Nile Basin Development Forum (7th Edition)

Nile Basin Development Forum (7th Edition)

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 May 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 organized 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.

Criteria for Selection of Abstracts

  • Relevance to the Forum theme and sub-themes, and transboundary water management in general

  • Significance/importance of the work to advancing Nile cooperation

  • Soundness/correctness of statistics and data; plausibility of claims and assertions.

  • Originality of the work – is not reproduction of other work; has not been presented in previous NBDF events

  • Quality of structure/presentation – is clearly written; has logical structure and flow – has a statement of the problem, methods, findings, discussion of findings and results.

  • Applicability – work is not abstract or theoretical but is practical and can be applied in advancing the Nile agenda.

  • Geographical focus: covers the Nile Basin, the Nile countries, or other parts of the world but with direct relevance to the Nile Basin

  • Other considerations that will be made in abstract selection: gender balance, and country balance.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Nile Basin Development Forum (7th Edition)

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