The Nile Basin Development Challenge (NBDC) ran from 2010-2013 and aimed to improve the resilience of rural livelihoods in the Ethiopian highlands through a landscape approach to rainwater management. It was was funded by the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF).

The NBDC comprised five linked projects examining:

  1. Learning from the past;
  2. Developing integrated rainwater management strategies;
  3. Targeting and scaling out of rainwater management innovations;
  4. Assessing and anticipating the consequences of innovation in rainwater management systems;
  5. Catalyzing platforms for learning, communication and coordination across the projects.

The NBDC was implemented by a consortium comprising the International Livestock Research Institute, International Water Management Institute, World Agroforestry Centre, Overseas Development Institute, Nile Basin Initiative, Stockholm Environment Institute, Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute, Catholic Relief Services – Ethiopia, Oromia Regional Research Institute, Amhara Agricultural Research Institute, Bahir Dar University, Ambo University, Nekemte University, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Water Resources.

The basin leaders at the end of the Challenge were: Simon Langan (s.langan[at] and Alan Duncan (a.duncan[at] Tilahun Amede (t.amede[at]] was basin leader in the initial years.