What is The Guardian International Development Journalism Competition?

Published March 8th, 2010 - 10:31 GMT

Many crucial issues facing the developing world are often overlooked or underrepresented by the media. The Guardian International Development Journalism competition 2010 aims to highlight some of them. We are searching for enthusiastic writers who want to demonstrate their journalistic abilities by examining these issues.

The competition, in partnership with a group of UK-based international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), is now in its third year.

The NGOs are Marie Stopes International, CBM UK, Hives Save Lives Africa, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Malaria Consortium, Orbis UK, Saferworld and Save the Children.

The competition is run in partnership with MSI but backed and principally funded by the Department for International Development (DfID) as part of an initiative to raise public awareness of such issues. GlaxoSmithKline is also a significant sponsor.

The challenge is to write a feature of 650 to 1,000 words by 30 April on an aspect of global poverty that deserves greater media exposure. The 16 best writers (eight amateur, eight professional) will be selected from a longlist of around 40 entrants, all of whom will have their articles published online at guardian.co.uk.

The Guardian Achievements in International Development Award 2010 is being launched in June 2010.

This award, now in its second year, will be given to an individual who has made a profound and significant contribution to the alleviation of poverty in the developing world throughout his/her working life. They could be from the developed or developing world.

In 2009, the award was presented to Maggy Barankitse who runs Maison Shalom, a home for children orphaned by conflict and HIV/Aids in the small town of Ruyigi, Burundi.

Since the early 1990s, Maggy has helped over 30,000 children and families, including many orphaned or wounded in the massacres of the Burundian civil war or the genocide in Rwanda. She is dedicated to meeting the emotional needs of the children, including tracing their relatives, and is also concerned with assisting their physical healing, helping those maimed and wounded to access healthcare and reconstructive surgery. Her safe-house has grown in scale, and the project now includes farms to provide food for the children, training in mechanics or computer literacy for ex-combatants, and a crèche.

For a video about Maggy's work, please click here.

Nominations for the 2010 award will be invited from mid June May via this site, with the winner announced later this year.

Nominations for individual recipients of this award (NOT organisations) should fall into one of the following categories:

Non-government organisation
Public sector (e.g. government, academia/science, health/education sector)
Private sector (e.g. private individuals, business/corporate sector)
Other (any individual not covered by one of the other categories)

The Guardian Achievements in International Development Award 2010 is sponsored by the Department for International Development and Marie Stopes International.

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