Workshop on Reporting Africa-China Engagements in Ethiopia 2017

Workshop on Reporting Africa-China Engagements in Ethiopia 2017

Deadline: July 18, 2017

Applications are ongoing for the Workshop on Reporting Africa-China Engagements taking place in Ethiopia this August. The workshop will bring together selected African and Chinese journalists to equip them with knowledge, skills and training for covering current Africa-China engagements. The workshop will focus on the crucial sectors of agriculture and industrialisation/manufacturing. Agriculture is crucial in Africa for its direct link with food security. Industrialisation on the other hand is important because it has been elevated in recent Africa-China policy promulgations, specifically the Johannesburg Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit in 2015. Industrialization is seen as an antidote to the high levels of poverty in Africa, which is manifest in frequent cases of famine. These two areas deserve more focused journalistic reporting than is currently the case.

Africa-China relations have witnessed rapid development over nearly two decades. What do these relations portend for the two partners but more so for Africa, perceived as the weaker partner? The media plays a pivotal role as platform for debate on these issues, and will continue to shape the contours of Africa-China engagements. Both the Wits Africa-China Reporting Project and the Oxfam Africa-China Dialogue Platform have these issues at the core of their missions and visions. In this joint and synergistic workshop the Africa-China Reporting Project will draw on its experience in the field of media and communications, while the Oxfam Africa-China Dialogue Platform will leverage its unique location in Addis Ababa as well as track record in the Africa-China policy space.

The Workshop

  • About 20 journalists from Africa and China will be invited to attend the three-day workshop in Addis Ababa;
  • Selected journalists will be provided with airfares to/from Addis and accommodation and catering in Addis Ababa;
  • The workshop programme will include excursions to the African Union (AU) headquarters and other significant locations in Addis Ababa, as well as a day trip to one of the Chinese industrial parks in Ethiopia;
  • Selected journalists are expected to apply the knowledge, skills and training acquired by undertaking investigations and publishing in their media. The Wits Africa China Project will financially support some of the journalists to do fieldwork on specific stories after the workshop.


  • African and Chinese journalists are invited to apply for attending this workshop

Application Process

Applicants are to send applications addressing the requirements below in an email entitled “APPLICATION: ADDIS WORKSHOP 2017” to [email protected] by no later than July 18, 2017.

Applications should contain the following:

  • Applicant CV
  • List of applicant’s previous published reporting on Africa-China, especially on agriculture, industrialisation and sustainable development
  • Reporting proposal for a topic relevant to Africa-China agriculture, industrialisation and/or sustainable development, indicating clearly the country/region focus, along with a budget for costs relating to the reporting grant (please refer to the Africa-China Reporting Project’s guidelines for reporting grants)

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. For any further questions please email Project staff at [email protected]

For more information, visit Workshop on Reporting Africa-China Engagements.