The Niles is a bi-lingual website 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) helps 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 is published on a bi-lingual website. Work is translated into Arabic and English in order to cross language barriers. Stories are 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 is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and managed by MiCT. The Niles publications neither reflect the views of the German Federal Foreign Office nor MiCT.