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The Zayed Sustainability Prize: 3 Million Dollar Prize Fund For Five Categories – 20by2020

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27 January 2020: Zayed Sustainability Prize opens submissions for 2021 edition. Following the recent celebration of the 10 winners of the 2020 awards during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the Zayed Sustainability Prize has today officially announced that its submissions process for the 2021 edition is now open.

Accepting entries from today until May 21st, 2020, via its online portal, the UAE’s pioneering global award for rewarding impact, innovation, and inspiration – across five sustainability categories – saw a record-breaking number of submissions last year, with 2,373 entries received from 129 countries.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the 2021 awards cycle, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Director General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said: “With a 12-year record of recognizing and rewarding excellent solutions, we are confident the Prize will continue to attract more of the world’s most dedicated innovators to submit their entries, in support of resolving the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.”

“Inspired by Sheikh Zayed’s legacy of commitment to global sustainability and humanitarianism, the Prize also aligns with the emphasis our leadership has given this year to planning, preparing and finding solutions for the next 50 years,” he added.

Now entering its 13th submissions cycle, the Prize has already rewarded a total of 86 winners whose solutions or school projects have, directly and indirectly, positively transformed the lives of 335 million people, around the world.

The Prize’s US$3 million annual fund rewards winners US$600,000 in each category; the Global High Schools category is split into six world region winners, with each school able to claim up to US$100,000 to start or augment their project in their local communities. The Global High Schools category was introduced to the Prize in 2012, in recognition that to empower and enhance communities of the future, the next generation of sustainability leaders need to be engaged at the school level – today.

While the scope of the submissions vary, core elements of each entry lie in the innovative ways in which technology, applications and solutions are driving positive transformation of people’s lives. For the Health, Food, Energy, and Water categories, organisations should demonstrate that they are improving access to essential products or services and have a long-term vision for improved living and working conditions. Many technological-based solutions often integrate with impactful long-term programmes and mechanisms like practical skills training, social entrepreneurialism, and gender empowerment.

The Zayed Sustainability Prize has a three-stage evaluation process, beginning with the due diligence conducted by an independent research and analysis consultancy. This identifies the qualified entries and results in the selection of shortlisted candidates. Following this, evaluations are undertaken by a Selection Committee consisting of category-specific panels of independent international experts. From this shortlist of candidates, the finalists are chosen and then sent to the Prize Jury who select the winners, across all five categories.

The evaluation for the Health, Food, Energy and Water categories focus on three core criteria: Impact, Innovation, and Inspiration.

For ‘Impact’, submissions must demonstrate improved quality of human lives in a social, economic, technological, infrastructural, or environmental capacity. For ‘Innovation’, candidates should show a clear and unique value proposition, be disruptive or transformative, technically and commercially viable, and have been adopted in at least one market.

The ‘Inspiration’ criterion requires organisations to demonstrate shared values with Sheikh Zayed’s sustainability approach, have the potential to influence behaviour and actions in the wider community, and encourage others to develop complementary solutions for the advancement of sustainable and human development.

For the Global High Schools category, their projects should be designed to be student–led, with emphasis placed on the students be actively involved in the planning, implementation, and monitoring processes. Similar to the other categories, projects should demonstrate innovative approaches that will also be impactful and inspirational to others. The six world regions of the Global High Schools category are: The Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Europe & Central Asia, South Asia, and East Asia & Pacific.

Winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize 2021 will be announced at the annual awards ceremony held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, in January 2021.

14 January 2020: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, presented awards to the 10 winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize with the participation of a number of world leaders, at the Prize’s annual awards ceremony, coinciding with the start of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

Now in its 12th edition, the annual US$3 million Prize is the UAE’s pioneering sustainability award for recognising innovative, impactful and inspirational solutions of small to medium-sized companies (SMEs), non-profit organisations (NPOs), and high schools. Evolving from its previous focus on energy-related solutions, in 2018, this was the second year in which the Prize offered awards across a wider scope of five categories in: Health, Food, Energy Water, and Global High Schools.

