The Third Pole and the Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA) project of Oxfam are looking for journalists to take part in a media workshop on the shared waters of the Mahakali River, which forms part of the India-Nepal border.

Venue and Date: Mahendranagar/Bhimdatta, Nepal, October 14-16, 2019

Deadline for applications: September 6, 2019.


The Mahakali River – called Sharada in downstream India – forms a part of the boundary between western Nepal and the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand in India. The river and its basin provide regulating, provisioning, cultural, supporting and other essential services to people in both countries. There are major ecological changes and ongoing development projects in this basin that affect the lives of people. Also, Government, communities and civil society organisations (CSOs) from across the border are collaborating to address issues of water quality, irrigation, flood early warning etc.


The workshop is designed as an opportunity for journalists to interact with experts, TROSA partners, and community-based organisations like the Women Empowerment Centres (WECs), and to participate in a field trip that will enable them to report on these issues. It will help enhance quality and quantity of information and understanding for improved coverage on water governance

Detailed information:

The workshop will be held in Mahendranagar/Bhimdatta, Nepal, on October 14-16, 2019.

The organisers will bear the travel, accommodation and meal costs of selected participants.

Journalists from print, web, radio and television, based in India and Nepal, are all encouraged to apply. Women journalists, young journalists and journalists from indigenous communities – including local and riverine communities – are especially encouraged to apply.


  • To commit to attend all days of the workshop.
  • To have a record of reporting on one or more of these topics: science, environment, water, gender.
  • To be willing to post copies of stories on and the TROSA websites, if you produce stories for your home media organisations as a result of your attendance at the workshop,
  • To be able to provide a letter from your editor supporting your application. Freelancers are welcome but must have a letter of support from a media organisation that will publish or broadcast your stories.


Please copy this Application Form into a Word/text file, fill it in and send to [email protected]. Please remember the attachments (see below).

First Name:

Last Name:

Email address:


Mobile Phone Number:

Do you have a valid Passport or Voter Id Card or Driving Licence (for Indian applicants only):

Your Address:

Your Job Title:

Which Language do You Publish / Broadcast in:

Tell Us Why You Want to Attend this Workshop (Max 250 words):

Name of Your Media Outlet (Freelancers – provide this for the Media Outlet for which you will report):

Link to the Website of Your Media Outlet (Freelancers – provide this for the Media Outlet for which you will report):

Name of Your Editor / Supervisor:

Email of Your Editor / Supervisor:

Attach a Letter of Support from Your Editor with Your Mail:

Attach Two Stories that You consider Relevant or provide Links to the Stories here:

Please send the filled-in Application Form to [email protected]



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