By Abdul Rahman Suagibu –
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, Freetown, Sierra Leone- Applications for the ONE Africa Award are now open. The clarion call for applications will juggle a pattern continuously from 21 November 2019 and close on 31 January 2020.
Africa-led, Africa-driven organizations have the opportunity to submit their applications for consideration for the Award. The Award honors outstanding contributions by African based organizations leading the fight against poverty and preventable disease on the continent. Since it’s now in the eleventh edition, The ONE Africa Award fetes African efforts aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world’s road map for a better future. SDG targets range from dichotomizing poverty to freeze the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. The 2019 ONE Africa Award will recognize Africa-driven and Africa-led advocacy efforts that have demonstrated success at the community, national or regional level. The award recognizes, rewards and advances the exceptional work of organizations founded by Africans and based in Africa, dedicated to advancing development goals in Africa. The $100,000 award will recognize innovative African initiatives to fight extreme poverty and incentivize more of such efforts.
This 2019 ONE Award is very important as it comes decades before the conclusion of the SDG’s, a time when world leaders must prepare to make bold commitments in order to access the seventeen development goals set out by the SDGs. Previous winners include Dext technology from Ghana (2018), Connected Development from Nigeria (2016), and Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment, Uganda (2015).
ONE in Africa Interim Executive Director, Edwin Ikhoria said: “The people at the frontlines on the war to eradicate extreme poverty and preventable disease are community based organizations thriving to better their society. The ONE Africa Award is a platform which recognizes those life changing efforts. We are pleased to open application for the 2019 ONE Africa Award, we encourage all African-based and led organizations from across Africa to showcase their work by applying and in doing so, standing a chance to win the $100 000 grand prize. ”
For New Africa Business News Abdul Rahman Suagibu Reports, Africa Correspondent