Impact Journalism Day 2017

Giving people’s initiatives a voice

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As countries around the world seek to accelerate the pace of development and pull people out of poverty, they must find solutions to many challenges: raising the capability of communities to enable economies to grow, handling environmental pollution, and ensuring equitable access to essential resources and services, and so on. On the other hand, communities and enterprising individuals often use their own ingenuity and labour to solve the problem, successfully finding some of the answers. Their ventures may be small, but the results are invariably effective.

Many of these rely on the zeal and personal conviction of their proponents. It is such inspiring stories, curated by The Hindu, that find a place in this special section marking Impact Journalism Day 2017.

There are several forward-looking examples of innovation and hope on these pages, narrated by journalists from a variety of international publications, and others. Acid attack survivors run a cafe in Agra; an innovative enterprise traps atmospheric soot to produce ink for art; old clothes are turned into ethanol in Japan; a pioneering group teaches women music in Afghanistan and launches a girls’ orchestra to revive faded cultural roots; the moringa tree from Asia helps women in Tunisia fight desertification, and solar power is tapped by more and more people both in rich and poor countries. Crowdsourcing of funds comes to the aid of desperate farmers, while one engineer in the Czech Republic has found a way to help the disabled drive cars, without difficulty. The focussed journalism here explores themes such as health, energy, pollution and women’s empowerment, giving people and their efforts a voice.

It is important to note that such pioneering initiatives invariably find a resonance beyond local and national boundaries and ignite other bright ideas elsewhere. Some of them have already formed partnerships and created impact across different countries. They have used the power of the internet and social media to carry their message to millions around the world.

The Hindu has a long tradition of fostering discussion on developmental and environmental issues, and providing a forum for elegant and effective solutions that advance human endeavour.

This IJD special produced in partnership with Sparknews reflects that commitment.

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