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  • A WEED GROWN OUT OF CONTROL

    07/30/2018

    The world’s fastest growing plant is harming the fishing industry, agriculture, and local tourism in northwestern Ethiopia, the source of the Blue Nile.

  • An Ancient River Divided

    03/22/2018

    Water is becoming scarcer for the half a billion people living in Africa’s Nile River basin. Will Nile countries come together to find solutions or will the shared waterway tear them apart? Journalists from around the basin explore in an original series of documentaries and podcasts.

  • Swamp City

    02/28/2018

    Special Project exploring how urbanization destroyed a critical Kampala wetland and why it matters. By Annika McGinnis and Fredrick Mugira

  • Nile perch threatened in East Africa

    01/24/2019 clip Chinadiologue Ocean

    Geoffrey Kamadi Eunice Atieno Ong’iro, 34, slices open a Nile perch and pulls out an off-white organ, hardly a fistful in size. She places it on a scale, jots down its weight in a notebook and stores it away in a plastic bag. In just a few seconds the process is complete and she is […]

  • ‘We feel more like bystanders,’ Youth at COP24 cry out as they call for active participation in negotiations

    12/28/2018 clip Water Journalists Africa

    Fredrick Mugira This month, as delegates from more than 190 governments attended UN climate talks in the Polish city of Katowice to uphold the Paris Agreement and respond to the emergency of the climate crisis, a section of youth at the summit cried out that they had been “left out” of negotiations. Delegates at the […]

  • Leading Landless Women: African Rural Women Leaders Tell their Stories

    12/28/2018 clip Water Journalists Africa

    Fredrick Mugira Up to 10.3 million hectares of land has been acquired by investors from individuals, communities and governments in the 11 Nile basin countries since 2000. That is according to Land Matrix, a global and independent land monitoring initiative. Apart from private investors, Land Matrix data shows that several countries outside of Africa such […]

  • UN Climate Change Conference opens in Poland

    12/03/2018 clip Water Journalists Africa

    Water Journalists Africa Reporter December 03, 2018 The annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) has opened in the Polish city of Katowice. Some 30,000 representatives from 200 countries will be taking part in the two-week conference aimed at finalising the implementation guidelines for the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The guidelines will provide clarity on how […]

  • Stepped up Global Climate Action Can Close the Emissions Gap – UNFCCC

    11/21/2018 clip UNFCCC

    Water Journalists Africa reporter November 21, 2018 Two key UNFCCC milestone publications released today highlight that success in tackling the global climate crisis can be achieved, but only if public and private sector actions are urgently stepped up. The reports: The Talanoa Dialogue Synthesis Report and Yearbook for Global Climate Action 2018 – take the […]

  • Fast and convenient: Is the Nile still an important transport route?

    11/13/2018 clip The Niles

    Davis Mugume/The Niles November 13, 2018 The River Nile has been used for millennia as a means of transporting people and goods, preceding even Ancient Egyptian civilisation. Today it serves as both a transport route and an attraction for locals and tourists alike. Up until the 19th century and the arrival of the steam engine, […]

  • IPCC report confirms the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground to achieve 1.5ºC, 350.org says

    10/09/2018 clip Water Journalists Africa

    Our reporter October 09, 2018 One month after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to demand real climate action as part of the Rise for Climate Mobilisation, the world’s scientists have issued their clearest call for avoiding the worst impacts of a warming world. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), UN-backed […]

  • Cape Town drought should serve as a warning to African cities – city mayor

    09/21/2018 clip Water Journalists Africa

    Fredrick Mugira After her city suffered a record drought, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille says what befell the oldest city in South Africa should serve as a warning to vulnerable cities across the African continent. “There is no room to make mistakes,” stresses Patricia as she spoke in an interview with Water Journalists Africa […]





Since 2015, much of the Nile River basin has been impacted by severe drought, particularly in East Africa. This map shows the Drought Index, which measures the severity of drought in soil moisture. The map is on a color-coded scale between 1 and 100 with low values (color red) indicating conditions of drought. The original map was developed by UNESCO, based out of Princeton University. The Drought Index was calculated by determining the percentile of the daily average of relative soil moisture at each grid cell with respect to its empirical cumulative probability distribution function provided by the historical simulations (1950-2008), according to UNESCO

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