Six years after the end of a devastating civil war, what was once Africa’s largest country -- an area the size of western Europe -- has divided into two nations: the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan.
It is now more important than ever before that both countries narrate their own history in the making.
‘The Niles’ is a project initiated by Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) to promote independent, balanced and accurate coverage of Sudanese and South Sudanese affairs.
Working with some fifty journalists from both Sudan and South Sudan since 2009, MICT sponsors practical training and coaching to help advance reporters’ skills in relaying stories that shape people’s lives. The results are published by local media and on this website. Audio reports are broadcast on local radio stations.
The people of Sudan and South Sudan are witness to a momentous process that poses tremendous challenges. While South Sudan’s independence on July 9, 2011 was widely celebrated, bilateral issues concerning citizenship, national borders, constitutions, oil wealth and debt sharing are still on the agenda.
The region’s diversity of cultures, religions and languages, along with its abundance of natural resources, hold great potential to foster positive development. The media in Sudan and South Sudan will play a key role in shaping the future of both nations.
‘The Niles’ is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and managed by MICT.