UNDP/UNESCO IATI Research Challenge for Journalists 2018

UNDP/UNESCO IATI Research Challenge for Journalists 2018

Deadline: December 20, 2018

UNDP and UNESCO are jointly launching the IATI Research Challenge for Journalists – a research and writing competition for journalists around the world.

The competition opens on the International Day for the Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) as one of a range of activities marking 10 years since the launch of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). Investigate how a country of your choice is progressing towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and explore how funds for development are being utilised, using IATI data for your research and analysis to answer the following question:

‘How are aid and other external resources being used to achieve sustainable development’ – based on data published to the International Aid Transparency Initiative.


The categories for essay submission are:

  • Journalists age group 15 – 20
  • Journalists age group 20 – 25
  • Journalists from Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and the US
  • Journalists from Africa
  • Journalists from Asia
  • Journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean

Based on the number of submissions, the categories might be adapted to allow for a fair competition. A global winner will also be chosen from all categories by the judges.


  • Prizes for the winners in each category include laptops or tablets, as well as the publication of the winning essay(s) on the IATI and UNESCO websites.


  • Open to journalists around the world;
  • Applicants should be between 15 and 25.


Competitors are requested to submit 700 – 1000 words in an article relating to the progress of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) implementation in a certain country or region – based on IATI data and data obtained using the country’s national Access to Information laws.

Submit your essay to [email protected]

For more information, visit IATI Research Challenge.