From 2007 onwards, the foundation offered a journalist program every year at the African Union parallel to the Assembly Summit to deepen Africa media knowledge on themes treated by the AU and create journalists who are sufficiently informed to be multipliers of information on African integration processes and AU reforms.
As part of this initiative, the foundation has organized African Journalist Programme at the 32nd African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit convened from February 10th to 11th, 2019 under the main topic of “The Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa”, with twenty-two accredited participating journalists selected by various country offices of FES in the Africa region. The summit enabled journalists to participate in the media offering and media coverage of the assembly.
A two-day program (February 12th – 13th, 2019) outside the AU then was organized at Eliana hotel to offer information on the AU and its policies mainly focused on the major topics of the AU Summits of 2019 and 2018:
- 2019: "Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement": "Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa"
- 2018: "Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation"
As well, the program offered professional/ethical Journalism skill development training session and counseling program. It also facilitated the exchange and inteaction between the participating African journalists and the creation of a network among the journalists/editors to exchange issues of importance to the continent. The program has enahaced awarness among the participating media practitioners on the ongoing AU reform process, structure, issues and challenges related with fighting against corrutpion, migration, IDPs, refugees and returnees, brainstrom on professional journalism and report on issues entertained in the summit.