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Young Journalists

Energy is a critical ingredient for development. In many countries, particularly in rural areas, continues to be a deficiency in the provision of energy services. The delivery of energy services is often linked to poor governance or accountability. Continuous reporting by journalists can, however, help to raise awareness about these issues, thereby enhancing the ability of stakeholders to improve energy services and provisions

To strengthen the capacity of Journalists throughout Africa and the EU, the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) Secretariat invited a group of 9 Young Journalists to document and contribute to the 2nd Stakeholder Forum of the AEEP, which was held in Milan, Italy from 16–17 May 2016.

The Young Journalists were selected to work together under the guidance of the communications team throughout the AEEP Stakeholder Forum. Through their participation, selected Young Journalists had the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Africa-EU cooperation in the energy sector and the challenges various African countries continue to face in delivering energy services to their population.

While at the conference, the Young Journalists successfully produced Press Releases, Photos, Video clips and interviews and made use of Social and New Media channels including Twitter. Read and listen to the Outcomes provided by the Young Journalists.

For their extensive contribution, continual motivation and constant support we would like to thank:

Wendy Agbo

Presenter/news reporter

I: Twitter @wendyistrendy1, LinkedIn

Nils Elzenga

Journalist and photographer
Based in Amsterdam, specialized in Africa and sustainability

T: +31646242449
E: nils[at]momentum-media.nl

Silenou Demanou Blondel

Based in Cameroon

E: blondykrs[at]hotmail.com

Cristina Belda Font

A Spanish journalist. Worked with various publications and think tanks such as Huffington Post, El País and the Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales (CARI)

I: Twitter @belda_font

Taremwa Diana Karakire

Freelancer East Africa and the Great Lakes region

T: +256700898537
E: dianakarakire[at]gmail.com
I: Twitter @TaremwaD, articles

Elena Roda

Environmental reporting, data visualization, investigative journalism
Based in Italy

E: elenaroad[at]gmail.com
I: Website, Twitter @elena_roda


Lenyaro Sello

Multimedia reporter, based in Johannesburg/South Africa
eNews Channel Africa (eNCA)

T: +27-82-884-2377, +27-11-537-9418
E: Lenyaro[at]gmail.com
I: Twitter @lenyarosello

Olfa Jelassi

Gender Expert and Environmental consultant.
Freelancer, Trainer & Advocator for: Climate change, sustainable Energy and Environmental Journalism.
Based in Tunisia

T: +216 23 845 898
E: jelassi.olfa[at]gmail.com
Skype: Olifa86

Tom Saater

Based in Nigeria

T: +2348101108116
E: tom.saater[at]gmail.com

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
  • Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Egypt
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
  • Politecnico di Milano/University of Milan
  • Terna Group