Stories bring results to life in new "Development Advocate"

28 Jan 2013

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The second, color issue of our newspaper-style publication, The Development Advocate, is out. It presents the 3 winning entries from the Arab States of UNDP’s second annual storytelling competition in an easy-to-read newspaper-style format.

Sixty-six Country Offices from all over the world submitted more than 120 stories, as part of our continuous efforts to highlight transformative results in the countries we work in.

The winning stories, selected by an international jury, showcase the impact of the work we do around the world to empower lives and build resilient nations.

The 12-member jury that selected the winners in the storytelling competition included international development and political journalists, in addition to representatives from the Canadian and Australian Permanent Missions to the UN.

“As in last year’s issue, these stories highlight UNDP’s critical work on poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, and the environment and sustainable development,” said UNDP head Helen Clark in a letter to readers. “They remind us that people are and always will be the centre of UNDP’s work.”

This year’s winners from the Arab States come from Egypt, occupied Palestinian territory and Sudan.

From Egypt, the story is about female illiteracy and helping women to find new or better employment. It shows how a UNDP initiative succeeded in teaching 8,800 indigenous women in Siwa how to read, write and provide women the kind of skills and materials needed to effectively take control of their lives and surroundings.

The entry from the occupied Palestinian territory Gaza tells the story of a family in Rafah which has now clean water provided through water tanks as part of an emergency water supply and rehabilitation programme funded by the government of Japan.

The story from Sudan features UNDP’s work in Darfur to establish legal aid centres and training lawyers is helping children and victims to deal with daunting challenges to basic justice and human rights.

This year’s first place winner tells the story of an indigenous family in west-central Brazil which now uses clean, economical and green cook stove provided through a UNDP access to energy project. This stove is considered a model for sustainable technology. The second and third place winners come from Bangladesh and China.

The former profiles a highly successful, nationwide poverty-reduction programme done in partnership with the United Kingdom. The latter is an environmental story from China, where UNDP’s work with 100,000 apple farmers in in three provinces is helping them to phase out all pesticide use, giving them the opportunity to sell their new, organic produce at higher rates on the international market.

Last year, an entry from Tunisia on UNDP's support to women candidates in the first free democratic elections won the first prize of the first annual storytelling competition.

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This second issue showcases the 12 winning entries of UNDP’s 2012 storytelling competition in an easy-to-read newspaper-style format.

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