The ONE Campaign has announced the top 4 finalists for the 2015 One Africa Award cash prize of $100,000. They are, Africa!Ignite of South Africa; Community Link of Uganda; Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN) of Uganda; and The Global Shea Alliance of Ghana.
The 2015 ONE Africa Award winner is expected be announced at a ceremony to be held at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra, today November 20, as part of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Annual Governance Weekend.
The ONE CAMPAIGN has for the last seven years, recognized and promoted the innovative work of Africa-driven and Africa led advocacy efforts of those civil society organizations making on the ground progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the ONE Africa Award.
THE ONE CAMPAIGN is an advocacy organization of more than 3.5 million people who are taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. The campaign, co-founded by Bono and strictly non-partisan, raises public awareness and work with political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs. The ONE Campaign seeks to achieve change through advocacy. They have teams in Washington, D.C., London, Johannesburg, Brussels, Berlin, and Paris educate and lobby governments to shape policy solutions that save and improve millions of lives.
The acting Africa Director at ONE, Nachilala Nkombo, whilst applauding the work of the finalist organisations, and congratulating them had some inspiring words for all the 254 aspirants this year. She said:
The One Campaign proudly support and partner with local civil society organizations, and it is for this reason that the ONE Africa Award was initiated in 2008.
Africa!Ignite – South Africa
Africa!Ignite has created a market for the work of artisans from 60 different craft groups with just over 1,000 crafters where 90% are women, to be sold to major fashion and homewares companies across the globe. Africa!Ignite has paid more than R16 million to rural entrepreneurs since 2008, and in the past two years paid R2 million to rural women crafters.
Community Link – Uganda
Community Link works toward sustainable, self-reliance livelihoods of refugees in Nakivale settlement, known as one of the oldest settlements in Uganda. One such initiative is the creation of an electricity plant that uses a maize milling machine to provide electrical power to 100 surrounding tents/homes in the settlement.
Global Shea Alliance – Ghana
The Global Shea Alliance (GSA) engages all parts of the shea value chain — women's groups, small businesses, suppliers, international food and cosmetic brands, retailers, non-profit organizations, governments and consumers.
Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment – Uganda
Founded in 1992 by a group of women from the forest-dependent community in Rwoho Natural Tropical Forest, SWAGEN’s advocacy activities and negotiations resulted in the Collaborative Forest Management agreement with the Ugandan government.
Previous winners of this prestigious award include Friends Africa of Kenya in 2014; Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) of Tanzania in 2013; Positive-Generation (PG) of Cameroon in 2012; Groupe de Réflexion et d’action, Femme Démocratie et Dévelopement (GF2D) of Togo in 2011; SEND-Ghana of Ghana in 2010; Slums Information Development and Resources Centres (SIDAREC) of Kenya in 2009; and Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS) of Nigeria in 2008.