By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo
Some journalists drawn from some 20 African countries are currently acquiring knowledge on how to effectively report on debt and development issues in their respective countries and Africa as a whole.
The training seminar grouping these journalists began on March 21 in Nairobi, Kenya and will end on March 23. The seminar is held under the banner AFRODAD Media Initiative, AFROMEDI is been organised by the African Forum and Network on Debt and Development, AFRODAD.
Opening the training, Jason Rosario Braganza, Executive Director of AFRODAD called on journalists to be more engaged in reporting about debt which has become a serious issue in the African continent.
According to him, the launch of a media initiative last year came on the heels of warnings of a debt crisis that was going to shock the continent and that it was going to be accelerating due to the pandemic.
“…As a pan African organisation there is a need to scale up a capacity building to a continental level while comprehensively connecting national, regional, continental and global aspects of public debt and their ripple effects on economies and citizens,” Braganza said.
To him, “Journalists knowing the power they have need to tell the story of how money borrow is been used to finance projects. The general public is not necessarily fully aware of how our governments negotiate the financing; the public is not necessarily aware of how the cost of paying the infrastructural investment is going to be done and you journalists need to stop it.”
Presentations during the first day suggested that African governments should avoid fiscal slippages, improve the quality of investment spending, and monitor and manage their debt to avoid falling into the trap that we were in before when we had unsustainable debt. Knowing that today’s debt is tomorrow’s revenue and also bearing in m