Judges and Scoring Process

Our Guiding Principles

The judging process is taken very seriously by UNDP. We select experts in journalism, communication and climate change to serve as judges. We hold our judges to the highest standards of fairness, accuracy and integrity. The entire judging process adheres firmly to these guiding principles.

Ensuring Impartiality

We make all efforts to avoid conflicts of interest in the judging process. At least two judges are assigned to each entry from within the pool of judges whose expertise is relevant. All judges are screened before being assigned an entry. All judges are bound by a code of ethics and recuse themselves from judging an entry that may present a conflict of interest.

Our Judges

All of our judges are distinguished professionals. We select senior reporters, communication advisors and climate change experts to serve as judges. They have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrate great leadership ability and vision.

Our Judging System

In evaluating stories, judges utilize specific guidelines and a scoring grid with precise criteria. It is a comprehensive, points-based scoring system which allows each entry to receive a maximum of 30 points.

Each entry is reviewed by at least two judges. When the two judges have reviewed an entry, UNDP computes the average of the two scores to determine the judges’ overall score. In case of disagreement in the scoring of an entry, the judges discuss with UNDP communication specialist to harmonize their evaluation.

Entries receiving an overall score of 26-30 points receive a “Best in Class” nomination. The best two stories will be selected from this pool of entries. Entries receiving an overall score of less than 10 points will be disqualified.

All decisions of the judges are final. Judges' decisions cannot be appealed.

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