Mapping Nile controversies: media, science and water diplomacy

  • 16 Jan 2017 - 17 Jan 2017
  • 09:15
Middle East and North Africa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

From 16 until 17 January 2017, a workshop on mapping Nile controversies in the framework of the DUPC2 project "Open water diplomacy lab will be given. Project coordinator Emanuele Fantini from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education aims at offering a space where water diplomats, water journalists and water scientists from different Nile basin countries can engage in a process of common learning and co-production of knowledge.


Monday 16 January:

9.00 – 9.30 Team and project introduction, setting of the workshop agenda

9.30 -11.00 First session: Bringing back media, popular culture and intellectuals in hydrohegemony studies
- Introduction: theoretical and practical implication of the project, Emanuele Fantini (UNESCO-IHE)
- Knowledge, intellectuals and popular culture in Nile controversies. Perspectives from
- Ethiopia: Jacob Arsano (Addis Ababa University)
- Sudan: Atta El-Battahan, (University of Khartoum)
- Egypt: Amel Azab (Nile Basin Capacity Building Network)
- Crossing perspectives between Ethiopia and Egypt, Wondwosen Seide (University of Lund)

Discussion (moderated by Emanuele Fantini)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 -13.00 Second session: an exploration of online and offline debates in mainstream media and social networks in Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.
- Introduction: how to build on Mechachal project to explore Nile debates, Iginio Gagliardone (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)
- Nile debates in the Ethiopian public sphere, Gerawork Aynekulu (researcher) and Dagim Terefe (journalist)
- Nile debates in the Sudanese public sphere, Ishraga Abbas Abd/Rrhman (journalist) and Nutaila El Moghraby (researcher)
- Nile debates in the Egyptian public sphere, Egypt: Safaa Salah (journalist)

Discussion (moderated by Iginio Gagliardone)

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 -16.00 Third session: Assessing media training on transboundary water issues
- Introductory remarks on media training on transboundary water issues in the Nile and in the Indus basins, Alain Nicol (IWMI)
- The experience of media training in the Nile Basin Initiative (Wubalem Fekade, NBI-ENTRO)
- Training together or in parallel researchers and journalists on transboundary waters? (Bothina Osama (

Discussion (moderated by Alan Nicol): How to include an assessment of previous initiatives of journalists/media training in our mapping/research?


Tuesday 17 January – Planning the way forward
9.00 -12.30 First session: Tuning the research methodology
- Discussion about the methodology: what to map, how, which period, outputs…
- Definition of a list of key informants in each country to be interviewed
- How to use the videos for research purposes?

Output: a workplan for local researchers and journalists, with milestones like briefing papers, reports

14.00 – 17.30 Second session: evaluation, communication and potentially synergies
- Discussion and validation of tools to assess and evaluate journalists and scientists’ training
Output: definition of tool(s) to assess and evaluate the impact of training activities
- Project’s communication strategy: who does what on social media? How to keep all together?
- Interviews, online debates mapping, questionnaires, videos…
- Communication tools: institution websites, project website, social networks
- Events (conferences, festival)

Output: communication plan for year 2017
- Discussion of potential synergies:
- SIWI and IWMI for journalists training (in the Nile and Indus basin)
- The Flow of Water and Water channel for sharing videos related to our project
- The Nile Project (music and universities)
- SciencePo Media Lab for Datasprint for visualisation of data and findings
- WIN (Water Integrity Newtork, Forum in Addis Ababa in may 2017)
Output: tentative calendar for next project meetings and events.

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