In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) aims to advance creative reporting approaches and innovative storytelling techniques around international development issues. So far we’ve funded over 140 projects with a strong impact on millions of readers in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Our grants are not just about the money. We build skills, contacts and networks for all our grantees that create sustainable ecosystems, partnerships and careers. At a time when many media organisations face financial constraints, these grants enable funders and journalists to make a difference.
The IDR programme aims to raise awareness about development issues by enabling the production of stories that have a strong impact on media audiences. The jury look for a strong, under-reported story angle. Regardless of innovative format, whether it is via print or virtual reality, awarded projects will also demonstrate a strategic and focused approach to reaching the right audience, at the right time.