Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change
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Awards, grants, scholarships, exchanges and the like that support groups and individuals dedicated to empowerment and social change
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Invitation open for participation in Zayed Future Energy Prize to create a sustainable energy future

Invitation open for participation in Zayed Future Energy Prize to create a sustainable energy future | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

The goal is to recognise achievements in renewable energy and to be a catalyst for innovation in sustainability

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There are five categories – (1) Large Corporation, (2) Small & Medium Enterprise, (3) NGO and Not-For-Profit Organisation, (4) Lifetime Achievement, and (5) Global High Schools. The Prize is open to all entrants, other than board members and employees of Masdar or anyone who has been involved in organising, promoting or judging the Prize.

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OHCHR opens nominations from Civil Society organisations for the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize

OHCHR opens nominations from Civil Society organisations for the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

The UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights is an honorary award given to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights

(See csonet.org/content/documents/unphr2013.pdf)

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The purpose of this award is to provide opportunity not only to  give public recognition to the achievements of the recipients themselves, but also to send a clear message to human rights defenders the world over that the international community is grateful for, and supports, their tireless efforts to promote all human rights for all: applicants around the globe are invited to apply. A special committee has been entrusted by the General Assembly with the selection of laureates from nominations sought from Member States, specialized agencies and non-governmental organizations in consultative status, and from other appropriate sources.

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The SEED Initiative launches its 2013 Awards for Sustainable Development with a Call for Applications

The SEED Initiative launches its 2013 Awards for Sustainable Development with a Call for Applications | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

SEED Initiative set up their SEED Awards to support entrepreneurs seeking to innovate for sustainable development

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You can apply for funding if you are a start-up entrepreneur, women-led enterprise or have an idea to integrate social and environmental benefits, solving pressing local issues or making significant contributions to mitigating climate change or if you need support to help establish and grow your enterprise. An appropriate enterprise might include one that demonstrates entrepreneurship and innovation, delivers economic, social and environmental benefit, has the intention and potential to become financially sustainable, is a partnership between different stakeholder groups, is locally driven or locally led, has potential for scale up or significant replication, is in the early stages of implementation, or is in a country with a developing or emerging economy.

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Elsevier Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in Developing World acknowledging their contribution

Elsevier Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in Developing World acknowledging their contribution | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

The Awards recognize the research excellence of women scientists working and living in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. 

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This program is supported by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Organization for Women in Science for the Development world (OWSD). The mission is to celebrate the achievements of women scientists in the early stages of their careers, with the aim of creating role models for other women to follow, a step that is critical for retaining top talent and building a stronger research culture in developing countries. The five winning scientists of the 2014 edition will be celebrated for their research excellence, and receive a cash prize of USD5,000 in addition to a year’s complimentary access to Science Direct and all-expenses-paid attendance at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in February 2014 in Chicago.

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Nominations open for 2013 World of Children Awards to recognise tangible impact on children's lives

Nominations open for 2013 World of Children Awards to recognise tangible impact on children's lives | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

An opportunity to honour heroes that help children in need by nominating them for these Awards that offer minimum cash grants of $25k and $50k  in areas of health, humanities and youth.

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The aim is to recognize and elevate those selfless individuals who have made a difference in the lives of children across the globe, regardless of political, religious or geographical boundaries. The WAC honors these heroes and leaders, and grants them funds to support the proven, high-impact programs they have created for children, and ensures that more children’s lives will be touched, improved and changed forever. In their fifteen-year history, the WAC has identified and vetted the world’s most promising heroes for improving children’s lives and has been called the Nobel Prize for child advocacy.

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The Nestlé Prize in Creating Share Value, recognises innovation in Water, Nutrition & Rural Development

The Nestlé Prize in Creating Share Value, recognises innovation in Water, Nutrition & Rural Development | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

Specific fields of achievement include, but are not limited to: agriculture (e.g., plant and animal husbandry); management of natural resources; food science and technology; food fortification; nutrition education; water management and distribution; water & sanitation, etc.

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The Prize helps innovative, commercially  viable, and high impact initiatives achieve social scale and financial  sustainability. The Laureate receives an investment of up to US$530 000 to scale up or replicate the initiative. Awarded every other year, the  winner is selected by the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Advisory Board and is presented with the award at the Creating  Shared Value Forum.

