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The Secretariat implements its program work through projects that are aligned to its Strategic Plan. The projects are intended to contribute to delivering the expected institutional results of NBI


Objectives Duration Financing/MUS$ Funders
Nile Cooperation for Results To facilitate cooperative water resource management and development in the Nile Basin. Jan 2016 to Dec 2017 US$ 1.5 million World Bank/ CIWA
 Transboundary Water Cooperation in the Nile Basin project (Phase 4) NBI supports its Member countries effectively in the sustainable and cooperative management and development of water resources in the Nile River Basin"  Sept 2013 to June 2016 € 3 million Government of German through GIZ
Biodiversity conservation and utilization of ecosystems in the Nile Basin Wetlands of Transnational Relevance Project launch workshop To fill the knowledge gap and strengthen the capacity of the NBI and the riparian states for the management of wetlands of trans-boundary relevance. Octo 2015 to Mar 2020 € 6 million Government of German through GIZ

The Shared Vision Program (SVP) became operational in 2004 and ended in December 2009. It comprised seven thematic projects spread across the Basin and coordinated by the Shared Vision Program Coordination (SVP-C) Project. Among other things, the SVP developed an impressive range of institutional and human resources capacities, created networks of stakeholders and enhanced dialogue throughout the region. The Program also generated hitherto invaluable wealth of knowledge, promoted an integrated and comprehensive approach to the management and development of the shared Nile Basin water resources and helped establish an enabling environment for investment. The SVP was funded to the tune of USD 136 million from NBI Member States contributions and Development Partners.


Title Duration Results Financing/MUS$ Funders
Applied Training 25th Sept 2004 - 31st Dec. 2009
  • NBI Capacity Building Strategy developed
  • Long-term collaboration for research signed with Bergen University, Norway
  • MSc curriculum on IWRM developed and Universities identified
  • Virtual Distance Learning Platform developed
  • 15 PhD and 91 MSc candidates graduated
19.68 NBTF/World Bank, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden, MS
Confidence Building and stakeholders engagement Mar 2004 - Dec 2009
  • Established Stakeholder Networks and database
  • The Nile Story published
  • Press Media in Nile riparian countries monitored
  • Held numerous briefings on NBI to public, private and NGO sectors
 Efficient Water Use for Agricultural productivity  7th July 2005 - 30th Jun 2009
  • Guidelines and Best Practices on Water Harvesting, community-based and large scale irrigation systems issued , disseminated and trainings conducted;
  • Roster of Nile Basin Institutions and Centers of Excellence for Agriculture identified
  • Action Plan for Potential Investment In Agriculture prepared
  • Training Programs in water harvesting, water management and irrigated agriculture delivered for 400 regional staff.
 5.28  NBTF/Netherlands, MS
Nile Transboundary Environment Action 13th Oct 2003 31st Dec 2009
  • Trans-boundary wetlands and bio-diversity strategies developed
  • Environmental Awareness and Education curriculum developed
  • Water Quality Monitoring Program developed
  • Community Based Micro Grant Projects financed
  • Macro-economic policy impact on environment prepared
  • Nile Basin Development Forum held in Khartoum (2008)
43.6 GEF/World Bank, UNDP, MS
 Regional Power Trade  June 2004 - Dec 2009  
  • Formulated and delivered Training Program for Power Purchase Agreement
  • Promoted Private Public Partnership
  • Formulated Environmental Impact Analysis for Power Sector
  • Established Regional Power Market Development Model
  • Established Nile Basin Regional Power Sector Data Bank
  • Established a virtual Power Forum of Regional Power Experts and Ministers of Electricity
 10.35  NBTF/ Norway, Sweden, WB, MS
Socioeconomic Development and Benefit Sharing 6th Feb 2005 - 30th Jun 2009
  • Research Papers in five Thematic areas Published
  • Selected Research Institutions under the Nile Trans-boundary Development Network to serve as think tanks on the Nile Basin.
  • First Phase of Benefit Sharing Methodology completed
10.13 NBTF/ DFID, WB, MS
Water Resources Planning and Management Jan 2006 - Dec 2012
  • Established Trans-boundary Water Policy Guidelines and identified Best Practices
  • Established Water Policy Assistance Facility and TA provided to RCs
  • Trans-boundary Project, Planning and Management Manual Issued
  • Developed agreed interim procedures for data and information sharing and exchange
  • First Phase of Nile Basin Planning Decision Support System completed
  • Nile Basin Development Forum held in Addis Ababa (2006)
  NBTF/Denmrk, Norway, United Kindom, EU, and WB/GEF, MS
Shared Vision Program Coordination Oct 2003 - Dec 2008
  • Supervision of SVP Projects and Coordination of SVP and SAP
  • Capacity building of NILE-SEC
11.6 NBTF, GTZ and MS

The Institutional Strengthening Project (ISP) succeeded the Shared Vision Program (SVP), providing the much needed program continuity and an opportunity for NBI to consolidate and sustain the gains that had been made under the SVP. Without the ISP, there was a clear risk that the various outputs could have been lost.


Title Duration Results Financing/MUS$ Funders
 Institutional Strengthening Project (ISP) 4 years
  • Developed an impressive range of institutional and human resources capacities
  • Created networks of stakeholders and enhanced dialogue throughout the region
  • Produced an invaluable wealth of knowledge
  • Promoted an integrated and comprehensive approach to the management and development of the common Nile Basin water resources
  • Helped establish an enabling environment for investment
  • Enabled NBI to achieve a sound institutional foundation to deliver its core functions namely; Facilitating Cooperation, Water Resource Management and Water Resource Development, underpinned by Member States’ commitment to finance NBI’s minimum functionality.
33.76 M NBTF= 24.02M; BMZ/GIZ= 7.83M; CC = 1.91M