News Article03/05/2011

2011 Guardian International Development Journalism Competition launched

The Guardian International Development Journalism Competition for aspiring and professional journalists was launched today. The national competition seeks to shine a light on some of the most challenging issues facing the developing world today through impactful journalism.

With nine international development agencies involved, shortlisted finalists have the opportunity to travel abroad to Africa or Asia and report on the issues firsthand. This year’s supporting charities are Marie Stopes International, CARE International UK, The David Rattray Memorial Trust (UK), Direct Relief International, FHI, International Childcare Trust, Malaria Consortium, Plan UK, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

Marie Stopes International CEO Dana Hovig said:

“Development is often sidelined by more attention grabbing headlines. This initiative offers an opportunity for journalists to bring international development stories to life and put them on the news agenda. The standard of entries to the competition is always high and we are looking forward to seeing what this year brings”.

We encourage everyone to enter; all you need to do is write a 650-1000 word article on one of the 16 themes offered concerning global poverty.

One of the two themes provided by Marie Stopes International looks at the socio-cultural barriers to family planning. The other considers the impact on unsafe abortions on achieving MDG5 – improving maternal health. 

Click the links below to read the full briefs, and submit your entries online by Monday 13th June 2011.

Theme: The impact of unsafe abortions on MDG 5: Improve maternal health

Theme: Socio-cultural barriers to family planning


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