International workshop

Media, science and transboundary cooperation in the Nile basin

  • 18 Apr 2018
  • 15:00 - 18:00
Middle East and North Africa
Meeting room of the Water Research Center (University of Khartoum, Faculty of Engineering)

The University of Khartoum, Faculty of Social Science, Center for Diplomatic Studies and the Water Research Center, in collaboration with CEDEJ and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education organize an international workshop on the role of media and scientific communication in conflicts and cooperation over the Nile.

The goals of the workshop are: to present the preliminary findings of a research on Nile media debates in Ethiopia and Egypt and to discuss how to extend it to Sudan; to watch and discuss three videos portraying the visual dimension of Nile debates in the Eastern Nile countries.

The research and the video are part of the project “Open Water Diplomacy. Media, science and transboundary cooperation in the Nile basin” bringing together researchers and journalists from different Nile countries to foster constructive communication on Nile water issues.

Programme and speakers

Opening remarks by Dr. Elwasila Saeed (Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, University of Khartoum)

First session: presentation of the research on Nile media debates in Ethiopia and Egypt
Iginio Gagliardone (University of Wits)
Abeer Rabei (University of Leiden)
Wondwosen Michago Seid (University of Lundt)
Emanuele Fantini (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education)
Discussants: Sarah Elbeely (Center for Diplomatic Studies), Ana Cascao (independent researcher).

Second session: Screening of three videos on media, science and water diplomacy by Water Journalists Africa and discussion with the authors
“Smile on the Nile” by Dagim Terefe (Ethiopia 2017),
“Coherence and aggression” by Ishraga abd Arrhman (Sudan 2017),
“Hate speech on the banks of the Timeless River” by Safaa Salah (Egypt 2017).
Moderator: Fredrick Mugira (Water Journalists Africa).