Research & Reports

Stakeholder Survey Report

This year, we took the very first stakeholder survey to invite feedback and suggestions from our partners, event attendees, speakers, and the wider community of storytellers. Survey findings demonstrate tremendous appreciation of the dignified storytelling initiative and a collective hope for it to evolve into a full-fledged platform offering research, knowledge-sharing and capacity building. 

External Reports

The Dignified Storytelling team has completed a review of available resources and existing research to develop the concept and synthesize draft Principles of Dignified Storytelling, which will be further refined as the project progresses. We would like to share with you some of these available resources here.


The views expressed in the publications and material shared below are those of the authors and organizations, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Dignified Storytelling Program.

Communication for development - strengthening the effectiveness of the United Nations

Guidance note on use of victims' images 2016

Putting the people in the pictures first

You've been framed

The people in pictures

The aid industry - What journalists really think

Ethical content guidelines

Ethical image policy

Guide to ethical storytelling on gender-based violence

Why change the way we write about Africa

Shifting the lens on ethical communications in global development: A Focus on NGDOs in Ireland

Disability-inclusive communications guidelines

Inclusive language guide

Guidelines for writing about people with disabilities

How the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors are talking about poverty - and how we can do better

Guidance on ethical decision-making framework for communications