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World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) invites submissions for 2013 WISE Awards

World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) invites submissions for 2013 WISE Awards | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

WISE is an international initiative of the Qatar Foundation, working as a platform for a multitude of established and new educational actors to collaborate proactively on a long-term basis.

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The WISE Awards identify, showcase and  promote six innovative educational projects that are having a transformative impact on societies and education. Each winning project receives international recognition and a prize of US$20,000. The winning projects and Finalists are also given support and visibility through WISE media and communication channels. These include film productions, participation in the annual WISE Summit, participation in collaborative events (where the projects are presented on a global stage), and WISE Books.

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International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management acknowledges leadership in the field

International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management acknowledges leadership in the field | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

NGOs, private, scientific or public institutions and similar bodies are invited to apply for Swiss Re’s 2014 Award, providing grants of up to US $150,000 to projects in developing and transition countries.

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The ReSource Award acknowledges initiatives which are dedicated to raising public awareness of the ecological, social and economic significance of water sources and watersheds in developing and emerging countries: the prize money will be allocated either in total to one project, or distributed across several projects, and will be awarded strictly for project implementation activities. The jury of the Award comprises an independent, international panel of water experts from NGOs and governmental institutions, as well as knowledge managers from Swiss Re.

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation opens nominations for its Georg Forster Research Awards

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation opens nominations for its Georg Forster Research Awards | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

Nominees are nationals of a developing or transition country, and have had their main residence and place of work in one of these countries for at least five years. The Foundation particularly encourages the nomination of qualified female researchers.

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An Award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date to academics of all disciplines whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond and who are expected to continue developing research-based solutions to the specific challenges facing transition and developing countries.

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May 18 Memorial Foundation opens Call for Nominations to receive the 2013 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights

May 18 Memorial Foundation opens Call for Nominations to receive the 2013 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

Given to recognize the efforts of an individual or organization working for the improvement and advancement of human rights, democracy and peace in their community and country

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This Prize promotes the spirit of the Korean May 18 Democratization Movement in which the people of Gwangju resisted against military forces for the sake of Democracy and Human Rights in 1980. Historically, the May 18 Democratization Movement is recognised for bringing democracy to Korea. The prize goes to one individual or an organization that has struggled for or contributed to the improvement and advancement of human rights, democracy and peace in their community and country.

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Darwin Initiative – Applications are invited for its current round of Funding for Scoping Awards

Darwin Initiative – Applications are invited for its current round of Funding for Scoping Awards | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

Applications are invited for Darwin Initiative 19th Round of Funding for Scoping Awards. The Darwin Initiative’s core theme – supporting countries rich in biodiversity but poor in financial resources to meet the obligations under one or more of the three international biodiversity conventions(CBD, CMS, CITES) – continues with the additional focus from 2012 on development and human welfare based on DFID’s core mandate as enshrined in the UK’s International Development Act with its commitment to the UK Overseas Territories as outlined in June 2012. Scoping awards aim to increase the legacy and impact of the Initiative and to enhance collaboration with host country partners.

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King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement invites young Arabs to show their success stories

King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement invites young Arabs to show their success stories | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement (KAAYIA) invites young Arabs to showcase their success stories and the positive impact they have had on their communities.

The award, under the management of the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, seeks to reward these distinguished young leaders throughout the region by providing them with much needed support and recognition. It will enable these outstanding leaders to continue their good work, demonstrate what is possible to their peers and in turn allow the concept of active citizenship to flourish and become an inherent part of the Arab youth culture.

 

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Applications for Atlas Corps Fellowships in USA, Colombia or Chile supporting civil-society leaders from around the world

Applications for Atlas Corps Fellowships in USA, Colombia or Chile supporting civil-society leaders from around the world | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

The Atlas Corps Fellowship provides a a 12-18 month professional fellowship for non-profit leaders around the world. Selected candidates are invited to the United States or Latin America to serve full-time at Host Organizations on issues that complement their expertise. Fellows develop their leadership skills while sharing best practices and supplement daily knowledge with theoretical topics presented in the Atlas Corps Nonprofit Management Series. The Deadline is 1 December to be considered for the May class in the USA, and 15 April 2013 for the September class in Latin America, but Atlas Corps state that earlier applications tend to be more successful.

