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The first awards of the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme announced

The European Journalism Centre
June 3, 2013

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is thrilled to announce the first winners of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme.

Sixteen remarkable projects will be awarded a combined total of more than 300.000 Euros in funding to innovate global development narratives and bring to the public new journalistic storytelling around the Millennium Development Goals. An advisory council of senior journalists oversaw the final decisions of the awards. The projects that have been identified to be eligible for funding will be greenlighted upon signature of a legal contract.

The awarded projects have received endorsement from significant media outlets located in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Funded topics will focus on issues such as: land grabbing in Africa, health recovery of Rwanda, refugee situations in Ethiopia, European cash flows in Kenya, the digital divide, the future of the world food markets, mapping of Official Development Funds, visualising development data, etc. The winning organisations will employ multi-platform approaches, engage in cross-country media collaboration and make use of interactive applications, as well as investigative, data-driven and photo journalism.

"We are very much looking forward to the results of the projects and have the conviction that they will open up to the European citizens the real face of development", says EJC Director Wilfried Rütten.

The first round of the grant programme ran from 18 January until 25 March 2013. Over 500 applications were received in only two months' time.

Journalists and media organisations interested in breaking away from development journalism stereotypes are encouraged to pitch us their creative ideas in the second round of applications. The deadline to apply is 5 September 2013 (midnight CET).

The winners are:

Project name: Somalia: Pirates return to fish
Description: A study of Somalia's development, its new economic strategies and how it impacts the practices of the pirates.
Project locations: Somalia, Kenya
Media outlet: ABC (Spain)

Project name: Going Dutch
Description: An interactive, journalistic investigation on the progress of Dutch international development initiatives according to the eight Millennium Goals.
Project locations: Benin, Kenya, Ukraine, Somalia, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Bolivia
Media outlets: Beyond Borders Media and GoedTV (The Netherlands)

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Description: The project is a series of data-driven articles based on data from a knowledge repository of all projects financed by enterprise grants and impact investors in the energy sector. will bring answers as to what works and what doesn't in enterprise grant-making and impact investment.
Project locations: Development in Paris and Berlin, worldwide coverage
Media outlets: Journalism++ (Germany, France), Libération (France), Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)

Project name: A tale of two villages
Description: Comparison of a success story (Chololo village, Tanzania), and a negative experience (Turkana lake, Kenya) in the field of development, each of these stories representing two different models of dealing with cooperation issues.
Project locations: Kenya, Tanzania
Media outlet: Rolling Stone (Spain)

Project name: Protracted refugee situation at the Horn of Africa
Description: An interactive application to explore and learn about the every day life of Somali long-term refugees living in a camp in Ethiopia. The core content of the application will be interactive 360-degree panoramic images.
Project locations: Ethiopia
Media outlet: Jürgen Schrader for Der Spiegel (Germany)

Project name: Crowdsourced data­driven investigation of land grabbing in Africa
Description: This crowdsourced data­journalism project deals with the issue of land grabbing in Africa from two perspectives: top down, by developing interactive maps and infographics visualising the overall issue of land grabbing; bottom up, by collecting stories and evidences from the main actors involved.
Project locations: Mozambique
Media outlets: Corriere della Sera (ITALY), Internazionale (ITALY), Die Zeit (GERMANY), The Guardian (UK), The Ecologist (UK)

Project name: Rwanda's historic health recovery
Description: Since the genocide in Rwanda nearly 20 years ago, deaths from HIV, TB, and malaria have dropped by 80 percent. Maternal mortality dropped by 60 percent and life expectancy doubled. How have these dramatic improvements been achieved? And can they be replicated elsewhere?
Project locations: Rwanda
Media outlets: Ruth Evans Productions Ltd. (UK), The Guardian (UK)

Project name: Following money for a better future
Description: This project aims to map how Official Development Assistance (ODA) funds from Italy are put to work around the world and to tell real stories on how this money is used.
Project locations: South Africa, Cambogia, Tuvalu
Media outlet: La Stampa (Italy)

Project name: Cooperation or exploitation: European cash flows in Kenya
Description: This interactive multimedia investigation will map the flow of aid money from Spain to Kenya and multinational profits from Kenya to Europe. It will also identify where these interests collide, document their effects on the development agenda through narrative and video storytelling and explore proposals for harmonising development and private investment efforts.
Project locations: Spain, Kenya
Media outlet: El Mundo

Project name: HIV/AIDS – the beginning of the end
Description: This week-long series, reporting from five countries in sub-Saharan Africa, examining five different aspects of the pandemic, will bring a new perspective to the debate about what progress has been made and what remains to be done. It will examine five key issues: the use of condoms, the prevalence of sex networks, the role of male circumcision, the provision of ARV drugs and HIV testing, and the protection of children.
Project locations: Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, South Africa
Media outlet: The Independent (UK)

Project name: Breaking the digital wall
Description: Breaking the Digital Wall is a series of three reports narrated through different journalistic and media tools (text, photo, video, maps, infographics, etc.). Three significant and symbolic stories will be produced on reducing the digital divide in India, Uruguay, and Egypt.
Project locations: India, Uruguay, Egypt
Media outlets: ABC (Spain), The Post Internazionale (Italy)

Project name: Visualising development data
Description: Project Syndicate will collaborate with some of the world's most prescient global thinkers to provide development-focused commentaries enhanced by interactive graphic visualisation, enabling readers to gain a deeper understanding of the issues shaping their world.
Project locations: Czech Republic and worldwide
Media outlets: Project Syndicate (Czech Republic), Les Echos (France), Het Financieele Dagblad (The Netherlands), Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy)

Project name: Ecocide
Description: The term ecocide designates a deliberate, large-scale destruction of the natural environment. In 2013, Le Monde intends to send five of its reporters, along with a legal expert and photographers, to investigate five criminal networks of these new mafias with an original and participative approach.
Project locations: 10-12 countries around the world (among which France, Italy, Netherlands, Madagascar, China, India, etc.)
Media outlet: Le Monde (France)

Project name: The future of the world food markets
Description: The project will look into the possible causes of the growing instability of food prices as well as solutions being proposed by various actors.
Project locations: France
Media outlet: Les Echos (France)

Project name: Juba in the making
Description: Juba in the making is a character-driven web documentary and game, where the users take active part in the building of the capital city of the youngest country on earth – South Sudan.
Project locations: South Sudan, Italy, France
Media outlet: L'Espresso (Italy)

Project name: The real impact of aid
Description: This project aims to be an x-ray examination of how Spanish foreign aid has been spent for the past

six years, up to the last cent. This project will make the data available in a searchable database and will explain in clear terms how aid is spent through graphics, interactive features and stories.
Project locations: TBD
Media outlets: El Confidencial (Spain), laSexta (Spain)

The Innovation for Development Reporting Grant Programme was launched in January 2013 by the EJC with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project aims to reward quality journalism and advance a new and distinctive agenda for development coverage through awarding funding to a selection of state-of-the-art reporting projects of great impact and high visibility.

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is a non-profit international foundation with the remit to improve, strengthen, and underpin journalism and the news media. This mission has two main aspects: On the one hand, it is about safeguarding, enhancing, and future-proofing quality journalism in Europe and on the other hand, it is about supporting initiatives towards press freedom in emerging and developing countries. This often includes creating the framework conditions for independent and self-determined journalism in the first place. To these ends, the EJC provides thematic training, professional capacity development, and a wide range of support activities for journalists.


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