Nine win inaugural United Nations Uganda ‘Post-2015 International Development Agenda’ Journalism Award

Oct 17, 2013

The Winning Journalists pose with the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie (2nd from the left) and Ms. Maria Kiwanuka,the Minister of Finance, Planning & Economic Development (3rd from the Left) at the Post 2015 International Development Agenda Journalism Award Ceremony in Kampala. (Photo: UNDP/Uganda 2013)

Kampala - Nine Journalists from various local media houses have won the United Nations Uganda ‘Post-2015 International Development Agenda’ Journalism Award.

The nine; Edward Ssekika (the Observer), Fredrick Mugira (Radio West) Solomon Serwanjja (Nation Television NTV), Chris Kiwawulo (New Vision), Stephen Ssenkaaba (New Vision), Francis Mugerwa (Daily Monitor) , Michael Wambi (Uganda Radio Network), Patience Atuhaire (Uganda Radio Network) and Gerald Magumba Tenywa (New Vision), were awarded because the their stories engaged Ugandan citizens including the government, private sector, civil society, religious and cultural leaders, and ordinary Ugandans on what they see as priorities for Uganda’s development.

The stories also gave a voice to groups such as women, youth and the elderly and communities that are usually excluded from participation in global processes.

“I call on today’s winners to continue to produce high quality analytical articles and stories in the media and inspire other journalists to tackle important development issues particularly as the Post 2015 discussion takes off, the media will have an important role to play in shaping the agenda of issues that capture public attention,” Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie, the UN Resident Coordinator said during the award ceremony.

The inaugural Uganda Post-2015 Development Journalism Award, a partnership between the United Nations and the Makerere University Department of Journalism and Communication, set out to recognize media’s important role in development and awards sought analytical and in-depth media stories featuring the ‘Post-2015 Development Agenda’ in four broad categories of print, television, radio and online.

While handing over the awards in Kampala, the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development called on journalists to use their role as the fourth estate to proactively their inform and educate the citizenry on the post-2015 development agenda and what their contribution is.

The winning entries included;

In the print category, Edward Ssekika’s story ‘Agriculture praised as central but starved of government funding’; published in The Observer ( Friday, August 30, 2013) uses various appraisals that have shown Uganda’s improving socio-economic performance that say Uganda would be a middle income country by 2017 — to assess the role of the agricultural sector in Uganda’s development post-2015, the sector’s current performance and what needs to be done to revamp it if it is help Uganda achieve her aspirations. The story relates to goal one on eradication of extreme hunger and poverty.

The other winning entries were, Stephen Ssenkaaba’s ‘Sweet, sour tale of the elderly fund’; published in New Vision (Friday, May 17, 2003) and Francis Mugerwa’s, ‘Buliisa: The district without a hospital’; published in Daily Monitor (Monday, July 29, 2013) which took second and third runner up in the print category.

For the radio category, Fredrick Mugira’s Saving Wood and Wood Collectors; Radio West, explores the intricacies of unsustainable traditional cooking methods that are prevalent in Uganda’s rural areas. It addresses goal seven on ensuring environmental sustainability. Michael Wambi’s MDG 5 Uganda: When mothers deliver on floors like dogs and Patience Atuhaire’s Reproductive health; The peer education approach both run on Uganda Radio Network were second and third runner up in this category

Chris Kiwawulo’s Uganda’s toilet habits still wanting (New Vision Online, Thursday, August 1, 2013) took the on-line story category. It explores the sanitation challenges that Ugandans are confronted with and shows how sanitation is still one of the key health issues in Uganda, with many people lacking access to adequate sanitation facilities, propagating disease and high rates of child deaths. Gerald Magumba Tenywa’s Uganda: 2015 and beyond (New Vision Online, Saturday, August 31, 2013) took second place in the category.

Solomon Serwanjja’s Hunger looms in Karamoja; NTV Uganda, won the television category and focused on the acute food shortage in Karamoja region to communicate Uganda’s challenge of food security —and calls on action in this regard as the curtains close on the MDGs.

The competition attracted a total of 27 entries, including 13 in the print category, nine from radio, four in the online group and one from television. Of these, the judges selected three winning entries for print, three for radio, two for online and one for the television category. Winners received certificates and monetary prizes for their winning entries.

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