Geodata journalism. Mapping stories on water issues in the Nile Basin.

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  • An Ancient River Divided


    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


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

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  • Communities are increasingly experiencing water scarcity as a result of climate change, a phenomenon that affects the livelihoods. Photo by Mary Mwendwa

    How untreated water led to cholera outbreak in a Tanzanian village

    08/05/2018 clip Nyanja FM Radio

    Patrick Kossima, Unyanja FM Radio For a long time, Lundo, a village of over 1800 people in Nyasa District, mainland Tanzania has grappled with the constant challenge of access to clean and safe drinking water, something which has greatly contributed to outbreaks of dysentery and cholera. Such was the situation between November 2017 and March […]

  • Podcast tells the sad story of Rukwa, Tanzania’s disappearing lake

    08/05/2018 clip Lake Rukwa Radio

    Prosper Kwigize Even though Tanzania is one of East Africa’s natural resource-rich countries, some of her people continue to use such natural resources as lakes, rivers and the ocean in an unsustainable manner thereby  threatening their very existence. In the recent past for example, the country has witnessed the drying and disappearance of rivers. It […]

  • Tanganyika: A lake on the verge of extinction


    Proper Kwigize Lake Tanganyika caters for the water needs of more than 50 million people in four countries including Tanzania, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. However, recent data shows that the depth of this Lake – which is located west of Tanzania, north of Zambia and east of both the DR Congo […]

  • Is Sahara desert swallowing Sudanese villages?

    08/01/2018 clip Andariya

    By: Tagwa Warrag The Sahel region of West Africa is a unique part of Africa that exists as a thin band bordered on the North by the Saharan desert and on the South by more lush, tropical savannahs. The Sahel is considered to be one of Africa’s most productive regions. However, it is prone to highly […]



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

  • ‘We have suffered enough.’ Sudanese farmers abandon farming as desertification burns their farms

    07/30/2018 clip Andariya

    By: Leena Yassin Desertification is mainly a result of climate and human pressure on earth. Over the last four decades, desertification has been spreading rapidly in Sudan, which forced many farmers and their families to abandon their homes in search of a better land to live on. One of the many factors that contributed greatly to the acceleration of […]

  • Massive dumping of used vehicles in Africa worsen climate change – Study


    A new study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi, India has shown that 90 per cent of vehicles imported by Africans contribute to environmental pollution because they are old and used. The center said the vehicles heighten climate change because they emit toxic pollutants calling for an urgent global intervention […]

  • Killing of Grand Renaissance Dam Manager Won’t Stop Ethiopia from Building the Dam – PM Abiy Ahimed


    Konjit Teshome (Addis Ababa) Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has vowed that the killing of the Grand Renaissance Dam Manager Engineer Simegnew Bekele, who was found dead on Thursday in Addis Ababa, will not stop Ethiopia from building the Nile Dam. Abiy Ahimed who started his first U.S tour on Thursday, addressed Ethiopian diaspora community in America on […]

  • Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam Manager Killed in Addis Ababa


    Konjit Teshome (Addis Ababa) The project manager of the dam being built by Ethiopia along the Nile River Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been shot dead. Simegnew Bekele, who served as GERD project manager for the last seven years, was found shot dead in his Toyota Land Cruiser, which had been parked near a […]


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