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CSE Global Media Fellowships for Journalists in Africa

9 September 2016 at 00:43 | 3203 views


Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, India

CSE Global Media Fellowship Programme for journalists working in Africa


REDD+ in Africa
An examination and analysis

REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries. Deforestation and forest degradation are the second leading cause of global warming, accounting for 17.4 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. With 16.7 per cent of the world’s forest cover lying in Africa and deforestation rates in the continent being four times the global average, this region is of critical importance for forest-based mitigation efforts.

Over the last decade, successive climate change talks have firmly established REDD+ projects as having good prospects. The world carbon market is attracted to this project type, which has a potential for poverty alleviation and ensuring payment for ecosystem services. As a result, REDD+ projects have been booming in the continent, with financial assistance coming from multiple sources.

However, there are some apprehensions as well: misgovernance of REDD projects might backfire, leading to alienation of communities and land-grab. Some argue that REDD+ is emerging as a new form of colonialism and economic subjugation. Vast tracts of Africa are being labeled ‘unused’, ‘degraded’ or in need of ‘conservation’, ‘afforestation’ or ‘reforestation’, to justify the advent of what is being referred by many as carbon colonialism.

How much truth is there in this opinion? What is the current status of REDD+ initiatives in Africa and their impact in the region? We invite journalists from Africa to travel, investigate and report on this subject under CSE’s global fellowship programme.

Who is eligible to apply?

All journalists, including freelancers, working in any country in Africa

Application procedure
Application in English, accompanied by the following documents, should be emailed to the undersigned on or before September 25, 2016.
1. Latest curriculum vitae (CV) of the applicant
2. A fellowship proposal: Containing a brief description of what the applicant proposes to study and report on, who are the experts/individuals who will be interviewed, travel plans (if any) etc – the proposal should not exceed 250 words.
3. A support letter from the editor of a media publication / media house, assuring that if selected, your fellowship output will be published / telecast / broadcast.
4. Sample articles/stories: One sample of any recent development story that you have done (if the story is not in English, a translation would be welcome)

Fellowship grant amount
USD 2,000 per Media Fellow (subject to deduction of appropriate taxes)

Number of fellowship grants on offer: 8-10

Fellowship period – the important dates
Last date for receiving applications: September 25, 2016
Announcement of names of selected Fellows: October 4, 2016
Fellowship begins: October 10, 2016
Last date for receiving complete fellowship documents and copies of reportage: November 25, 2016

Expected fellowship output
1. Articles and stories on the proposed subject, published / broadcast / telecast in a recognized media
2. A detailed research report, to be written in the format provided by CSE( format to be provided after candidate selection)
3. Photographs to supplement the articles / stories / research

The CSE Media Fellowship Programme
The objective of the CSE Media Fellowship Programme is to encourage media houses to provide space to stories of environment and development, and to allow journalists the chance to travel and produce such stories. Through this initiative, the Programme aims to build up a network of writers, journalists and communicators who have a deep understanding of environment-development issues and who write on these issues in an informed manner. The Programme has supported over 200 journalists from India and other South Asian countries, and has now been opened to African media people.

For our previous Global Media Fellowship Programme on water and air pollution, please visit content/cse-media-fellowships- programme-global-south

Contact person:
Ms. Parul Tewari
Cellphone: +91-11-9891838367