The Nile Basin Development Challenge (NBDC) was a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional participatory “research for development” (R4D) partnership that aimed to improve the resilience of rural livelihoods in the Ethiopian highlands through a landscape approach to rainwater management (RWM).

The NBDC used multiple means to learn lessons from its experience – this ‘Institutional History’ consolidates and communicates some of those lessons. It draws on the large collection of documents, informal and formal reports, minutes of meetings, etc. available through the NBDC wiki and website as well as interviews with 26 partners and stakeholders.

The lessons are embedded in the following areas

  1. Theory of change
  2. Research for development paradigm
  3. Partnerships
  4. Stakeholder engagement
  5. Innovation and innovations
  6. Knowledge integration
  7. Knowledge management and communication
  8. Program design and implementation
  9. Gender and participatory program design

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