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November 10, 2020. EarthSpark International, a non-profit organization committed to expanding access to electricity in Haiti, has won the 2020 OPEC Fund Annual Award for Development. The award was first introduced in 2006 and includes a US$100,000 prize. It recognizes EarthSpark for its innovative solutions to energy access and climate-related projects and for providing outstanding support to rural communities in Haiti. See press release.
Read the EarthSpark story as published in our 2020 4 issue of the OPEC Fund Quarterly.
Prior Annual Award Winners
The 2019 OFID Annual Award for Development was conferred upon Vida Duti, in recognition of her remarkable work in striving for sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for the population of Ghana. Duti, who is Country Director of the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, leads a team of 12 in Ghana. The team’s priority is advocating for greater financial and political support for WASH, while also supporting national government policies, standards and guidelines.
The 2018 OFID Annual Award for Development was conferred upon the Bangladesh-based BRAC. The NGO received the award in recognition of its support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
BRAC has launched the largest civil society response in support of the newly arrived Rohingya refugees. This response is meeting the immediate needs of vulnerable people, while building skills, resilience and awareness that will facilitate their long-term wellbeing as the situation evolves. Read more
aQ´on Jay Program of the Foundation for Integral Development (FUDI) - Guatemala
The aQ´on Jay Program of the Foundation for Integral Development (FUDI) in Guatemala was the winner of 2017 OFID Annual Award for Development. The program received US$100,000 from OFID in support of its efforts to improve maternal and child health and nutrition. Read more
20 year-old Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamel
The 2016 winner was 20 year-old Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamel, a survivor of the September 2014 Mediterranean shipwreck tragedy that claimed almost 500 lives. Doaa’s selection as winner of Award formed part of OFID’s 40th Anniversary dedication to highlight the plight of refugees. The Award was conferred to honor Doaa’s bravery and her determination to draw greater attention to the refugee crisis by sharing her story. Read more
View clip of Doaa's acceptance speech at OFID's Ministerial Council evening event:
Children’s Cancer Hospital (CCHE) receives OFID 2015 Annual Award for Development
CCHE exemplifies excellence, not only within the region, but globally. Located in the historic El Sayeda Zeinab district of Cairo, it was founded through a private initiative, and is one of the largest children’s cancer hospitals in the world. CCHE is charged with caring for paediatric cancer patients free of charge. The hospital is using high-tech solutions to help clinicians provide state-of-the-art care for an estimated 1,500 new paediatric cancer patients each year, with the mission of improving childhood cancer survival rates in Egypt. Read more
Kakenya Center for Excellence, Kenya and Ashesi University, Ghana
The two organisations, Kakenya Center for Excellence (KCE) in Kenya and Ashesi University in Ghana, were selected based on their significant impact on promoting grassroots-level education within their communities, while addressing cross-cutting issues such as women’s empowerment, cultural challenges and leadership. The Award, which comes with a US$100,000 prize, will be divided equally between the two recipients.
The Kakenya Center for Excellence (KCE) in Kenya, which seeks to empower and motivate young girls through education and to break the cycle of destructive cultural practices. Some of these include early marriage and childbirth, and girls’ lack of health education and understanding of their legal rights, particularly with regard to female genital mutilation.
The center was established by women and girls’ rights pioneer Kakenya Ntaiya in 2009, herself directly affected by some of the issues her center is working to alleviate. Since the establishment of the center, hundreds of girls have received life-altering education and leadership training.
The Ashesi University in Ghana, a private, not-for-profit coeducational institution with the mission to educate a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders for Africa. Ashesi is the first university in Ghana to adopt and blend the Liberal Arts method of education with majors in Computer Science, Management Information Systems and Business Administration.
Patrick Awuah is Founder and President of the university, which has gained a reputation for innovation and providing a high-quality education. To date, Ashesi has graduated over 500 students, nearly half of them women. The majority remained in Africa and were able to secure quality employment, thus helping fostering progress across the continent.
Ms Malala Yousafzai was conferred with the 2013 OFID Annual Award for Development in appreciation of her fearless struggle to uphold the right of girls and women in the Swat Valley of Pakistan to receive an education.
