Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards 2016 Winners

The winners of the 2016 Innovation Awards were publicly announced at a ceremony held on 28 April, as part of International Civil Society Week (ICSW), which was hosted by CIVICUS, in collaboration with the Confederación Colombiana de ONG, from 25 to 28 April, 2016, in Bogotá, Colombia.

We are very proud to reveal them here. Congratulations to the winners and to everybody who participated!

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Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards 2016 Shortlist

From over 360 submissions from around the world, we are pleased to announce the shortlisted five candidates in each category. Achieving a shortlist was very challenging due to the high standard and exciting work of the nominees. Congratulations to shortlisted candidates, and to all the nominees, for the inspiring work you do.

In this second phase, to determine the winner of each category, judges will take note of comments from the public, posted by 12:30 PM GMT on Wed 24 Feb, about why each of these candidates should win – based on innovation, impact, and challenges overcome. Please use this opportunity to comment on and share your favourite nominees using the social media plugins at the bottom of the nominees’ pages. We’ll be featuring shortlisted candidates through our social media channels in the next week.

Winners will be contacted privately by the end of February and publicly announced at International Civil Society Week in Bogotá, Colombia, which takes place from 25-28 April 2016.

Youth Activist Shortlist

David Morfaw
Poult vault barter scheme seeks to make access to better quality education easy for rural…
Sunday January 17
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Felix Manyogote
In Jan 2015 Felix Manyogote launched an initiative called Youth Against Barriers. This non–profit peace…
Sunday December 27
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Natasha Annie Tonthola
There is approximately over 4 million school going girls between the ages of 6– 20…
Sunday January 17
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Smriti Nagpal
Smriti was born in a family, with two elder siblings who are deaf and mute.…
Friday January 15
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Individual Activist Shortlist

Bandula Sri Kumara Weerasinghe
Sri Lanka is multi ethnic, religious & cultural. It's the same in the Kegalle district.…
Sunday January 17
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Muhammad Zia ur Rehman
The campaign aimed at improving participation of young people in civic and democratic processes to…
Sunday January 17
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Philip Obaji Jr.
Backed by a movement of thousands of people, 1 GAME achieves change through advocacy. It…
Friday December 11
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Tabassum Adnan
Tabassum Adnan and the ‘Khwendo Jirga’ “We’re fed up with male-only Jirgas which decide in…
Monday December 21
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Venuste Kubwimana
Eastern Nairobi slums have deep-rooted unemployment and security issues due to the growing sense of…
Saturday December 05
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Civil Society Organisation Shortlist

Apps and Girls
To bridge the Tech gender gap in Tanzania by empowering young girls aged between 10-18…
Sunday January 17
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EduVision Foundation
Nepal is full of litter so a campaign was designed to tackle the problem. The…
Friday December 18
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Insan Dost Association
The campaign is based on working for democracy and human rights in order to shape…
Saturday December 05
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Northernews WIRE
Putting the power to report in the hands of its citizens with the creation of…
Wednesday December 09
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Sierra Leone Medical Students' Association (SLeMSA)
KickEbolaOut campaign, is a global medical student led initiative in the fight against the Ebola…
Sunday January 17
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Brave Philanthropy Shortlist

Ellen Dorsey & 140 Foundations of Divest-Invest Philanthropy
Drawing on a core innovation of the anti-Apartheid era, Divest-Invest calls on foundations to fight…
Saturday January 23
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FIZA FARHAN
In Pakistan, 44% of 190m population are being deprived of their right to basic infrastructure,…
Wednesday December 23
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Modern Times Group MTG
Around the world, there are smart, brave and passionate individuals, local heroes with innovative ideas…
Sunday January 17
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Red Umbrella Fund
Founded in 2012, the Red Umbrella Fund is the first global sex worker-led funding institution…
Friday January 22
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Sanna Ejaz
Pakhtun and other tribal communities who are strictly following their code of life for keeping…
Monday January 18
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