Image Credit: youthhubafrica.org
Image Credit: youthhubafrica.org

The Haller Prize for Development Journalism invites sub-Saharan African nationals and residents in the region to submit their articles/ stories that explore the challenges and opportunities of digital technology in the development sector.Works must be original, unpublished articles of up to 1,000 words in length.

The Haller Prize for Development Journalism was created in order to promote African-led discussions around development. The continent is changing and as issues facing the developing world grow more complex, journalism has become a critical medium in which to throw light on them and chronicle real change.

In 2014, Haller developed a Farmers App, taking advantage of Africa’s burgeoning smartphone market in order to put best practice in affordable, sustainable, scalable farming into the hands of smallholders. In the words of Haller’s CEO, Alia Malik, “We developed the Haller Farmers App in order to connect more farmers with information that could enable sustainable livelihoods. Digital technology is necessarily dynamic. It is the first step of a learning process – maybe what farmers really want is to be connected to each other”. It is for this reason technology has been chosen as this year’s theme as it is an integral part of both Haller’s future and Africa’s more widely.

Entries must be received by 24.00hrs. GMT on Friday 16th September 2016 and will be judged by an independent panel of international repute.

The first prize winner will receive GBP 3,000 while the second and third prize winners will receive GBP 1,000 and GBP 500 respectively.

The Prizewinners will be announced on Thursday 17th November 2016 through a virtual Prize ceremony on this website.

The previous 2015 prize winners were Collins Mtika, Israel Bionyi Nyoh, Bob Koigi who were in  1st ,2nd ,3rd positions respectively and Kolawole Talabi  who won the Chairman Of The Judges’ Special Award

To apply, and for more information please email prize@haller.org.uk