Last but certainly not least, the final TH!NK3: Developing World award trip is officially announced today.
Here's the jist so far...
- 15 TH!NK ABOUT IT participants will be selected to go on the third and final reporting trip.
- The trip is planned for early 2011.
- The trip will take place in Africa.
But, you already knew all of that.
Here's what you didn't know:
First, KENYA is the destination.
Kenya's diverse cultures has made for a history of conflict. To read the BBC's overview of Kenya, click here. It's a place where many argue that human life began. The country is rich with stories to tell and discover. Travelling there is a trip of a lifetime for anyone passionate about the MDGs.
Second, the selected TH!NKers will spend their time on fieldtrips to the MDG village in the Kisumu area (an aerial shot of the city is depicted on the right), and to Dutch development projects (details to come).
MDG Villages are a UN special project.
"The Millennium Villages seek to end extreme poverty by working with the poorest of the poor, village by village throughout Africa, in partnership with governments and other committed stakeholders, providing affordable and science-based solutions to help people lift themselves out of extreme poverty," reads the UN Millennium Project Website.
Here's a video from Columbia University's Earth Institute on the Millennium Villages project, which showcases The Prime Minister of Tanzania Mizengo Pinda, who visited Mbola Millennium Village in March 2010 and commissioned his office to produce this video to showcase the project's successes.
The third and highly important element of the trip is the sponsorship. The award would not take place without The Dutch Ministry of Science, Education and Culture, who is sponsoring the 15 TH!NKers on this trip.
Our partnership will enable TH!NKers to visit Dutch-funded projects in Kenya so TH!NKers can get a sense of what kind of development, relief and aid work European countries are contributing in Africa.
That just about covers the trip details. But here are some other key facts:
The selection process for this trip will take place over the next couple of months and will involve all material on the TH!NK3 platform.
The EJC highly encourages all TH!NKers to contribute their best work in the coming months, as the most recent work will be given immediate consideration.
The jury remains an international selection of journalists and media enthusiasts, headed up by Anne Autio, Managing Editor of the EJC.
Keep posting and Good luck!