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SGIP Project Launched Foster Care Journalism Award

The USAID Strengthening Governing Institutions and Processes (SGIP) activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina opened a competition for the best journalistic story on the topic of public policy in the field of foster care.

The following press release is also available in B/C/S here.

USAID/SGIP invites journalists from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina, from all media (newspapers and magazines, news agencies, radio, television, Internet portals) to nominate the best reporting on the subject of foster care and how the future FBiH Law on Foster Care will affect the lives of citizens in need in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Two prizes will be awarded: the first prize is a cash award of 2,500 BAM with the runner-up recieving an amount of 1,500 BAM.

"Our desire is to encourage local journalists to devote more attention to efforts to promote and regulate the non-institutional placement of children through foster care. These children, who lack adequate care in their own families, are a very vulnerable group in society. We consider the role of journalists in sensitizing and encouraging the public to actively support foster care to be particularly important," said Christian Haupt, Chief of Party for USAID/SGIP in BiH.

Journalistic articles published in the period from 15 December 2013 to 30 April 2014 are eligible for the award. The authors of the award can be nominated by media companies, agencies, editors of all media, or the journalists themselves. For information on requirements and how to apply, please see the requirements sheet.

Proposals shall be mailed to USAID/SGIP, (H. Kreševljakovića 19 / V , 71000 Sarajevo) no later than 15 May, 2014 with attached copies of published articles, or CD/DVDs with published reports, as well as electronically to the address, specifying "For Media Award."

Since May 2013, USAID/SGIP has been working to strengthen the capacity of government institutions to adopt, implement and ensure effective policies, laws and budgets relating to the key issues of EU accession, which include the care of vulnerable and marginalized populations within BiH Society.

Media Contact: Antonio Prlenda, 066-805-054,

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Posted December 20, 2013