1­6-17 February 2018, Freetown, Sierra Leone



In cooperation with the African Media Initiative (AMI), the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the African Union (AU), the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa (ECA), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), UNESCO and the support of al-Jazeera network, some 50 journalists will convene at the ECA’s conference hall in Addis Ababa for a 2-day dialogue that will examine the role of media in Africa’s development, Women’s Empowerment and its support to Agenda 2063. The event will also be an opportunity to celebrate development reporting through AMI’s flagship ZIMEO Media Excellence Awards .



Event program


The conference will take place at Room #4 within the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s headquarters in Addis Ababa.

UNCC photo


All ASMD’s participants and guests are required to stay at Elilly Hotel. The facility is a five star hotel with its twin towers situated in the heart of Addis Ababa, Kasanchis business district on the main entrance of the United Nations Conference center (UNCC). It is ideally placed at a focal point between the city’s business districts, historical landmarks, National Palace, major government offices & modern and traditional shopping centers. Ride to the Hotel only takes 3.8 KM from Bole International Air Port. READ MORE



Partners information

The 2017 edition of the Africa’s Senior Media Dialogue is jointly organized by the following partners:

Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA)

The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) was officially established on 1 March 2003 by the Secretary-General Bulletin, in line with General Assembly Resolution November 2002 and became operational on 1 May 2003. In accordance with the above resolution, OSAA was initially mandated to enhance international support for Africa’s development and security through its advocacy and analytical work, assist the Secretary-General in improving coherence and coordination of the UN System support to Africa, and facilitate inter-governmental deliberations on Africa at the global level Read more


UNESCO is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. It strengthens the ties between nations and societies, and mobilizes the wider public so that each child and citizen:

  • has access to quality education; a basic human right and an indispensable prerequisite for sustainable development;
  • may grow and live in a cultural environment rich in diversity and dialogue, where heritage serves as a bridge between generations and peoples;
  • can fully benefit from scientific advances;

and can enjoy full freedom of expression; the basis of democracy, development and human dignity. Read more

About AMI

African Media Initiative (AMI)

The African Media Initiative (AMI) is a pan-African organization that seeks to strengthen the continent’s private and independent media sector from an owner and operator perspective to promote democratic governance, social development and economic growth. It does so through a set of strategic activities aimed at transforming the media and communications landscape on the continent. AMI’s overall goal is to promote the development of pluralistic media as a necessary and critical ingredient of democratic governance, as well as economic and human development in Africa. The organization was established in 2010 and is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. Read more



African Union (AU)

The advent of the African Union (AU) can be described as an event of great magnitude in the    institutional evolution of the continent. On 9.9.1999, the Heads of State and   Government of the Organization of African Unity issued a Declaration (the Sirte Declaration) calling for the establishment of an African Union, with a view, inter alia, to accelerating the process of integration in the continent to enable it play its rightful role in the global economy while addressing    multifaceted social, economic and political problems compounded as they are    by certain negative aspects of globalization. The main objectives of the OAU were, inter alia, to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonization and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity among African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation within the framework of the United Nations. Read more

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN’s five regional commissions, ECA’s mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa’s development. Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges. Read more


The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ)

The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) was launched during a congress in Abuja, Nigeria in 2007. From the start, journalist trade unions and associations affiliated to the International Federation of Journalists came together to form a continental body of journalists’ trade unions in the media industry in Africa. READ MORE


Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera English since 2006 is part of a growing network comprising more than 10 channels and divisions. Launched in 1996, Al Jazeera Arabic was the first independent news channel in the Arab world dedicated to providing comprehensive news and live debate. The network challenged established narratives and gave a global audience an alternative voice one that put the people back at the centre of the news agenda and quickly made it one of the world’s most influential news networks. Read more



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