Being organized under the theme, “Resilience in times of crisis, stories of courage in times of pandemic”, HAI’s ninth edition of the award is aimed at celebrating growth witnessed in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The leadership of the organization, which initiates and supports development projects across the world states that although the numbers of the new Coronavirus infection are still lenient in Sub-Saharan Africa, the economic and social consequences of measures to stop the spread of the virus are dramatic, especially for the most vulnerable.
The leadership of the organization however notes that difficult moments have always provided an opportunity for growth and resilience.
“It is in a time of increased vulnerability that resilience processes are set in motion to resist and react to the crisis, turning it, if possible, into an opportunity for growth,” HAI leadership states in a statement announcing the launch the Prize, adding that its ninth edition award “wishes to help shed light on the greatness of small stories of resistance, solidarity and commitment for the good of the communities.”
“The goal is not to give a naive or simplistic view of Africa, but rather to show that, alongside wars and shortages, one also finds hope and the honest work of many individuals and organizations,” the organization says in its communique.
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Harambee Africa International is derived from a Swahili word “Harambee” meaning “All Together,” which summarizes the organization’s goal, “all together to accompany a continent that has much to teach the world.”
The current prize targets video reportages and video documentaries made from March 2020 onwards that address ethnic, social, economic, health, cultural issues related to the COVID-19 health emergency.
In a set of rules governing the edition of the biennial competition, which was first held in 2004, competitors are to produce videos that must be no longer than 60 minutes.
Work is to be submitted in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. If the video is in another language, it should include subtitles in one of the five languages.
Organizers of the contest are inviting interested people to register online by logging in to www.harambee-africa.org
“Each participant must upload their own video to www.youtube.com, and then in the registration module, indicate the link address to view the video,” reads the rules in part.
Participants are also called upon to attach their personal information data including a certificate attesting to the authenticity and ownership of the work and an authorization of the copyright holder of the works presented that allows for the showing of the work during the Prize Award Ceremony.
The list of works admitted to the competition will be published in www.harambeeafrica.org (the website of Harambee Africa International).
The prize-giving ceremony will take place in December 2021 as permitted by the current health situation, the leadership of the organization says, adding that the date and the place will be communicated in advance on its website.
The submission deadline for the competition in which the winner will receive 1,000.00 Euros has been set for 30 September 2021.
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.