The Guardian: International Development Achievement Award 2013

Deadline: August 5, 2013

Do you know any individual who is making (or has made) a positive difference by contributing to the alleviation of poverty in the lives of others? From health workers to campaigners; community organizers to teachers – Guardian is looking for nominations of your unsung hero of international development to help give them the recognition they deserve. The Guardian International Development Achievement Award 2013 aims to celebrate one individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

Supported by Barclays, the award is designed to honour the unsung heroes of international development; those people whose work is or has made a profound contribution to the alleviation of poverty, working above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference. This contribution can be made either directly through their own work or actions or indirectly as a result of others using their achievements to improve the lives of others (eg Technological inventions or agricultural research).


  • Nominations are welcome for individuals of any nationality and based anywhere in the world, who through achievements in work or in life – have made an exceptional contribution to alleviate poverty in the developing world.

Nominees for the Award will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the nominee’s achievements and actions have helped alleviate poverty, either directly or indirectly
  • The sustainability of their achievements in terms of longevity, legacy and impact
  • The extent to which the nominee’s achievements and actions changed the social situations, public attitudes, structures or policies that may be behind the direct or indirect poverty of the people affected


  • The winner of the Award will be announced in November.
  • The winner will be presented with an award in the country and a film will be made about their work.
  • They will also be featured in a write up that will be published on the Guardian website and in the paper.
  • As well as significantly raising the profile of their work and achievements among their colleagues and peers, the winner will be featured in a special supplement that will appear in the Guardian.

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