UNHCR NGO Innovation Award 2020 (A Prize of USD15, 000 for Each Winner)

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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English

Opportunity Description

Background information

Nominations for the UNHCR NGO Innovation Award 2020 are now open. The UNHCR NGO Innovation Award honors the efforts and accomplishments of NGOs who established innovative practices for protection and delivery of services to refugees and other people about whom the UNHCR is concerned.

In 2020, UNHCR will devote the award to Refugee-led Organizations (RLOs). RLOs are defined as those organizations that are either wholly established and led by refugees or have refugees in decision making positions and are active in providing protection and assistance to refugees.

The Award 2020 seeks groundbreaking and creative solutions RLOs have developed in response to COVID-19 at the universal, regional, national, and local levels.

Award brief details

Deadline to nominate: 25 September 2020

Awarding organization: UNHCR

Result announcement: November 2020

Award ceremony: December 2020

Award benefits

The net value of the prize is USD 15,000 for each winner. Besides this, One representative of each winning RLO will receive an invitation to attend an online/in-person award ceremony organized in parallel to UNHCR’s 70th-anniversary celebration in December 2020.

Why this award?

In the time of COVID-19 pandemic as a global health emergency and given that it has negatively impacted the protection and health of peoples of concern across the world causing. For example, loss of access to asylum, freedom of movement, and livelihoods; mounting food insecurity; and risk of sexual and gender-based violence, refugees and other forcibly displaced populations are among some of the most susceptible people affected by the pandemic. Fortunately, in response, creativity and innovation also have thrived.

In this respect, RLOs, working with persons of concern and host communities, have initiated many innovative approaches. For instance, reshaping existing livelihood projects, manufacturing protective equipment, hosting radio slot discussions to disseminate correct information amongst refugees, producing plant-based soaps for distribution, and using medical/psychosocial consultations via accessible messaging tools.

In acknowledgment of these efforts and achievements, UNHCR, via this Award, intends to honor and celebrate the creativity and innovative approaches applied by the RLOs in tackling manifold challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility requirements for nominations of the RLOs

Organizations meeting the following criteria can apply for the aforementioned Award.

  • Be a legally registered non-profit RLO with a bank account.
  • Working with refugees, Internally Displaced Populations (IDPs), the stateless, and host communities in forcefully displaced context.
  • Demonstrable innovative approaches that tackle challenges in the COVID-19 response in an innovative and new manner, highlighting the value of diversity and inclusion.

Award selection criteria

UNHCR will review nominations based on the following criteria:

  • Understanding of the challenge/issue at hand
  • The originality of solution (the solution is novel to the context, or new to the world – product, service, process, or outcome)
  • Inclusivity (who has it involved)
  • Impact and/or initial outcomes/results

How to apply?

Eligible organizations can nominate themselves to the UNHCR 2020 Award by filling out the nomination form and submitting it online.

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