The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is a partnership of the nine riparian countries that provides a forum for cooperative development of the water resources of the Nile River. The NBI has through implementation of the two complementary programs constituting the Strategic Action Plan 1999, largely achieved the first phase of its mission of building capacity, trust and confidence. The two complementary programs include:

A Shared Vision Program (SVP): A multi-country, multi-sectoral, grant-funded program of collaborative action, exchange of experience, building trust and capacity for laying a strong basin wide foundation for joint investment in the management and development of the Nile basin. This program gradually came to a close by December, 2009, with only the WRPM and phase II of RPT continuing under the auspices of the NBI Institutional Strengthening Project (ISP).

The Subsidiary Action Programs (SAP) that continue to complement the SVP by putting into action on the ground, the cooperation and trust built among the basin countries for realization of transboundary development projects through exploring subsidiary actions at the sub-basin level to initiate concrete investment. A number of cooperative investment projects that confer mutual benefits have been identified by the two SAPs ( ENSAP and NELSAP).

Running parallel to the two programs is the institutional dialogue process for a Nile Basin Cooperative

NBI Goal

The NBI shared vision agreed upon by the nine partner countries, which is also the long-term goal is;

"To achieve sustainable socio-economic development through equitable utilization of, and benefit from, the common Nile Basin Water resources”.

NBI Objectives

  • To realize the shared vision / goal, NBI is pursuing the following objectives:
  • To develop the water resources of the Nile Basin in a sustainable and equitable way to ensure rosperity, security, and peace for all its peoples.
  • To ensure efficient water management and the optimal use of the resources.
  • To ensure cooperation and joint action between the riparian countries, seeking win-win gains.
  • To target poverty eradication and promote economic integration.
  • To ensure that the program results in a move from planning to action

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