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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

NBDF Archive


NBDF 7 (2023)

The 7th edition of the NBDF was organized in 2023 and was hosted by the government of the Republic of Uganda. The theme of the 7th NBDF was “Deepening Nile Cooperation: Accelerating the Achievement of SDGs in a Changing Climate”. This theme was supported by five sub-themes covering (a) water, energy and food nexus; (b) ecosystem sustainability; (c) climate change adaptation and mitigation; (d) financing and investment; and (e) transboundary water governance.

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NBDF 1 (2006)

Version Date : Friday, 29th November 2019

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Version Date : Thursday, 25th April 2019

The Nile Basin Discourse as requirement for completion of its first year workplan emphasizing on advocacy and more dialogue on cooperation is to support its National Discourse Forums in each Nile Basin country.

The Nile Basin Discourse Forum in Rwanda, carried out its Second National Forum in Kigali on 21st April 2011 at La Palisse Club Nyandungu.

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NBDF 3 (2011)

Version Date : Saturday, 26th October 2019

The 3rd Nile Basin Development Forum , was launched on 26-28 October 2011, in Kigali, Rwanda

Theme: Climate Change and its implications for Sustainable Development 

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NBDF 4 (2014)

Version Date : Sunday, 6th October 2019

The 4th Nile Basin Development Forum , was launched on 6-7 October 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya
Theme: Building Sustainable Trans-boundary Cooperation in a Complex River Basin: Challenges│ Lessons │Prospects   

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NBDF 5 (2017)

Version Date : Wednesday, 23rd October 2019

The 5th Nile Basin Development Forum , was launched on 23-25 October 2017, in Kigali, Rwanda
Theme: Investing in Nile Cooperation for a Water Secure Future

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