Tokyo, Japan (14 May 2009) The Asian Development Bank Institute invites
journalists from developing Asia and the Pacific to submit published
articles written in 2008 or 2009 in connection with the 2009 annual
Developing Asia Journalism Awards (DAJA) competition.
The subject matter of the articles should be in line with one of the
following four categories (see below for further guidance on these
1. *Poverty impact of the global financial crisis *
2. *Government responses to the global financial crisis*
3. *Infrastructure development*
4. *Climate change adaptation*
An international panel of judges will select the 20 best articles
written by journalists who will then be invited to ADBI in Tokyo for a
four-day training program running from 20-23 October 2009.
The training program will provide an opportunity for participants to
discuss and debate the above four issues with leading experts. There
will also be practical sessions designed to help journalists prepare
clear, accessible stories that help promote economic and financial literacy.
Winners of each of the four categories, as well as two special prizes
for (i) best development journalist of the year; and (ii) best young
development journalist of the year (under 30 years of age) will be
selected from these 20 articles. Awards will be given at the conclusion
of the training program. Special prizes may be given to entrants in the
main award categories or to separate entries.
If you are interested in participating in the 2009 DAJA program, please
register online <http://www.adbi.org/daja.awards/register.php>. When you
have registered, you will be sent instructions by email of how to login
to your account to submit articles.
*The closing date for entries is Wednesday, 15 July 2009, 6.00 pm, Tokyo
*For further inquiries, please contact the Journalism Training & Awards
Applicants may wish to subscribe to e-newsline
<http://www.adbi.org/e-newsline/subscribe.php>, our free, daily
e-newsletter about regional development issues as it has samples of the
type of stories we are looking for.
*Guidance on each of the four categories:*
Submitted articles should address at least one or more of the points
listed in each category below:
*(i) Poverty impact of the global financial crisis*
The crisis has led to a sharp slowdown in the economic growth rates of
all Asian and Pacific countries. How has this affected the lives of poor
people in terms of unemployment or falls in income? Many of those who
have migrated overseas from developing countries or within their own
countries (as in People's Republic of China, for example) are having to
return home or are unable to send so much money back to their families.
How is this affecting the income of the poor?
How effective are social "safety nets"â€”for example, the provision of
unemployment pay or other cash benefits, health care, education
allowances etc.,â€”in counteracting the new poverty? Do many people "slip
through" the safety nets because they do not qualify for benefits for
one reason or another (migrants especially)?
The prices of food and energy have declined from their peaks reached in
2008, which should have benefited the poor but what is the reality "on
the ground"? Government subsidies for food and fuel have been reduced in
some cases, so are people better or worse off now that prices have
declined. How has the fall in prices of food and other commodities
impacted farmersâ€”small farmers especially?
*(ii) Government responses to the global financial crisis*
Have governments in the region responded quickly enough to soften the
blow of the global economic crisis? Have they done enough by way of
providing fiscal stimulus (through national or local government
budgets), and have central banks used monetary policy tools effectively,
especially to help smaller businesses? How well or otherwise governments
have reacted to the crisis - and what could have been done differently?
The dramatic fall in world trade as a result of the global economic
crisis means that developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region are
almost certainly not going to be able to rely on export markets to
produce economic growth so much in the future as they did in the past.
Instead, they will need to increase domestic consumption. What are the
obstacles that stand in the way of doing this? Do people save (rather
than spend) their money because they are afraid of sickness or
unemployment, or because of the need to save for their old age? Are
wages generally too low to permit greater consumption of goods after
basic necessities such as food, fuel and shelter have been paid for?
*(iii) Infrastructure development*
The Developing Asia and the Pacific region has enormous needs for basic
infrastructure development in transport, energy, communications, water
and sanitation etc. Many governments are planning for provision of new
infrastructure facilities, or upgrading of existing ones, as part of
their fiscal stimulus packages. Would infrastructure spending be able to
achieve the objective of promoting domestic demand to sustain economic
growth? In addition to infrastructure, or as an alternative to it, where
should the money best be spent in order to achieve a proper balance
between economic growth and its sustainability?
What would be the benefits of linking countries in the Asia-Pacific
region closer together through cross-border infrastructure provisionâ€”for
example, road, rail, air or sea links, energy pipelines, or
What has the government done to encourage private sector involvement in
building new infrastructure? What are the views of the private sector
regarding public-private partnership scheme in your country? What more
can governments do to make infrastructure investment more attractive to
*(iv) Climate change adaptation*
Adapting to climate change is an urgent necessity for all countries and
especially for those that are least developed economically, including
small island states that are most vulnerable to natural disasters such
as floods and droughts.
How is climate change impacting agriculture, tourism, water or food
supplies? Do governments have in place policies to deal with the
negative impacts of climate change? Do they have sufficient human and
other resources to deal with the problem? How can donors and
international organizations help?