NBCBN is a regional network for capacity building of water professionals in the Nile basin. The network was launched in the year 2002 as a non-traditional network and served as a pilot in the Nile Basin.It has proven to be a unique structure and a valuable tool for capacity building over the years. The success of the network comes from the real impact that it generated on the performance of people working at both national and regional level in the Nile basin. For more than 15 years, NBCBN has showed that creating links between water professionals from the basin and bringing people closer around common research objectives that serves their countries needs are important steps towards better cooperation that stimulated joint problem-solving oriented research leading to outputs that go beyond the original horizons of the individual researchers. At the same time the cooperation has contributed to creating a basis for generating new and innovative solutions to cope with water scarcity problems in the Nile region. As a pioneer knowledge Network in the Nile basin its mission is to contribute through its regional, multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder collaborative research in the basin to sustainable solutions for integrated water resources management, supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals earlier and contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the near future. NBCBN Main goals are to complete and strengthen a knowledge Network in the Nile basin, to build a sustainable knowledge base, to generate and implement joint applied research with tangible outputs that supports sustainable development and livelihoods, contributing directly to the generation of knowledge in water resources management and to co-create sustainable ways of collaboration, knowledge dissemination and knowledge sharing in the basin.