November 29- 30, 2017


Entebbe, Uganda


Discounted Fees


List is under review

About the Nile Basin Discourse Summit 2017 / In Brief

After fifteen years on the ground, the Nile Basin Discourse (NBD) Network has evolved to a more dynamic role in Nile Basin development processes; and a partner for promoting Nile cooperation.     The Nile Riparian States face a number of challenges such as the weak Nile cooperation, gender imbalance, climate change, food crises, rapid population growth and urbanization, weak regional integration, and slow transition into a green economy. Taking cognizance of these persisting challenges, NBD is planting and nurturing the idea of a biennial collective discourse on emerging issues, best practices, and experiences that could tone down challenges of a River Basin. Therefore, this 2017, NBD is launching the first of its kind, the Nile Basin Discourse Summit (NBDS).

The objective is “to inclusively discourse on emerging issues, practices and experiences of cooperation and development of River Basin countries.” The NBDS is expected to discourse, arriving at constructive decisions for vertical information to policy making and grassroots communities in addition to arriving at horizontal information on the trans-boundary element.

The NBDS (2017) theme entails three sub-themes that lean on the pillars and strategic directions of empowerment through participation. The three sub-themes call for discussions on cooperation for sustainable development, knowledge exchange and water governance, and innovations. The Summit is to be held from the 29th to the 30th of November 2017 at Entebbe – Uganda.

Nurturing Cooperation for Sustainable Development

This sub-theme opens dialogue on enhancement of the all-level, all-inclusive “hands-on” trans-boundary cooperation; collaborative assessment of solutions, experiences and best practices in a river basin; shared water for social and economic development; fast-tracking of actions towards the transformative agenda 2030/SDGs goals; etc.

Knowledge Exchange and Water Governance

Knowledge exchange and water governance sub-theme aims at exchange of ideas on the policy advocacy, accountability and partnerships in water governance; inclusivity and mainstreaming gender, young and special groups in a river basin; a discourse on climate change on poverty, the adaptation and climate risk management; efforts towards water, food and energy security; etc.

Capacity Building and Innovation

Capacity building and awareness raising sub-theme is a pointer to discussions on the knowledge, evidence-base for decision making, and data sharing approaches; systematic efforts to changing power relations; attitudes and beliefs to sharing resources, their costs and benefits inclusivity through learning; innovative ideas; outreach and media; etc.

Members & Partners


Burundi National Discourse Forum
D.R. Congo National Discourse Forum
Egypt National Discourse Forum
Eritrea National Discourse Forum
Ethiopia National Discourse Forum
Kenya National Discourse Forum
Rwanda National Discourse Forum
South Sudan National Discourse Forum
Sudan National Discourse Forum
Tanzania National Discourse Forum
Uganda National Discourse Forum


The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)
The Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO)
The Nile Equatorial Lakes Coordination Unit (NELCU)
The Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
The Global Water Partnership – Eastern Africa (GWP – EA)
The Women for Water Partnership – (WFWP)
The Climate is Water Group (#CIW)
The Butterfly Effect Group (BE)

Development Partners

Cooperation on International Waters Africa/World Bank (CIWA / World Bank)

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Register now / don't mıss the summit!

Send us an email expressing your interest in the NBDS 2017 to with the following information:   1) Your name , 2) Gender, 3) Country of Origin, 4) Current Address, 5) Telephone number, 6) Email address, 7) Your organisation and if it is a member of the NBD, 8) Emergency contact, and 9) Any additional information you would like us to know
You can use the Instant Registration link below

Please note that you are required to pay a small fee of $30 / $50 for you to participate in the summit. See FAQs for details

Frequently Asked Questions / Find the answers

Who Should attend the summit?

The Summit targets communities, researchers, graduate students, government and policy-makers, practitioners, and humanitarian actors with an interest in Nile Basin Issues and beyond, from Nile basin grassroots communities, Research Institutions, Universities, Civil Society Organisations, NGOs, International NGOs, Regional Organisations, Foreign Missions and United Nations' Agencies, with a particular focus on Water Basin Resources and Governance.

How much do I pay?

Participants from within NBD member organisations: $30 (Thirty US dollars) [ An introductory letter from your Organisation is required ].

Participants not attached to any member organisation: $50 (Fifty US dollars).

** These subsidized fees only cover attendance charge, cost of materials, and meals during the summit. Participants will have to take care of their accommodation, transport, Visas, and emergency costs

Do you offer sponsorship?

As a matter of fact, NBDS 2017 participation fees are highly subsidised; however there is a limited number of full-board sponsorship for applicants whose abstracts have been selected and will be presenting papers during the summit.

Registration Requirements

Application letter stating your interest in the NBDS 2017

A reference letter from your organization or institution [ If participant is from a NBD member organisation ]

Registration procedure:

Send a copy of your application to with the subject “NBDS 2017 REGISTRATION”. (Endeavour to state Your full name , Gender, Country of Origin, Current Address, Telephone number, Email address, Your organisation and if it is a member of the NBD, Emergency contact, and Any additional information you would like us to know)

Altrnatively, you can use the Instant Registration link HERE

Deadline for early registrations is 15th November 2017

Can I showcase at the summit?

There will be free space for whoever would like to show case their products.

Summit Location

Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel
Plot M79 Lugard Avenue - Entebbe, Uganda

+256 041 7305000

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Contact Us / Send us a quick Email


The Nile Basin Discourse
Plot 32, Nsamizi Rd, Entebbe
P. O. Box 185, Entebbe – Uganda
Tel: +256414322432
Fax: +256414323930