International Reporting Project: Inviting Journalists to Report on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution in Africa

Deadline: 30 June 2017

The International Reporting Project is accepting applications from professional journalists to report on issues related to peacebuilding and conflict resolution across the African continent.

Priority Areas

Applicants may propose any stories that relate to post-conflict peacebuilding. Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • leadership: local, national, individual and organizational;
  • human rights initiatives;
  • access to education, healthcare and judicial bodies;
  • status of marginalized communities and familial hierarchies;
  • women and gender;
  • violence and threats to safety and security;
  • power imbalances and early warning signs;
  • migration, land rights and borders;
  • opportunities created by shifting dynamics;
  • religion, culture and holistic reform;
  • climate change, food security and natural resources;
  • change-makers, creative approaches and conditions necessary for peace;
  • multi-country/cross- border solutions and strategic partnerships.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Proposals may focus on any African country, though special consideration will be given to projects in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan and Zimbabwe. Citizens of all countries are eligible; journalists from across the continent are especially encouraged to apply, though proposed projects should take place in a country other than the journalist’s home country.
  • Applicants are encouraged to propose stories and destinations not recently covered by IRP fellows, although some exceptions may be made. Additionally, we are looking for applications in which journalists are proposing to cover new territory rather than stories they have been focusing on for years. Similarly, we are not likely to support book-related projects.
  • Staffers and freelancers alike are encouraged to apply, and should note their projected outlets for publication as part of their pitch. The fellowships are intended for experienced professional journalists who have a record of outstanding achievement in reporting for influential media outlets. This fellowship is not intended for students or for recent graduates without professional reporting experience.
  • IRP considers and encourages stories in a variety of media, including print, online, radio, television, photography, social media and video. Candidates will be asked to indicate whether they have undergone safety/security and first-aid training for hostile-environment reporting.

How to Apply

Interested journalism professionals must apply using application form available on the given website.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit International Reporting Project.

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