Speaking ahead of the awards ceremony, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said: “Each year, the Zayed Sustainability Prize marks new achievements on its global mission to reward innovation and impact in areas of sustainability and humanitarianism. In this milestone year of strategic preparation towards the UAE’s next 50, we take inspiration from our shared commitment to honouring the vision of our founding father, Sheikh Zayed, who laid out the blueprint for a sustainable future. We look forward to further building on the Prize’s incredible global impact, so it may continue to transform millions of more lives for many years to come.”

H.H. added: “The UAE, under the leadership of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, continues to reinforce sustainability through a number of programs and initiatives  such as the Zayed Sustainability Prize, which gains momentum every year in light of its impact and key role in serving communities and spreading the UAE’s message of giving.”

In congratulating the winners, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed highlighted the importance of encouraging the next generation of pioneers and innovators to be sustainability champions and the significant role they will play in advancing their impact on socio-cultural and economic development. His Highness also praised the level of sophistication some of the projects display and the long-term impact that will have on a worldwide, as well as local, community level.

H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed congratulated winners and presented awards across the Prize’s five categories; the Global High Schools category being split into six world region winners. The event was attended by various heads of state, ministers and other senior-level dignitaries from the UAE and abroad, in addition to past winners, beneficiaries and 2020 finalists.

In the Health Category, Sweden’s GLOBHE received the award for its drone-based services and proprietary global drone data platform for helping in health disaster prevention and response. With over 3,600 drone pilots, in 48 countries, connected to automatic data analysis platforms, using Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), the solution has impacted 100,000 people through intervention of governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) by addressing cholera and malaria epidemics, in Malawi and Lake Victoria.

Okuafo Foundation was the Ghana-based winner in the Food Category and was recognised for its smartphone application that utilises A.I., machine learning (ML) and data analytics to predict and detect crop diseases and infestations and offers recommended solutions, based on scientific knowledge, in real-time. The application has allowed farmers to reduce expenses on crop pesticides and increase crop productivity and harvests by up to 50 per cent, thereby increasing their profits and disposable income.

In the Prize’s Energy Category, the 2020 winner was Electricians Without Borders (EWB). The international non-profit aid agency was recognised for its provision of high-quality solar equipment to refugee campsites and providing training to refugees to repair the equipment, thereby ensuring long-term access to electricity and resolving social issues such as safety concerns. To date, their innovative approach has impacted 8,000 lives in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the world’s largest refugee camp, who have benefitted from safe and sustainable lighting, leading to less crime, as well as spaces to rebuild their social and community life. Across its global operations, 50,000 people in 38 countries, have benefitted from 129 ongoing projects, providing over one million beneficiaries with improved access to electricity and water.

Ceres Imaging, from the USA, was this year’s winner in the Water category and was recognised for its proprietary spectral imaging sensors and A.I.-based analytics to optimise water use in agriculture. Ceres Imaging’s data-driven technologies have enabled more efficient irrigation practices and provision of enough water to satisfy the thirst and hunger of a growing global population. Ceres Imaging is presently serving approximately 1,000,000 acres of land, in the US and Australia.

Chair of the Zayed Sustainability Prize Jury and former President of the Republic of Iceland, H.E. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, said: “Each year, the winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize continue to surprise and captivate us with innovative contributions that will positively transform some of the world’s most disadvantaged areas and vulnerable communities. They are an inspiration to people, young and old, and are absolutely key to delivering on the sustainable development priorities that affect us all.”

H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Director-General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said: “We highly value the vision and directives of the UAE’s wise leadership which has been integral to the Prize’s success and objectives, while supporting the sustainability vision of the late Sheikh Zayed. I congratulate all the winners of this year’s awards for taking part in one of the most competitive awards cycles the Prize has seen, to date.”

His Excellency continued: “The objectives of the Prize continue to resonate with a whole new generation of pioneering innovators and future sustainability leaders, having already impacted 335 million people worldwide, directly or indirectly, adding that the Zayed Sustainability Prize also seeks to amplify the impact even further through initiatives such as the recently announced ‘20by2020’, which will apply sustainability solutions developed by winners and finalists’ to vulnerable communities in 20 countries by the end of this year.”

