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German Development Media Awards

The German Development Media Awards recognize excellence in human rights and development journalism. The awards champion independent media across the world and put the spotlight on journalists telling important stories affecting their communities, countries and regions.
These awards are a new initiative by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle.
The BMZ has a proud tradition of honoring German journalists who focus on international development issues. Now, in partnership with Deutsche Welle, the new German Media Development Awards are also open to journalists from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
The German Media Development Awards aim to support the work of talented journalists around the world and to emphasize the role of human rights and development in strengthening democracy, good governance, civil society and freedom of the press.


A schoolgirl participates in a lesson in Kilifi. Current estimates by UNICEF place the number of out-of-school children at 93 million the majority of these being girls, and almost 80 per cent of them live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia (photo: TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images).

Development and human rights go hand-in-hand

Human rights and development are inextricably linked: development can only flourish if human rights are protected but development is often necessary for people to become aware of, demand and exercise those rights.


German Development Media Awards submit an entry (copyright: DW Akademie).

Apply now!

We are looking for outstanding reports on human rights and development. For the first time, journalists from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe can also apply. Closing date is May 31, 2013.

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