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Komla Dumor, BBC; Catharine French, Barclays; Nishtha Chugh, winner; Liz Ford, the Guardian and Alastair Stewart, ITV. Photo: Alicia Canter.

The winners of the Guardian International Development Journalism Competition, supported by Barclays, were announced today.

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Through this competition, the Guardian is able to shine a spotlight on many of the issues faced by people living in some of the poorest communities. It also highlights some of the inspiring and wide-reaching steps taken to tackle them.
Catharine French, Barclays Group Corporate Relations Director

This is the third year that Barclays has sponsored the UK competition, which offers aspiring and professional journalists the opportunity to publish their work in a Guardian supplement and highlight some of the most pressing issues facing the developing world.

A celebration event was hosted by Barclays at 1 Churchill Place in London last week, with journalist Alastair Stewart presenting the awards.

More than 500 people entered the competition, and 12 finalists were sent to a country in Africa or Asia to report on a topic chosen by the non-governmental organisations (NGO) that hosted their trip. The NGOs included Barclays’ longstanding partners UNICEF, Women for Women International, Youth Business International and Magic Bus.

The judging panel, which included Barclays Group Corporate Relations Director Catharine French and Channel 4 news anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy, selected Nishtha Chugh as the winner. Her feature looks at the progress made to reduce violence against women in Rwanda.

Stressing Barclays’ commitment to the communities where it works in Africa and Asia, Catharine French said:

“Through this competition, the Guardian is able to shine a spotlight on many of the issues faced by people living in some of the poorest communities. It also highlights some of the inspiring and wide-reaching steps taken to tackle them.

“Through our long-term association with the Guardian, and this competition, Barclays is able to ensure some of the people living in these communities are heard. Only by raising awareness can long-term solutions be sought.”

Also shortlisted was Stevie Greenleaf, who visited Zambia to write about Barclays’ Building Young Futures partnership with UNICEF which is working to tackle youth unemployment. The programme is enabling disadvantaged people to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to set up a business or find a job – part of Barclays’ goal of changing 5 Million Young Futures by 2015.

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