Application Deadline: November 30, 2018
Entries invited for the 2019 Ockenden International Prizes for successful self-reliance refugee projects
Ockenden International has launched its seventh annual quest to find and reward the most effective self-reliance projects for refugees and/or internally displaced people.
The GBP100,000 prize will be shared equally by four winners who will each receive GBP25,000 to extend their endeavours.
The cash prizes recognize and reward innovative work that promotes self-reliance among refugees and/or internally displaced people (IDPs) anywhere in the world – a distinguishing feature of Ockenden International since its inception in 1951.
Submissions for the £25,000 prizes are sought from non-profit organisations, which can also elect to nominate a project by a non-profit partner or affiliated organisation. There are no geographical limits on the locations of submitted projects, which can also be led by – or have a high level of participation from – displaced people themselves.
Prizes will be awarded to projects that promote self-reliance among refugees and/or displaced people. ‘Self-reliance’ is understood broadly and may include projects for education, legal assistance, livelihoods or any other programmes that help displaced people build stable, independent lives.
- The project should be the focus of the entry. All entries should be made via the online Entry Form and in English. If you do not have access to the internet, download the .pdf version of the Entry Form, print, fill and post it to the address below to be received by November 30, 2018.
- Organisations may submit one entry only in each prize year. Unsuccessful organisations are welcome to reapply in future years.
- The project must benefit refugees and/or displaced people with a strong emphasis on promoting self-reliance. The primary focus of the project must be helping refugees and/or displaced people in need, rather than this being an ancillary benefit.
- The organisation must be able to show that the project has been effective with measurable evidence of project outcomes leading to independence for refugees and/or displaced people.
- The project submitted must have started no earlier than 1 September 2015 (i.e. no more than 36 months before the opening date for the current year’s entries).
- Organisations must have high standards of financial and administrative governance. Organisations must include a copy of their latest audited, abbreviated accounts with their application. Where audited accounts are not available, entrants should provide other evidence of sound financial governance.
- Organisations may be asked to provide references or other evidence of the project and their financial and administrative governance during the short-listing process. This may include due diligence on bank accounts nominated by entrants for the receipt of prize money.
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 detailed in the Judging Criteria.
Deadline for entries is midnight (GMT) on November 30, 2018, with the four winners to be announced by March 31, 2019.
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