SGIP Gives Media Award
In a ceremony on July 9, SUNY/CID’s USAID-funded “Strengthening Governing Institutions and Processes” (SGIP) program in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) announced the winners of its award for the best journalistic piece on foster care. The award is part of SGIP’s support for efforts by the Federation of BiH’s Ministry of Labor and Social Protection to draft comprehensive legislation promoting foster care.
First place and a prize of 2,500 Bosnian Marks, approximately equivalent to $1,700 US, went to the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN in Bosnian) for the article "The High Cost of Foster Care." Second place and 1,500 Marks (about $1,000 US) was awarded to the journalist Alem Dedic from the weekly newspaper "Novo Vrijeme" for the article "Let the House be a Home,” while third place went to journalist Mirsad Bajtarević from the BH Radio 1. The CIN article focused on the safety of children in foster homes.
SGIP also took the occasion to open a new competition. Our team invited journalists from all over BiH who work in any media format to submit their best reporting from between June and October 2014 on the subject of environmental awareness and the likely effects of a forthcoming law on environmental protection. Again, the first prize is an award of 2,500 Marks and the second of 1,500 Marks.
"By shedding light on the need for careful monitoring of foster placements to prevent child abuse, CIN helped the Ministry improve the Foster Care Public Policy. It is our desire now to assist the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism to involve [the] public and to come to the best possible text of the Law on Environmental Protection," said Christian Haupt, Chief of Party for SGIP in BiH.
The Bosnian-language version of the contest criteria can be found here.
Posted July 18, 2014