The Nile Basin Initiative is set to recognise 12 winners in the 2017 edition of the Nile Media Awards competition. The awards ceremony, scheduled to take place on October 23, 2017 at Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali - Rwanda, is a result of a highly competitive process that saw more than 50 journalists submit entries in five categories: print, digital, radio, television and photography. However, the submissions in the photography category did not adhere to the rules of entry.
The awards, organised to recognise excellent reporting and coverage of Nile Cooperation and issues affecting the Nile Basin, are supported by the German government. This year’s edition, the second in its series, attracted eight partner organisers namely GIZ, Global Water Partnership Eastern Africa, Nile Basin Discourse, Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Media in Cooperation and Transition, Africa Water Journalists and Deutsche Welle.
This year’s theme ‘Cooperation in the Nile Basin’ was meant to highlight the benefits communities and countries within the Nile Basin are enjoying from jointly addressing common challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation while 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.
Speaking about the concluded selection process and upcoming awards, NBI Secretariat Executive Director, Eng. Innocent Ntabana, said: “We are delighted to receive over fifty entries surrounding this year’s theme ‘Cooperation in the Nile Basin’ – in languages including English, French, Arabic Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili and Kirundi , –, all of which demonstrate a keen interest among the Nile Basin media to report on cooperation in the region – on the issues that bring us together, rather than divide us. We hope that these awards will serve as a reminder that accurate and constructive reporting can play a key role in fostering positive relationships among the countries and people that share the River Nile.”
The awards selection process was successfully conducted by a jury made up of representatives from each partner organisation:
Sarah Bebb, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Hilke Fischer, Deutsche Welle
Fidele Niyigaba, Nile Basin Discourse
Camille Karangwa, Global Water Partnership
Annika McGinnis, Africa Water Journalists
Mahamed Abdillahi, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
Sven Recker, Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT)
Eugene Anangwe, Independent Media Consultant