Last Friday at the Partos Innovation Festival the spotlights were on all finalists of the Awards. Congratulations to the winners of the NOW-Us!, Best Innovation for Development and Best Humanitarian Innovation Awards. All winners did great and impressed the jury as well as the audience with an inspiring passion for their projects. Of course, we also congratulate all other nominees whose projects contribute to a world of equity and inclusivity for all.
The NOthing about us, Without Us! Award
For this Award, the Spindle teamed up – once again – with grant facility Voice. The award honours target-led, bottom-up and inclusive initiatives from all over the world. For the participating organisations, the award gives the opportunity to join a whole week full of workshops and network opportunities as well as a financial boost to extend their projects. After their last five-minute pitch in the semi-finals last Wednesday, three teams were nominated for the last round.
The winner of the award is …
WADADIA, Voices of Hope and Action: A fistula survivor’s movement. This Kenyan initiative of Women and Development against Distress in Africa empowers Fistula survivors and advocates for their health, rights & socio-economic wellbeing. With their initiative they won the NOW-Us! Award and a grant of €25.000!
With their project, they break the vicious circle of lacking care for Fistula patients and survivors. On their account, an increasing number of dis-empowered and marginalized women have renewed hope in life.
The second place in this category (a grant of €15.000) goes to … Jyothirgamaya Foundation, ”Empowering the blind in all spheres of life”, With the target-led initiative they seek to create an inclusive conducive barrier-free environment for the blind in Kerala, India, through need-based individualized training in access technology.
Finally, the third price (€10.000) goes to … Coalition Anti SIDA, Ca nous Concerne Tous. This initiative from Mali fights for the promotion and defence of the LGBTQI Community’s Human Rights and against AIDS by providing knowledge and skills.
Award for Best Innovation for Development
With this next award, the Spindle rewards the best innovative concepts in the field of international development. After selecting the ten best innovations from all over the world, the jury awarded the following three initiatives:
The winner of this award is …
Infiuss. With their online blood bank and digital supply platform hospitals and patients in Cameroon are supplied with quick access to blood. With their simple but effective innovation, rapid provision of blood in emergencies have already saved many lives. As acceleration and support of their initiative
The second place (a grant of €10.000) goes to .., Right2Change 2.0, Chance for Childhood. With their innovative of legal aid, education & training, psychosocial support and microfinance, widespread child abuse is addressed and tackled. As positive effect juvenile crime decreases and inter-community cohesion improves.
The third price (a grant of €5.000) is won by Solar Freeze. This Kenyan project’s targets youth and women in transforming rural agriculture into income-generating ventures improving employment, food security and mitigating malnutrition.
Award for Best Humanitarian Innovation
In collaboration with DCHI, The Spindle searched for life-saving or -improving innovations that help the most vulnerable people impacted by humanitarian or natural crises.
The winner of this category is …
The Maggie Shelter. This program from Belgium addresses the needs of displaced people. Designed for when and where fixed structures are not permitted, practical or desired. The Maggie is a sturdy, highly-insulated, sustainable shelter that is adaptable to all climates. A temporary shelter with the benefits of a building.
As price, they received the DCHI Award and an Innovation Support Premium Package (valued at €8.000).