Brazil, Bangladesh, China win UN development storytelling contest

Jan 28, 2013

A member of the UNDP executive board looks at the Development Advocate (UNDP/Dylan Lothian)

The story of an indigenous family in west-central Brazil which now uses clean, economical and green cook stoves provided through a United Nations Development Programme project is among 12 winners of an annual storytelling competition.

UNDP offices from 66 countries submitted more than 120 stories, as part of continuous efforts to highlight transformative results delivered in development.

The winning stories, selected by an international jury, showcase the impact of the work UNDP does 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.

The winning items were featured in the second edition of a publication -- The Development Advocate -- produced by the agency

“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.”

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.