2017 Ockenden International Prize For Projects Supporting Refugees & Displaced People

2017 Ockenden International Prize For Projects Supporting Refugees & Displaced People

Deadline: August 31, 2016

Submissions are invited for the 2017 Ockenden International Prize. Ockenden International Prize rewards projects and programmes that excel in developing independence for refugees and internally displaced people – anywhere in the world. Objectives of the Prize include highlighting the challenges faced by displaced people, raising awareness of their range of needs, and providing reward and recognition for those giving outstanding support.


  • Applicants must be registered as a charity with the appropriate national authority.
  • Entrants can apply on their own organisation’s behalf or nominate a non-profit partner or affiliated organisation.


  • The winner receives $US100,000.
  • Two runners-up each win $US25,000

Judging Criteria

The judges will, in particular, look for:

  • Initiatives that promote self-reliance among refugees and/or displaced people.
  • Approaches that have proved to be highly effective in improving the lives of refugees and/or displaced people.
  • Work which has been carried out in especially difficult circumstances.
  • Share experience and learning about what works, leading to real change in the lives of refugees and displaced people.
  • Measurable self-reliance/evidence of outcomes.
  • Organisations with strong governance and financial management.

Entry Rules

  • Applicants must be financially sound with high standards of governance.
  • Applicants must include a copy of their organisation’s most recent accounts with their application and also, if nominating a partner or affiliate, a copy of that organisation’s most recent accounts.
  • All applications should be made via the online Entry Form.
  • Applicants may submit one entry only in each prize year.
  • Submissions must be in English.
  • The project, programme or activity (referred to as the ‘project’) is the focus of the application.
  • The project submitted must benefit refugees or displaced people.
  • The project submitted must have been initiated no earlier than June 1, 2013 (i.e. no more than 36 months before the opening date for the current year’s applications).
  • Helping refugees and/or displaced people must be the prime focus of the project rather than an ancillary benefit and there must be a strong emphasis on promoting self-reliance.
  • The applicant must be able to show that there have been measurable achievements and outcomes leading to real change in the lives of those helped.
  • Where possible evidence of independent external evaluation should be provided. Shortlisted applicants will be required to provide further evidence of their, and any nominee’s, financial and governance status to advance to the final round of judging, during which there will be an examination of both, as well as the project outcomes.

How to Apply

Complete and submit application form.

For registered charities without access to the Internet, postal entries will be considered. If required, download the .pdf version of the Entry Form. Print and fill out the form in block letters and mail it, along with the requested documentation by the closing date, to:

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