UNDP presents best development journalism award

05 Nov 2013

imageMr. Dominic Sam presents the award to Ms. Efua Acquaah Harrison. Photo: Edith Asamani

On Saturday, November 3, 2013, the Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme in Ghana, Mr. Dominic Sam presented the best 'Development Journalism for furthering MDGs' award to Ms. Efua Egyirba Acquaah Harrison of Multi Tv.

This was during the 18th Ghana Journalists Association Awards 2013 event supported by ten UN agencies in Ghana. UNDP supported the award category on “Development Journalism for furthering MDGs” with the aim to encourage journalists to highlight progress and challenges related to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals in Ghana.

Ms. Acquaah Harrison received the award for spotlighting key challenges pregnant women in rural Ghana encounter during delivery, which sometimes result in maternal mortality. (Watch video of the story).


Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon with the President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Dr. Affail Monney.

The GJA awards event was chaired by the UN Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative in Ghana, Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon. She expressed the commitment of the UN system in Ghana to partner journalists in development reporting. Other heads of UN agencies were also on hand to offer support and present awards to journalists who distinguished themselves in award categories UN agencies supported.
 
During his speech at the event, Ghana’s Information and Media Relations Minister, Hon. Mahama Ayariga expressed his appreciation towards the UN System in Ghana for their support to the event. The minister appealed to the UNDP to sustain capacity building efforts that target journalists in development reporting. He assured, “government will also continue to support journalists in any way possible to engender their contribution towards national development”.

UNDP is committed to working with government’s appeal and will therefore deepen its capacity building efforts to journalists by supporting them with trainings in development journalism beginning January 2014. (Read more about Millennium Development Goals in Ghana)

The following is the complete list of award categories supported by UN agencies in Ghana”
1. Maternal Nutrition (WFP)
2. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Ghana (UNDP)
3. Promoting Volunteerism for peace and development (UNV)
4. Culture; Youth & Migration (UNESCO; IOM)
5. Science (UNESCO)
6. Maternal (Health) Mortality (UNFPA; WHO)
7. Family Planning (UNFPA; WHO)
8. Ethical Reporting on Children (UNICEF)
9. Youth and Adolescent Health and Rights (UNFPA)
10.Elimination of worse forms of child labour in Ghana (ILO)

Challenges of pregnant women in rural Ghana
A video on maternal mortality in Ghana by Efua Acquaah Harrison

Watch the award winning video that spotlights key challenges pregnant women in rural Ghana encounter during delivery, which sometimes result in maternal mortality.