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The Ockenden Prizes
We reward successful projects and programmes advancing self-reliance for refugees and displaced people anywhere in the world
About the Prizes
We recognise the value of outstanding refugee and/or internally displaced people projects, proven to instil self-reliance. Photo from 2019 winner ULYP, Lebanon.
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Small Beginnings
Founders Joyce Pearce, Margaret Dixon and Sue Ryder with some of the 13 displaced children at 'Ockenden' during a two week vacation in August 1955
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2023 Winners

The four winners of the 11th annual Ockenden International Prizes for refugee and/or displaced people projects are Hope Health Action East Africa, Otros Dreams en Acción, Shanti Volunteer Association and SINA (Social Innovation Academy).

The 2023 Winners

From refugee to the UK's University of Oxford

Dr. Dilar Dirik, Ockenden International Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow

Political sociologist, Dr. Dilar Dirik, is Ockenden International’s third Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow. The fellowship, funded by Ockenden International, is administered by Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) in conjunction with the Refugee Studies Centre, part of the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford.

In my childhood, my parents and I were forced to flee Turkey to seek asylum in Germany, due to the war and the political persecution of the Kurdish people. In recent years, the Middle East region has experienced unprecedented scales of mass displacement and forced migration, even leading to episodes of genocide and irreversible historical and ecological destruction. From my own personal and academic perspective, I believe that the recurrence of such tragedies can only be tackled in a manner that is compassionate towards affected communities, but critical towards international and local political, cultural, social and economic systems and discourses that  . . .

Read Dr. Dirik’s full story . . .


Our Goals and Purposes

Ockenden International aims to support the rights of all refugees and displaced people – in any location – to a life of dignity and to help them achieve self-reliance and independence.
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We funded computers for a school in Northern India

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