The Haller Prize

Haller Prize


The Haller Prize for Development Journalism 2016

“How best can digital technology empower development in sub-Saharan Africa? And where are the challenges?”

Welcome to the results of the 3rd Haller Prize for Development Journalism in Sub Saharan Africa.

Firstly, thank you to all those who entered this year’s prize.  We received a total of 110 entries from countries ranging form Nigeria to Kenya, to Ghana, Somalia, Burundi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia;  congratulations to those who made it onto the shortlist.

There were many insightful entries and the quality across the board was high, meaning that picking a winner was a difficult task, so thanks must also go to our judging panel.

Articles gave insight on the myriad challenges and opportunities of the Digital Revolution across Africa. From citizens using WhatsApp to communicate directly with town representatives to make sure infrastructure is improved in real time, to the many opportunities around learning skills and accessing services through digital tech.

All the submissions provided unique perspectives on the change and transformation associated with the fast-changing world of technology in Africa. We will be publishing the top three articles on African Arguments, a comment and analysis site of African current affairs and politics from inside the continent. It is hosted by the Royal African Society and run in partnership with The World Peace Foundation and International Africa Institute.

Publications of the winning entries will be announced shortly – watch this space!

So, it is with pleasure that we can now announce that the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed articles are:

1st place, winning £3000

Tatenda Chitagu (Zimbabwe)

‘Service delivery, accountability just a click away in Zimbabwean City’

2nd place, winning £1000

Patrick Egwu Ejike (Nigeria)

Digital Tech Improving Access to Education in Nigeria’

3rd place, winning £500

Tinashe Mushakavanhu (Zimbabwe)

‘Africa manufacturing its own hardware: BRCK – Internet in a box’

Haller would like to congratulate Tatenda, Patrick and Tinashe and thank everyone who entered this year. We would encourage all Sub Saharan Africans with an interest in journalism to enter next year’s competition. More details to follow on the rules and deadlines for next year’s prize.

Past prize winners have gone on to write articles for the UN; have been shortlisted for Thomson Reuters awards and been invited to attend African Development Bank conventions of climate change.

Finally, Haller would like to thank Emma Hooper for her tireless work in organizing this year’s competition.



The Haller Prize 2016….. Enter Now!!!

The Haller Prize for Development Journalism is now in its third year and 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.

The Haller Prize will be awarded to a writer able to explore insightfully the challenges and opportunities of digital technology in the development sector. There will be 3 winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) and the successful entries will offer unique interpretations; either shedding light on sector failings or offering comment on best practice.

The Prize is open to all sub-Saharan African nationals who are resident in the region and will be awarded for a piece of original, previously unpublished written work up to 1000 words in length. To date, our prize winners have gone on to write articles for the UN; have been shortlisted for Thomson Reuters awards; and been invited to attend African Development Bank conventions on climate 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 we have chosen to have technology 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.

Prizes: 1st Prize GBP 3000, 2nd Prize GBP 1000 and 3rd Prize GBP 500

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

To apply, and for more information, please email



Collins Mtika, Journalist and Winner of the 2015 Haller Prize

Collins was born in Malawi but grew up in Zimbabwe where his parents worked in the mines. He did his primary and secondary school level in Zimbabwe before he trekked back with his parents to Malawi after some of the mines where closed in the late 1990s.

He has worked for the country’s biggest newspaper publication, Blantyre Newspapers Limited that publishes, The Daily Times, Sunday Times, Malawi News and The weekend Times where he was is Bureau Chief for the Northern region. He also worked for the tri-weekly publication The Guardian as a Chief Reporter. He also corresponded for IPS (AFRICA) and Collins is a Malawian Investigative Journalist and founder of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in Malawi (CIJM).

He heads the Investigations desk for Malawi’s He is also the Malawi Correspondent for South African based weekly Mail & Guardian newspaper as well as Africa Independent.

He has a BA in Communication Science from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Collins started journalism in 2003. Collins also has a certificate in Journalism from Pen Point School of Journalism, a certificate in mental health, a Diploma in Journalism from Agrrey Memorial and an advanced diploma in Journalism (ABMA).


