Innovation Award: Call for Stories of Empowerment

Deadline: May 14, 2013

Do you have a unique and special story? Is it a story of empowerment?  Well, the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) wants to read it! They are looking to find and bring to scale the most incredible stories on people’s empowerment around the globe. Stories like YOURS!

About the Award

This innovation award represents DSPD’s commitment to the promotion of people’s empowerment and social development globally. It is administered by DSPD as part of its mission to promote more equitable growth, seeks to identify innovative approaches for poverty eradication, social integration, full employment and decent work for all.

UNDESA believes that the major social challenges of our time can be solved only with the full participation of people at all levels of society. So you can nominate yourself, or another person you admire who empowered you and therefore your unique and special story.


  • Once the selection process is completed, the final six winners will be announced on their website.
  • Winners will also receive an award certificate from the United Nations.

How to Submit

To submit your story, please complete the online form following 2 basic rules:

1 – 1.000 words maximum for your written story (in English)
2 – 10 minutes maximum for your recorded video-story (in English or with English subtitles)

Empower yourself and Inspire the World!

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