North Africa, West Asia (NAWA) was a space for debate, analysis, and reporting reflecting the vibrant diversity of voices, cultures, and peoples in a region often reduced to a homogeneous whole.

Stretching from Iran, to Mauritania, from Turkey to Sudan, we covered the shared struggles of the different peoples in this wide and ever changing area of the world. Our name – North Africa, West Asia – challenged the colonial frames through which this region is often perceived. NAWA means cores, centres, kernels, but it is also ‘to aim at’, ‘to intend’, and ‘to have a destination’.

NAWA also hosted journalism training programmes to encourage emerging young voices to express themselves, exchange views and be heard. You can read some of the pieces written by our trainees in English or in Arabic.

The aim was to build a constructive, compassionate and critical public sphere.

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