Since 2017 The Niles aims to support transboundary water cooperation in the Nile Basin. The publication is produced by Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT) in collaboration with the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, commissioned by the German Federal Foreign Office (AA). The views expressed in this publication do not reflect the opinions of NBI, AA, GIZ or MiCT.
Until December 2016 The Niles was a bi-lingual publication offering independent, balanced coverage of Sudanese and South Sudanese current and cultural affairs as well as a platform for the coaching and professional development of journalists in Sudan and South Sudan. Working with around 100 journalists from throughout Sudan and South Sudan, Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT) helped advance reporters’ skills in relaying the stories that shape people’s lives.
In 2009, MiCT started training local journalists ahead of the 2010 elections and the 2011 referendum on Southern Sudanese self-determination. Young journalists from both parts of Sudan come together in MiCT-organised workshops: Many of the northerners had never been to the south before, and vice versa.
These bonds of friendship counter the stereotypes which dominate local media and the resulting work produced by the journalists was published on a bi-lingual website. Work was translated into Arabic and English in order to cross language barriers. Stories were also syndicated by local newspapers. After South Sudan’s independence in 2011, Sudan Votes was renamed The Niles to reflect the waterway that is an integral link between both countries.
The Niles was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and managed by MiCT.