About Nile Basin Capacity Building Network
About Nile Basin Capacity Building Network
NBCBN is a regional network for capacity building of water professionals in the Nile basin. The network was launched in the year 2002 as a non-traditional network and served as a pilot in the Nile Basin.It has proven to be a unique structure and a valuable tool for capacity building over the years. The success of the network comes from the real impact that it generated on the performance of people working at both national and regional level in the Nile basin. For more than 15 years, NBCBN has showed that creating links between water professionals from the basin and bringing people closer around common research objectives that serves their countries needs are important steps towards better cooperation that stimulated joint problem-solving oriented research leading to outputs that go beyond the original horizons of the individual researchers.

At the same time the cooperation has contributed to creating a basis for generating new and innovative solutions to cope with water scarcity problems in the Nile region. As a pioneer knowledge Network in the Nile basin its mission is to contribute through its regional, multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder collaborative research in the basin to sustainable solutions for integrated water resources management, supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals earlier and contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the near future.

NBCBN Main goals are to complete and strengthen a knowledge Network in the Nile basin, to build a sustainable knowledge base, to generate and implement joint applied research with tangible outputs that supports sustainable development and livelihoods, contributing directly to the generation of knowledge in water resources management and to co-create sustainable ways of collaboration, knowledge dissemination and knowledge sharing in the basin.

Burundi,D.R. Congo,Egypt,Ethiopia,Kenya,Rwanda,SouthSudan,Sudan ,Tanzania and Uganda.

University of Burundi,Centre De recherches Geologiques Et Minires ,Hydraulics Research Institute,Addis Ababa University,University of Nairobi,UNESCO Chair in Water Resources,Dar Es-Salaam University and Mekerere University.

Hydraulics Research Institute, Egypt.

UNESCO-IHE, the Netherlands and Cap-Net.

NBCBN in 2016 started a transition phase with the objective to achieve a financially sustainable, legally registered regional Nile Basin network of water professionals. This network is foreseen to be firmly rooted in the academic and applied research world with a demand driven research and knowledge agenda with special reference to trans-boundary water related issues and with strong functional relations with its major clients in the basin including NBI-SEC, ENTRO and NELSAP offices as well as with other relevant partners and relevant national ministries and organisations in the Nile Basin.
In connection with the key pillars for NBCBN's sustainability, the major results that should be achieved for transition are:-
  • NBCBN an independent legal entity with adequate capacities and resources
  • Strengthened Linkage with NBI and other relevant regional/international/national institutions (Partnership)
  • Strengthened NBCBN-Sec and NBCBN member institutions
  • Effective dissemination of generated knowledge