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Nile Basin Initiative

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment has been made of the impact of the Nile Basin Initiative in the region; and what the role of his Department was in implementing this initiative. (211813)

Through its projects across Nile Basin, the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is building greater awareness of the need for and benefits of cooperative development. The investment projects under preparation include flood protection, watershed management, and power sharing.

The NBI is assessed annually by all funding partners. The last meeting was in April 2008. We concluded that the NBI is making good progress to build regional cooperation to better manage the water resources of the Nile. This is essential to tackle poverty, enable growth and maintain peace in the region, as well as for climate change adaptation.

DFID engages with the NBI on a regular basis to support implementation and to review progress. In recognition of our commitment to achieving Nile cooperation and the ongoing success of the NBI, we recently doubled our financing to the NBI, now with a total commitment of £14 million.

DFID also supports civil society engagement in the NBI, through the Nile Basin Discourse. This aims to bring greater voice and accountability to the Government led development process.