Nile Basin Initiative
Formally launched in February 1999 by the Council of Ministers of Water Affairs of the Nile Basin States, the Initiative provides a unique forum for the countries of the Nile to move forward a cooperative process to realize tangible benefits in the Basin and build a solid foundation of trust and confidence.
What does the NBI do?
- Provides a platform for co-operation and for building working relationships between the riparian countries
- Provides an arrangement by which to move forward from discussion to action
- Implements the “Strategic Action Program"
Structure of the NBI
serves as the highest decision-making body of the NBI. The
Nile-COM is supported by
Nile-TAC, which is composed of two senior officials from each member country. The NBI maintains a secretariat, the
Nile-SEC, located in Entebbe , Uganda . The Secretariat began operations in June 1999 and was officially launched on September 3, 1999.
Strategic Action Program
Two primary areas:
Basin-wide projects - “Shared Vision Program” (SVP) to help create an enabling environment for action on the ground
Sub-basin projects - “Subsidiary Action Program” (SAP) is aimed at the delivery of actual development projects involving two or more countries
The Cooperative Framework project aims at
providing the support to the Nile River Basin countries in
defining an adequate and acceptable framework for co-operation
that may pave the way for equitable and legitimate use of the
Nile River Basin water resources.