Africa D4D Competition 2023: The African Union – European Union (AU-EU) Digital for Development (D4D) Hub is proud to host the first Africa D4D Blogging Competition.
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When is the Application Deadline:
7th October 2022
Tell Me About Africa D4D Journalism Competition:
The competition is open to all African journalists who use online media to report on the impact of digital technologies on people’s lives across the African continent, and the policies needed to reap their benefits for sustainable and inclusive development. We are seeking high-quality and in-depth stories that contribute to raise awareness on the importance of building a digital economy and society that leaves no one behind.
“How can Africa and Europe work together to tackle disinformation and protect human rights in the digital age?”
The AU-EU D4D Hub is hosting a Town Hall debate at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), to be held in Addis Ababa from 28 November to 2 December 2022. The purpose of the panel is to exchange experiences, ideas, and good practices in Africa and in Europe on how to tackle online disinformation through human rights-based solutions.
The purpose of this blogging competition is to promote a broader debate on this issue and set the scene prior to the IGF Town Hall debate.
Disinformation is false or misleading content that is spread with an intention to deceive or secure economic or political gain, and which may cause public harm. The spread of disinformation can have a range of harmful consequences, such as threatening democracies, polarising debates, and putting the health, security, and environment of citizens at risk.
What Type of Scholarship is this?
Who can apply for Africa D4D Journalism Competition?
- Only one submission per blogger is accepted.
- Blogs should be maximum 1200 words long.
- Entries in English and French are accepted.
- The deadline to participate is 7 October 2022.
- Participants should be citizens of an African Union or European Union Member State.
- Participants should be regular bloggers through their own blogs or as guests in external publications.
- Participants must speak a good level of English (B1) and have a valid passport until July 2023.
- All entries should be original content, not published anywhere else. The best blogs will be published on the AU-EU D4D Hub website.
- Blogs should focus on presenting good practices and solutions and proposing new ways of countering disinformation.
How are Applicants Selected?
The winner will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Objectivity: The blog cites several reliable sources and considers different angles. It is based on facts and solid research.
- Originality: The blog presents innovative solutions and fresh ideas that can have a positive impact on society.
- Clarity: The blog is well-structured and communicates a concise message.
- Human-centric principles: The blog shows commitment to tackling disinformation while protecting and promoting human rights in the digital environment.
Which Countries are Eligible?
How Many Scholarships will be Given?
What is the Benefit of Africa D4D Journalism Competition?
The author of the best blog will be invited to travel to Addis Ababa from 28 November to 2 December to attend IGF 2022. The costs to be covered by the AU-EU D4D Hub project include:
- Economy-class round ticket from country of origin to Addis Ababa through the most direct route.
- Tourist visa fees.
- Mandatory COVID-19 tests.
- Accommodation (for five nights).
In the case that international travel or in-person meetings are not possible due to COVID-19 or other unforeseen situations, the AU-EU D4D Hub project will find an alternative arrangement with the winning blogger.
How to Apply for Africa D4D Journalism Competition:
Participants are invited to submit a blog post based on the following guiding questions:
- What are the most effective measures against disinformation? How can such measures be balanced with the protection of fundamental rights, such as the right to freedom of opinion and expression?
- How can different actors (including the private sector, governments, civil society, academia, and experts) help tackle the spread of disinformation? What type of multi-stakeholder collaborations can be considered good practices?
- How can Africa and Europe cooperate to tackle disinformation? What are the similarities and differences in both continents regarding disinformation, digital rights, and best approaches? What type of collaborations can be considered best practices?