Nile Media Awards for Journalists Reporting on the Nile Basin 2021

The Nile Basin Initiative with support from GIZ, on behalf of the German Federal Government, is offering the Nile Media Awards 2021. Journalists are invited to submit 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 shared Nile Basin water resources.

They encourage journalists to explore the benefits of cooperation in the Nile Basin on various topics/sectors, including food, water and energy security, climate adaptation, ecosystems, governance and management of water resources, regional investment projects and many more. They particularly welcome submissions with a strong focus on the human impact of cooperation in the Nile Basin.

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The award ceremony will be held in tandem with the 6th Nile Basin Development Forum (NBDF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia convened by the NBI in collaboration with its Member States and in partnership with development partners.

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Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Print, Radio, Television, Photography, Digital, from this pool judges will also select Best female entry & Best collaborative story.
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  • The Award is open to all practising journalists including freelancers in the mainstream media and multi-media outlets from the Nile Basin countries.
  • 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.
  • No entry fee is required.
  • The entries should have been published in publications in the 10 NBI Member States namely; Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, The Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, between July 2017 and March 31, 2020.
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The judges will be looking for work which:

  • Tells the story in a clear, comprehensive, and balanced manner;
  • Has made these stories or issues accessible and relevant to their audiences;
  • Demonstrates journalistic ability and integrity;
  • Displays well-organised research, depth, and insight; and
  • Was broadcast or published in July 2017 to March 2020, with proof of publication or broadcast supplied.

How to Apply

  • Entries should be clearly marked with entrant’s name, media house, category, email address and phone contact.
  • Entries in the following languages will be accepted; French, Kiswahili, Arabic, Kirundi, Amharic and Kinyarwanda. However, these entries should be accompanied with a compulsory English translation.
  • Number of submitted entries per participant should not exceed one per category.
  • Duration for audio submissions should not exceed 5 minutes per item (radio).
  • Duration for visual submissions should not exceed 7 minutes per item (television).
  • Electronic media entries should include a short transcript in English.
  • Print media submissions will include a scan of the original article, clearly showing the name of publication and date when article was published. They will include a 150-word description of what the article is about.
  • Photography submissions will clearly show the name of the publication and date when photograph was published. It should also include a detailed caption in English.
  • Entries should be accompanied with an official letter from the media house.
  • Digital entries will submit a link of the article.
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Deadline: Deadline is September 30, 2020.


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