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The ONE Africa Award celebrates African efforts aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world’s blueprint for a better future. SDG targets range from halving extreme poverty, to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education.

The ONE Africa Award recognises the exceptional work of organisations that are founded by Africans, based in Africa and working to help Africa achieve the SDGs. The US$100,000 award recognises innovative African efforts to fight poverty and incentivises more of such efforts.

The award recognises exceptional organisations and other groups demonstrating commitment and success in assisting Africans in meeting one or more of the SDGs through innovative advocacy-based programs.

Qualified recipients may be engaged in direct services to achieve any of the SDGs, but must demonstrate a strong advocacy component integral to the delivery and success of their programs. Qualified recipients may be advocacy/pressure groups and think tanks engaged in governance activities, such as the monitoring of flows of resources and/or holding governments accountable to commitments to SDG attainment.

Organisations will be graded in five categories and will be awarded between 1-10 points in each of these categories:

  1. Extent to which the organisation has designed and implemented an innovative advocacy program that employs entrepreneurial and sustainable approaches to impact in a given sector(s).
  2. Ability to demonstrate and communicate specific indicators of progress and impact linking work to a given sector(s) in a clear results-oriented framework.
  3. Demonstration of the ability to replicate efforts of the organisation to scale interventions.
  4. Demonstration of strong internal and constituency accountability mechanisms (for example, community leadership consultations and involvement in programs to demonstrate that interventions are relevant to the majority of the poor in the target community and empowers them in a sustainable way) along with transparency of operations.
  5. Extent to which the organisation has employed creative partnerships to achieve its goal(s) and ensure coordination with other development actors. These partnerships may include public and/or private sector players.

Shortlisted applications will undergo a due diligence process.

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Just Imagine If… 2020 Competition

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Do you have an innovative idea for a world-changing enterprise? Enter the JUST IMAGINE IF… 2020 competition for a chance to turn your idea into reality.

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just IMAGINE if… is an annual international social enterprise and innovation competition, hosted by Durham University and Ella’s Kitchen founder, Paul Lindley.

The competition is open to anyone across the global who has a business idea which tackles at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. just IMAGINE if… exists to drive social, economic and environmental change in the world by helping little ideas become big impact realities.

Ten shortlisted finalists will present their business idea in front of a panel of expert business leaders at the March 2020 final in Durham.

THE PRIZE

Each finalist will receive mentoring from a leading businessperson and professional pitch training from One Young World to perfect their presentation ahead of the event, and will attend a bespoke course at Durham Business School.

The winner will receive bespoke research support worth over £75,000 from Durham University, plus invaluable bespoke support from key business partners.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants will need to submit a video and written document which will be judged by a panel of judges. Applicants will need to:

  • Demonstrate a clear vision of how the business idea will work and its viability.
  • Provide a clear explanation as to the sustainability and scalability of the business idea.
  • Provide a definition of which of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals the idea aims to tackle and how.
  • Explain the impact that winning the research prize will make on your ability to develop your business idea.

Learn more and apply below. Any questions, email info@justimagineif.co.uk.

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DEADLINE: 2 FEBRUARY 2020

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2020 AL-SUMAIT PRIZE FOR EDUCATION

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Administered by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and a Board of Trustees, the annual Al-Sumait Prize honors individuals or institutions who have through their work or research made significant advances in the fields of food security, health and education in Africa.

The prize is awarded annually within one of three fields – Food Security, Health and Education – and has a value of $1,000,000 (One million US dollars).

The Prize is to be awarded to individuals or institutions who through their research projects or initiatives have made significant advancement within one or more of the following areas (or other related fields):

  • Improving people’s access to basic education, vocational & training programs and/or higher education.
  • Improving literacy among all members of society.
  • Decreasing the dependence of children’s education on the socio-economic status of their parents.

Conditions and requirements:

  1. The nominated candidates’ research work or projects and initiatives must be innovative and must have achieved high-impact in line with international standards for the prize.
  2. The submitted work must be of paramount importance in promoting significant economic, social, human resources and infrastructure development in the African continent within the announced field of the prize. Submitted research work of a nominated candidate should be composed of studies and applied research, published in peer-reviewed journals and recognized at a global level within the announced field. The research outcome needs to have been applied after publication in African countries within the past ten years. Adequate supporting evidence needs to be provided including collaboration with African and international NGOs and institutions.
  3. Nominations are to be accepted from institutions and scientific centers (universities, institutes, and centers of scientific research) as well as from competent regional or international and UN organizations and awards and former winners in the field of the prize or former evaluation members. Self nominations are not acceptable
  4. All submissions must be submitted in English. If the work is carried out in other working UN languages, a comprehensive summary of the nominated work in English must be submitted.
  5. Fill in the prize application form and send it along with the scientific production works electronically in PDF format via CD, DVD, Flash Memory or via the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) Prizes Office email alsumaitprize@kfas.org.kw The nomination form can be obtained from the http://www.alsumaitprize.org/nominations/. Applications are addressed to the Director General of the foundation.
  6. The application and submitted works must be received before 30/06/2020
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