Author: Water Journalists Africa

Legitimately registered in Uganda, Water Journalists Africa was established in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa with support from the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication. Water Journalists Africa has since 2011, partnered with various international and Africa based organizations such as the UN-Water, The Water Channel, Water Integrity Network, 2030 Water Resources Group and UNESCO-IHE among several others to enhance reporting on Integrated Water Resources Management in Africa and promote interaction among African Journalists who report on water. Some 700 journalists from 50 African countries to date are members of this network making it certainly the largest media network on the continent.

Mumbai/Geneva: Experts gathering in Mumbai seek toilet-powered economic, educational, health and social gains

October 5, 2011

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council 4 October 2011 A generation after man walked on the moon, a billion people on earth still defecate in the open and another billion use unsafe holes in the ground. Now sanitation is becoming much more prominent: as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said recently: “It is time to put […]

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Kenya: UNEP pays tribute to Prof. Wangari Maathai

September 26, 2011

UNEP 26 September 2011 Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement and patron of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has died in Nairobi. She was 71 years old. Professor Maathai was one of Africa’s foremost environmental campaigners, internationally recognized for her commitment to democracy, human rights and conservation. […]

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The Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene 2011, 9-14 October, Mumbai, India

September 23, 2011

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) September 23, 2011 In less than three weeks, hundreds of sanitation and hygiene professionals will gather for the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene ( The timing could not be more critical: 2.6 billion people still do not have safe sanitation, and the sanitation target is the most […]

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Uganda:Over 72, 000 Affected by Floods

September 23, 2011

Water Journalists Africa September 23, 2011 Up to 72, 254 people have been affected by the ongoing disasters mainly in Eastern, Central and Western Uganda as well as West Nile. The disasters ranging from landslides, floods, hailstorms to fire outbreaks occurred between August 29th, 2011 to date. According to a Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) […]

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Rome: Governments Urged to control E-Wastes

September 10, 2011

WJA reporter September 10, 2011 The first Green Standards Week organized by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) closed Friday with a call on international bodies, NGOs, standards bodies, governments, regulators, industry and academia to collaborate more closely on the application and development of information and communication technologies (ICT) standards to help combat climate change. Particular emphasis […]

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Crying for Water in Chad River Basin

September 2, 2011

Aaron Kaah September 2, 2011 In this story, our network member takes on the role of a citizen journalist with an aim of bringing you unrestricted grassroot information about what is happening to Lake Chad – one of the largest Lakes in Africa that provides water to more than 30 million people. As the Cameroon-based […]

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Stockholm: Green Economy Report Outlines Investment Strategies to Help Reduce Water Scarcity

August 23, 2011

UNEP and Fredrick Mugira August 23, 2011 Investing 0.16 per cent of global GDP in the water sector could reduce water scarcity and halve the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation in less than four years, according to United Nations research released today. Currently, the failure to invest […]

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Water in an Urbanising World

August 15, 2011

Fredrik Mugira August 15, 2011 The Executive Director, UN-HABITAT Dr. Joan Clos laments that the supply of water resource in most cities around the world has not kept pace with the high demand created by economic activity and rapid population growth. This, he says is mostly being witnessed in less developed regions of Africa, Asia […]

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Kenya: Severe climatic changes push millions into the brink of death

August 14, 2011

Joyce Chimbi August 14, 2011 Millions face starvation in Northern part of Kenya as a combination of failed rains, conflict in Somali and over-dependence on livestock compromises food security. This comes as drought continues to ravage countries such as Somali, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia “What we are seeing here is almost a perfect storm, conflict […]

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Scientists Pinpoint River Flow Associated with Cholera Outbreaks, Not Just Factors Related to Global Warming

August 9, 2011

Water Journalists Africa Team August 09, 2011 An examination of the world’s largest river basins found nutrient-rich and powerful river discharges has led to spikes in the blooms of plankton associated with cholera outbreaks. These increased discharges often occur at times of increased temperature in coastal water, suggesting that predicting global warming’s potential temperature effect […]

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