Travel Scholarship: Wits Africa-China Workshop on Reporting Africa-China Engagements 2017

The Africa-China Reporting Project at Wits Journalism and the Oxfam Africa-China Dialogue Platform are organizing the workshop “Reporting Africa-China engagements in agriculture, industrialization and sustainable development”. Travel scholarships will be provided.

Application Deadline: 18th July 2017.

Eligible Countries: Journalists in African countries and China

To be taken at (country): Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

About the Award: The workshop will bring together selected African and Chinese journalists to equip them with knowledge, skills and training for covering current Africa-China engagements. The workshop will focus on the crucial sectors of agriculture and industrialisation/manufacturing. Agriculture is crucial in Africa for its direct link with food security. Industrialisation on the other hand is important because it has been elevated in recent Africa-China policy promulgations, specifically the Johannesburg Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit in 2015. Industrialization is seen as an antidote to the high levels of poverty in Africa, which is manifest in frequent cases of famine. These two areas deserve more focused journalistic reporting than is currently the case.

Underlying the focus on agriculture and industrialisation are three broad policy frameworks that influence and shape Africa-China relations: Agenda 2063, the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as Agenda 2030.  How do these policy frameworks affect the implementation of agricultural and industrial projects and programmes in African countries?

Key questions:

  • Does Africa-China cooperation help impoverished African communities to overcome poverty?
  • What is the impact of Africa-China agricultural engagements on food security in Africa? What is the evidence?
  • How is the Africa-China industrialisation programme being implemented in Africa from one country to another and from one community to another?
  • Are there any links between completed and ongoing projects and Agenda 2063, FOCAC and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Type: Workshop

Eligibility: African and Chinese journalists are invited to apply to attend this workshop.

Number of Awards: About 20 journalists from Africa and China will be invited to attend the three-day workshop

Value of Program: 

  • Selected journalists will be provided with airfares to/from Addis and accommodation and catering in Addis Ababa
  • The workshop programme will include excursions to the African Union (AU) headquarters and other significant locations in Addis Ababa, as well as a day trip to one of the Chinese industrial parks in Ethiopia
  • Selected journalists are expected to apply the knowledge, skills and training acquired by undertaking investigations and publishing in their media. The Wits Africa China Project will financially support some of the journalists to do fieldwork on specific stories after the workshop

Duration of Program: 23-25 August 2017

How to Apply: African and Chinese Journalists are invited to send applications addressing the requirements below in an email entitled “APPLICATION: ADDIS WORKSHOP 2017” to africa-china@journalism.co.za BY NO LATER THAN 18 JULY 2017.

Applications should contain the following:

  • Applicant CV
  • List of applicant’s previous published reporting on Africa-China, especially on agriculture, industrialisation and sustainable development
  • Reporting proposal for a topic relevant to Africa-China agriculture, industrialisation and/or sustainable development, indicating clearly the country/region focus, along with a budget for costs relating to the reporting grant (please refer to the Africa-China Reporting Project’s guidelines for reporting grants)

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: Wits Africa-China Reporting Project and the Oxfam Africa-China Dialogue Platform.

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