Five journalists from as many countries were awarded the 2015 World Water Week Journalist Grant. They travelled to Stockholm to report from the conference.

The 2015 grant winners all share a passion for reporting on water, but through different perspectives.

The grant winners were:

Seun Akioye, Nigeria
Seun Akioye works for The Nation in Nigeria, where he the past years has dedicated his reporting on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) issues, striving to bring positive change towards reaching an acceptable standard of WASH policies in the country.


Rhaydz Barcia, The Philippines

Coming from one of the world’s most natural disaster prone countries, the Philippines, Rhaydz Barcia focuses her reporting on climate change and disaster risk reduction. She currently works as a correspondent for the Manila Times and as a stringer for Reuters and other outlets.


Ramesh Bhushal, Nepal

Ramesh Bhushal works for one of the leading environmental news sites in South Asia, Third Pole, where he covers the Himalaya region. Often referred to as the “water tower of Asia”, the region boasts some of the world’s largest rivers, but with fierce competition over water, millions still struggle to quench their thirst.


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Selay Marius Kouassi, Côte D’Ivoire

Selay Marius Kouassi is an investigative journalist from Côte D’Ivoire, a country that has among the lowest rate of access to clean water and adequate sanitation in West Africa. Selay works for multiple outlets such as Abidjan Live News, BBC Afrique and Radio Netherlands.

Stella Paul, India

Applying a gender issues lens in her reporting, Stella Paul from the water scarce Andra Pradesh state of India has in her work for global outlets such as IPS and Thomson Reuters illuminated for example the link between drought and sex trafficking in women.


All journalists faced tough competition from over a hundred qualified applicants, more than double the number compared to 2014.

At the week, the journalists networked with experts, leaders and practitioners, and reported on critical issues relating to this year’s theme on water and development.