb 1999 record the Ministers' decision to establish the  NBI as a basin-wide Institutional Arrangement for Nile basin cooperation
       
1.2
NBI Act
1999 The Nile Basin Initiative Act (of 2002) is a national Act of Uganda that confers legal status in Uganda on the Nile Basin Initiative.
       
1.3
NBI Headquarter agreement
2002 The NBI Headquarters Agreement between Uganda and the NBI stipulates the rights and obligations for the NBI to operate its headquarters in Entebbe, Uganda.
       
1.4
Entro legal status
2002 The ENCOM Ministers' decision of 11 Dec 2002 confers legal status on ENTRO.
       
1.5
ENTRO Headquarter agreement
2000 The ENTRO Headquarters Agreement between Ethiopia and ENTRO  stipulates the rights and obligations for ENTRO to operate its headquarters in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia.
       
1.6
NELSAP Headquarter agreement 
2004  The NELSAP-CU Headquarters Agreement between Rwanda and NBI/NELSAP-CU stipulates the rights and obligations for NELSAP-CU to operate its headquarters in Kigali, Rwanda.
       
1.7
Memorandum of Understanding between the NBI and the EAC/LVBC (internal)
2006 Memorandum of Understanding between the EAC and the NBI that maps out areas of cooperation between LVBC and NELSAP-CU in the Lake Victoria Basin.
       
1.8
Terms of Reference for Nile-TAC (internal)
2011 Revised Terms of Reference that spell out the composition, roles, and responsibilities of the Nile Technical Advisory Committee and its sub-committees.

Doc.No.

Document Name   

Year of Publication

Description

2.1  
NBI Results -Based System Policy (internal)
2014 A policy paper that lays out the concept of NBI’s results-based system for work plan preparation and monitoring and evaluation
       
2.2
NBI Anti Corruption Policy (internal)
2014 .The NBI Anti-Corruption Policy confirms the NBI's zero-tolerance approach to corruption  and establishes rules and principles to prevent corruption, and deal with it appropriately should it occur, with the objective of ensuring transparency and accountability and upholding honesty and integrity in staff and individuals representing the NBI.
       
2.3
NBI Information Disclousre Policy (internal)
2013 The NBI Information Disclosure Policy sets out the NBI Policy with regards to the sharing of information with the public. The Policy complements (and does not replace) the Nile Basin Data and Information Sharing and Exchange Interim Procedures.
       
2.4
NBI Harmonize Finance and Administration Manual (internal)
2010 A document for use by all NBI centres that lays out policies for  financial management and accounting (including such things as budgeting and planning, cash management, expenditure and payments procedures) and for administration (covering areas like fixed assets and stock management, stores, motor vehicle and transport management, and social events and workshops).
       
2.5
NBI Recruitment and Selection Policy (internal)
2010 This document provides procedures for performing tasks related to recruitment and employment in the NBI. It covers application guidelines and procedures for such  tasks like vacancy announcements, screening and shortlisting, conducting  interviews and communicating results.
       
2.6
NBI Harmonized Procurement and Disposal Manual (internal)
2011  The document provides staff of the NBI centres with policies, guidelines and procedures so that they can follow appropriate processes for effective management of the procurement of goods, works and services, and the disposal of assets.
       
2.7
NBI Internal Audit Charter (internal)
2013 The Internal Audit Charter outlines the purpose, authority, scope for the internal audit  function within NBI, and the roles and responsibilities for this function within NBI.
       
2.8
Students and Research Internship Guidelines (internal)
2015 This document explains the opportunities, requirements and procedures by which  suitably qualified persons can be engaged at NBI as interns.
       
2.9
NBI Information Technology Policy (internal)
2015  This document lays out the vision, objectives, principles, and approaches relating to  the use of the information technologies within the NBI Centres. It also describes the IT units within the NBI centres and their contribution to the attainment of organizational goals.
       
2.10
Harmonized Human Resources Policy and Procedures Manual (internal)
2016 This document provides policy and guidance for performing tasks related to the  human resources  management function in the NBI centres. It was wide scope covering things like recruitment and selection, induction, probation and confirmation performance management, training and development, promotion and  career development and discharge and separation.
       
2.11
Revised National NBI Coordination Strategy 2017-2022 (internal)
2017 This document describes the way that National NBI offices are set up, staffed, and  financed  to perform that national coordination role under the supervision of the Nile-TAC.

Doc.No.

Document Name   

Year of Publication

Description

3.1  
NBI Policy Guidelines for the Strategic Action Program 
1999 The Policy Guidelines for the Nile River Basin Strategic Action Programme spells out the principles, objectives, and key mechanisms for collaboration in  the management of the Nile River Basin.  
       
3.2
 NBI Financing Strategy

2017 The NBI Financing Strategy 2017-2022 defines the strategies for the NBI to meet the funding requirements for the implementation of the 10-Year-, Strategy with a specific Finance Action Plan for the 2017-2022 period. 
       
3.3
NBI 10 Year Strategy 2017-2022 
2017 The NBI 10 Year Strategy 2017-2027 defines the NBI's strategic priorities for the 2017-2027 period.
       
3.4
NBI Basin-wide Programme (2017-2022)
2017 A medium-term strategic plan for the period 2017-2022 for the three NBI Centres
       
3.5
NBI Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy (2018-2023)
2018 The NBI Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy (2018 - 2023) complements the NBI 10-Year-Strategy and sets out the goals, objectives, and strategic approaches for NBI's communication and stakeholder engagement

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Document Name   

Year of Publication

Description

4.1  
Nile Basin Interim Procedures for Data and Information Exchanged 
2009
The Nile Basin Data and Information Sharing and Exchange Interim Procedures establish jointly agreed on principles for the sharing between the NBI Member States of data and information required for the successful implementation of NBI  programmes and  projects.
       
