London, 22nd July 2011: Marie Stopes International congratulates the 16 finalists in this year’s Guardian International Development Journalism Competition, announced this week.
The eight amateur and eight professional writers were chosen from hundreds of entries by a judging panel comprised of journalists and international development specialists.
In September each finalist will visit a country in Africa or Asia to investigate international development issues first-hand, and write a feature article based on their experience.
The Guardian will publish their work in a series of special supplements in November.
Read amateur entrant Ella Smyth’s analysis of how Peru’s forced sterilization campaign in the 90s has left women distrustful of contraception, with obvious repercussions on the number of unplanned pregnancies in the country.
While professional journalist and fellow finalist Hanna Hindstrom tells the shocking tale of dangerous backstreet abortions carried out in the Philippines, a country with a blanket ban on pregnancy termination.
Director of Strategy and External Affairs at Marie Stopes International, Michael Holscher, said:
"We’re proud to provide this opportunity for a new generation of journalists to learn more about international development.
“The initial entries we received from this year’s journalists – both amateur and professional – were thought-provoking and inspiring.
“The articles they write after their forthcoming country visits will highlight crucial issues that are often underrepresented in the media, and help readers better understand how international development programmes can deliver significant return on investment.”
Visit the Guardian website to see the full list of finalists and read their articles
The Guardian International Development Journalism Competition is sponsored by Barclays and GlaxoSmithKline.
NGO partners in 2011 include Marie Stopes International, CARE International UK, The David Rattray Memorial Trust (UK), Direct Relief International, FHI, International Childcare Trust, Malaria Consortium, Plan UK, and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture.