ImpactAFRICA Data-driven Journalism Fund Contest 2016 for stories on water/sanitation issues (Fully Funded to Newsrooms in the USA)


Journalists who report on water and sanitation issues in six African countries can win fully-funded study trips to major newsrooms in the United States as part of a new contest by impactAFRICA.

Access to safe water across Africa is a major public health issue that is often underreported by mainstream media across Africa, despite research by agencies such as the United Nations which estimates that 300 million of the continent’s 800 million citizens live in water-scarce environments with millions dying unnecessarily from water-borne diseases.

impactAFRICA is the continent’s largest fund for data-driven storytelling and is offering $500,000 in support through a series of contests this year to help boost digital journalism across the continent.

impactAFRICA is therefore keen to showcase journalism that shines a light on the extent of water challenges, including under-reported or hidden water crises, as well as reportage on pragmatic solutions to the problems.

An independent international jury will select the best report in each of three categories as winners. The categories are: best community impact; best audience engagement; and best use of data.


  • Any reportage on water or sanitation issues in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Zambia is eligible.
  • Stories can be on any platform and in any format, as long as they are published or broadcast in the target countries during the period March 30 to June 30, 2016.


  • impactAFRICA will sponsor three journalists to spend 10 days visiting and learning from some of the world’s top media outlets from three cities in the U.S.A.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ImpactAFRICA Fund Contest for stories on water/sanitation issues 


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