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The plight of widows and orphans has been dire in Kenya’s Homa-Bay County along the shores of Lake Victoria where HIV/AIDS has intensely ravaged the community, leaving hundreds of widows and orphans suffering.The widows suffer majorly at the hand of their in-laws, robbing them of the opportunity to access factors of production like land. This makes widows and orphans extremely vulnerable since some even lack homes/houses to live; thus, failing to play an active role in supporting their...
Youth are targeted because they are the biggest proportion of the population, they are a better resource to mobilise and are key drivers for change. Lake Rweru is an important Rwanda – Burundi transboundary water body with a wide biodiversity. It feeds the Akagera River, which feeds into Lake Victoria and the Nile through the Rusumo rapid falls. Lake Rweru is as well...
The Orange Fleshed Sweet Potatoes (OFSP) have been promoted due to its added value, as they are source of vitamin A content for rural farming communities. TAHEA works in partnership with other Organizations to promote Sweet Potato Production especially Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) for health, nutrition, food security and income for resource poor households. In the line with the project implementation, TAHEA trained Ukerewe prison officials on benefits of Orange sweet potatoes. The...
Since March 2020, the Lake Tanganyika water has risen to an incredible level. This year 2021, it rose to more than fifty meters. According to the geographical expert, he recalled that the level of Lake Tanganyika fluctuates in the order of 0.8m naturally depending on the seasons. These fluctuations are the consequences of a change in the balance between water inflows (rainfall at the lake level and the start of the outflow at the Lukuga River at Kalemie in the DRC.   Since the 19th...
 "Failure to Act in The Restoration of Ecosystems Is to Fail Biodiversity and The Fight Against Desertification" On June 24, 2021 at CIBITOKE province, MUGINA commune, RUGAJO zone on RUGENDO  hill in Burundi, Burundi National Discourse Forum (BNDF) (Burundian Forum of the Civil Society of the Nile Basin (FCBN)) joined the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Breeding to a colourful event to observe the days dedicated to Water...
Victoria Eco-Farm is located in Dunga beach along the shores of Lake Victoria in Kisumu. The farm has been in existence since 2006 and produces different products like poultry for meat and eggs, milk from the dairy cattle, honey from bee keeping and also rear dogs for sale. The products have been generating good income while using a small piece of land since they don’t need huge chunks of land to keep. Victoria Eco-Farm is an affiliate of OSIENALA which is a member of Kenya Nile Discourse...
Since early 2020, the world has been at war with an invisible and deadly enemy: COVID-19. It attacks all, relentlessly. The COVID-19 outbreak affected all segments of the population and is particularly detrimental to members of those social groups in the most vulnerable situations, including older persons, persons with disabilities, youth and children. Egypt was not far from the virus spread and has been facing a lot of challenges due to this global pandemic, but the NGOs, even with very...
“I have a small business and a medicine shop by the road side, I used to be burdened by the bad smell of garbage. I could sell lots of medicine for diseases like malaria, typhoid, diarrhea, respiratory diseases, and skin disease. But now the road is clean, no more bad smell and the sales of medicines for the aforesaid diseases has declined. The environment and the aesthetic view of the surrounding area has been enhanced.” Jada Tongun , Kator, payam - Juba Solid waste and its...
On 29th April 2021, Burundi Nile Basin Discourse Forum (FCBN) held a Nile Day celebration that took place at OSPIA COMPLEX, BUJUMBURA. This celebration is one of the many National Nile Day celebrations which followed the Regional Nile Day celebration that was virtually hosted by Uganda. Nile Basin Discourse participates as the main partner of Nile Basin Initiative. 34 participants including the representatives of central government and its institutions, the FCBN Steering Committee, public and...
On November 6 every year, the world celebrates the International Day for the Prevention of Environmental Exploitation in War and Armed Conflict. In the Congolese Nile basin, NBD members operate in an insecure environment where natural resources are exploited by armed groups operating in Northern Kivu. Mr. Elias Paluku TAHAWASIMA, the DRC NDF National Technical Support Expert shares experiences and challenges the NDF Membership go through while contributing to the livelihoods of the grassroots...
