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Guardian International Development Journalism Competition 2008

What is the Guardian International Development Journalism Competition?

The competition is aimed at encouraging a new generation of journalists and urging them to move beyond disaster reporting to examine the more complex issues underlying global poverty, and to highlight challenges to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

It involves an innovative partnership between The Guardian, the Department for International Development, business sponsors and a consortium of eight international development NGOs, of which the Malaria Consortium is one, and led by Marie Stopes International (MSI), covering different aspects of the development agenda, which complement rather than duplicate one another. The other NGO partners are CamFed, Water Aid, Plan UK, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, HelpAge International and Sightsavers International.

To view the project's official website, go to

To download the poster for the competition, click here

The competition was open in two streams, to aspiring or freelance journalists, based in the UK only. The deadline for entries was 6th May 2008 and the entries were shortlisted to 40 semifinalists. Their articles can be viewed at

The following pieces were written according to Malaria Consortium's briefings.

Malaria and 'complex emergencies' by Joseph Mitchell

Access to life-saving malaria treatments by Sophie Elmhirst

Why leprosy is still a problem by Lisa Grainger

The 16 finalists receieved an assignment to visit Africa or Asia to write a feature to be published in special Guardian supplements. Malaria Consortium has had access to and organised trips for 2 of these finalists, 1 professional (Dr Mandy Turner) and 1 amateur (Ms Angie Walker). Angie wrote her piece on the issue of Malaria in Uganda and Mandy wrote on the issue of Lymphatic Filariasis in Tanzania/Zanzibar. These field visits happened in September.

Their pieces were published in the Guardian in November 2008 and can be accessed below:

The killer of children: Despite being preventable and treatable, malaria remains a huge problem across Africa by Angie Walker

Still standing: Its victims suffer fevers, swollen limbs and social ostracision, and cannot be cured. But, the battle to beat lymphatic filariasis is being won by Mandy Turner

What are the competition's aims?

This project aims to increase UK public awareness of issues affecting developing countries and secure UK public commitment and support for increased financial and practical assistance from the UK government and European Community towards alleviating poverty in developing countries

Why is Malaria Consortium involved?

The Malaria Consortium feels it is important to be part of this project in order to not only encourage a new generation of creative talent in the field of development journalism but to fill the need for regular, relevant and thought-provoking coverage highlighting the linkages between health, education and poverty to capture public interest, especially that of a younger audience.

Both traditional and new media have a huge influence on public knowledge and attitudes. It will also involve the general public in direct advocacy, both to press the UK government for more support, and to promote an understanding of the role that individuals can play. Ultimately the project will increase awareness, commitment and support for international efforts to reduce poverty and promote development, including the Millennium Development Goals.

Malaria is a disease affecting populations with least access to media coverage (especially young children & pregnant women in the poorest parts of the world). Malaria Consortium not only runs projects to support delivery of malaria control, but is also active in advocacy for malaria, which includes raising awareness of this disease through increased media coverage.

To view Malaria Consortium's press release following the launch of the competition, click here

Some information for prospective candidates (please read carefully):

  • The pages and links we have provided are meant to give additional help where needed to those who have chosen to write about either Access to Life Saving Treatment!, Malaria & Complex Emergencies/Post conflict situations, Preventing child deaths! or Neglected Tropical Diseases as the topic for their entry in the Guardian journalist competition. It is intended as a supplement to the information already available on the official project website.
  • The links are intended as supplementary references to the main briefings already provided on the Guardian website. This is because Malaria Consortium does not have the capacity to respond to individual queries from people entering the competition.
Please note:
  • Malaria Consortium does not take responsibility for the accuracy of content on any of these sites; they are merely suggested references for further investigation.
  • By listing the below Malaria Consortium is not endorsing any organisation or their work. The links are for reference only
  • The references provided are by no means exhaustive and it not essential to use them in order to gain merit in the competition.

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