Welcome to the 3rd Haller Prize for Development Journalism in Sub Saharan Africa.
Firstly, thank you to all those who entered this year’s prize and 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.
We received 110 applications; ranging from Nigeria to Kenya, to Ghana, Somalia, Burundi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia in answer to this year’s topic:
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.