The 2017 edition of the Nile Media Awards is bigger and better, with five categories as opposed to two in the inaugural awards in 2015. Where print and radio categories carried the day initially, NBI is introducing an additional three categories, namely; television, photography and digital news publication.
With only a few more weeks to the deadline for submission of entries into the awards, the NBI secretariat is encouraging journalists in the 10 Member States to not miss the opportunity. The deadline for submission has been extended to August 31, 2017.
Journalists are invited to submit original pieces of their work that highlight the benefits of ‘Cooperation in the Nile Basin’. These can come in many shapes and forms including countries jointly addressing challenges such as 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 shared Nile Basin water resources.
The Secretariat encourages journalists to explore the benefits of cooperation in the Nile Basin through a range of lenses, including food and water security, energy access, climate change, ecosystems, governance and management of water resources, regional investment projects and many more. Why do we need cooperation on these issues? How do the people of the basin benefit when countries decide to cooperate? We particularly welcome submissions with a strong focus on the human impact of cooperation in the Nile Basin.
Articles based on the aforementioned theme and published in the period July 2015 to June 2017, will be accepted. Entries will be in the following languages; English, French, Arabic, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi and Amharic. Entries that are not in English should be sent along with a compulsory translation or transcription in English.
The Nile Media awards 2017 is organised with support from GIZ and in partnership with Nile Basin Discourse, Global Water Partnership Eastern Africa, Media in Communication Training (MICT), Deutsch Welle Akademie and Africa Water Journalists.
Winners will be recognised during the upcoming 5th Nile Basin Development Forum, a high level biennial regional event scheduled to take place in Kigali Rwanda in November 2017.