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Nile Basin Initiative is a regional intergovernmental partnership launched by the Nile Basin countries on 22nd February, 1999 to manage and develop the shared Nile Basin water resources in a cooperative manner, share substantial socio-economic benefits and promote regional peace and security. NBI Member States are 10 namely Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Eritrea participates as an observer.

The set-up of NBI is informed by the principle of subsidiarity, hence the three NBI Centers: A Regional Secretariat (Nile-SEC) based in Entebbe, Uganda is the executive arm responsible for facilitating cooperation among the Member States, joint management of the shared water resources as well as the overall corporate direction. Two Subsidiary Action Programs namely the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU) based in Kigali, Rwanda are responsible for preparing trans-boundary investment projects in three areas namely Energy, Water and Food.

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Kigali, November 9, 2016 - The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU), on behalf of Rusumo Power Company Limited (RPCL), signed two contracts for the construction of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project (RRFHP)

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The Nile is an iconic river of global significance. It is a symbol of the human capacity to harness water for the development and growth of civilizations, but also of the fragility of our existence and unremitting dependence on water's life-giving properties. The Nile is also a complex river system in hydrological, environmental and climatic terms. It crosses the borders of eleven different countries namely; Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, The Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda with very different social, cultural and economic realities. Sharing water resources between so many countries (and their growing populations and their demands) is a challenge in itself, but the geopolitical and hydro political realities in the Basin turn it even more complex. To this end, the Nile Basin countries came together in 1999 to establish the unprecedented Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), to jointly overcome the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities to maximize benefits. This publication looks at how, in the space of a little over 17 years, NBI has successfully established a program of work that has generated a swathe of shared benefits, transforming lives in the Nile Basin. Get an overview of NBI's achievements, which have resulted in a step change in development across the Basin. The overall achievement can be summarized as a transformation in the way countries sharing the river perceive joint challenges and act to tackle them. There has been a concerted effort at strengthening the awareness of the need for and benefits of Nile cooperation - of which this publication is a part. Chapter 1 showcases benefits for each Member State, both achieved and in the pipeline, covering a range of energy, food and water needs. These include the Ethiopia-Sudan Transmission Interconnection benefiting 1.4 million people, Rusumo Falls Hydro-electric project benefiting 1, 146,000 people in Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania. Others are planned irrigation and watershed projects basin-wide, which will put 14,000 ha of farmland under improved agriculture. Chapter 2 focusses on enhanced capacity not only of professional competencies and capabilities to jointly manage and develop shared water resources but also capacity to cooperate, build trust and confidence among Basin States as a means by which to provide a wider enabling environment for investments. Chapter 3 describes the credible and impartial knowledge and information created and analytic tools developed in support of more robust planning and development strategies for improved livelihoods. Chapter 4 looks at the NBI - a strong regional institutional platform for dialogue and cooperation, which is all inclusive and neutral. Chapter 5 is about possible futures - first highlights the baseline and then describes future challenges.

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ENTEBBE, Uganda – Ministers in charge of Water Affairs in the Nile Basin countries are due to meet on 14 July, 2016 in Entebbe, Uganda in the 24th Annual Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM) meeting.

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DODOMA, Tanzania - The 23rd Annual meeting of the Nile Council of Ministers of Water Affairs (Nile-COM) has ended today 4 June, 2015 in Dodoma, in the United Republic of Tanzania.

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VIHIGA COUNTY, Kenya – Kenya’s Deputy President H.E. William Ruto has noted the remarkable progress made in the pursuit of cooperation on the Nile under the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). “Already we can see great harmony across borders as nations