The Rwanda Data Journalism Awards (RDJA) is NISR's new initiative recognizing outstanding works in the field of data journalism countrywide. RDJA will normally be organized yearly and winners will be announced during the celebration of the African Statistics Day. The awards will be given to exemplary data-driven investigations and stories; and programs and media houses that use data visualization, covering topics relevant to the general public and aiming at using data to have an impact on the society.

The mission of this award is to promote excellence and creativity in the reporting of statistics-based stories to the Rwandan public in this data revolution era when journalistic reportage requires practices that include statistical analyses, interpretations and visualization   to tell complex and sensitive stories in simple and convincing way. Data journalism on any subject involving official statistics based findings and analyses are eligible for the award.