In the Global High Schools category, six schools, each representing a world region, receive an award and high schools submit project proposals to build or augment a solution they have developed for their school or local community. The objective of this category, introduced to the Prize in 2012, is to inspire the young people to become pioneers, innovators and sustainability advocates who will contribute to a more sustainable future.

The recipients of the 2020 awards were: Air Batalla (Colombia), representing The Americas; Hakimi Aliyu Day Secondary (Nigeria), representing Sub-Saharan Africa; Al Amal Junior High School (Morocco), representing the Middle East & North Africa region; United World College – Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina), representing Europe & Central Asia; Bloom Nepal School (Nepal), representing South Asia; and Eutan Tarawa Ieta Junior Secondary School (Kiribati), representing East Asia & Pacific.

The Prize format allows for organisations to submit solutions that have affected communities or nations they serve, with the Health, Food, Energy and Water Category winners each claiming a US$600,000 prize fund. The Global High Schools category encourages entries by student-led sustainability projects they would like to implement for either their school or their surrounding communities.

20 December 2019: Inspired by the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, 20by2020 is an initiative championing the sustainability and humanitarian values of the UAE’s founding father. From its launch, in December 2019, the initiative will oversee the donation of innovative sustainability solutions and technologies to disadvantaged communities, in 20 countries, by the end of 2020.

With partners Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Abu Dhabi Global Market, Mubadala Petroleum, Year of Tolerance and Masdar, along with winners and finalists of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, the initiative seeks to foster an environment of stability and empowerment within all communities where donation activities occur.

As the UAE’s pioneering annual global award for recognising organisations and high schools for their innovative, inspirational and impactful solutions, the Zayed Sustainability Prize’s 20by2020 initiative is also guided on its mission by the UAE’s Year of Tolerance. In 2019, the UAE united in celebration of Sheikh Zayed’s values of inclusiveness and compassion – championing aid to the people of all nations, creeds, and cultures.

20by2020 is a natural extension of the Zayed Sustainability Prize’s ongoing commitment to work with its winners and finalists, by continuing to support their goals and allowing their solutions to reach a much wider number of people, around the globe.

31 January 2019: The Zayed Sustainability Prize submissions for the 2020 edition are open. The UAE’s pioneering global award for rewarding innovation, impact and inspiration in sustainable development solutions has announced that, from 30th January to 30th May, it will be inviting organisations and schools to submit their entries in one of its five categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools.

Winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020 will be announced at the annual awards ceremony held during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, in January next year.

15 January 2019: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, alongside leaders and representatives from the winners’ countries, presented awards to the 10 winners of the 2019 Zayed Sustainability Prize at the annual awards ceremony.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed congratulated the winners and praised their efforts and valuable contribution to support sustainable development. He encouraged them to keep up the good work to find innovative and sustainable solutions to address current and future global challenges. He also praised their creative ideas and efforts that have contributed to the economic and social development of their countries and regions.

Sheikh Mohamed handed the prizes to 10 winners across the categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools, which was held within Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW.

In the Health category, ‘We Care Solar‘ received the award for its Solar Suitcase, a portable maternity device to assist with childbirth and related medical services in off-grid rural areas. The unit brings together light, fetal monitoring and communications equipment and has already helped 1.8 million people by assisting doctors, midwives and medical professionals by providing emergency obstetric care across 3,325 health facilities in 27 African countries.

Sanku, the winner in the Food category, was recognised for its flour fortification machines that equip and incentivise small-scale, local millers to fortify their flour with nutrients using innovative technology. Sanku has currently installed 150 fortification machines in flourmills across five East African countries, impacting the lives of almost one million people daily by providing them safer and healthier food sources.

