6th Nile Basin Development Forum
NBDF 2020 postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Rethinking regional investments in the Nile Basin


6th NBDF postponed

The 6th Nile Basin Development Forum earlier scheduled to take place October 27 – 29, 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and the host country – Ethiopia, have agreed to postpone the forum to 2021. The new date will be confirmed as soon as possible.

The Organising Committee would like to thank sponsors, co-convenors, the media and all stakeholders involved for your support towards the event so far. We also take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those who positively responded to the call for abstracts.
In the meantime, the NBI Secretariat together with the host country and our partners will continue to work on the detailed preparations so as to ensure a successful event.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information or clarification.
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in Addis Ababa at the 6th NBDF in 2021.


The 6th in its series, NBDF 2021 is dedicated to the theme: Rethinking Regional Investments in the Nile Basin: Water | Food | Energy | Environment | Climate. The theme derive, from the NBI Strategy 2017-2027, focusing on consolidating the gains and delivering benefits of Nile cooperation.

The theme and its five strategic angles, are very timely taking into account that the Nile riparians, building on the work of NBI over the past two decades, are moving towards a new approach to regional/basin planning and investment agenda. The goal is to enhance transformative processes and projects that will contribute to NBI’s shared vision: to promote socio-economic benefits for the people and countries of the Nile Basin.

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) Secretariat is very pleased to announce that preparations for the Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF) 2021 are underway. The 6th in its series, the Forum will take place in Addis Ababa in 2021. Ethiopia will be hosting this high level regional event for the second time, having hosted the inaugural Forum in 2006.

Since the first Forum held in 2006, the NBDF has since become one of the largest gatherings in the Nile Basin region, for science-policy dialogue. Its aim is to foster cooperation and create a common understanding and appreciation among a wide range of stakeholders on issues and challenges of the Nile Basin.

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6th NBDF 2021: Sub-Themes

The topics that will be addressed in the 6th NBDF are structured along the six pillars of the NBI 10 year strategy. These pillars are described as follows:

1- WATER SECURITY: Enhance availability and sustainable utilization and management of transboundary water resources of the Nile Basin

2- ENERGY SECURITY: Enhance hydropower development in the basin and increase interconnectivity of electric grids and power trade

3- FOOD SECURITY: Enhance efficient agricultural water use and promote a basin approach to address the linkages between water and food security

4- ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of water related ecosystems across the basin

5- CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION: Improve basin resilience to climate change impacts

6- TRANSBOUNDARY WATER GOVERNANCE: Strengthen transboundary water governance in the Nile Basin