The inaugural was launched in . The ethos of Dr Rene Haller and the Haller Foundation is to promote and share knowledge. The same motivation has led to the establishment of this Prize.
The aim of the Prize is to encourage and advance excellent journalistic investigation of the charitable and entrepreneurial development sectors in sub-Saharan Africa.
Sub-Saharan African nationals, resident in the region, are invited to submit an article focusing on any aspect of development in sub-Saharan Africa.
There are many crucial development issues that merit closer scrutiny or wider exposure but tend to be under-represented in the media. The Haller Prize aims to highlight some of these issues by exposing failings and encouraging best practice. It was conceived as a force for positive change in the region.
The Prize will be awarded for an unpublished article of up to 1,000 words in length. The topic could, for example, be:
· The success or failure of a charity- or donor-funded programme
· A specific issue e.g. the impact of oil or gas exploration
· The Investigation of an infrastructure development
· The role of civil society and grassroots organisations
· The effects (positive or negative) of up-scaling e.g. in agriculture
· Technology e.g. in improving banking for the unbanked, agriculture, health
Entries must be received by 24.00hrs. GMT on Friday 19September 2014.
Entries will be judged by an independent panel of international repute. The Prize ceremony will take place in Nairobi on Tuesday 18 November 2014. A round-table discussion, chaired by the BBC’s Mary Harper, will also be held that evening with high-profile journalists and editors debating the topic “Does Africa Need Development Journalism?”