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The European Journalism Centre announces 14 winners of the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme

Press release
The European Journalism Centre
Maastricht, 27 May 2015

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is pleased to announce the winners of the fifth round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. Fourteen remarkable projects will be awarded a combined total of more than 250.000 euros in funding to advance development reporting and bring the public innovative journalistic storytelling around global development topics.

The final winners were selected during a meeting of the IDR Grant Programme Advisory Council, consisting of senior international journalists. 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 Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The winning projects touch upon multiple development issues, such as Bolivia’s intercultural healthcare system, the strengths and weaknesses of the polio eradication campaign, waste pickers in Haiti and India whose garbage is used as filament for 3D printers and the devastating impact of a tiny fungus on the most important crops in the world.

The winners have also been chosen due to their solid story outlines and innovative multi-platform approaches, operating on the crossroads between investigative, data-driven and visual journalism. The journalists also engage in cross-country media collaborations, hereby magnifying the visibility and impact of their stories. The winners of the fifth round will join on 25-26 June 2015 a two-day boot camp style conference allowing them to interact with fellow grantees. They will also work with trainers on the development of their stories and publication strategies aimed at achieving the best possible public impact.

“With this round of applications the total number of funded projects reaches 67, while our community consisting of grantees and their teams grows to more than 140 people. In 2015 and 2016 we have three more rounds of applications, which means that by the end of next year we will fund more than 100 projects! We are extremely proud to be supporting the work of an amazing community of journalists, who are doing an incredible job in putting development issues in the news and on the public agenda,” says EJC Director Wilfried Ruetten.

The fifth call for applications ran from 14 January to 25 February 2015. In total, 133 applications were received.

These are the winning projects:

Project name: UNCUT
Team: Emanuela Zuccalà (project lead), Simona Ghizzoni, Alessandro D’Alfonso, Aline Hervé, Valeria de Berardinis, Renata Ferri
Description: UNCUT is a data journalism survey on female genital mutilations, with the narration of stories in Kenya, Somaliland, Ethiopia, where FGM has been fought hard – and successfully.
Project locations: Oromia (Ethiopia), Hargeisa and surroundings (Somaliland), West Pokot (Kenya)
Media outlet(s): Io Donna (Italy), Corriere della Sera (Italy), WorldCrunch (international, Paris-based)

Project name: 3D Waste Pickers
Team: Kristof Vadino
Description: Waste pickers in Haiti and India sell their collected garbage to private companies who recycle it to filament for 3D printers, thus improving salaries and living conditions for waste pickers.
Project locations: Pune and surroundings (India), Porte-au-Prince and waste picker communities (Haiti)
Media outlet(s): De Volkskrant (the Netherlands), De Tijd (Belgium)

Project name: Silent Killer
Team: Tomaso Clavarino (project lead), Isacco Chiaf
Description: Silent Killer is an interactive web documentary that tackles the issue of Tuberculosis and MultiDrug Resistant TB, the second greatest killer worldwide and the leading cause of death in South Africa.
Project locations: Kwa Zulu Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng provinces (South Africa)
Media outlet(s): Internazionale (Italy), Der Spiegel (Germany), Moondial Nieuws (Belgium)

Project name: Food4
Team: Emanuele Bompan (project lead), Gianluca Cecere, Sanjit Das, Giada Connestari, Riccardo Pravettoni, Antonella Mariotti
Description: Food4 aims to produce seven stories, a geographic atlas in Italian and English and two exhibitions to explore the topic of food security and related development projects, in the year of the EXPO2015.
Project locations: Oromo, Bale (Ethiopia), St. Louis (Senegal), Irrawaddy delta (Myanmar), Beni Suef (Egypt), Salar (Bolivia), Imbhane (Mozambique), Bhutan, Nepal, Milano (Italy)
Media outlet(s): La Stampa (Italy), BioEcoGeo (Italy)

Project name: Ug99 – Rust Never Sleeps
Team: Kerstin Hoppenhaus (project lead), Sibylle Grunze
Description: In a series of short engaging videos, Rust Never Sleeps tells the story of a tiny fungus that threatens to destroy one of the most important crops in the world, and how we may or may not be able to stop it.
Project locations: Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Germany
Media outlet(s): Süddeutsche Zeitung/ (Germany), Arte Television/Arte Future (Germany, France), (Germany), SciViews (Germany), Politiken (Denmark)

