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2022 Africa Digital For Development (D4D) Journalism Competition

Digital for Development (D4D) Journalism Competition 2022

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May 10 - May 12, 2022
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The African Union – European Union (AU-EU) Digital for Development (D4D) Hub is proud to host the first 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. D4D is seeking high-quality and in-depth stories that contribute to raising awareness on the importance of building a digital economy and society that leaves no one behind.

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What is D4D looking for?

To participate in the competition, journalists are invited to send an in-depth article or reportage on one of the following subjects:

  1. Connectivity: Opportunities and challenges to increase internet coverage across the continent and close the urban-rural divide.

  2. Digital skills: Innovative solutions for the African population to build the skills and expertise needed to access jobs and participate in the digital economy.

  3. Digital entrepreneurship: How to support local digital entrepreneurship ecosystems for internet-enabled businesses to grow, create jobs, as well as contribute to sustainable development.

  4. e-Governance: Opportunities and challenges for governments to offer online services to the population.

  5. e-Commerce: Potential and barriers to online trading of goods and services, including across borders.

  6. Digital financial services: Measures to improve access to online banking, including payments, credit, savings, remittances, and insurance.

  7. Cybersecurity: How to tackle digital threats and malicious cyber activities and reduce vulnerabilities.

  8. Privacy and data protection: How to strengthen a rights-based approach to internet users’ privacy and data protection.

Moreover, the submitted articles/reportages should have already been published in online media.

Selection criteria

The following criteria will be taken into consideration:

  1. Objectivity: The story must cite several reliable sources and provide different points of view. It is based on facts and strong research.

  2. Relevance: It must present an issue that is important for the population as well as has potential major repercussions on society.

  3. Clarity: It must be well-structured and communicate a concise message.

  4. Principles: It must show commitment to a human-centric digital transformation that contributes to sustainable and inclusive development in Africa.


The winner will get an invitation to join the delegation of the AU-EU D4D Hub that will travel to Estonia to attend the e-Governance Conference, to be held on 10-12 May 2022.

 The costs to be covered by the AU-EU D4D Hub project include:

  • Economy-class round-ticket from the country of origin to Tallinn through the most direct route
  • Tourist visa fees
  • Mandatory COVID-19 tests
  • Also, 3-days Accommodation
  • Allowance to cover meals and local transport
  • Moreover, a ticket to enter the conference for three days

The winning entry as well as two other finalists will receive a certificate.

In the case that international travel or in-person meetings are not possible, the AU-EU D4D Hub project will find an alternative arrangement with the winning journalist.

In addition, the winning journalist is responsible for meeting local vaccination requirements. The AU-EU D4D Hub project cannot provide any assistance.


  1. Only one submission per journalist.

  2. All types of reporting are accepted. However, all entries should be published on online media outlets.

  3. Participants should be citizens of an AU Member State.

  4. Entries might be published in an African or foreign outlet. However, they should not be older than one year (published on 17 January 2021 at the earliest).

  5. Also, entries must be in one of the following languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic.

  6. Participants must speak a good level of English (B1) and have a valid passport until December 2022.

  7. In addition, participants must be able to provide proof of clearance to submit the article/reportage by the newspaper or publication where it has been published.



Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Event Date10 May,2022 to 12 May,2022
Deadline28 February,2022
Open toAfrican Journalists
OrganizerD4D Hub
Contact the organizerhttps://d4dhub.eu/#contact



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