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The 13 winners of the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme, Round 3

May 21, 2014

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce the winners of the third round of its Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme.

Thirteen outstanding projects will be awarded a combined total of 233.000,00 Euros in funding to innovate global development narratives and bring to the public new forms of journalistic storytelling centered on the Millennium Development Goals. An advisory council of senior journalists oversaw the final decisions of the awards. The third round of the grant programme ran from 5 September 2013 to 26 February 2014 and received over 300 applications.

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

Funded topics will focus on issues such as: new technologies in Africa, water issues in Latin America, China's development aid in Africa, the growth of African natural resources boom towns, the impact of transport infrastructure quality in Nigeria, the activities of Italian mafias in Africa, the development of the world's fastest growing cities, international aid transparency, the impact of new technologies on agriculture, water issues in Bolivia, the impact of climate change in Jakarta, the use of fertilizer in Africa, maternal health and family planning in Afghanistan.

The winning teams 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. The projects will be released in the form of cross-platform storytelling that includes: TV and web documentaries, animated and interactive maps, multimedia and graphic features, mobile applications, and animated videos. Various social media tools will
also be used extensively.

"The quality of the winning projects and the amount of applications we received shows that the community of global development journalists and
editors is growing. They use innovative storytelling tools, data, and run large scale international investigations, probably the most innovative journalism field right now!" says EJC Director Wilfried Rütten.

To structure this growing community and allow its members to share ideas, best practices and collaborate, the EJC is hosting a grantees meeting this June in Barcelona. This event will see the reunion of the winners of all three rounds of IDR grants, the presentations of the most successful projects supported, and a few workshops led by international experts on how to best manage a grant, how to guarantee the impact of a story, how to run international collaborations

The EJC will run one more round of applications in 2014. The next deadline coming up is on the 23rd of July 2014 (22:00 CET). Journalists and media organisations interested in breaking away from development journalism stereotypes can pitch their stories via the online application form . For questions, check the FAQ guide or send an email to [email protected].

The winners for this round are:

Project name: Connecting Africa

Description: Print and Scrollytelling project aims to show how a new generation of Africans are boosting new strategies to democratize the access to technology and improve the conditions of living of the inhabitants of the continent.
Project locations: Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia
Media outlet: La Repubblica, El Periodico de Catalunya (Italy, Spain)
Journalist(s): Jeronimo Giorgi, Angelo Attanasio

Project name: China's train to African development

Description: A comparison of the impact of Chinese and Western development aid.
Project locations: Bujumbura, Kigali, Kampala, Nairobi and Mombasa
Media outlet(s): La Vanguardia (Spain)
Journalist(s): Xavier Mas de Xaxas

Project name: Boom and Bust on an emerging continent

Description: Data driven and multimedia project on the growth of natural resources boom towns in Africa.
Project locations: Geita, Tanzania; Solwezi, Zambia; Tortiya and Bouaflé, Ivory Coast; Tete, Mozambique
Media outlet(s): The Economist, The Guardian (UK)
Journalist(s): Aaron Ross

Project name: The Water Fund: Spain supplies Latin America

Description: Data driven project focusing on how the Spanish International cooperation Agency and the World Bank have improved water supply in 19 countries in Latin America through the "Water Fund" program.
Project locations: Latin America
Media outlet(s): El Confidencial, La Nacion (Spain, Argentina)
Journalist(s): Jesus Escudero

Project name: The impact of infrastructure on Nigeria's development

Description: An interactive web documentary and radio series will follow the lives of those who are affected by access to transportation infrastructure in Nigeria
Project locations: Nigeria
Media outlet(s): Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Journalist(s): Damon van Der Linde

Project name: Italian organized crime's investments in the African continent: an interactive analysis

Description: The project will investigate, map, analyse and visualize Italian mafias' investments and money laundering practices in Africa, and how has this changed African precarious economies and impacted poor communities
Project locations: Egypt, Tunisia, Mauritania, Gabon, Angola, Namibia and South Africa
Media outlet(s): , IRPI (Investigative reporting project Italy) (Italy)
Journalist(s): Stefano Gurciullo

Project name: Future Cities

Description: Future Cities is a journalistic project devoted to the people, urban life and the stories behind the statistics
in Kinshasa, Lima, Bogota, Yangon, Teheran and Luanda.
Project locations: Kinshasa, Lima, Bogota, Yangon, Teheran and Luanda
Media outlet(s): De Volkskrant (The Netherlands)
Journalist(s): Stephanie Bakker

Project name: Follow the Money 2

Description: Follow the Money 2 aims to continue the project "Follow the Money" ( begun in 2013 by La Stampa, which has opened an important debate on the issues of cooperation and inaugurated La Stampa's new Development Cooperation section.
Project locations: Ethiopia, Mozambique, Kenya, Ecuador, Palestine, Indonesia
Media outlet(s): La Stampa (Italy)
Journalist(s): Emanuele Bompan

Project name: Green ICTs in African lands. A new agricultural revolution?

Description: The project will consist in an online platform, an interactive crowdmap, a series of online documentaries with audio clips and articles, mapping and analysing the success of ICT for agriculture projects.
Project locations: Italy, Netherlands, Senegal, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya
Media outlet(s): Wired Italy, L'Espresso,, Che Futuro, Volontari per lo Sviluppo, QCode Magazine (Italy)
Journalist(s): Elisabetta Demartis, Sandro Bozzolo

Project name: Bolivia's everyday water war

Description: interactive documentary following the everyday strains of local residents, analyzing the changes in international aid over the last twenty years and their consequences in accessing safe water.
Project locations: Bolivia
Media outlet(s): L'Espresso, Zeit Online, Tagesspiegel (Italy, Germany)
Journalist(s): Michele Bertelli

Project name: De Grote Watermuur (The Giant Seawall)

Description: Multimedia Lifebook revealing the consequences of climate change for Jakarta residents.
Project locations: Penjaringan and Pluit in Northern Jakarta
Media outlet(s): National Geographic (The Netherlands, Belgium)
Journalist(s): Cynthia Boll

Project name: Why is fertilizer so scarce in Africa?

Description: This project will analyse why fertilizer has transformed farming in nations like India, reducing hunger and improving prosperity, and is not yet massively used in African countries like Uganda and Malawi.
Project locations: Uganda, Malawi
outlet(s): The Guardian, Nature (UK)
Journalist(s): Natasha Gilbert

Project name: Fighting Maternal Deaths with Faith

Description: This project will follow one imam and his wife near Mazar e Sharif as they train and dispense contraception to their community in a society plagued by poverty, cultural restrictions, and limited access to healthcare. The multimedia package will include a 2000-word story, a 12-minute video essay, a photo slideshow and a travel blog.
Project locations: Afghanistan
Media outlet(s): The Guardian
Journalist(s): Maeva Bambuck, Sedika Mojadidi

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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