Innovation Competition on Decentralized Energy Solutions in Rural Ethiopia

Call for Young Journalists

Are you
  • An Ethiopian Journalist or Media Expert?
  • 35 years of age or younger?
  • Interested in reporting on sustainable development, renewable energy and climate topics.
Apply now for the Young Journalists’ Programme of the Ethiopian-German Energy Cooperation!


As one of the five selected young journalists, you will be reporting about the first Innovation Competition on Decentralized Energy Solutions in Ethiopia. With this competition, the Ethiopian and German Governments jointly contribute to the implementation of the Ethiopian National Electrification Plan (NEP 2.0) - aiming at universal electricity access by the year 2025, of which 35% will be achieved with off-grid solutions.

Selected young journalists will receive an attractive support package, including compensation for travel expenses, promotion of their work through the Ethiopian-German Energy Cooperation, as well as a certificate of participation. The best story produced will also be awarded a gift of appreciation.

Who can apply?

We look forward to receiving applications from journalists and media expert with the following profile:

  • Be 35 years of age and under
  • Based in Ethiopia.
  • Good language skills in English and Amharic (knowledge of other languages is an advantage)
  • Proven experience in producing any of the following outputs: Newspaper articles, blogs, vlogs, photography, documentaries, short films etc.
  • First experience in reporting on topics related to energy, science, technology or sustainable development.
What is the application process?

Please submit your application before 17 February 2021 by completing the application form below. Applications via email will not be accepted.

Selected young journalist will be informed on 19 February.

The first (virtual) workshop takes place on 23 February.