Announcing the 2013 Microgrant Shortlisted Finalists

Rising Voices would like to thank everyone that submitted a proposal for consideration for the 2013 microgrants for citizen media outreach projects. Once again, we heard from hundreds of people from more than 100 countries who had innovative ideas for engaging local communities and teaching them the use of citizen media.

This year marked the launch of a new and interactive platform that allowed applicants to submit their preliminary ideas where they were mapped and tagged, making it easier for others to make connections with similar projects that focus on a particular topic or based in a specific geographic area. As a result, the published proposals received more than 500 comments with questions, feedback, and words of encouragement. A visual map showcased these proposals down to the local level and it was an impressive site to see proposals from around the world.

Our committee comprised of Global Voices volunteers carefully reviewed and selected 74 projects out of the approximately 860 proposals from around the world to move onto the next round. These projects represent a diversity of topics and come from more than 50 countries.

We are pleased to announce the shortlisted finalists, who have been invited to submit a final proposal for consideration by Rising Voices. From this group, we will select up to five projects to be funded to make their ideas a reality. In alphabetical order, the shortlisted projects are:

Afghanistan: Kabul Beat
Albania: Waste in my City
Argentina: Communicating Our Indigenous Peasant Assembly
Argentina: Mapping the Water Landscape
Argentina: Radio Los Inestables: More participation, less segregation
Australia: Replenish the Earth – Voices from Aboriginal Australians
Bhutan: E-ngage Youth
Bhutan: Stories from a Young, Maturing Democracy
Bolivia: Jovenes de Uspha-Uspha
Bolivia: Shooting Bolivia from Wikimedia Commons
Brazil: Building the Oral History of Brasilândia
Brazil: Our Rivers Speak (ORS)
Brazil: This is our Place Film Festival
Burundi: Conn@cting People
Cambodia: Old Bunong Stories in New Times
Cambodia: The Cambodian Grassroots Social Media Project
Cameroon: Questioning Public Authorities Through Citizen Media
Cameroon: Voicing Out To Release Post Conflict Trauma
Cameroon: We know. Let the World Know Too
Colombia: Hearing Stories in Our Own Tongue
Colombia: Radio and Forum Mariamulata
Colombia: Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development
Cuba: Mapping the “Neighborhood Cuba”
Cyprus: From Our Perspective: Discussing Disability
Ecuador: Citizen Podcast
Ecuador: I Wrote a Song That Will Change Your Mind
Ecuador: Open Journalism with Open Licenses and Technologies
El Salvador: Yankwit Tunal (New Sun)
Fiji: Tukuni Yadua (Talking about Yadua)
Greece: Citizen Journalism Against Ore Mining in Halkidiki
Honduras: Good News Blog
Hungary: Development of Local Stories in Budapest
India: South Asian Comics Activists for Gender Justice
India: Strengthening Women Human Rights Defenders in Human Rights Monitoring
Indonesia: From Disable for Disable Project
Kenya: Girls Community Digital Desk Project
Kenya: The Maasai Woman Diary
Kenya: WOES-Walking on Egg Shells
Macedonia: Wild Herbs Exchange Network
Maldives: Drug Addiction Diaries
Mauritania: Popular Memory
Mexico: Audio-visual Record of the Zapotec Language
Mexico: Didza Kieru for SMS
Mexico: Jko’ponik (Our Voice)
Mexico: Preserving and Promoting the Mayan Language
Mexico: The Mayan voices of Popolá
Mexico: The Plum, Lyrics and Vocals in Resistance
Myanmar (Burma): Collab Space for CJs
Nepal: Travel Story Camp on Gorilla Trek
Netherlands: Reaching for the overlooked Oromo voices
Niger: Mapping for Niger
Nigeria: Addressing Iwerekhan Environmental Concerns
Pakistan: IDPs Media Project
Pakistan: Radio Vision
Palau: Youth-In-Conservation Social Network
Peru: My Community Voices
Peru: Promoting Communication Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Romania: Transylvanian Online Cook Book
South Africa: Crowdmapping Environmental Health
Swaziland: Artists Go Public
Uganda: #TweepsHelpBududa Experience
Uganda: Community Reporters’ Hub & Clinic
Uganda: Female Documentary Film Training on Women Advocacy and Women's Rights
Uganda: Right To Speak Ik
Zambia: Lekeni Nsose (Let Me Speak Out)
Zimbabwe: Promoting Citizen Journalism in Chitungwiza
Zimbabwe: Voices from the deep end

Please note that some projects chose not to participate in the optional publication of their ideas for a variety of reasons, and their decision will not affect the final vote.

These applicants now have the opportunity to further develop their ideas by submitting a second more-detailed proposal for consideration. An additional element to the final competition is that the finalists can include a multi-media video, audio, or photograph to complement their written proposal.

As the applicants submit their final proposal, we will publish them on the microgrant platform so that the community can once again comment and provide additional feedback.

We hope to make the final announcement of the selected winners for the microgrants by the end of the second week of April.

Good luck to the finalists!


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