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Recognizing that cooperation on the Nile is crucial to tackle the various development challenges, take advantage of the opportunities for win-win out-comes and to save the River Nile, which continues to be an essential fountain of life for the Nile Basin citizens, the riparian countries have been banding together for more than 45 years.

The riparian states, with significant support from the international community launched a remarkable partnership, the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on 22 February 1999.

This paper briefly introduces NBI, demonstrates its role in building Nile cooperation thus far (against a background of low levels of cooperation), highlights the success factors and draws attention to the lessons learned.

21st Nile COM meeting in Juba, in June 2013
Members of the Nile counsel of ministers discussing issues related to the sustainable management and development of the shared Nile Basin water resources