Mary Harper, Africa Editor, BBC World Service

Mary Harper is Africa Editor at the BBC World Service. She has reported on Africa for the past twenty years, and has a special interest in Somalia. She reports frequently from the country, covering conflict, piracy, Islamism and other subjects. She is the author of Getting Somalia Wrong? Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State published by Zed Books. She has reported from many other African conflict zones, including Sudan, South Sudan, Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Algeria. She contributes to academic journals and writes for publications including The Economist, Granta, The Guardian, The Times and The Washington Post.


Idil Osman, Journalist and Academic

Idil holds a BA in Journalism Studies and an MA in Creative Writing and has worked for over a decade as a national and international journalist for the BBC, the Guardian and the Voice of America as well as doing various communications consultancies for UNDP and UNSOM.

She’s the co-author of ‘Somalia to Europe; Stories of the Somali Diaspora, a book that chronicles the civil war experiences of Somali Europeans and their subsequent migration to the UK and is currently a teacher and a PhD candidate at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies looking at the role of the media in conflict zones.


Jeremy Withers Green, Haller Foundation Trustee

Jeremy studied history at Cambridge University and worked in banking after graduating in the early 1980′s.  Most of his career was spent at Cazenove where he ran the small and mid cap equities department. After J.P. Morgan and Cazenove merged in 2010 he became head of UK Equity Research.  Since leaving The City, he now works for a number of charities and is currently a trustee of the Haller Foundation, the 999 Club, Friends of the Elderly and the Cazenove Association. At the Haller Foundation he oversees partnerships and development, governance and the Haller Prize.


Frequently asked questions

Who can enter?

The Prize is open to all sub-Saharan African nationals, resident in the region, aged 18 and over. The only people who cannot enter are those who are employees, volunteers, representatives or other agencies of the Haller Foundation (HF), their family members or anyone else connected to the Competition.

I don’t live in sub-Saharan Africa. Can I enter?

Regrettably, this Competition is only open to those sub-Saharan African nationals resident in the region. People who are not resident in sub-Saharan Africa at the time of submission may enter, but they must have a residential address there from July to November 2016.

Why can’t I enter if I live elsewhere?

Because we are a Kenyan-based NGO and want to celebrate regional writing talent and encourage debate around economic and development issues across sub-Saharan Africa.

Is the competition free to enter?


Can I send in additional promotional material?

No. You will only be judged by the entry you submit.

Can I submit more than one entry?


How will I know if I’m shortlisted?

You will be notified by email by Friday 21st October 2016 if you have been shortlisted. Unfortunately, due to the number of entries we receive we are unable to contact everyone who has entered, so if you haven’t heard from us you haven’t been successful this year.

How will my article be judged?

After the closing date, entries will be shortlisted by representatives from Haller and their partners. Each party will have the opportunity to comment on entries at this stage and a shortlist of up to 20 entrants will then be sent to the judges. All entries are made anonymous for the judging process.

Can I use an existing piece?

Yes, as long as your piece has NOT been published in any format before and has not been submitted for publication.

Can the deadline be extended?


Will I lose any rights to my work by entering the competition?

You will retain ownership of the copyright of your entry.  After your entry has been submitted to the Competition, HF will have the right to use your entry. If your entry is not shortlisted, we will no longer have any rights to use your entry. If your entry is shortlisted, we will have the right to copy, edit, display, publish and make available your entry in any format (whether online or in paper or otherwise) in connection with the Competition. This applies to all shortlisted entries, whether or not you go on to be a Prizewinner. Your entries will also be checked to make sure there is no incidence of plagiarism.

My article is over the word limit – will I be disqualified?

Yes, the maximum number of words permitted is 1,000.

If I am shortlisted how will I know if I have won a prize?

The Prizewinners will be informed by email by Friday 4th November 2016 and announced via a virtual prize ceremony and on our website ( on Thursday 17th November 2016.

Will I get paid if my piece appears in the paper or online?



View full terms and conditions.


Prize winners

To date, our prize winners have gone on to write articles for the UN; have been shortlisted for Thomson Reuters awards; and been invited to attend African Development Bank conventions on climate change.



1st: Collins Mtika

2nd: Israel Bionyi Nyoh

3rd: Bob Koigi

Chairman of The Judges’ Special Award: Kolawole Talabi



1st: Nelson Chenga

2nd: Issaka Adams

3rd: Valentine Obara

Chairman of The Judges’ Special Award: Asha Jaffar


For more information on our prize winners – please email