Western Sahara Reporting Fellowship

Africa

The Western Sahara Reporting Fellowship provides international women journalists with the opportunity to exchange knowledge with local journalists in the Western Sahara, and to gain firsthand insight into the region’s culture and economic development.
Funded by The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the fellowship aims to bring attention to underreported stories from the Western Sahara, with a focus on economic development issues.

  • FellowsFellowsThe international journalist fellows who traveled to Western Sahara with the IWMF report for media outlets such as NPR, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, PBS NewsHour, BBC, CNN.com, International Herald Tribune and The New York Times.

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  • Reporting TripsReporting TripsThe IWMF has led two reporting trips to Western Sahara in December 2012 and May 2013. The groups were granted unprecedented access to a number of sites and officials in Western Sahara, conducted interviews with local officials, and met with Sahrawi activists, trade union representatives, as well as human rights workers.

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  • StoriesWestern Sahara StoriesThe IWMF led two reporting trips to Western Sahara and Morocco with support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The first trip took place in December 2012, the second in May 2013, immediately after United Nations hearings on adding a human rights monitoring mandate to Western Sahara’s UN Mission. As a result of these trips, mainstream media coverage of myriad issues, including the extraction of Western Sahara’s natural resources and implications for the Sahrawi people, has spiked.

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  • Western SaharaReporting from Western SaharaOften described as “Africa’s last colony”, Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara has been the source of a bitter regional dispute over control of the resource-rich land for nearly 40 years. Although it is the longest-running conflict on the continent, it receives almost no attention from the international community. This report shows of how the IWMF has succeeded in shining a new light on the forgotten conflict.

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