Editorial Policy

Editorial Policy

  1. Goal

Innovate Development is an online media platform highlighting the unique approaches, innovative thinking, and stories of successes in international development and the non-profit industries. We produce content that explores innovative projects, inventions and perspectives for the global non-profit and development sectors. Our goal is to create an online resource for development practitioners to learn about new ideas in the field through a positive and interactive platform.

  1. Target Audience
  • Development practitioners
  • Humanitarian workers
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Volunteers
  • Interns and students
  1. Content Criteria

Feature articles cover inventions, new approaches, fresh programming design, and proof-of-concept ideas focused on making tangible and meaningful change to the current processes and tools used in humanitarian and development pursuits. While many of these projects are currently being implemented, others are still in development or even at the conceptual stage. Any topic submitted for a feature article should be a new approach to old problems, not simply a description of best practices or established techniques. All writers are encouraged to submit a proposal for articles to info@innovatedevelopment.org prior to embarking on research and writing.

We also welcome related content not specifically focused on innovations to highlight in our blog section. These shorter posts are intended to provide news of events, resources, and related information about the development and non-profit sectors, often through links to other organizations or pages. Blog posts should only cover topics that are not appropriate for a deeper review in a feature article.

  1. Style and Formatting

We welcome a variety of writing styles, however all submissions should be professional, journalistic, and structured intuitively with the reader in mind. Writing should avoid cliché and hyperbole, and be free of grammatical and technical errors. Since our readership is global, geographical or cultural bias should be avoided to make each submission accessible to the widest possible audience. Reference to places or cultural practices is encouraged as required by the topic, however, do not assume that readers are familiar with local issues or fluent with culturally specific concepts.

Feature articles should be a minimum of 500 words and should include links to the organization in question, associated groups and projects, and other relevant information. At least two images related to the project are required, and a link to a relevant video is encouraged. We ask that writers also submit a short and eye-catching title for the article, the development sectors to which it relates, and descriptive tag words to help with categorization.

  1. Linking and Republishing Policy

Links within submitted articles and blog posts should be relevant to the topic at hand and should point to specific information that either demonstrates the article’s argument or provides additional information on the project or organization.

Other blogs and websites are encouraged to link to articles posted on InnovateDevelopment.org, provided this is done in good faith and the associated traffic is benign. We ask that other websites do not link directly to images posted on InnovateDevelopment.org.

All submissions are considered property of Innovate Development upon receipt and may only be used elsewhere with permission. Writers are encouraged to re-post articles they have written on their own websites and blogs, providing sufficient reference is made to Innovate Development with links to the original article. Posting articles to third party websites or print organizations requires written approval from Innovate Development.

  1. Submission and Review Process

Articles and blog post submissions should be sent to info@innovatedevelopment.org in MS Word format with associated images attached separately. A submission form is available for new contributors that provides a template for articles and a list of required associated information.

Innovate Development retains the right to request revisions or additions to any submission prior to publication. If submitted pieces are not of a quality deemed by the editorial team to be fit for publication, the submission will be returned to the writer with an outline of changes required. Innovate Development reserves the right to terminate the working relationship with any writer who consistently fails to meet quality or content-related requirements. Fabrication or distortion of information is considered grounds for immediate termination. Payment for articles will be withheld for any submissions that are rejected by the editorial team until such time as they meet requirements and are published on InnovateDevelopment.org.

  1. Disclaimer

By submitting any information to Innovate Development, you represent and warrant that such submission is not illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights, or otherwise injurious to third parties or objectionable.  You also represent and warrant that such submission is accurate, is not confidential, and is not in violation of any contractual restrictions or other third party rights.

Innovate Development takes no responsibility for any infringement of your copyright as a result of submission. You place your submissions on InnovateDevelopment.org at your own risk and any legal action to protect your interests is up to you.

Innovate Development respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same.

You further agree to inform Innovate Development in the event that any such information has changed since your submission to InnovateDevelopment.org.

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