WaterAid Hosts Meeting for WASH Partners’ Review

By Fredrick P. W. Gaye from Bo, Sierra Leone


A three-day meeting on WASH advocacy, service delivery and governance activities in Sierra Leone and Liberia, began on Monday, September 18, 2017, in Bo City, Sierra Leone. WASH is water, sanitation and hygiene.

Hosted by WaterAid Liberia & Sierra Leone, the mid-year review gathering is intended for representatives from partnering organizations to review and reflect on their past and ongoing performances and plans.

The meeting focuses on activities carried from April to September, highlighting achievements, challenges, lessons learned and what can be done to overcome the challenges including budget constraints when implementing planned activities.

Partnering Liberian organizations represented at the gathering include: WASH Reporters & Editors Network (WASH R&E Network), Community Development Services (CODES), United Youth fro Peace, Education, Transparency and Development in Liberia (UYPETDL) and SHALOM. Those of host Sierra Leone are: WASH Media, WASHNet, Kenema Technical Team, Pujehun Technical Team, Movement towards Peace and Development Agency (MOPADA) and HELP, among others.

Activities of the interactive gathering include presentations by participants on their respective organizations, experience-sharing on administrative and technical implementations on advocacy, service delivery and governance as well as partnership review.

Partner organizations are showcasing their practical success stories, indicating impacts their activities are making in communities. Key among impacts including the willingness of citizens to take ownership of improved WASH services.

All is geared towards learning and finding missing links in past activities to wright the wrongs in meeting the expected outcomes.

Also, partners are being asked to be vigilant in implementing projects, to woo more funding in the face of donor fatigue.

At the end of the gathering, participants will formulate, integrate and review a plan to serve as a guiding tool for their organizations’ planned and further activities.

Though there are some level of positive changes, the head of Liberia WASH R&E Network, Augustine Myers, in his presentation, admitted some challenges in his country. The WASH media network boss named deplorable road condition and ongoing political activities as some of the challenges his organization faces.

In terms of achievements, he noted that WASH Media Report compels government to investigate outcome from WaterAid’s Environmental, Social and Health Impact Report in Cape Mount and Gbarpolu counties.

In his opening remark, the country director for WaterAid Liberia & Liberia, Mr. Patrick Cheah, thanked partners for the level of works under WaterAid partnership. He also told participants to be interactive as a way of experience sharing and to see how to coordinate and integrate programs intended to promote WASH activities in the two countries.

According to Cheah, WaterAid is committed to ensuring that citizens of the countries gain access to improved WASH facilities and service delivery as well as governance.


Matthäus to join StarTimes & Bundesliga Legends Tour



The Bundesliga, one of the most popular and successful football leagues in the world, will be showcasing itself in Kenya on 19 and 20 September 2017. Germany’s most-capped player Lothar Matthäus will be stopping off in Nairobi as part of the “Bundesliga Legends Tour”, jointly organised by StarTimes and the Bundesliga. As well as undertaking several media engagements, the captain of the “Bundesliga Legends Network” will be meeting local sports stars and introducing African football fans to the great features of Germany’s top flight at various fan events.

The schedule features a training session for players of three of Kenya’s most prestigious football academies with the “World Footballer of the Year 1991” as well as a meeting with the hugely talented Kenyan javelin thrower Julius Yego, a silver-medal winner at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

In addition, Matthäus will be taking to the studio to commentate on the high-level Bundesliga clash between FC Schalke 04 and FC Bayern München as a guest expert. To round off the visit, there will be numerous media engagements, including with StarTimes and other local media partners.

“To us, activities undertaken with our partners, such as the global Legends Tours, are a key part of our international marketing plans that we are pursuing in the newly formed Bundesliga International GmbH”, said Robert Klein, CCO of the company.

“I am delighted to be introducing the great features of the Bundesliga to African fans on my first visit to Kenya,” said Lothar Matthäus, a brand ambassador for the Bundesliga since 2015. “The development of the Bundesliga is impressive: it is enjoying constant growth, and has professional structures, modern stadia and a fantastic fan culture. I really enjoy communicating this to the world.”

“We are excited about Lothar Matthäus’ join and I believe that African football fans will enjoy a wonderful Bundesliga Legends Tour with Lothar,” said Cole He Xin, StarTimes Media Division Sports Director.

He Xin said: “StarTimes always bring the best to African football fans.”

