March 24, 2023


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Nile Basin journalists to be recognised for balanced reporting on Nile cooperation issues

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia and with support from GIZ, on behalf of the European Union and the German Federal Government, is organising the 3rd edition of the Nile Media Awards to take place in tandem with the 6th Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF).

The award ceremony will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during the closing ceremony of the 6th NBDF scheduled to take place from April 29 – 30, 2021.

Categories for entries include print, radio, television, photography and digital categories. From this pool, judges will also select the best female entry and best collaborative story. 

The Awards will be given under five categories namely; Print, Digital, Radio, TV and Photography. Unlike before, this 3rd edition will feature an award for the best female entry and best collaborative story.

Nominees will be contacted in the second week of April 2021, following the screening process by the jury, which is comprised of a representative from each of the Nile Media Awards 2021 partners.

The NBI Secretariat would like to take this opportunity to thank the more than 94 Journalists from the 10 NBI Member States namely; Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, The Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda who submitted original pieces of their work that promote cooperation in transboundary waters in the Nile Basin. This includes topics such as countries jointly addressing challenges like climate change; maximising socio-economic benefits; minimising risks and costs of development projects; and promoting regional peace and security through the cooperative management and use of the common Nile Basin water resources with a strong focus on the human impact of cooperation in the Nile Basin.

This third edition is organised in partnership with the European Union (EU), German Federal Government, GIZ, Global Water Partnership Eastern Africa (GWP EnA), IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), MiCT – Media in Cooperation and Transition, Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy of Ethiopia, Nile Basin Discourse (NBD), Stockholm International Water Week (SIWI), as well as Water Journalists Africa (WJA).

The Nile Media Awards is a competition for journalists based in the NBI Member States. It gives journalists an opportunity to showcase their best works that touch on cooperation in transboundary waters in the Nile Basin.

The goal of the Awards is to promote increased, factual and balanced reporting on Nile cooperation and Nile Basin issues.

2015 winners receive their prizes

Since 2017, and in order to enhance awareness and visibility of the media awards, as well as the winners, the event is held once every three years in tandem with the NBDF, a high level regional science–policy–dialogue. The objective of the Forum is to build a common understanding among stakeholders – policy-makers, scientists, practitioners, and the public at large – on the status of the common water and natural resources base, the shared complex challenges and ultimately, to exchange perspectives on the solutions for addressing the water security challenges facing the Nile Basin countries. 

The inaugural Awards were held in Dodoma, Tanzania in 2015 during the 23rd annual Nile Council of Ministers meeting while the 2017 event took place in Kigali, Rwanda.

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By Pamella Magino

Junior Media Relations/Social Media Consultant

Nile-SEC, Entebbe

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