New Disaster Risk Reduction Journalism Award established in Mozambique

Nov 21, 2016

Journalist Rosa Fumo proudly holds her award

Mozambique National Disaster Management Institute (INGC) has created a “Disaster Risk Reduction Journalism Award” to encourage journalists to publish articles that contribute to disaster risk management in the country. The award is instituted in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The initiative is intended for journalists who publish articles and programmes in the print or in the electronic media, with innovative ideas, research findings and other initiatives that contribute to management of disaster risk.

In order to allow fairness and impartiality in the appraisal and classification of articles as well as TV and Radio programmes, a jury was constituted, composed of representatives of INGC, UNDP, Academia, the National Directorate of Information and from the National Union of Journalists.

The first winners were announced in a well-attended ceremony in the capital, Maputo in late November 2016. The first winners were Alfredo Simango, a reporter with the public TV channel, Mozambican Television, for a production of a documentary entitled “The drama lived by the victims of the floods” and Rosa Fumo, from a newspaper “Diário de Moçambique” (Mozambique Daily) for a piece on “The use of alternative material in the construction of houses”.

Speaking at the ceremony, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Marcia de Castro told the audience that action to reduce the vulnerability of the poor and build resilience to disasters is part of the efforts required to successfully implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  She added that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognizes and reaffirms the urgent need to reduce the risk of disasters.

“All of us, the media, the Government, development partners, civil society organizations, have a shared responsibility to do our part in reducing disaster risk, build resilience and support the attainment of equitable and sustainable development”, she said.

On his part, the Deputy INGC General Director, Casimiro Abreu said that in the process of disaster mitigation and prevention, the media has been a strategic partner for its role of disseminating information conducive to the change of attitudes by society and promotion of good preventive practices against natural disasters.

He also hailed the media for its contribution to disaster risk management especially in the dissemination of articles on the activities developed by the Government and other partners that aim to provide communities with respond to calamitous situations.

“This award, with the support of our partners, is a recognition of the undeniable role of the media in disseminating information on the management of natural disasters to the public, even in remote areas. And INGC, as part of its mission, needs a lot of media to be around to help disseminate information that can help reduce disaster risks,” Mr. Abreu said, adding that “therefore, one of the weapons we have to reduce risk or avoid harm is the dissemination of information on best practices and care.”

The INGC is the Government institution responsible for coordinating and implementing actions that contribute to the Disaster Risk Reduction in Mozambique, including the development and implementation of policies, strategies, legislation and operational plans for prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and rapid post-disaster recovery. UNDP is part of the Humanitarian Country Team that provide support for most of its work.