Short course on covering land rights in Kenya and Tanzania

  • Course title: Covering land and natural resource governance
  • Course dates:12-16 September 2022
  • Available slots: 15
  • Eligibility: Journalists and independent content creators from Kenya and Tanzania
  • Admissions to be made on a rolling basis until 9 September

The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) is pleased to invite applications from Ugandan journalists for a fellowship programme on Covering Land and Natural Resource Governance. This 5-day fellowship is designed to equip journalists with skills to produce evidence-based, in-depth and investigative land-themed stories.

Background to the fellowship

Land is one of the most politicised issues in Africa today and the management and administration of land is highly complex and contentious.  Rapid population growth and commercial investments are transforming the continent, and the growth of demand for agricultural land is putting pressure on property rights systems throughout the country.

Despite the divided opinion and heated debate on the impact of policy implementation and legal reform, it is agreed that land administration is a critical element in the development agenda. There is also consensus that transparency is an essential component of land management, particularly in view of the scarcity of credible information on land availability and transactions, and the inadequate dissemination of public information on land rights and policies. In the nexus between policy implementation and practice, numerous issues emerge: tenure security, land security, gender disparities, property rights and governance reform.

The media is essential in providing timely, relevant and analytical information about these matters to their audiences. Their role in holding government to account and availing information to influence citizen debate cannot be overstated.

Why should you apply for the course?

The course, organised by the ACME with support from the National Endowment for Democracy, offers journalists an opportunity to take time out from the newsroom to enhance their investigative journalism skills while engaging in high quality, high impact land beat reporting.

Participants can expect to increase their knowledge on land governance, property rights and natural resources. ACME’s qualified journalism trainers will also be on hand to ensure that new knowledge gained is translated into compelling, in-depth and engaging stories.

Who is eligible?

The course is open to all print, television, radio and online journalists, and online content producers who work in Kenya and Tanzania. Female journalists are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants are expected to negotiate for time away from their places of work. ACME will fund tuition, learning and data costs for all participants.

All participants are required to attend in full all 5 days of the course.

How do I apply?

All applications should be made by an email submission to training[at]acme-ug.org. To apply send a letter of interest to training[at]acme-ug.org that contains your biodata, an explanation of why you are interested in the course, what you hope to learn from the course and how you will apply your learning.

All applications must be received by 1600 hours on Friday September 9, 2022.

For further inquiries about this course, please write to training[at]acme-ug.org.

 

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