News Article25/11/2010

Development journalism competition winners announced

The Guardian International Development Journalism competition, supported by Marie Stopes International , has announced the winners of the 2010 competition.

The 16 finalists gathered at the Royal Academy of Art in London to see Natasha Kaplinski announce Libby Powell (amateur category) and Simon Akam (professional category) as the winners of this prestigious journalism award.

Once again, the judges hailed the extremely high quality of writing from all finalists who wrote on a number of international development subjects including maternal health, eye care, disability and malaria. These articles will help to raise awareness with the general public on the need for continued investment in international development and support for the Millennium Development Goals.

The submissions from all 16 finalists have now been made available as two special supplements in the Guardian newspaper and are available to view on the newspapers website . The articles are based on visits that the finalists made to countries in Africa, Asia and South America that had been facilitated by the competition’s supporting NGO consortium of Marie Stopes International, Orbis, Leonard Cheshire Disability, CBM UK, Hives Save Lives, Malaria Consortium , Saferworld and Save the Children .

At the same ceremony, Odette Kayirere was announced as the winner of the International Development Achievement Award. Odette is a founding member of the eastern branch of the Rwandan organisation Avega – the Association of Widows of the Genocide.

For more information on both awards, please visit and read these inspiring stories.


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