Ms Yousafzai, a Pakistani national and activist for education and women’s rights, is the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in history. In 2012, she was shot for speaking out in favor of young women’s right to education. She has received numerous awards including Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize, the Simone de Beauvoir Prize and was featured on Foreign Policy Magazine’s list of top global thinkers.
Palestinian Ex-Detainees Rehabilitation Program (EDRP)
The EDRP of the Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs focuses on the economic and social rehabilitation of former detainees and their reintegration into Palestinian society. OFID's Annual Award was conferred in the organization in recognition of the role the EDRP plays in caring for Ex-Detainees and their families.
The Program has to date provided rehabilitation services directed toward 18,000 prisoners. These services include a College Education facility for Ex-Detainees; Vocational Training Service; Loan Services; Health Insurance; and finally Psychological Counselling to ex-detainees as well as family members to further enable a positive environment for the family nucleus.
Dr Mazen Al-Hajri, Surgeon and Philanthropist
Dr Al-Hajri, a UAE national, is a pioneer in the field of ear, nose and throat medicine. He is particularly well known for his charitable work, and has performed countless cochlear implant operations on Palestinian children, who have suffered hearing damage. Dr Al-Hajri is renowned in the Middle-East healthcare arena and is widely recognized amongst his peers for his dedication in operating on children and training surgeons in Gaza.
The OFID Annual Award for Development carries a prize of US$100,000. Dr Al-Hajri stated that this amount would be donated to conducting surgeries on deaf children in Gaza.
Yéle Haiti Foundation
OFID conferred its 2010 Annual Award for Development on Yele Haiti to help Haitian communities in need after a devastating earthquake struck the country in January 2010.
Bartolina Sisa National Confederation of Peasant Indigenous Native Women of Bolivia.
Bartolina Sisa is a Bolivia-based grassroots organization, which was established in January 1980 and became a confederation in November 2008. Its core activities include: promotion of land ownership rights as a basic principle of sovereignty for the indigenous and rural populations; participation of women in the economic, social and political life of Bolivia; improvement of food security; and reduction of illiteracy in the rural areas. Others are strengthening the economic potential of peasant indigenous women; promotion of organizational capacity and self determination of women. To date, Bartolina Sisa has achieved commendable results in many areas of its work including: education, access to land, rural economy, and empowerment of its target groups – indigenous women.
Professor Muhammad Yunus, Founder and Managing Director of the Grameen Bank
The Grameen bank is a micro finance organization and community development bank established in Bangladesh in 1976. The bank provides micro credit to the impoverished without requiring collateral. Another distinctive feature of the bank’s credit program is that a significant majority of its borrowers are women. The Grameen Bank and its founder, Professor Yunus, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. See press release Professor Yunus gets 2008 OFID Annual Award for Development
Austria branch NGO SOS Children’s Villages International
The award of US$100,000 was conferred in recognition of SOS Children’s Villages’ work with orphaned, abandoned and destitute children in the developing world. The first SOS Children’s Village was founded by Hermann Gmeiner in Tyrol, Austria, in 1949. As a child welfare worker, Gmeiner saw how children orphaned as a result of World War II suffered. He was committed to helping them by building loving families and supportive communities.
Today, SOS Children's Villages International is active in 134 countries and territories around the world, helping hundreds of thousands of children each year through family-based alternative care, schools, health centres, family strengthening programmes, and other community-based work. For more information please go to their website.
Zimbabwe branch of NGO HUMANA People-to-People
Humana began operations as an undertaking, collecting goods and food items from people in Denmark for refugee camps in Mozambique harboring Zimbabwean refugees, who had fled from former northern Rhodesia. Between 1980 and 1985, Humana expanded its efforts to cover other African countries – Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Zambia – as well as Scandinavian and other European countries. Humana is “committed to long-term sustainable development, including all aspects of human life.” In 2005, Humana was restructured. It is now domiciled in Geneva, Switzerland, while the international headquarters is still in Zimbabwe.
Read more about Humana on their website.