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UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) 2022 for Journalists in Developing Countries

UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) 2022 is an opportunity provided by the Media Sustainability programme: Find out more 

When is the Application Deadline:

17th October 2021 23:59 EST. 

Tell Me About UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries:

The 5th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) will be one of the biggest gatherings of world leaders in 2022. It aims to set a new and ambitious development agenda for the world’s most vulnerable countries. It needs to deliver on that aim, given that decisions made here could transform the lives of a billion of the world’s most vulnerable people.

On the road to LDC5, the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) are partnering to facilitate a bespoke journalism fellowship for journalists from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the autumn of 2021.

The programme will equip a cohort of selected journalists throughout the LDCs with better reporting skills, so that people living in these countries are aware of global decisions being made on their behalf, can connect multilateral processes to their own lives and can hold decision makers to account.

What Type of Scholarship is this?

Training

Who is Eligible?

The Fellowship is open to applications from journalists with a minimum of five years of experience who are reporting in any of the 46 Least Developed Countries.

How are Applicants Selected?

a)    The Fellowship is open to applications from journalists with a minimum of five years of experience and a good level of spoken and written French or English who are reporting in any of the 46 Least Developed Countries*.

b)    Applicants must have a passport for international travelling  valid until Jan 2023 (at least).

c)    Applications must include proof that the applicant is working for local media and publishing for local audiences. In the case of freelance journalists, proof of regular publication by a recognized local media is required.

d)    The UN-OHRLLS reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all applicants.

Which Countries are Eligible?

Least Developing Countries

Where will Award be Taken?

Online, Doha, Qatar.

How Many Scholarships will be Given?

Not specified

What is the Benefit of UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries?

SELECTED FELLOWS WILL:
 

  • Take part in an online training programme by region

15 – 26 November 2021 – Group C (conducted in English):

Mozambique, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Comoros, Madagascar, Tanzania, Yemen

29 November – 10 December 2021 – Group A (conducted in French)

Haiti, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Guinea, Burundi, Djibouti, Senegal, Benin, Chad, Mauritania, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo

29 November – 10 December 2021 – Group D (conducted in English)

Afghanistan, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kiribati, Bhutan, Lao PDR, Nepal

30 November – 16 December 2021 – Group B (conducted in English)

Central African Republic, Guiné-Bissau, Liberia, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Rwanda, Gambia, São Tomé e Príncipe, Sierra Leone.

  • Be offered the opportunity to travel and participate in the LDC5 conference in Doha, Qatar
  • Take part in a 2-day in-person workshop with TRF trainers at LDC5
  • Receive guidance from Thomson Reuters Foundation trainers for the duration of LDC5

One outstanding fellow will be selected for a fully-funded fellowship in the autumn of 2022 at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.

How Long will the Program Last?

Virtual training programme by region: 15 – 26 November 2021 delivering on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for Group C (conducted in English): Mozambique, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Comoros, Madagascar, Tanzania, Yemen; 29 November – 10 December 2021 delivering on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for Group A (conducted in French)-Haiti, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Guinea, Burundi, Djibouti, Senegal, Benin, Chad, Mauritania, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo; and for Group D (conducted in English) Afghanistan, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kiribati, Bhutan, Lao PDR, Nepal; 30 November – 16 December 2021 delivering during three weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Group B (conducted in English) Central African Republic, Guiné-Bissau, Liberia, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Rwanda, Gambia, São Tomé e Príncipe, Sierra Leone. Course duration will be six days, spread out over a two or three week period, i.e. two or three days per week, for approximately four hours/day

The 5th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) will take place from 23-27 January 2022 in Doha, Qatar.

Journalists who complete the Fellowship will be offered the opportunity to travel and participate in the LDC5 conference.

How to Apply for UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries:

Submit Your Application

Visit UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries Webpage for Details