The African Union (AU) Data and Communication Directorate (ICD) in shut partnership with GIZ (German Company for Worldwide Company) is implementing its first AU Media Fellowship programme throughout the framework of the AU-German Authorities initiative, the “Citizen Engagement and Modern Knowledge Use for Africa’s Growth (DataCipation)”.
The Fellowship Programme is without doubt one of the actions being undertaken by the AU according to the choice of the 2nd African Union Specialised Technical Committee on Communication and Data Communication Applied sciences (STCCICT) 2017, at which the Ministers resolved to advertise engagement with African journalists for his or her recognition of the essential function and great contributions in direction of the achievement of AU’s Agenda 2063.
The Fellowship Programme additionally goals at guaranteeing that Africa is on the forefront of defining its personal narrative and selling the continents’ growth framework Agenda 2063 to African and international audiences. It’s stratically designed to offer a novel platform for African journalists and content material producers to reinforce their capability to reframe the African narrative and promote developmental journalism utilizing new and rising applied sciences.
Following the open invitation for the AU Media Fellowship in April 2022, over 800 functions from throughout Africa and the diaspora have been recieved. After cautious scrutiny and sellection, 15 Fellows have been chosen, primarily based on standards of innovation and skill of their pitches to problem dangerous stereotypical narratives and form new and balanced discourse in regards to the continent, as the primary cohort of AU Media Fellows.
The AU Media Fellows 2022 are: Aissatou Fofana (Cote D’Ivoire); Amira Sayed (Egypt) Areff Samir (South Africa); Johnson Kanamugire (Rwanda); Jeanine Fankam (Cameroun); Osei Kwame (Ghana); Yasser Machat (Tunisia); Rivonala Razafison (Madagascar); Cecelia Maundu (Kenya); Sally Nyakanyanga (Zimbabwe); Sadou Alize Mouktar (Niger); Nila Yasmin Faisal (Uganda); Severin Alega Mbele (Cameroun); Esther Namuhisa (Tanzania); Carien Du Plessis (South Africa).
In June 2022, the AU Media Fellows undertook a two-week examine tour in Germany beginning with a coaching supplied by the Deutsche Welle Academy in addition to attended the World Media Discussion board in June in Bonn the place they’d the chance to be the primary ever largest illustration of African journalists from the continent on the discussion board and alternate views with media professionals, decision-makers and influencers in politics, training, tradition, civil society, amongst others from internationally.
Section 2 of the examine tour will start with a sequence of conferences to the African Union Head Quarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia adopted by go to the the African Union Growth Company (AUDA- NEPAD) in South Africa. All through the programme, the Fellows will obtain mentorship help from media trade specialists Simon Allison – Editor in Chief of the Continent, Natasha Kimani – Africa No Filter and Tulanana Bohela, Co-Founding father of Ona Tales.
Ms. Leslie Richer, the African Union Director for Data and Communication mentioned that African journalists and content material creators have a key function to play in defining Africa’s narrative and the way we wish Africans and the world to view the continent. The AU Media Fellowship is an funding within the human capital of African journalists and storytellers to additional develop their expertise and assist them maximise their potential to contribute to the continent’s growth.
“I stay up for seeing the outcomes of this fellowship as a platform for selling Africa’s Agenda 2063 and telling a balanced story in regards to the realities of Africa’s growth and the alternatives for selling socio-economic options which are outlined and pushed by Africans and profit Africans within the digital age,” she added.
On his half, Franz von Weizsaecker, Head of Programme, Residents Engagement and Modern Knowledge Use for Africa Growth (DataCipation) challenge, reiterated German growth cooperation is dedicated to supporting the AU in enhancing citizen participation by means of digitalization.
He famous that “digital applied sciences advance quickly, and with them the emergence of reports, creation of data and public discourse. By no means earlier than has a lot info been accessible so quick, to so many individuals, virtually in all places. To be able to make use of the alternatives offered by digital transformation, we have to guarantee well timed entry to info on public-interest points for residents. Solely knowledgeable residents will take part in democratic decision-making. Data is a strong instrument, and digital applied sciences operate as amplifiers. With our help to the African Union Media Fellowship, we goal to amplify the constructive potential and empower residents.”
The African Union is a continental physique consisting of the 55 member states that make up the African Continent. The AU goals at accelerating the method of integration in an effort to play its rightful function within the international economic system whereas addressing multifaceted social, financial and political issues inside Africa. To be able to guarantee the belief of its goals, it has been collaborating throughout the strategic framework of its Agenda 2063.