Serengeti Development Research and Environmental Conservation Center (SEDEREC) is a non-governmental organization Registered in Tanzania Mainland and a member of the Tanzania Nile Discourse Forum(TNDF). The Mission of SEDEREC is to Link Nature Conservation and Human Developments so that both Nature and humankind co-exist; and the overal objective is to ensure equitable social economic development within sustainable a environment. SEDEREC works to protect Lake Victoria's ecosystem through...
Uganda joined the rest of the Nile Basin Countries to celebrate the Nile day 2021 on 14th and 15th of April 2021. The countries that share the Nile River Basin declared February 22, every year as the Nile Day and they commemorate the signing of the 1999 agreement that established the Nile Basin Initiative, aimed at equitable and reasonable utilization, Joint Corporation, and management of the waters of the river Nile. The theme for this year: “Rethinking Regional Investment in the...
Chaque année le 6 novembre, le monde célèbre la journée internationale pour la prévention de l’exploitation de l’environnement en temps de guerre et de conflit armé.  Dans le bassin  du Nil congolais les membres du Discours sur le Bassin du Nil (NBD) font face à des défis relatifs à des conflits causés par les groupes armés notamment dans le Nord Kivu.  Monsieur Elias Paluku Tahawasima, l’expert National  du soutien Technique pour NBD, nous partage  l’expérience.Question : Connaissant...
On 4th June 2021, DRC NDF (Forum Congolais de la Societe Civile du Bassin Du Nil (FCBN-DRCNDF)) released a statement profiling the eruption of Nyiragongo Volcano on May 22, 2021 and here below is the statement. You can download the original statement at bottom of the page. 1.  Introduction a) The Nile Basin and the volcanoThe Congolese Nile Basin is located in the volcanic mountainous zone and the Albertine rift. All the mountain ranges from the south of the...
Magnam Environmental Network acronym MAGNAM is a community Based Organisation (CBO) that initiated a homestead food security model project along the shores of Lake Victoria in Kisumu, Kenya. Magnam is a member of Kenya Nile Discourse forum (KNDF). The organization is encouraging the youth, women and any interested person to replicate what they have been doing for purposes of improving food security and to generate income as well. The project initiative entails production of different types...
As the world celebrates the World water week amid the COVID 19 this year, NBD shares a message from one of our members, and actor in water, sanitation, and environment in Burundi, Mr Nestor MBURENTE.Mr. Nestor MBURENTE, is the Legal representative of AVEDEC (Association Villageoise d'Entraide et de Développement Communautaire) in Burundi. AVEDEC is member of Burundi Nile Discourse Forum.   Being a member of  different  networks  of organizations  on Water and environment protection in Burundi,...
In May 2021, more than 4,223 households were ravaged by the flooding of rivers; Rusizi, Kajeke and Mpanda. The areas that are highly devastated by the floods disaster include Gatumba, Kigaramango, Rukaramu and part of Mpanda cemetery.The rise of the waters of the three rivers is as a result of the steadily rising water level of Lake Tanganyika to which they are tributaries.Lake Tanganyika’s water level has been gradually rising for more than a year ago and has now reached a level so worrying...
The Fishers Union Organisation (FUO) is Tanzania Nile Discourse Forum (TNDF) a popular member known in in fishing of Sardines. FUO has come out with a project on Renewable Energy for night fishing of Sardines in Lake Victoria. The basic purpose was to replace kerosene lanterns for fishing. In 2005, FUO was established by a group of fishermen who are highly motivated and committed to contribute their time, skills and energies for the development and empowerment of socially disadvantaged and...
On August 19th every year, the World celebrates the International Humanitarian Day and pays tribute to Humanitarian aid workers assisting people in conflict crisis and mobilizes support to those affected by disasters. On this particular Day, Nile Basin Discourse also pays tribute Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action (SDHA), a Rwanda based member organization involved in Humanitarian action and sustainable development. SDHA is member of Nile Basin Discourse Forum...
The Sudanese Environment Conservation Society (SECS) in collaboration with Sudan National Discourse forum (SNDF) and Consumer Protection Society (CPS) conducted a training workshop on Environmental citizenship, within the framework of cooperation and common interest in environmental and consumer issues, due to their close association with human rights and improving living condition. The workshop took place from 8th to 11th of February, 2021 at SECS training Hall with 20 participants in total...
