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September 27th, 2017 / SciDev.net, UK

A two-year programme has been launched to build capacity of science journalists and improve science coverage in Africa.

It was launched this month (1 September) with the aim of recognising the important role of science journalism in promoting Africa’s socioeconomic development.

The project is being funded by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and in partnership with the African Federation of Science Journalists (AFSJ) and the South African Science Journalists Association, according to Deborah-Fay Ndlovu, the project’s manager and the communication manager of AAS, without disclosing the total funding for the project.

The project will focus on strategic areas of the AAS including health and wellbeing, climate change, food security and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with targeted journalists from Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa in the first phase. Read more