Winning writing on international development

The winners of the Guardian Newspaper’s International Development Journalism competition have now been chosen. Both winning articles addressed the impact of climate change on water in Africa. Preeti Jha, winner of the professional competition, wrote about water and conflict among pastoralists on Kenya’s Ethiopian border. Nash Colundular, the winning amateur, addressed Kenya’s water resources and how they can be best used.


The newspaper has all the finalist articles online, including the winners. I just skimmed through them, but there is some very moving work there. I was particularly impressed by Adam Oxford’s article on the backsliding of women’s rights in Kyrgyzstan, and  Emily Blewett’s reporting about HIV in Lesotho. Overall, the topics of the finalist articles are an overview of the major development issues the world is facing, and the attempts to address them.