The cash Prizes, for projects proven to improve refugee self-reliance, recognise the agency, dignity and autonomy of refugees and forced migrants, anywhere.
Ockenden International, renowned for its work for and with refugees for more than 70 years, has launched its 10th annual competition to find and reward the most effective self-reliance projects for refugees and/or displaced people.
The GBP100,000 prize money will be shared equally by four winners – to be announced by the end of March 2022 – who will each receive GBP25,000 to extend their projects and programmes.
The cash prizes recognize and reward groundbreaking work that advances self-reliance among refugees and/or displaced people anywhere in the world – a distinguishing feature of Ockenden International and its predecessor, Ockenden Venture, since 1951.
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 establish.
“Prizes given since their launch in 2012 now total GBP775,000, which has been shared by 28 projects in 18 countries and regions. The prize money promotes best practice and enables our winners to develop their winning projects to improve the lives of those facing some of the most challenging global issues of our times.”
Submissions for the GBP25,000 prizes are sought from non-profit organisations, which can enter their own projects or alternatively nominate projects managed by non-profit partners or affiliated organisations. Projects can be led by – or have a high level of participation from – the project beneficiaries themselves.
Prizes will be awarded to projects that promote self-reliance among refugees and/or displaced people. ‘Self-reliance’ is understood broadly and may be furthered by projects promoting education, providing legal assistance, or developing life skills and by any other programmes that help displaced people build stable, independent lives.
The entries will be judged by a panel of experts who will be looking for highly effective projects that have led to real change in people’s lives, with measurable evidence of outcomes, as explained in the Entry Rules and Judging Criteria. The three-month deadline for entries is midnight (GMT) on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, with the four winners to be announced by March 31, 2022.
The Ockenden International Prizes remain focused on identifying solutions to the challenges faced by displaced people, raising awareness of their needs, and rewarding outstanding projects.
The four winning projects of 2021 came from Israel, Sweden, India and Greece:
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