Eleven innovative projects operational on five continents have been short listed for the 2020 Ockenden International Prizes. The four annual prizes, worth £25,000 each, will be announced in London at the end of March.
Each project is working to help refugees – and/or displaced people – by fostering their independence and building self-reliance.
The 2020 prizes, the eighth since they were inaugurated in 2013, attracted a record 141 entries from 45 countries.
The chair of Ockenden International, Judith Ingham said: “Thousands of refugees and IDPs – and their communities – are benefitting from the self-reliance and independence these projects promote.
“We hope the prize money will enable the four winners to extend their winning projects, best practice and their reach in what is one of the most challenging global issues of the day.”
The projects for this year’s finalists include programmes for child migrants, legal aid and advocacy, education, security, social integration and a cultural festival – in countries from Central America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
The organizations (in alphabetical order) short listed for this year’s cash awards, are:
The four cash prizes recognize and reward innovative work that delivers evidential self-reliance to refugees and/or IDPs, the hallmark of Ockenden International since its inception in 1951.
The four annual prizes are open to projects or programmes focused on IDP/refugee self-reliance anywhere in the world.
The 11 short-listed projects for 2020 will be judged by Ockenden International’s seven-member Advisory Board:
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