Transforming the Nile basin through music, learning and enterprise

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The Nile Project curates cross-cultural collaborations among musicians from the Nile region. Through these musical dialogues, we aim to foster cultural connections among the people living along the river to help us tackle our water-based environmental challenges. Inspired by Yoyo Ma’s Silk Road Project, Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero developed the Nile Project as a platform to spread environmental awareness and inspire change among Nile citizens.

The Nile Project engages its stakeholders with a series of musical performances and recordings featuring musicians from the river’s 11 countries (Congo DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, and Egypt). These musical experiences will inspire our audiences to learn more about their ecosystem and their
neighbors. With the help of a multidisciplinary group of academic and non-academic experts (environmental science, climatology, anthropology, sociology, economics, development studies, etc.) the Nile Project will roll out a number of educational initiatives including school curricula and a TEDxNile conference. Partnering with Ashoka and regional social entrepreneurs, the Nile Project will train a new generation of change makers to help bring about new solutions to the
challenges we face along the Nile Basin. And through a devoted social enterprise platform, the Nile Project will empower these new entrepreneurs to implement their solutions to help us move towards a more sustainable Nile region.

Find out more about the Nile Project here.



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