Attention Bloggers: Don’t forget about CIPE’s 2013 Blog Competition! The deadline for submission is December 2!
The Internet has reshaped the way the world does business, creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs and new modes for participating in the democratic process. As part of its celebration for Global Entrepreneurship Week, CIPE Pakistan recently held a blogging training session for University of Karachi students in the department of Mass Communication. The aim of the session was to give young bloggers the skills they need to become more effective citizen journalists, understanding complex issues and writing substantive content on political, economic, business and social issues in Pakistan.
CIPE was also seeking to encourage these students to take a more entrepreneurial approach toward building their own careers. As CIPE Pakistan Country Director Moin Fudda told the participants, Pakistan faces a range of challenges, including energy shortages, unstable security, and poor governance; but the biggest challenge might be the growing population coupled with high unemployment.
As Fudda pointed out, each year more young people enter the job market, but face a lack of professional opportunities. Against this backdrop, sessions such as these can help give students new ideas about how their hard work can open new career paths that could help them earn a living. Further, as Fudda pointed out, blogging on issues facing Pakistan will help ensure that young people are active and concerned citizens, who will eventually be ready to take leadership roles in the country.
CIPE is excited to announce a new competition for our friends and partners for the best blog posts about how democratic and economic reforms play a role in international development.
Blogging is a powerful tool to share stories and information. And it is used at a very large scale. In 2011 there were 181 million blogs in the world—and the number, without a doubt, continues to rise. Recognizing the important role that new media play in fostering democratic and economic change, CIPE is launching the blog competition as a platform to encourage writers all around the world to participate in this year’s writing contest!
Both seasoned and new bloggers are welcomed to submit an entry of less than 750 words concerning the following topics as they relate to developing nations:
- How can social media empower citizens to participate in a democratic dialogue on constructive reforms?
- What experiences from other countries can guide the role of youth in your country’s democratic and economic development?
- What story or personal experience can you share to illustrate the need and possible solutions for democratic and economic reforms in your country?
We’re inviting both unpublished work as well as posts that have been previously published on an author’s personal blog. Entries with a photo or a video to illustrate your message will be given special consideration.
Visit our blog competition for more details and to submit your entry.
So, put on your creative thinking hat, and tell us your thoughts about democratic and economic reforms in developing countries. The deadline is Monday October 14, 2013!
This is #1,000 post on the CIPE Development Blog. We thought that this small anniversary is a good reason for some reflection.
Since we launched the blog four years ago in December 2005, the online environment has changed significantly. Blogging for democracy and economic freedom is spreading, especially in places where traditional media is tightly controlled. What was a novelty four years ago – such as blogging in Iran or Cuba – has become accepted as a given.
In a place where freedom of speech and freedom of press are considered luxuries and not rights, Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez has found a way to project her voice. In her alternative blog, Generation Y, Sánchez recounts her daily life in Havana, but is sure to include a colorful and critical analysis of the government and its policies. She herself refers to the blog as “an exercise in cowardice” because it allows her to say virtually what she is unable to say in public. Because of her uncompromising content, the Cuban government has made every effort to step in and limit her audience within Cuba. This constant struggle against the government, however, has not diluted her efforts. Since starting the blog in 2008, Sánchez has received many international commendations for her efforts, and recently was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University in New York. Not surprisingly, and also not for the first time, Yoani Sánchez was denied the right to travel outside of the country to accept this award. Undeterred, she recorded her conversation with government officials about this unjust travel prohibition and publicized that experience online as well.