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Kenya Nile Discourse Forum

KNDF work in the Nile Basin to amplify the voices of the voiceless. We educate communities on the role they should play in their development activities.

Presence in: Kenya
Focus: Environmental Justice, Peace-building & Transitional Justice


Nile Basin Discourse (NBD) is a network of Civil Society organization established in 2003 with the support of World Bank and other development partners to strengthen civil society participation in Nile Basin development processes, projects, programs and policies. The NBD has evolved into an independent network of over 600 member organizations throughout the Nile Basin. Member organizations are local and national CSOs/NGOs working on a range of issues relevant to Nile cooperation; including environmental conservation, agriculture, energy, gender equity, livelihoods, poverty reduction, and others. The CSOs/NGOs are members of chapters at national level referred to as Nile Discourse Forums (NDFs) established in each of the eleven riparian states. The NDFs in turn form the NBD Network, coordinated by a regional Secretariat based in Entebbe, Uganda.

The NBD Network plays three critical roles: (i) a bottom-up communications pipeline for issues emanating from the citizens and civil society up to the governmental; at national and regional levels; (ii) a top-down pipeline for educating and informing citizens and civil society on Nile issues, development projects and programs and policies, etc.; and, (iii) a horizontal pipeline between citizens and civil society organizations both within and across national borders for knowledge and capacity sharing.

NBD’s networking approach has provided a mechanism for coordinated action and has added value to the work of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and other key development partners. The NBI is a major intergovernmental process driving forward joint sustainable development and resources management within the Nile basin.

People Associated With This Organization

Joe Asila

Kenya Nile Discourse Forum
Joined February 2021
Interests: Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Right to Information
I am an Ordained minister and an Accountant by Profession. I have been involved in Civil Society activities since 1986. I was involved in the Tobacco Control since 1997 and participated in the push for Tobacco Control Act in Kenya from 1999 to 2007 when it was passed in Parliament. I was also involve involved in the campaign for Children's Act of 2001 in Kenya. My work has also been in Environmental Conservation in the Lake Victoria Basin. Currently I am President of Kenya Nile Discourse Forum which is the Kenyan chapter of Nile Basin Discourse whose head office is in Entebbe Uganda. We are working on Environmental Justice in the Nile Basin together with nine others from DR Congo to Egypt (countries through which River Nile flows).
Joe Asila is the network champion (main point of contact) for Kenya Nile Discourse Forum.

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