In the Prize’s Energy category, BBOXX, an energy solutions provider, was recognised for its plug-and-play solar device, offering users an on-grid experience in an off-grid setting. BBOXX has installed over 160,000 solar home systems across Africa, South America and the Pacific region, connecting over 675,000 people with clean, affordable energy solutions, and offsetting an approximate 87,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

ECOSOFTT, the winner in the Water category, was awarded for its decentralised community water management standard, which outlines a set of solutions for source management, water use, water recycling and discharge. It has implemented over 50 projects in five countries and provided more than 200,000 people access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

The Global High Schools category, which was introduced in 2012, expanded this year from five to six schools, with each representing a specific world region. Participating schools submitted a project proposal that addressed one or more of the four sustainability challenges: Health, Food, Energy or Water. The recipients of the 2019 Global High Schools category were: The Impact School (Guatemala), representing The Americas; Gymnasium Goethe (Tajikistan), representing Europe & Central Asia; American School of Dubai (UAE), representing the Middle East and North Africa region; African Leadership Academy (South Africa), representing Sub-Saharan Africa; SECMOL (India), representing South Asia; and Muntinlupa National High School (The Philippines), representing East Asia & Pacific.

21 July 2018: The Zayed Sustainability Prize is a tribute to the legacy of the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – a visionary champion of environmental stewardship and global sustainability.

This annual award celebrates achievements that are driving impact, innovation and inspiration across five distinct categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools.

Submit your entry today and join a growing community of innovators who are expanding the possibilities for a sustainable future. Deadline August 9 2018.

The Prize fund is distributed among the categories as per the following breakdown: Health US$ 600,000 – Food US$ 600,000 – Energy US$ 600,000 – Water US$ 600,000 – Global High Schools US$ 600,000 divided amongst 6 Global High Schools in 6 different regions (The Americas, Europe & Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia & Pacific, South Asia and MENA), awarding each up to US$100,000.

The Zayed Sustainability Prize will see a three-stage evaluation process, beginning with the due diligence that is conducted by a reputed international research and analysis consultancy. Following this, the shortlisted entries will undergo evaluations by a Selection Committee to determine the finalists. From these finalists, a Jury will select the winners in all five categories, including the winning schools from six world regions.

The deliberations on who wins the Zayed Sustainability Prize are set against three core criteria where entrants must demonstrate: Impact: Significant and tangible outcomes on the quality of people’s lives. Innovation: Distinctive characteristics to change the “status quo” and potential to catalyse opportunities that will have a disruptive positive impact and transformative change. Inspiration: The potential to scale up project outcomes in the next decade and the ability to inspire others.

Winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize will be announced at the awards ceremony during the opening of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, on Monday 14th January 2019.

See also: Zayed Future Energy Prize 2018: Celebrating 10 Years of Zayed Future Energy Prize #ZFEPTurns10

7 Reacties

  1. Erik van Erne zegt:

    28 juli 2018 om 17:57 | Permalink

    Sir Richard Branson Encourages Organisations To Enter The Zayed Sustainability Prize

    Recognising and celebrating social enterprises, small and medium size businesses and NGOs, #ZSP and Sir Richard Branson invite you to submit your innovative sustainable solutions by August 9th in the areas of health, food, water and energy to help drive a global humanitarian impact.

  2. Erik van Erne zegt:

    29 augustus 2018 om 19:19 | Permalink

    The Zayed Sustainability Prize: A Global Award Recognising Sustainability

  3. Erik van Erne zegt:

    3 februari 2019 om 16:14 | Permalink

    Zayed Sustainability Prize: Calling Global Sustainability Innovators

    Do you have a solution that can transform our world? The Zayed Sustainability Prize are looking for initiatives and projects across Health, Food, Energy, Water or Global High Schools.

  4. Erik van Erne zegt:

    5 februari 2019 om 16:45 | Permalink

    Zayed Sustainability Prize 2019 Health Winner: We Care Solar

    Creators of the Solar Suitcase, a portable device tailored for childbirth and related medical services.

  5. Erik van Erne zegt:

    5 februari 2019 om 16:47 | Permalink

    Zayed Sustainability Prize 2019 Food Winner: SANKU

    Provides innovative flour fortification machines that improve lives of communities vulnerable to malnutrition.

  6. Erik van Erne zegt:

    5 februari 2019 om 16:48 | Permalink

    Zayed Sustainability Prize 2019 Energy Winner: BBOXX

    A plug and play solar home system providing access to clean and affordable energy.

  7. Erik van Erne zegt:

    5 februari 2019 om 16:50 | Permalink

    Zayed Sustainability Prize 2019 Water Winner: ECOSOFTT

    A decentralised, community water management standard with solutions that provide access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

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