The second Edition of Uganda Wash Media Awards took place last Friday at Sheraton Hotel Kampala amidst pomp and glamour. The event was graced by dignitaries both from the public, private and civil society sectors. The New Vision's Ronald Mugabe was the man of the night when he emerged overall winner.
The winners in all the six categories received a cash prize of UgShs1.5 million, a certificate of recognition and a plaque, while the first runners up received a cash prize of UgShs500,000 plus a certificate of recognition. The second runners up received a certificate of recognition.
Lydia Mirembe , the Communications and Knowledge Management Advisor at International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) who spoke on behalf of the Civil Society Organisations in WASH sector applauded journalists for the endless efforts they invest in covering the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene related issues especially by acting as vehicles through which WASH sector reaches out to thousands of people in the country.
The panel of judges led by Mr.John Baptist Wasswa during the event explained the criteria they used to come up with the winners. He said they based on audience engagement, knowledge of WASH, journalistic skills, innovation and other strengths such as affirmative action basing on gender among others.
Wasswa said unlike lin 2016, this time round the number of entrants rose both from the Kampala-based and upcountry media houses. There was also an increment in women entrants.
The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Water and Environment, Alfred Okot Okidi who represented the head of the ministry thanked all journalists who took part in the competition adding that the awards are a way of appreciating outstanding media personalities for their excellent work and are aimed at sustaining development and advocacy in the WASH sector.
Scaling technology and changing water systems in most countries is not possible without input from properly equipped local government. "They are responsible for making sure people have access to water services. They need to be invested and have the capacity to do the work," says Marieke Adank, programme officer at IRC.
Marieke Adank features in Raconteur's special report, Future of Water which is out in The Times newspaper today. The article can be found online here.
A national symposium on Defining Effective Drinking Water Management Models in Burkina Faso, 18-19 October 2017, was organised by IRC Burkina Faso, UNICEF and the Ministry of Water in Burkina Faso. The event was mentioned on 5 national news sites:
Experts have pointed to a growing momentum among politicians, finance and business leaders toward meeting the global water and sanitation development goals. However, many also warn that development finance is still woefully small, that silos persist among actors, and that not enough attention is being paid to reaching the poorest of the poor. Includes quotes from IRC CEO Patrick Moriarty on SDG6 and urban sanitation. [Sophie Edwards, Devex, 4 September 2017]
Report on the two-day training for members of the Ghana Wastsan Journalist Network (GWJN) in Accra held as part of the IRC-led Watershed | empowering citizens strategic partnership. [GNA/NewsGhana.org, 4 Sept 2017]
'We are driving a transformational agenda towards WASH delivery in Ghana', said minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Joseph Kofi Adda at his press conference at the Stockholm World Water Week on 28 August.
Blog post (in Dutch) on Vice Versa (5 Jul 2017) by Stef Smits (IRC) and Kate Pearson (Max Foundation) on exit strategies in the WASH sector. The blog is based on the Max Foundation-IRC Event:that took place on 31 May 2017 in The Hague.
In lead-up to the release of the SDG6 baseline report by WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), Circle of Blue publishes interview (6 July 2017) with IRC's Catarina Fonseca, Tom Slaymaker (UNICEF and WaterAid.
The Mali newspaper Le Combat has featured a story about Watershed Mali. A short introduction of the project and its partners is given and Mrs Traoré Afou, the Watershed coordinator, explains the activities of the project. Watershed Mali will focus especially on two issues: the quality of the water (incl. wastewater management), and universal and sustainable access to drinking water.