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World Summit Youth Award recognising contributions from young people to UN Millennium Development Goals

World Summit Youth Award recognising contributions from young people to UN Millennium Development Goals | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

The World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) is a global contest bringing together young developers and digital entrepreneurs who use internet and mobile technology to put the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) into action and make a difference.

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The WSYA is organised as a follow-up activity of the World Summit on Information Society and its action plan towards the year 2015. The Youth Award is being organised by the World Summit Award Network for the fith time since 2005. It is promoted in all UN member states through the networks of the World Summit Award (WSA) the UN Global Alliance for ICT, other participating UN Organisations and Agencies such as UNESCO and UNIDO. The WSYA selects and promotes best practice in e-Content. It demonstrates young people’s potential to create outstanding digital contents and serves as a platform for people from all UN member states to work together in the efforts to reach the MDGs. Young creators of digital content can register their products themselves via an online platform until the 1st of July 2013. An international young expert jury will then judge the projects/products and select 3 winners  and 2 runners-up in each of the six WSYA categories.

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Nominations open for Transparency International Integrity Awards recognising fight against corruption

Nominations open for Transparency International Integrity Awards recognising fight against corruption | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption.

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Transparency International has the authority for this award scheme because it is guided by its own ethical framework and a commitment to uphold core principles in all the movement’s efforts. They undertake to be open, honest and accountable in our relationships with everyone we work with and with each other. They have their own Statement of Vision, Values and Guiding Principles that provides the basis for all their work, shaping the individual codes of conduct of the chapters, secretariat and Board of Directors.

Transparency International staff also adhere to a Conflict of Interest Policy that establishes standards in situations where the interests or values of the movement may conflict with those of individuals entrusted with specific responsibilities for the movement.

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Yara International offering their 2013 Yara Prize for a Green Revolution in Africa

Yara International offering their 2013 Yara Prize for a Green Revolution in Africa | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

The goal is to contribute to the transformation of African agriculture and food and nutrition security within a sustainable context, thereby helping to reduce hunger and poverty.

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The Yara Prize mainly focuses on young women and men who are making a particular effort within agriculture paying particular attention to innovation and entrepreneurship. The two thematic areas are (1) Food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture, and (2) Transformative change. The former covers food production, agricultural value chains, sustainable intensification, and the like, while the latter covers developments that enhance leadership, African ownership, sustainability, and scalability.

 

 

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UN Dept of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) invites submissions for Innovation Award on Empowerment

UN Dept of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) invites submissions for Innovation Award on Empowerment | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

An award to identify innovative approaches for poverty eradication, social integration, full employment and decent work for all.

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Applicants around the world are invited to submit stories on achievements in people’s empowerment for this award, as organized by the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) within UNDESA. Applicants can nominate themselves or another person applicant they admire who empowered them, and therefore their unique and special story. The award reflects the organisers' belief that the major social challenges of their time can be solved, but only with the full participation of people at all levels of society.

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Women's World Summit Foundation – nominations for prize recognising women's creativity in rural life

Women's World Summit Foundation – nominations for prize recognising women's creativity in rural life | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

The Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF), an international NGO working towards the empowerment of women and children, aims to honour creative and courageous women and women's groups around the world for their contributions to improving the quality of life in rural communities.

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The Prize is an award for successful accomplishments rather than a fund for future projects. The nominee's history (2-3 pages) should demonstrate the creativity, courage, and sometimes sacrifice of the nominee in her efforts at the grassroots level to improve life in rural communities. At least 20 prizes will be awarded, and a donation of US$3000 will be awarded for established organisations in Africa. The prizes are focused on drawing international attention to the laureates' contributions to sustainable development, household food security, and peace, thus generating more recognition and support for their projects. The long-term impact of the Prize will depend on the integrity of the nominators and the quality of their nominations.

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Global Development Network Development Awards and Medals Competition has several open opportunities

Global Development Network  Development Awards and Medals Competition has several open opportunities | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

The grants are awarded to projects and/or non-governmental organizations that are supporting improved service delivery, in particular, innovative approaches and meet certain set criteria. These projects are not theme based. However, the projects need to contribute to sustainable development.