Uhai Lake Forum - a member of Kenya Nile Discourse Forum (KNDF) organized a community sensitization forum in Nyakach, Seme, and Kisumu central sub-counties to disseminate findings from the desk review report for baseline information on women and people with disabilities; on land rights and environmental issues affecting their access to justice during the COVID 19 pandemic. The objectives of the sensitization were to share the findings from the desktop review report with the community, and to...
Etant donné que les conditions pluviométriques connaissent une affectation à la baisse, il faut envisager essentiellement le degré d’urbanisation dans l’avenir pour pouvoir se prononcer sur le risque d’inondation future dans les fonds de vallées.Or, si rien ne change dans la politique d’urbanisation, notamment les initiatives privées de morcellement de terrain, il va de soi que l’urbanisation contribuera à l’extension de la ville, mais également à l’intensification de l’urbanisation à...
  On the 29th of April 2021, the Sudan Nile Discourse Forum (SNDF) celebrated National Nile Day 2021 at Khartoum under the theme "The role and voice of the local communities on Nile Basin development" Within the activities of the NBD regional Nile day year". Sixty one (61) participants from local communities attended the national Nile day celebration. The event was also graced by a wide participation from the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources, water experts, Civil...
In February 2021, the D.R Congo National Discourse Forum conducted a study on land management and protection of highlands of Beni and Lubero, two of six territories of North-Kivu Province.   The two territories are home to various ecosystems. The Congolese Nile basin stretches over the two plains Rutchuru and Ituri. The region is facing soil degradation due to excessive soil erosion.   The Congolese Nile Basin covers an area of nearly 26,000 km2 extending over North Kivu (Rutshuru, Lubero, and...
Rev Joe Asila, the Chairperson of Kenya National Discourse Forum (KNDF) says that eating insects is the answer to manage malnutrition and food insecurity in the Sub-Saharan Africa.  He noted this  in December 2018 during a visit to Kenya National Discourse Forum ( KNDF) affiliated Dunga Eco-Tourism Environmental Group. Dunga Beach in Kisumu County is famous for its unique eco-cultural tourist attractions, some sitting amid the beautiful papyrus reeds. A few metres from the beach on the...
In effort to support initiatives for sustainable integrated river basin management, UNDF member organizations are working with Uganda government and other stakeholders to save flood affected communities. This was Kick-started with mobilization and sensitization activities along the Lake Victoria shorelines from 3rd to 8th May 2021. The activity is in line with the NBD objective to support Nile communities for equitable utilization and sustainable management of the Nile basin resources,...
Water management is one of activities that have been attracting attention of different development actors especially those involved in agriculture, Water resources management, and environment protection among others. In Rwanda, one of NBDF Rwanda’s member’s Rwanda Development Organization (RDO) has been supporting small scale farmers in Nyagatare District for effectively harvest rain water for human and animal consumption and irrigation. In February 2021, RDO organized a three day field...
  The KNDF National Chairperson Rev. Joe Asila says that Kisumu County economy would be under threat as invasive weed spreads in Lake Victoria rendering hundreds out of work. Lwang’ni Beach on the shores of Kisumu used to welcome hundreds of visitors and residents who flocked the beach to buy fresh fish. Today the story is different following the re-emergence of water hyacinth in the lake.  Hundreds of fishermen have been forced to move to  other areas, a development that is likely to hurt...
Between July 2020 and February 2021, Governance Links Tanzania, a member of Tanzania Nile Discourse Forum conducted a study on Business and Human Rights Footprint in the Construction Of Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project. The overall objective of this study was to assess how the Tanzania section of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project is complying with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), and specifically the requirement of human...
The Environmental Union Federation; the LDF in Aswan governorate, organized a virtual meeting celebrating of the National Environment Day under the slogan "Greening between Agriculture and Environment", to be found in this  link due to the conditions that Egypt and the world are going through due to the Corona virus pandemic. The celebration aimed to explain the need to change the Egyptians’ thinking about water to face the reality of scarcity, and to gradually shift to modern irrigation...
Kenya Nile Discourse Forum (KNDF) National Chairperson, Rev Joe Asila has encouraged residents of Kakamega County to use bed nets for their intended purposes.   He said this during the free medical camp organized by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala at Bukhungu stadium held on September 22, 2018. Rev Asila took issue that several locals used the nets for fencing their farms.   In Kakamega County, the bed net has helped bring down malaria prevalence from 38 per cent in 2013 to 27 per cent in...

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