4.2
NBI - Operational Guidelines
2011 The NBI - Operational Guidelines for Implementation of the Nile Basin Interim Procedures for Data and Information Sharing and Exchange provide detailed technical guidance for practitioners responsible for the implementation of the Nile Basin Data and Information Sharing and Exchange Interim Procedures.
       
4.3
Monitoring Strategy for the Nile Basin
2010 The NBI Monitoring Strategy for the Nile River Basin provides the strategic and technical framework to generate and collect, in a participatory manner, the  information and data required to facilitate the implementation of NBI programmes and projects.
       
4.4
DSS Guidelines on Data Quality Control and Assurance
2012 The DSS Guideline on Data Quality Control and Assurance establishes a quality assurance system for the data and models used in the operation of the Nile Basin DSS
       
4.5
DSS Guidelines for Assessment of Water Resourses Interv
2012
The DSS Guideline on the Evaluation of Water Management Interventions provides a scenario evaluation framework, and a step-by-step guide for  the use of the scenario analysis tools of the Nile Basin DSS
       
4.6
DSS Guidelines for Model Calibration
2012 The DSS Guideline on Model Calibration and Valuation provides general guidance on the  calibration and validation of models used for scenario analysis in the Nile Basin DSS.

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Document Name   

Year of Publication

Description

5.1  
Environmental and Social Policy  
2013 The NBI Environmental and Social Policy establishes principles, objectives, and  implementation frameworks for environmental and social measures in the implementation of NBI programmes and projects.
       
5.2
ENSAP Environment Management Guidelines
2011 The ENSAP Environmental Management Guidance provides guidance to practitioners for the implementation of environmental management interventions in projects implemented under the NBI (ENSAP) umbrella. It is complemented by the ENSAP Social Management Guidance. 
       
5.3
NELSAP Environmental and Social Management Guidelines 
2012 The NELSAP Environmental and Social Management Guidelines provide guidance for the assessment of potential environmental and social impacts for investment projects
       
5.4
ENSAP Social Management Guidance
2010 The ENSAP Social Management Guidance (SMG) is a guide for the management of social issues at ENTRO and in the Eastern Nile countries to ensure that ENSAP projects are designed to be socially sustainable and to provide a unified framework  for management of social issues arising from ENSAP programs and projects. The SMG is complementary to the ENSAP Environment Management Guidance (EMG).

                                                                                 

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Document Name   

Year of Publication

Description

6.1  
NBI Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Strategy  
2020 The NBI Gender Mainstreaming Policy provides a policy framework for NBI and other stakeholders on mainstreaming gender into policies, programs, actions and investments
       
6.2
NELSAP Gender Mainstreaming_Guidelines and Checklists
2014 The Gender mainstreaming guidelines and checklists in NELSAP programs and projects provide guidance to practitioners for the integration of gender aspects into all stages of a project life cycle including project preparation, formulation and implementation processes.

                                                                      

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Year of Publication

Description

7.1  
NBI Wetlands Management Strategy  
2013 The NBI Wetlands Management Strategy provides the strategic implementation framework for the transboundary management of Nile Basin wetlands to guide their sustainable utilization.
       
7.2
NBI Environmental Flow Management Strategy 
2016 The NBI Environmental Flow Management Strategy provides an implementation strategy for the establishment of environmental flows management in the basin.
       
7.3
NBI Environmental Flow Manual
2016 A series of technical documents that provide a step-by-step process for determination of environmental flow requirements in riverine systems.
       
7.4
NELSAP Catchment Management Planning Manual 
2018 A manual that outlines the main steps in catchment planning, and tasks to be performed under each step

                                   

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Year of Publication

Description

8.1  
NBI Climate Change Strategy   
2013 The NBI Climate Change Strategy establishes a strategic implementation framework for the integration of climate change aspects in basin management with the overall goal of strengthening  basin-wide resilience to climate change and ensure climate compatible water resource management and development.
       
8.2
NELSAP Climate Proofing Guidelines and Tools   
2012 The NELSAP Guidelines for Adaptation Mainstreaming in Water Infrastructure Development provide guidance on mainstreaming climate adaptation in investment planning and projects concerning water resources management, with a view to reducing climate related risks in water resources investments.

                                                                       

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Document Name   

Year of Publication

Description

9.1  
Reference Dam Safety Guidelines for Eastern Nile Countries    
2014 The Nile Reference Dam Safety Guideline provides guidance for the planning, design, construction, operation, and safety management of large and small
       
9.2
Roadmap for Coordinated Operation of Transboundary Cascade Dams in Eastern Nile 
2016 The Roadmap for Coordinated Operation of Transboundary Cascade Dams in Eastern Nile provides a framework for the coordinated operation of reservoirs in the Eastern Nile region, including mechanisms for harmonizing reservoir operation, assessment of benefit-sharing options.
       
9.3
NBI Interim Procedure for the disclosure of information about investment projects 
undertaken through the Nile Basin Initiative Investment Programs  
2018 The NBI Interim Procedure for the Disclosure of Information about Investment Projects establishes the rules and procedures for the formal disclosure of information about NBI Investment Projects at specific stages of the project cycle in order to promote  cooperation and trust between NBI Member Countries  

                                                                                                                                                                                                            


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