Now aged 56, Lothar Matthäus played 464 Bundesliga games for Borussia Monchengladbach and FC Bayern München, scoring a total of 121 goals. As well as winning seven German league titles, he captained the German national team to victory in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, and was named “World Footballer of the Year” in 1991.

The “Bundesliga Legends Network” consists of ex-professionals who are active in key target markets as brand ambassadors of the Bundesliga. It also includes Anthony Baffoe (52) of Ghana, who made 199 Bundesliga appearances between 1983 and 1992.

For further information on the Bundesliga Legends Network and its legends, visit Bundesliga Legends website: http://www.bundesliga.com/en/legends/

StarTimes has been the exclusive rights-holder of the Bundesliga in sub-Saharan Africa since the 2015/16 season. This is the second major activity between the Bundesliga and its partner StarTimes in Africa, following hot on the heels of the Legends Tour in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya with Jay-Jay Okocha and Sunday Oliseh in December 2016.


Source: www.startimestv.com

Journalists Undergo Training In Ethiopia -In Covering Africa-China Engagements

By Fredrick P. W. Gaye, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Participants at Ethiopia’s Eastern Industrial Zone on Tuesday

More than 20 African and Chinese journalists, selected through an application process, are undergoing a three-day training in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The journalists are being equipped them with knowledge, skills and training for covering current Africa-China engagements, focusing on the crucial sectors of agriculture, industrialization/manufacturing, climate change, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and African Union Agenda 2063.

Oxfam International’s Africa-China Dialogue Platform and the Wits University (South Africa) Africa-China Reporting Project are conducting the training.

The media training began on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, with a field trip to the Chinese-built Eastern Industrial Zone outside Addis Ababa and the launch and discussions of an Oxfam Research Report, titled: “New Actors, New Models, New Outcomes? African Countries’ engagement with China and other Development Partners in Achieving the SDGs and Agenda 2063.”

Authored by Professor Chris Alden of the London School of Economics, the report highlights many issues on Africa’s engagement with global development partners to provide more effective support for implementation of the SDGs and Agenda 2063. Major among them are: unpacking China’s ‘new deal with Africa’ as seen through key SDG targets and Agenda 2063, emerging and traditional development partners in Africa: how they support Africa to address the SDGs and Agenda 2063 and setting the stage: from MDGs to SDGs, among others.

Wednesday’s session was intensive with professors researchers and other experts from AU and UN as well as journalists making presentations on what journalists have to know as they play their roles in Africa-China engagements.

Topics discussed during Wednesday’s session included: The role of the media and journalists in Africa-China Partnership: opportunities and challenges; Reporting Africa and China from the Perspective of the Agenda 2063, FOCAC (Forum on China Africa Cooperation) and SDGs; Africa-China Linkages in the Agricultural Sector and Climate Change: Case-based Challenges and Opportunities and Reporting Africa-China Industrialization: The pros and cons based case studies.

Facilitators include: Dr. Bob Wekesa of Wits University, Dr. Yoon Jung Park of Georgetown University, Dr. Kassim M. Khamis of AU, Dr. Paul Mpuga, Dr. Mr. Adama Coulibaly and Mr. James Murombedzi of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), UNIDO Goodwill Ambassaodor, Ms. Helen Hai, Dr. Alebel Bayu of the Ethiopian Development Research. Some journalists also shared their experiences.

During the opening ceremony chaired by the Program Manager of Oxfam International’s Africa-China Dialogue Platform, Mr. Gideon Jalata, various speakers stressed the need for journalists to know their roles in shaping the trend of Africa and China engagements. Pan Africa Director at Oxfam, Mr. Apllos Nwafor; the Project Coordinator of Africa-China Reporting Project, Mr. Barry van Wyk; and the Head of China Permanent Mission to AU, Ambassador Kuang Weilin made opening remarks.

The workshop is expected to climax Thursday, September 7, 2017. with participants working in group to discuss reporting angles on topics of their choice within agriculture, industrialization/manufacturing, climate change, SDGs and Agenda 2063.


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 International’s Africa-China Dialogue Platform (ACDP) 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 International’s Africa-China Dialogue Platform will leverage its unique location in Addis Ababa as well as track record in the Africa-China policy space.

The Wits Africa China Reporting Project is expected to financially support some of the journalists to do fieldwork on specific stories after the workshop.