The Southeast Asian region is facing years of democratic parties, starting with the presidential election in Timor Leste in mid-2022, the presidential election in the Philippines in 2022, and in 2024 Indonesia, as the largest democracy in the region, will elect a president.
Implementing fair and free elections is a principle that must exist in elections. However, is this principle properly implemented in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste? The challenge for democracy today is implementing substantive democracy when elections are held. It even becomes a phenomenon when democracy becomes transactional when elections occur. In addition, the spread of hoaxes for certain political interests also reduces the quality of democracy.
We at the Indonesian Media Development Association (PPMN) under USAID Support in The Asia Pacific Regional Support for Elections and Political Transition (RESPECT) Program invite journalists in the Southeast Asian region, especially journalists in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste, to submit the proposal at https://s.id/StoryGrantsExcElAward.
ExcEl Award Story Grants is an event for giving coverage grants to improve the quality of coverage. Previously, the ExcEl award was an award for journalistic works, but this year, the Excel Award Story Grant will provide coverage grants to journalists.
To be able to participate in ExcEl Award Story Grants. Journalists could send the best proposals with a theme “encouraging free and fair election.” PPMN
Registration Information and Terms
- Total funding for each proposal is 700-1500 USD
- There are three categories: Writing Features, In-depth Investigation, and Data Journalism Coverage.
- This grant is open to all journalists in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste
- Coverage time March – April and Dissemination in May 2023.
- Dissemination of coverage results will be provided by the organizers
Coverage topics and themes
Each candidate can submit 1-2 proposals in the same or different categories.
The coverage theme is “Encouraging free and fair elections in Southeast Asia”
- Elections and Money Politics
- Election organizers’ independence
- Presidential Threshold
- Women’s quota in elections
- The role of marginal groups
- Freedom of the Press in covering Election Issues
- Corruption and Election of Regional Heads
- Regression of Democracy and Elections
- Hoax and Black Campaign
- The role of civil society and election monitoring