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The ACCER Awards Finalists Academy (TAAFA) Training kicked has been running in Nairobi since Sunday 7thof October at Safari Park Hotel. The three day training workshop brought together environmental reporters and media trainers from across Africa to train and build their capacity on climate and environmental reporting. The workshop seeks to increase the number of journalists pursuing environmental reporting as a career.

While giving his opening remarks Mr. Mithika Mwenda; PACJA’S CEO urged journalists to learn and network with other environmental reporters in order to take the agenda of climate change on The Pan African level. He also added that in the future ACCER entries will not limit on French and English but also include indigenous languages.

Previous ACCER Awards finalists and winners were also in attendance to give their experiences.Ngalami who was the overall winner in the 2013 ACCER awards urged reporters to write on  Environmental issues are the best stories to tell in Africa as they open one to the world and vice versa. He added that through PAMACC he has been able to generate stories on climate change and environment and expand his outreach to a wide audience.

Pan African Media Alliance on climate change (PAMACC) which was formed in 2013 is   aimed at motivating and encouraging journalists to consistently engage in climate change and environmental reporting.

Victor Bwire who is the Deputy CEO and Programs Manager at the Media Council of Kenya urged reporters to always look for reliable stories. He probed reporters to focus on interviewing experts who had knowledge on the topic of the story being talked about. The reporters agreed that climate change was important and they should provide a bridge between science, service providers and the public.
At the end of the training participants were awarded certificates of participation led by John Binderi, the Chairperson of PACJA Augustine Njamnshi, who are PACJA Board Members and Faustine of Rwandan Climate Change Network supported by Wanjohi Kabukuru from the Indian Ocean observatory.


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FIFTEEN African Journalists have been shortlisted for the 2018 African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards.
Mr. Mithika Mwenda, the Executive Director of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) read out the names of the finalists:-

Agbota M. Ernest- Benin
Constantin Pierre Yap- Cameroon
Ekue Madjro KuegahTedjo- Benin
Caroline Gachacha Mucheru-Kenya
Mirabelle Akpaki-Benin.

Demis Mekuriyaw- Ethipoia
Eyong Blaise Okie- Camerron
Happy Njalam'mano- Malawi

Adjinehosu Fulbert- Benin
Soila Kenya- Kenya
Andrew Mtupanyama- Malawi
Gardy Alphonce-Kenya
Anthony Langat- Kenya
Sandrine Nathaline Carole- Morroco
Ekué Kodjo Koudohah- Togo

“The standards of broadcast entries are worrying, even more so the ones that were submitted in French.  Some of the entrants need training in basic story writing skills, to come with good scripts that would go into the organizing the clips for final production.” Judge Terna Gyuse, from South Africa commented in the process of judging.

The Radio entries were of high quality both in English and French, a demonstration that the of Radio is still a dominant means communication in Africa, and that the spread and growth of this medium as the preferred means of communication should be harnessed for both climate change and environmental reporting. Judge Clarisse Umuhire from Rwanda commented at the end of the Judging process.

“They need to embrace the basic rhythms of disciplined thinking and controlled writing. Their predicament is easily compounded by having to address a technical subject like climate change. Proper training for such journalists would do well to combine both the substance of reporting the environment and journalistic skills generally” Mr. Mithika said while announcing the 15 finalists.

More than 315 entries were submitted for consideration in this year’s ACCER Competition. The list of finalists was determined by a panel of judges, reflecting on this year’s theme ‘changing the narrative on environmental challenges in Africa: the case of pollution.

Finalists will be notified of their nominations and invited to attend the ACCER Awards & Recognition Ceremony where the winners will be announced.
Scheduled for October 6th -9th is the ACCER Awards Finalists Academy which is a training and networking workshop for all the finalists in Nairobi, Kenya.
The panel of judges will now focus their attention on the challenging task of selecting the ultimate award winners in each category that will be announced at the Awards Gala on 11th October during the seventh edition of the Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII) Conference.

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African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards

The Africa Climate Change & Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Award recognizes African journalists who have excelled in climate change and environmental journalism. It seeks to encourage constructive environmental reporting focus in African media, both at the policy formulation and implementation level and at the level of public awareness and participation in environmental protection and preservation

The ACCER Awards Finalists Academy (TAAFA) is a stable PACJA’s dynamic and innovative strategic intervention plan. It is a driving force to the already existing training and reward schemes, but, also ensure sustainability of the capacity building project.

Sterling effort in environmental coverage

There was a need of encouraging display of knowledge on core concerns and especially on climate change and its impact on diverse populations in such areas as livelihood, energy, food production, energy production and use as well as keeping children in school, among several other concerns of cardinal proportions and need for more deliberate and proactive education of journalists on environmental policies and global standpoints.

The annual selection of TAAFA candidates is simple: Journalists entering the ACCER Awards Competitions are selected in the preliminary stage, called finalists stage. These journalists automatically qualify to attend the Academy (TAAFA) which is held prior to the Awards Gala Night where the Winners would be announced.

To help transform this training into TAAFA, PACJA seeks partnership with relevant organizations to host the participants for a longer period, and to bring additional experts as resource persons for the training process.

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Africa Coalition for Sustainable Energy & Access (ACSEA)

Africa Coalition for Sustainable Energy & Access (ACSEA), is an alliance of various organizations drawn from the Civil society organizations, Business/Private sector, academia and research institutions engaging in renewable energy work across the continent of Africa. The coalition has 42 institutions from all over the continent, with a leadership team comprised of 14 member institutions representing gender, youth, academia and private sector.

The African Parliamentarian Network on Climate Change (APNCC) is also part of the leadership team but as an ex-official. ACSEA is currently hosted at the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance secretariat.

Africa continent’s energy demands met through low carbon and sustainable decentralised energy access to the poor.

To build a strong movement of like-minded organizations to influence for investment in renewable energy as well as for poor people living in rural communities to have access to clean, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy


  • To carry out energy related Policy research and analysis in order to inform our advocacy work.
  • To create a strong movement of organizations working on, or interested in, engaging with policy/advocacy work at the local, national as well as continental level.
  • To influence national governments as well as strategic regional development bodies such as the African Development Bank (AfDB) to prioritize policies that will secure investment in the sustainable energy sector as well as improving access to energy by the energy poor communities.
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