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One of these, the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP), gives an opportunity for NGOs to receive grants worth US$45,000. In addition to this, the first prize winner will also be eligible to compete under the Japan Social Development Fund for an additional grant of up to US$200,000. As part of the Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (AMC), the MIDP is a competitive grant program that provides development practitioners with the opportunity to compete for grants worth US$ 45,000 to help scale up their innovative project. The grants are awarded to projects and/or non-governmental organizations that are supporting improved service delivery, in particular, innovative approaches and meet certain set criteria. These projects are not theme based. However, the projects need to contribute to sustainable development.

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Global Energy invites nominations for its Energy of Words Prize as an annual international media award

Global Energy invites nominations for  its Energy of Words Prize as an annual international media award | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

The Global Energy International Prize is an international award granted for outstanding scientific achievements in the field of energy that have proved to be of benefit to humanity.

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The winner will receive a week long, all-expenses paid trip to St Petersburg, Russia, and will participate as a special guest in the international Global Energy Prize Laureate’s Week. The winner will also be given an exclusive interview with the 2013 Global Energy Prize Laureate.

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The Caplow Children's $1 Million Prize – aiming to save the lives of children under 5

The Caplow Children's $1 Million Prize – aiming to save the lives of children under 5 | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

The Children’s Prize is supported by the Whole New World Foundation

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This is a project created by Ted Caplow, an engineer and serial entrepreneur with a background in renewable energy, sustainable food production, and water contaminant dynamics. The prize will be awarded to the best plan for preserving the lives of children who would otherwise die before the age of five. All prize finalists will be showcased on the website.

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Rockefeller Foundation Awards with grants to innovators recognising their work for the poor & vulnerable

Rockefeller Foundation Awards with grants to innovators recognising their work for the poor & vulnerable | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

This is an opportunity for selected NGOs or individuals to apply for grants of up to $100,000 from the foundation should their nomination be successful

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The Next Century Innovators Awards is open to those who are applying innovation in new and different ways to promote the well-being of humanity around the world. To participate in the Awards, people need to nominate a person (which may be yourself) or an organization (which may be an organization with which you are affiliated as a founder, director, or employee) applying a specific innovation in a new and different way to promote the well-being of humanity around the world.

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Dell Social Innovation Challenge supports social innovators to solve real problems with transformative ideas

Dell Social Innovation Challenge supports social innovators to solve real problems with transformative ideas | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

The Dell Social Innovation Challenge identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world’s most pressing problems with their transformative ideas. There is an open invitation for people to join their online social innovation community and support student on their projects.

Only currently enrolled university and college students may create project entries and compete in our annual grand prize competition, but the Dell Social Innovation Challenge annual competition is open to all university students in any country.

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Nansen Refugee Award nominations are open to recognise outstanding work on behalf of the forcibly displaced

Nansen Refugee Award nominations are open to recognise outstanding work on behalf of the forcibly displaced | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

Nominations are invited for 2013 Nansen Refugee Award by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees who selects the annual laureate by a unanimous or majority decision. The Nansen Refugee Award is given to a person or group for outstanding work on behalf of the forcibly displaced. The award is named after Fridtjof Nansen, an intrepid polar explorer and humanitarian who went on to serve as the first High Commissioner for Refugees for the League of Nations and won the 1922 Nobel Peace Prize. The award consists of a commemorative medal and a US$100,000 monetary prize donated by the governments of Norway and Switzerland to support a project of the laureate’s choice to benefit displaced people.

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UN Public Service Award nominations open to recognise people working for equitable public service provision

UN Public Service Award nominations open to recognise people working for equitable public service provision | Awards Recognising Contributions to Social Change | Scoop.it

The call for nominations for the 2013 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) is now open. The UNPSA is awarded in five categories including one on promoting gender-responsive delivery of public services. This category was added within the UNSPA awards by UNDESA and UN Women in 2011 to recognize exemplary efforts of public sector institutions around the world towards delivering services for women. As equitable public service provision to women and men continues to be a great challenge, these awards recognise the importance of recognising and encouraging public sector actors working to make sure that services reach women at the same level as they reach men.

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