Upcoming Events

 

10 July 2020

12:00

East Africa Time (EAT)

Zoom

Annual General Meeting

Please add your ideas through our questionnaire.

Agenda

Part 1: Where we are now?

Part 2: Where should we go?

Part 3: How we get there

Past Events

 

3 June 2020

  • Hashtag campaign

World Bicycle Day 2020

Cycling has become a resilient and reliable transportation choice during the pandemic lockdown, and it’s also healthy and sustainable.

We believe safer cycling infrastructure, particularly in urban environments, is a vital part of a post-COVID-19 green recovery.

To celebrate World Bicycle Day on Wednesday 3 June, we’re asking you how your local government could make cycling safer.

Record a vertical video of your ideas, and share it on Twitter with the hashtag #MakeCyclingSafer.

We’re looking forward to your ideas!

 

 

 

2 June 2020

Zoom
  • Workshop

Solutions Journalism Workshop

The spread of COVID-19 has created an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty across the world. Many people want to know what they can do to ensure they and their communities are safe. This is also true for many other types of disasters, like earthquakes, or tsunamis. Solid reporting on what’s working to help reduce risk and keep people safe helps provide crucial information to individuals and policymakers.

The UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is partnering with the Solutions Journalism Network to help journalists rigorously cover effective responses to the issues created by COVID-19, and more globally, how to better prevent and cope with disasters. Four workshops will be organized in Asia, Africa, Arab States and Americas and open to reporters used to work on these issues.

If you’re an African journalist looking for an introduction to solutions reporting, as well as solid guidance on how to get started and concrete tips on Disaster Risk Reduction coverage, join us for a 90 to 120 minutes online training.

The training will cover:

  • Define what solutions journalism is and discuss why do it
  • Understand, through looking at case studies how to use the 4 pillars of solutions journalism
  • Develop strategies to applying these principles to covering COVID19 and disaster risk reduction

We will highlight stories from your region, cover responses to COVID-19 and other disasters, and will invite a journalist with solid experience on disaster risk reduction coverage to participate in a 30min Q/A session.

If you are interested to join the session in Cairo on 1 June or in Nairobi on 2 June please register by emailing web@diraj.org.

 

25 May 2020

  • Twitter Chat

Africa Day 2020

On Monday 25 May 2020, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the Disaster Risk Reduction Association of Journalists (DIRAJ) will host a Twitter chat in observance of Africa Day. Anyone with a Twitter account can join the conversation, which will be moderated by @dirajafrica around the hashtags #DRRAfrica and #AfricaDay2020.

The online chat will explore how the risk of disasters can be reduced in Africa through innovation and increased awareness, as well as how we can build a more resilient and sustainable systems and infrastructure in the wake of the current pandemic.

Tune in to Twitter on 25 May at 14:00 EAT to take part.

Questions

  1. 1. Tell us about a resilience-building initiative in Africa that inspires you.
  2. 2. How can international, national and community organisations and authorities build better disaster resilience?
  3. 3. Give an example of how technology can reduce the risk of disasters in Africa.
  4. 4. How can we better communicate disaster risk reduction priorities?
  5. 5. How can a post-pandemic Africa become more inclusive and socially-just?
  6. 6. How can we transform African businesses to be more sustainable and resilient to future disasters?

Use the hashtag #DRRAfrica in your answers.

Useful links

UNDRR: undrr.org
DIRAJ: diraj.org

 

 

7 May 2020

ZOOM
  • Workshop

Twitter for Journalists

We’re pleased to announce that James Edge, the web and social media editor at the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome, will be hosting an online workshop on Twitter for Journalists. Previously with FAO, he now runs the @ifad twitter accounts. James also authored the IFAD Communications Toolkit. RSVP by sending an email to web@diraj.org with the subject Workshop.

 

27–30 January 2020

Mombasa, Kenya
  • Workshop

DIRAJ Experience sharing workshop for SADC, EAC and IGAD regions

Two-day indoor learning based on field experiences of journalists covering different disaster emergencies in Africa.

We discuss professional reporting techniques for journalists covering disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response scenarios, plus insights to understand the Disaster Risk Management sector, its architecture, mandates and mode of operation.

A further two days will be spent in the field, producing stories individually and in groups from various locations in the Kenyan coast, including from the Mikoko Pamoja community mangrove project.

Supported by UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction – UNDRR.

 

19–20 November 2019

Accra, Ghana
  • Workshop

Disaster Risk Reporting Workshop for ECOWAS Region

This workshop brings together, for the first time, journalists and national Disaster Risk Management representatives to explore ways to interact and promote better disaster reporting and increased media engagement in promoting a culture of prevention.

Targeting anglophone West Africa, the main objectives of the workshop are:

• Build a shared understanding of robust, informed and data driven reporting before, during and post disaster cycles;
• Align around the ECOWAS DRR vision and Communication strategy; and
• Agree on collaborative mechanisms with National Authorities for better media engagement on DRR issues.

Supported by the Economic Community of West African States – ECOWAS and the UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction – UNDRR

 

7 –12 November 2019

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Workshop

Getting the Message Across on Climate Change: Africa/Asia Twinning Workshop for Journalists

The Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union and UNESCO have put together this practical, hands-on workshop, aiming at twinning journalists from Africa and Asia-Pacific, to share climate change journeys in storytelling.
The workshop will involve plenary sessions, experience sharing opportunities, break-out group activities and field reporting mostly from the fishing villages and paddy fields of Kuala, Selangor.

 

13–17 May 2019

Geneva, Switzerland
  • Conference

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019

The world met in Geneva in May for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and up to twenty of our members were in attendance.

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is a biennial multi-stakeholder forum established by the UN General Assembly to review progress, share knowledge and discuss the latest developments and trends in reducing disaster risk.

Apart from covering the sessions for their audiences, our members present will also participate in a side event for journalists and broadcasters, looking at ways to empower and engage the media as a partner in creating a culture of prevention.