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 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.
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 2018 came from Burundi, Malaysia, Lebanon and the United Kingdom.
The Burundi Initiative for Promoting Rural Health and Integrated Development (IPSDI) addressed the well-being of ‘returnees’ to their ancestral lands, in the provinces of Bubanza and Cibitoke, after fleeing the Hutu-on-Tutsi genocides of 1993. The 2018 judges commended “the local response to local needs of IDP/returnees in a challenging place”.
Health Equity Initiatives, Malaysia, won for its enterprising Kiang Valley-based mental health well-being project that trains selected refugees and asylum seekers as Community Health Workers. The judges applauded a “constructive approach to the often neglected mental health issues among refugees/IDPs and training of health workers”.
Safe Passage, a Citizens UK project in France, Greece, Italy, Belgium and the UK, works across European borders, opening routes to enable refugee children from displacement camps and detention centres to reach safe places where they can lead a full and productive life. The judges said: “It is an important initiative in a politically-resistant, post-Brexit referendum environment”.
Taawon (Welfare Association), Lebanon, won for LIFE: Learn I Inspire I Focus I Engage, a project focused on skills education for Palestinian children refugees struggling against second-class citizenship and exclusion from social, political and economic life. The judges said: “A successful skills education program for the largely excluded Palestinian refugee community struggling – socially, politically and economically – in Lebanon”.