Published: 07 October 2016
As a follow-up, and starting this 4th quarter of 2016, the NBD and the Geographic Department of the Humboldt-University in Berlin, Germany, have put in place the possibility of implementing the student-innovative-idea exchange and the sharing of experiences. The first student has already reported and is occupying the desk at the NBD Secretariat. On the desk is Thomas Betzold who has been trained in hydrology and resource management. He is to occupy the corner from October till December 2016. In the three months of the initiative, and in addition to the desk occupied, NBD provides mentorship in community engagement, the case of civil society organizations in the Nile Basin Riparian States.
His innovative ideas are to emerge from the university, and the fact that he has participated in study projects concerning the management of the Spree Catchment, a river in eastern Germany and the quantitative estimation of small rivers in Thuringia, Germany. In general, Thomas has interest in international rivers. In addition, his area of inclination is the participatory, inclusivity, and the horizontal and vertical evidence-based advocacy approach to resource distribution, as fronted by the Nile Basin Discourse.