Call for reporting grant applications

InfoNile invites freelancers and staff journalists in the Eastern Nile to submit proposals for in-depth investigative multimedia journalism and data visualization grants meant to support production of stories and visuals.

Proposals should focus on the production of one or more underreported biodiversity and conservation issues in the Nile basin. The output should be a multimedia story incorporating text, video, photography, audio and data visualization/mapping. This grant is exclusively aimed at journalists in any medium in Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia. Please note that if you receive the grant, you will get technical support with designing graphics, data visualization and mapping.

Please see our recent Swamp City story, produced in partnership with Code for Africa/africanDRONE, for an example of the type of multimedia story we seek.

InfoNile is a geojournalism platform mapping data on water issues in the Nile River basin of Africa with journalism stories to promote transboundary peace. It aggregates citizen, local and international reporting on the various dimensions of water issues in the Nile Basin, ranging from the environmental and sociocultural to the economic and political. InfoNile’s major content partner is Water Journalists Africa, a network of about 700 journalists in Africa spread across some 50 countries that report on water. We also commission in-depth special projects on water to journalists reporting in the region.

Areas of focus

• Water grabbing, pollution and/or conflicts and their effects on water resources and communities.
• Effects of climate change on water resources in the basin;
• The social and environmental costs and benefits of specific national and regional development projects such as dams, irrigation schemes, industrial zones, urbanization etc.
• Stories highlighting best policies, programmes and practices about river Nile and its conservation.

How to apply for the grant:

Please submit the following to not later than 23 February 2018:
• A one page proposal outlining your story idea. Proposals should be clearly structured, stating briefly at the outset what the story idea is, followed by how and where the story will be researched, what it aims to reveal or contribute, where you will publish (specific media organizations), and the intended impact of the story. The proposal should also include a plan for incorporating data, data visualization and interactive mapping. Please note how you will use multimedia (video, photos, audio, and graphics along with text). You should also include a budget.
• A resumé/CV;
• Two samples of published/broadcast work. Links to the published stories are also are accepted.
• Letter of support from your editor, stating that your media house/s will publish / telecast / broadcast your story.

What Expenses May Be Covered?

InfoNile will consider stipend requests for journalists, photographers and videographers. Expenses for travel, research and/or database access, and translation may also be covered.
• We are looking for stories that are extensive in content and depth, original, under-reported and critical.
• We expect budgets to not exceed $1,000 per proposal.
• Stories can be published in Arabic or Amharic but the writer is expected to submit a translated article that will be published by InfoNile in English.
Deadline to apply: 23 February 2018
Applications can only be submitted via
Queries on this grant should be addressed to

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  1. In June there will take place the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany. (20-22 June 2011)

    This year’s theme: Human Rights

    The United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015 which implements the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) will organize a session on “Human Right to Water and Sanitation” on 20 June 2011.

  2. I am a new aspiring member and wish to attend the Global media forum. I humbly request for scholarship to attend. I will be thankful if my request is considered.
    I work as a managing editor for a rural newspaper called South Rift Times, Kericho and Bomet counties in Kenya.
    Thanks in advance,

    Walter Cheruiyot


    Tunis, 31May 2011 –The Africa Development Bank is hosting a panel discussion in the context of the 2011 African Development Bank Annual Meetings to discuss progress and challenges in the water and sanitation sector in Africa, and ways to address the critical financial gaps, largely responsible for the slow pace of progress of many African countries to meet their ever increasing water and sanitation needs.
    You are invited to attend this event. Details are as follows:
    Date Wednesday, 8 June, 2011
    Time 16:30
    Venue LisbonCongress Center, Lisbon Portugal

    The Panel:
    • Mr. Michel Camdessus [keynote speaker] Honorary Governor of Banque de France. Former Managing Director of the International MonetaryFund (IMF)
    • Minister Edna Bomo Edith MolewaMinister of Water Affairs, South Africa. President of African AMCOW
    • Minister Bruno Jean-Richard ItouaMinister, Energy and Hydraulics of the Republic of the Congo
    • Mr. Gérard Payen President of the International Federation of Private Water Operators (AquaFed). Member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation
    • Ms. Clarissa BrocklehurstChief Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH, UNICEF
    Senior Representative African Development Bank
    • Ms. Ma TshepoKhumbaneGrassroots development activist and small-scale farmer from Cullinan, South Africa. Recipient of the Katlego Award of Spirit of Hope and South Africa’s Women in Water.

    The event will be moderated by Mr. Komla Dumor, news presenter for the BBC’s international news channel, BBC World, presenting BBC World News and Africa Business Report.
    The Issue: The investment required to meet Africa’s water needs is estimated at US$50 billion per year for each of the next twenty years – the current financing is largely insufficient and needs to be urgently addressed by governments. Inaction is expected to adversely impact food security, health, and energy on the continent.

    The discussion is meant to help raise awareness of the issue among an audience of African Finance Ministers attending the Annual Meetings and to lobby for their urgent action, as well as to keep the public informed.

    Complementary document: Concept Note.

    Kindly confirm your attendance by email to Penelope Pontet de Fouquieresat, Tel : +216 71 10 12 50 , Mobile: +216 24 66 36 96
    Please register at:

  4. Dear water journalists in Africa,
    The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) welcome entries for the fourth edition of the WASH Media Awards. This competition is open to journalists who publish or broadcast original investigative stories and reports on water supply, sanitation or hygiene (WASH) related issues and their impact on individual and country development. To be eligible, entries must be published or broadcast between 1 April 2011 and 1 April 2012 in English, French or Hindi. Six prizes will be awarded:
    1. One for the best entry in print & online format
    2. One for the best entry in TV format
    3. One for the best entry in radio format
    4. One for the best entry in cartoons & photos format
    5. One for the best entry for the theme ‘economics of sanitation’ focusing on investing in sanitation, the cost of inadequate sanitation (financial, social, environmental etc.), sanitation marketing, sanitation entrepreneurship and any other related issues
    6. One for the best entry from a journalist based in a high-income country or a field reporter working for an international media outlet.
    The six winners will receive a cash prize and participate in the World Water Week in Stockholm in August 2012 as special guests of WSSCC and SIWI.
    For more information on the Awards and the entry submission process visit
    Tatiana Fedotova
    Communications Officer
    Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)

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