UNDP, UNESCO  Launch ATI Research Challenge for Journalists 

Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP
Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Unitd Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are jointly launching a research and writing competition for journalists aged between 15 and 25. Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), will serve as  patron of the competition.

The Research Challenge title: “IATI Research Challenge for Journalists” opened on the International Day for the Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) as one of a range of activities marking ten years since the launch of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).

The challenge is tailored to answer how a country of applicant’s choice is progressing towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and explore how funds for development are being utilised, using IATI data for research and analysis.

Applicants will use the IATI search platform d-portal to investigate which sectors and regions are benefiting from development or humanitarian funding in a specific country and how this relates to national action plans and public narratives. Applicants will write stories from IATI data, use additional sources to cross-check, find further information and use their journalistic skills to draft essays that will impress the judges.

Applicants are requested to submit 700 – 1000 words article relating to the progress of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) implementation in a certain country or region – based on IATI data and data obtained using the country’s national Access to Information laws.

Check out IATI guidelines for detailed instructions on eligibility, submission and rating criteria of the IATI Research Challenge for Journalists on UNESCO’s website.

Applicants should submit their essays to: iati-challenge@undp.org by the deadline of December 20, 2018.