Who we are:
The Heinrich Böll Foundation Afrique du Nord-RABAT (hbs) is part of the Green political movement. Our mandate is civic and political education, and we are working on ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights. We focus particularly on ‘gender equality’ which guarantees social emancipation and equal rights for all.
We are looking for: Journalists with extensive experience/knowledge in the field of governance and management of natural resources, especially water, in the Moroccan context.
In the framework of the program transformAfrica the hbs is carrying out a project on raising awareness on sustainable, fair, redistributive and inclusive approaches of governing and managing natural resources in various African countries, including Morocco, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. The general public as well as civil society and policy-makers will be the principal target audiences of these works.
Africa has a large quantity of natural resources and especially due to specific geographical locations and climate conditions, some African countries belong to the richest countries in terms of natural resources worldwide. These resources include oils, minerals, precious metals, fisheries, wildlife or even some primary goods. However, over the past decades and even centuries, these various countries or regions, which are rich of natural resources, have also been the center of tensions or even conflicts between various groups of actors that are directly involved with the extraction and or processing of such resources. Generally, it seems that the value which is produced from such resources is not fairly and equally redistributed among the various stakeholders. Short terms financial and political interests quite often prevail over the interests of the local population and long term environmental consequences have rarely been taken into account. This situation, heightened in several regions by changing climate conditions, has resulted in important conflicts between various local populations, international companies, and local and national governments.
Tacking this situation into account, the aim of this project is to identify and analyze several cases of problematic or remarkable governance/management of natural resources in several African countries (Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Senegal) and to produce material in order to raise awareness of citizens, but also decision-makers and economic actors toward the potential negative consequences of some ways of managing natural resources. Finally, the project aims to develop an alternative narrative, based on specific cases of good practices, on how natural resources could be managed in a fair, environmental and just way.
For that purpose, various activities will be implemented all along the project:
- Reportages covering the management of selected resources in Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Senegal
- Compilation of statistical data on natural resource management that will be edited in an easily accessible way
- Short cartoons on the challenges of natural resource management in Africa.
Objective of the reportage:
The reportage on water management in Morocco is supposed to outline the current situation highlighting weakness and strength of the system in place and showcasing one or two successful (local) examples of participatory, just and sustainable water management in Morocco. In doing so, the reportage should provide the Moroccan public an insight into the challenges and regulatory barriers, but also potential strategies for developing a more sustainable, participatory and just water management in Morocco.
The specific objectives of the reportage are:
- To provide an overview of the state of the art water management and regulations in Morocco, pointing our strength and weakness of the current system.
- To analyze the legal, social, economic, environmental, gender-related and governance/political aspects of water management in Morocco (potentially the reportage could focus on a selected region).
- To map the various actors whose interests are at stakes when it comes to the management of water resources and bring together their perspectives, specific interests, as well as their strategies/actions in this regard.
- To analyze obstacles and opportunities for implementing a more sustainable and redistributive water management approach in Morocco
- To identify and report on the good practices and initiatives having emerged in Morocco that might be replicated, e.g. a portrait of an initiative, association, commune successfully implementing a new model of water governance.
The reportage should be based on interviews with selected stakeholders and especially local actors (activists, local representatives, experts) successfully implementing sustainable, just and participatory approaches for water management. It should be based on an emotional story interwoven with key facts and background information on water management in Morocco. The language of the article is supposed to be informative, precise and facilitating the understanding of the topic to non-experts.
The Heinrich Böll Foundation can recommend some contacts of civil society actors who are working on the topic. However, own contacts/networks are desirable. The sources of the information used must be duly cited. In case of plagiarism, the author will be held sole and solely responsible.
The reportage is primarily intended for the large public, but also for decision-makers such as politicians, national and provincial local representatives and NGO & CSO. It will be published on the website of the Rabat office of the foundation (www.ma.boell.org) and also offered to Moroccan newspapers. Hbs intends to use the reportage for capacity development and knowledge dissemination, and will distribute it widely via hbs and partner social media instruments.
The reportage should be written in French and should have a length of 2.000 to 3.000 words.
The timeline to submit the reportage paper is 30th September 2018.
Complete application documents should be submitted by 27th July 2018.
(CV, Methodology, Financial proposal, Timeline)