From source to water bodies and dining table: Tracking the journey of plastics in Uganda

From source to water bodies and dining table: Tracking the journey of plastics in Uganda

Fredrick Mugira, Bertha Fellow 25th April 2022 Last February, Ramathan Kimbugwe, the CEO of Prowess Communications Company, was jogging early morning when he noticed something strange about a river in...
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A Ugandan city powered by solar welcomes COP26 agenda to speed up affordable cleantech

A Ugandan city powered by solar welcomes COP26 agenda to speed up affordable cleantech

Fredrick Mugira, November 23 2021  A city in southwestern Uganda has welcomed the new Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda that over 35 world leaders signed at the UN summit on climate change...
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How gorillas stole a Ugandan forest from humans, bloomed it as it bloomed them

How gorillas stole a Ugandan forest from humans, bloomed it as it bloomed them

Fredrick Mugira. December 18, 2020 This story was first published by New Vision In the shadows of giant trees, deep within the Bwindi Impenetrable forest, nature is at its rawest....
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From machetes to dialogue: Somali communities optimistic about a future free of water conflicts

From machetes to dialogue: Somali communities optimistic about a future free of water conflicts

Abdikhayr Mohamed Hussein, Bertha Fellow 2022 Somalia experienced disastrous droughts between 2000 and 2011, but the current dry spell is the worst in the last decade. This is attributed to...
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Trading livestock for water: A nightmare for pastoralists in Somalia as drought hits hard

Trading livestock for water: A nightmare for pastoralists in Somalia as drought hits hard

Abdikhayr Mohamed Hussein, Bertha Fellow 2022 Somalia is facing the worst drought in decades following the failure of three consecutive rainy seasons since October 2020. The worsening drought has exacerbated...
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500 million people in Africa remain ‘water insecure’: UN report

500 million people in Africa remain ‘water insecure’: UN report

BY SHARON UDASIN  Some 500 million people across 19 African nations remain water insecure, according to the first-ever United Nations assessment of water security across the continent. The assessment, released on...
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Africa to Drastically Accelerate Progress on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – Report

Africa to Drastically Accelerate Progress on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – Report

By Water Journalists Africa Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets on water, sanitation, and hygiene in Africa will require a dramatic acceleration in the current rates of progress, according...
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Seven ways to make groundwater visible

Seven ways to make groundwater visible

By Dr. Jenny Grönwall, PhD Groundwater is often referred to as an ‘invisible resource.’ Hiding under our feet, it is impossible to tell its presence which affects the way it...
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The Pandemic Poachers

Covid-19 threatens to reverse fragile gains in wildlife conservation in East Africa

 

Water Hidden in Sand

Hidden in Sand

During dry spells, the rivers and streams in Karamoja region dry and valley dams including Kobebe go silent as communities seek alternative water sources. All that remains of the one-time flooded areas is sand.

An Ancient River Divided

Water is becoming scarcer for the half a billion people living in Africa’s Nile River basin. Will Nile countries come together to find solutions –
or will the shared waterway tear them apart?

Uganda’s First Oil: What is at Stake?

The effects of potential oil spills and infrastructure development in the ecologically sensitive Albertine Region, which contributes 30% of Uganda’s fish stocks.

Champions of Sustainability

How are East Africans surviving amidst climate change? Youth in communities across East Africa are launching innovations to adapt to the region’s changing climate, a cross-border project led by InfoNile has found.

Trapped in the Buffer Zone

On the shores of Lake Victoria, a Norwegian timber plantation sells carbon credits on the international market, but the community that has lived on the land for generations is struggling to survive.

waste to wealth

A 3-year project by Ecofinder Kenya, an NGO working in the Winam Gulf wetlands around Kisumu, offered families living in these Lake Victoria swamps incentives in exchange for them to conserve the wetlands

sucked dry

WHO OWNS THE WATERS OF THE NILE? A yearlong cross-border data journalism investigation about large-scale foreign land deals in the Nile River basin has found that foreign investors are acquiring huge swaths of lands in the region, displacing communities and exporting profits.

Swamp City

Special Project exploring how urbanization destroyed a critical Kampala wetland and why it matters. By Annika McGinnis and Fredrick Mugira.



Geodata journalism. Mapping stories on water issues in the Nile Basin.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Water scarcity in the Nile Basin compounded in times of Covid-19 and climate change

Big Gorilla Story

Big Gorilla Story is a project of Water Journalists Africa dedicated to conservation of the endangered mountain Gorillas and their tropical forest habitats in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo through Journalism. It brings together conservation journalists in the three countries that are members of Water Journalists Africa. Through these short newsy video stories, we want to inform, educate and inspire a passion for conservation in people to protect the endangered mountain Gorillas and the rainforests they live in.

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