What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)
Access to technology, Access to education/training, Access to economic opportunity.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
GPI has had an enormous impact. The combination of training and employment in a dignified profession empowers GPI reporters and provides the means by which they can elevate living standards for themselves and their families. 98% of GPI journalists report feeling empowered as a result of their work with the organization.
By covering stories ignored elsewhere and increasing access to information in countries that do not have free and global media, GPI promotes global awareness about the developing world.
Additionally, more than 25% of GPI stories in the last year have catalyzed direct action, sparking social protest, provoking international attention to issues first covered by GPI, and even changing laws in a country. For example, this June, after GPI Kashmir reporter Aliya Bashir wrote about a local children's hospital where more than 500 children had died since January due to faulty ventilators, Doctors Without Borders and Project Hope contacted GPI about donating ventilators.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Over the next three years GPI plans to add additional reporters and editors to our current news desks, supply more of our news desks with multi-media technology and training, build a syndication platform and extensive new syndication partnerships, and formalize our model for creating social change through journalism. This will lead to more trained and empowered women journalists in the developing world; a much larger readership for our original content; and significantly more news stories being generated by GPI that create social impact. We strive for this multi-level impact model: empowered women, an informed global citizenry, and social change that results from transparency and public pressure.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Geopolitics and security issues are the biggest potential threats to GPI's work. We address these risks by not working in active conflict zones, conducting thorough security assessments before opening a news desk in a country, implementing rigorous security protocols, and working closely with the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Another potential barrier that could hinder our success would be our reporters, who now have marketable skills, being hired away by other news organizations. While this would be, in a sense, a natural and welcome development for the women, GPI tries to retain reporters by paying a living wage and promoting our most talented reporters to Senior Reporters. Furthermore, we mitigate against any harm to our program by employing multiple reporters at each news desk.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Produce high-quality multi-media journalism at five target GPI news desks: Argentina, Cameroon, India, Kenya, Nepal
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Utilize GPI multi-media content to elevate its position in the global media and drive greater social impact