2018 Tana Forum Call for Regional Journalists Deadline:27th March 2018

With the aim of playing a crucial role in bringing about sustainable peace and contributing to the implementation of the African Union Tripoli Declaration of August 2009, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) at Addis Ababa University convenes an annual forum on security called the Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa, or Tana Forum in short. This initiative is a response to the declaration’s appeal for “African-centred solutions”, and its call for the treatment of peace and security as a collective “intellectual challenge”.
The overall objective of the Tana Forum is to facilitate a platform where African peace and security issues are discussed and followed up by African decision-makers and peace and security stakeholder groups in an open and informal setting. Read the concept note

The 2018 edition of the Forum will be convened on 21-22 April 2018 on the theme “Ownership of Africa’s Peace and Security Provision: Financing and Reforming the African Union”. This theme recognizes that the principle of ownership in the field of peace and security faces many difficulties as local stakeholders might lack sufficient will or capacity for peace-building and state-building. Understanding ownership helps to strategically examine the roles and functions of external actors in the goals of peace-building and state-building. In a rapidly changing global and African policy environment, there is an obvious need for more powerful and effective AU institutions with the capacity to assume strong ownership on continental and global peace and security matters. Read the summary documenthere:

The Tana Forum Secretariat has 6 SLOTS to be granted competitively to journalists based in Africa to attend the Forum and provide coverage.


The criteria for selection include:

  1. Must be a journalist from any of the African Union Member States
  2. Must be in possession of a valid passport and in good health condition to travel to and from Ethiopia between 20-23 April 2018 (journalists with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply).
  3. Must have demonstrated interest and experience in covering regional events and high-level forums as evidenced by samples of work.

Selection will take place in the week of 28-29 March 2018. The costs of travel, accommodation and meals will be covered by the Tana Forum Secretariat.

For those who do not get selected, you will be invited to take part in the Tana Forum Media Connect Community where you can access a range of resources including daily summaries, press releases, photographs, audio and video clips of the Tana Forum as well as speeches and relevant presentations shared during the forum.



Applications will be accepted in English, French and Arabic. Send your applications and attachments to and cc  Applications are now open and will close on 27 March 2018 at 23.59 GMTApplications should include completed application form and requisite attachments. These include:

Completed Application Form- Signed, Stamped And Scanned

Scanned Copy Of Your Passport Bio Page

Scanned Copy Of Press Card

Digital Mugshot/Passport Photo

Current Cv

Samples Of Work: (Provide Online Links)



Any inquiries related to this application should be addressed to:

Michelle Mendi Muita           

Edward Wanyonyi                 

Download the Application form

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