Dignified-storytelling-dark-scaled What stories are told, and
how they are told, matters
THe Principles A group of students representing the student business club within their
school community in Rwanda as part of the “Educate!” program. Credit: Educate!

Dignified Storytelling

What stories are told – and how they are told – matters.

Dignified Storytelling is a platform that fosters a common understanding of how storytelling can and should instill as well as maintain the dignity of all persons, while striving to create an environment of positivity that strengthens long-term relationships between the public, private and the development sectors. Dignified Storytelling was born out of the need to fill gaps in advocacy, knowledge-sharing, and available resources through the consultative development of a accessible and practical foundational Principles and a Dignified Storytelling Handbook.


Education Response for Children Affected by Indonesia’s Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami.
Loletekia, Uganda: Members of several pastoralist communities walks on their way to an inter-community peace talks meeting. Credit: FAO

Share Best Practices

We are inviting you to share examples of Dignified Storytelling best practices that embody the principles of Dignified Storytelling. These practices will be showcased on our website and will be featured in the Dignified Storytelling Handbook. We are seeking examples of photos that have the appropriate consents and are accompanied by a caption that answers the five W’s. 


Dignified Storytelling Forum

The Dignified Storytelling Forum will take place at the Expo 2020 Dubai Exhibition Center on Friday, 10 December 2021. It will mark Human Rights Day, which commemorates the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Forum is part of Expo 2020’s rich calendar of specialist programming, which reflects and celebrates the spirit of Dignified Storytelling throughout the 6-month event. 

Through the lens of
Sustainable Development
Prioritizes dignity &
respect for the subject
Accessible & practical
Dignified Storytelling Handbook
Concrete best practice
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