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improving citywide inclusive and resilient access to WASH
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THE aaco STORY CHALLENGE

We invite proposals for WRI India’s first Story Challenge in line with the theme ‘Improving citywide inclusive and resilient access to WASH and healthy spaces in India’. Five shortlisted entries stand to win INR 3,50,000. All selected stories will be showcased on WRI India’s website and will be shared, by WRI India, with a larger audience.

CALLING INDEPENDENT SCHOLARS/WRITERS

Are you an India-based independent scholar/researcher or freelance writer/communicator based in India with a body of work on urbanization, sustainable development, climate change, water, human development, or similar issues? We want to hear from you!

  • Five winners will be shortlisted basis their proposal.
  • Selected entries to receive INR 3,50,000 as below:
    • Text-based story – INR 50,000 each
    • Photo story – INR 50,000 each
    • Video story – INR 1,00,000 each

THE TYPE OF STORIES WE SEEK

The stories should be produced in English and can be co-published in local languages. We are interested in, and encourage, written stories as well as photoblogs and vlogs that touch upon any one or all of the below:

  • Illustrate broader city-based (Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad or Chennai) WASH challenges.
  • Document how underserved urban communities experience inadequate, unequal, climate-vulnerable WASH systems – e.g. through interviews or one-on-one interactions.
  • Document initiatives that spotlight integrated solutions to these challenges such as initiatives led by community organizations or innovative technology service providers.
  • Spotlight community-based initiatives that use Nature-Based Solutions (NBS).

COVID-19 ADVISORY

Please submit proposals only if you have a high degree of confidence that the project fieldwork can be completed without risking your safety and the safety of others.

WHO CAN APPLY

  • Independent scholars and researchers
  • Freelance writers and communicators
  • Applicants must be independent and will be disregarded if employed full-time with a registered newspaper or media/publishing house
  • Fresh graduates and mid-career writers taking a sabbatical, with an interest in documenting urban challenges, are encouraged to apply
  • We also encourage the active participation of women scholars, writers and communicators

KEY POINTS FOR APPLICANTS

TIPS FOR DRAFTING A PROPOSAL

  • Relevance: Why does this story matter and to whom?
  • Angle: Does your proposal bring new insights into the topic or offer a fresh angle?
  • Impact: Does your proposal have a compelling narrative or investigative element that will inform and engage?
  • Innovative storytelling: The use of graphics/photos and data visualization will be considered a plus.

IF SHORTLISTED FOR THE STORY CHALLENGE

WRI India reserves the right to edit, publish and broadcast the story/report. The copyright will remain with the author. The cohort of five will be required to attend an online workshop to gain a stronger understanding of the topic at hand. We will expect the final version of the story/report by February 2021 which could be in any of the following formats –

  • Text-based stories: 2,000 to 2,500 words as well as a 800 words short form version.
  • Multimedia package: Text between 1,000 and 1,500 words with a 2-4-minute video and/or graphics, photos and maps.
  • Broadcast: A video (4-6 minutes in length) with a 30-second clip edit and a crisp 200-word text introduction.

Please include the cost for translation in the Challenge Award, as appropriate. We will not consider budgets that include the procurement of new equipment.