About the Nile Media Awards

Engaging the media, keeping them informed through robust communication and participation has been given due emphasis as one of the building blocks of NBI.

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The NBI partners with the media in the Member States to raise awareness on the opportunities and benefits of Nile cooperation and the need for the Basin states to work together to address the shared challenges, risks and threats.

Through the Nile Media Awards, NBI aims to inspire journalists in the region to report more on the above issues. The Award also presents an opportunity to NBI to recognize journalists for outstanding reporting on issues surrounding the Nile cooperation and Nile Basin.

Nile Media Awards 2017

The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is inviting all print (newspaper & magazine), Radio, Television, Photography and Digital News Publication journalists in the 10 NBI Member States to submit entries for the Nile Media Awards 2017, the second in its series.

The objective of the awards is to recognise journalists for excellent reporting on Nile cooperation issues and to promote increased, factual and accurate reporting on these issues.

This year’s theme is ‘Nile Cooperation’.Journalists are invited to submit original pieces of their work that highlight the benefits of ‘Cooperation in the Nile Basin’, which can come in many shapes and forms. This includes 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.

We encourage journalists to explore the benefits of cooperation in the Nile Basin through a range of lenses, including food and water security, energy access, 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  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.

Journalists from the following countries are eligible to participate in these awards; Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The NBI does not charge an entry fee for one to participate.

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