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The winners of the International Development Journalism Competition, organised by the UK’s Guardian newspaper and sponsored by Barclays, have been announced.

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We support the competition because it helps journalists to raise awareness of global development issues and the work being undertaken to tackle them.
Bob Diamond, Barclays Chief Executive

The winners of the International Development Journalism Competition, organised by the UK’s Guardian newspaper and sponsored by Barclays, have been announced.

The competition invited amateur and professional journalists to submit articles on global development issues, including youth unemployment, empowering women and the role of the private sector in development.

The winner in the amateur category was Kiran Flynn, who wrote an article on early marriage in Bangladesh. Angela Robson won in the professional category with her article on sexual violence in Haiti.

Kiran and Angela were chosen from a group of 16 finalists, who visited projects run by charities in Africa and Asia over the summer to report on development issues first-hand.

Two of the finalists visited Barclays Banking on Change projects in Kenya and Zambia with representatives from Barclays charity partners CARE International UK and Plan UK. They reported on how the community investment programme is developing and extending access to basic financial services to help disadvantaged communities improve their quality of life.

Their articles discuss how  has helped participants build the skills and confidence they need to achieve financial independence.

Colleagues can read the finalists’ articles on the Guardian’s website at guardian.co.uk/journalismcompetition (new window).

Barclays Chief Executive Bob Diamond said: “We support the competition because it helps journalists to raise awareness of global development issues and the work being undertaken to tackle them.”

The journalism competition was also supported by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline and health charity Marie Stopes International.

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