Project name: Can Quinoa Feed the World?
Project lead: Marthe Rubió (project lead), Ivan Ruiz, Marcos García Rey
Description: How did quinoa, a seed cultivated for thousands of years in the Andean region, start to conquer the world 10 years ago? And what is the impact of this recent boom on Andean growers and world security?
Project locations: Bolivia and Peru
Media outlet(s): Liberation (France), El Mundo (Spain), La Nación (Argentina)

Project name: Investment Arbitration and Development
Team: Frank Mulder (project lead), Eva Schram
Description: This project sheds light on the intransparent world of investment protection, by displaying all known investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) cases in a map and showing what some of these cases mean, in reality, for developing countries.
Project locations: The Netherlands, Uganda, Indonesia, Venezuela
Media outlet(s): De Groene Amsterdammer (the Netherlands), OneWorld (the Netherlands), Inter Press Service (international, Rome-based)

Project name: Africa Goes Green
Team: Benoît Cros (project lead)
Description: This project will show how innovation and creativity are key to the rise of renewable energies in Africa thanks to new ways of financing that do not depend exclusively on philanthropy.
Project locations: Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Mauritius
Media outlet(s): L'Express (France), (Spain)

Project name: A World Without Chocolate
Team: Monica Pelliccia (project lead), Daniela Frechero
Description: A world without chocolate is a silent menace for those who depend on their crop and those obsessed with this fruit. New technologies make their way into this field, but will they grant a sustainable future for consumers?
Project locations: Mumbai (India), Bahia (Brazil), Ecuador
Media outlet(s): El Periodico de Catalunya (Spain), La Repubblica (Italy)

Project name: Women Shaping Their Dignity: Small Global Battles for Sexual Rights Team: Gemma Parellada (project lead), Majo Sicar, Maria Olivella
Description: Unequal access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is one of the major signs of gender inequality around the world. However, even in discrimination conditions, women have led change.
Project locations: Punata, Cochabamba (Bolivia), Bukavu, Beni (RD Congo), Mataram, Island of Lombok (Indonesia)
Media outlet(s): (Spain), Radio France International (France)

Project name: Tales of the Missing Millions: Fraud, Corruption and Emerging Solutions in Development Projects
Team: Laurence Soustras (project lead), Maite Vermeulen, Karel Smouter
Description: This scrollytelling project will look into fraud and corruption at major development institutions, such as the World Bank, and at the monitoring solutions emerging at the international and local level.
Project locations: Paris, London, Washington, Armenia, Kenya, DRC Congo
Media outlet(s): De Correspondent (the Netherlands), France 24 (France)

Project name: Saving Mothers: Intercultural Healthcare
Team: Javier Sauras (project lead), Michele Bertelli, Felix Lill, Genciano Pedriel
Description: An immersive conceptual map (text, pictures, video and graphics) addresses the ups and downs of the Bolivian intercultural healthcare system and its ability to tackle the maternal mortality rate.
Project locations: La Paz, Cochabamba and Beni departments (Bolivia)
Media outlet(s): Huffington Post Germany (Germany), Periodismo Humano (Spain)

Project name: Understanding the Hard Battle Against Polio
Team: Laura Jiménez Varo (project lead), Ricardo García Vilanova
Description: The polio eradication campaign is the largest medical campaign worldwide. Why did it fail to achieve eradication on the intended date and what are its strengths and weaknesses?
Project locations: Erbil or Baghdad (Iraq), Gaya (India), Kano (Nigeria)
Media outlet(s): El Mundo (Spain)

Project name: Can Tourism ‘Save’ Haiti?
Team: Caterina Clerici (project lead), Kim Wall
Description: Five years after the earthquake, the Martelly-administration is set to make Haiti the Next Big Thing in Caribbean tourism. Can this be the path to sustainable development and finally ‘save’ Haiti?
Project locations: Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Ile a Vache, Cote des Fer (Haiti)
Media outlet(s): La Stampa (Italy), Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), The Independent (United Kingdom)

Journalists and media organisations interested in breaking away from development journalism stereotypes are encouraged to pitch us their creative ideas in the sixth round of applications. The deadline to apply is 9 September 2015 (22:00 CET). The online application form can be found here. For questions, check the FAQ guide or send an email to [email protected].

Note for editors:

The Innovation in 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. Since 2013, the programme has granted funding to 53 projects.

The IDR Grant Programme has received $1,785,000 for the period of 2015 and 2016 that will be awarded to innovative journalistic projects centred on global development topics. In 2015–2016, the programme will run four rounds of applications and organise four boot camp style events tailor-made for the winners of each round.

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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