Through an innovative approach combining music, informal education and an enterprise platform, we address the cultural and environmental challenges at the root of the Nile basin’s challenges.
CROSS-CULTURAL MUSICAL COLLABORATIONS: featuring diverse musicians, styles and instruments from the eleven Nile countries (Congo DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, and Egypt), expose local audiences to the cultures of their river neighbors. Through story telling, these songs humanize relevant environmental challenges. In this way, these musical experiences foster cultural empathy and inspire environmental curiosity to shift the Nile from a divisive geo-political argument to a uniting cultural and environmental conversation.
LEARNING ACTIVITIES: build on the paradigm shifts experienced through the music to provide avenues for audiences to engage with the Nile’s cultural and ecological contexts. Partnering with local organizations, the Nile Project plans and implements a plethora of participatory activities to expose stakeholders to the cultures and challenges of the river and to inspire more responsible behavior.
THE NILE ENTERPRISE PLATFORM: channels this newly acquired understanding towards concrete action. In partnership with a number of social enterprise organizations, we will train and support East African entrepreneurs who are developing holistic solutions that address social, cultural, environmental, and economic challenges relevant to the Nile.