Guardian launches international development achievement award

Published on The Guardian, June 16, 2011.

Now in its third year, the award exists to celebrate individuals who do amazing work in global development. It’s your chance to nominate someone whose achievements deserve to be shouted from the rooftops.

Everyone involved in global development has met someone whose work has been inspirational. Who has overcome what seem like impossible circumstances to improve the lives of those around them.

The Guardian International Development Achievement Award 2011, which is launched on Wednesday, exists to celebrate these individuals and the amazing work they do. We are asking everyone involved in development – from NGOs to service users, institutions to students – to nominate someone who has made a significant contribution to alleviating poverty in the developing world. 

Now in its third year, this award is your chance to highlight someone whose achievements deserve to be shouted from the rooftops, but whose work has not had sufficient recognition.

These are people who are working above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Their contribution towards alleviating poverty can be direct – through their own work or activities – or indirect, as a result of others using their achievements to improve their lives (such as research or inventions). They may be making this contribution through their paid work, or through volunteering.

The achievement award is run by the Guardian in association with Marie Stopes International (MSI) and is sponsored by MSI, Barclays and GSK. It runs in conjunction with the Guardian’s International Development Journalism Competition. Whereas the journalism competition is about reporting on some great projects, the achievement award focuses on the projects themselves, and the people behind them … //

… For more information, and to nominate someone whose work inspires you, visit the website. (full text).


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