Commonwealth

The Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards 2021

The Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards recognises and celebrate the contributions that innovators in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors are making in advancing the sustainable development goals in Commonwealth countries.

Benefits

  • Each award winner will receive a trophy, a certificate and prize money of £3,000.
  • Award winners will receive ongoing support for their work and may also be invited to participate in high-level forums such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Commonwealth Business Forum and Commonwealth Games.

Categories

Three awards will be given in each of the following five categories:

  • Improve the well-being of Commonwealth PEOPLE
  • Improve PROSPERITY in the Commonwealth
  • Protect the PLANET and the natural environment in the Commonwealth
  • Promote PEACE and justice in the Commonwealth
  • Promote PARTNERSHIPS for development in the Commonwealth.

There will be three award winners in each of the five categories, adding up to a total of 15 winners.  In each of the five categories, one winner will be selected from the public sector (national/regional/local government), one winner from will be from civil society/not-for-profit sector and one winner will be an entrepreneur or a private sector company.

Eligibility

  • Nominees can be individuals, groups or teams, organisations, companies, charities or government ministries / departments / agencies.
  • Nominees must be directly engaged in developing their innovations, either in a full-time, part-time or voluntary capacity.
  • Nominees must be Commonwealth citizens, governments or public sector organisations in Commonwealth countries, private enterprises based in Commonwealth countries or civil society / not-for-profit organisations based in Commonwealth countries.
  • Nominated innovations must be able to demonstrate impact or potential in achieving progress on one or more of the 17 SDGs in a Commonwealth country (or countries).
  • Nominees must be willing to take part in Commonwealth-supported activities and initiatives related to the Commonwealth Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards.

Selection Criteria

The winners will be selected by an independent and eminent panel of judges appraising them on:

  • Level of achievement, impact or demonstrable potential of innovation to advance sustainable development in one or more Commonwealth countries; strategy, business/delivery plan and impact evaluation/results measurement framework
  • Level of innovation/fresh approaches to problem-solving
  • Quality of achievement and impact
  • Quality of the evidence and supporting documentation provided.

How to Apply

Interested applicants for the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards are encouraged to follow the link below;

Click here to Apply

Deadline: 31st January 2021

Competition

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