2014 Winners

Proyecto Mi Huerta - My Garden Project (ARG433-14)

Summary:

For targeting poverty reduction and education in rural communities, focusing on the promotion of rural schools for children and youth. For the agreement and partnership with high technological partners, using advanced and innovative agronomic techniques, which lead to the excellence of the project. For the potential of these rural schools to become centers that transmit synergies to other projects and areas in the country, which shows the potential replicability of the project. For achieving the engagement of the community as well as the involvement of teachers who have become community leaders in the regeneration of the poor areas.

Diebedo Francis Kere (BFA304-14)

Summary:

For the investment in educational local projects, the promotion of local economy and the reduction of poverty through the creation of a new foundation (Charitable Foundation) in his home village which has led to the construction of a new school. For the innovative and creative construction systems locally used which combines vernacular and traditional techniques together with modern engineering solutions. For the use of local resources and materials as well as for promoting the community and local participation in the construction of the school, using the knowledge of local labor force. For the development of sustainable architecture solutions, using passive cooling systems for the ventilation of the building.

National Quality Standards within Institutional Homes for Children without Parental Care (EGY373-14)

Summary:

For being an important step towards the achievement of inclusion and integration of the less privileged children into society. For being a bottom-up initiative that has resulted in the first project in Egypt where the Government adopts and enforces quality standards issued by an NGO. For overcoming the challenges that the organization (Wataneya) had to face, mixing between quick wins and long-term structural changes, which had a direct tangible impact. For being well supported by different stakeholders, which ensure its sustainability, and its future development.

Pontevedra. A Model for the City Centered on People (ESP 344-14)

Summary:

For the improvement of the urban environment which has led to a higher living quality standards of the residents through a transformation based on a local model. For the environmental improvements achieved, reducing air, noise and water pollution, as well as for its physical impact, which led to recover degraded areas and to revitalize the historic centre. For achieving transformation towards an inclusive and integrated city where social, physical, or disability barriers are mitigated or eliminated. For the implemented model towards a sustainable mobility, reducing the vehicular traffic, and shifting towards a walkable, pedestrian and bicycle oriented city. For the focus on public spaces as social and community places as one of the key elements for the urban regeneration of the city. For the process implemented, which explores a bottom-up approach through participation, collaborative assembly, social debates and consensus.

Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative (GHA012-14)

Summary:

For its contribution to achieve sustainability, covering diverse aspects such as mobility, economic development, assistance to the poor, and providing friendly environments through the use of bamboo as a community-based, sustainable and affordable alternative to transportation. For its promotion of inclusiveness and gender equality through the training and recruitment of women. For being an initiative that provides a tool for measuring its impact, incorporating the contribution of its stakeholders as an essential aspect to achieve its goals and objectives of helping people to overcome poverty. For creating innovative world class products.

Women From Guinea Bissau Obtain The Legal Title Of Land They Work (GNB095-14)

Summary:

For being an initiative towards gender equality and social inclusion that demonstrates how it has been possible to shift the practice of women working on land but not owning and controlling it. For being an excellent practice on secure tenure and access to land, empowering 320 women from four villages in the region of Gabú - Sissacunda, Helacunda, Cupuda and Colondito - to obtain the ownership of the land they work, becoming owners of their own future. For the positive and tangible impact on improving the livelihood of these women and their families through their access and rights to control and own land. For being a sustainable and efficient proposal that create jobs, eradicates poverty, promotes social integration and reduces exclusion.

Tracing Public Space (been developed through field work in India, Venezuela and the USA) (IND258-14)

Summary:

For the demonstrated creation of effective tools that allow non-technical people and residents of the community including children, to learn methods of observation, identification, planning and design of public spaces. For the highlighted people-centered participatory approach through community empowerment, that aims to achieve a sustainable urban transformation helping to reduce urban poverty. For the significant impact on improving the living environment of urban dwellers, making a city more inclusive, safe and productive. For offering tools to the community to identify and trace potential public spaces, whichthey can advocate for with the relevant agencies or authorities.

Menos Basura, Más Ambiente (Less Garbage, more Environment) (ARG479-14)

Summary:

For being an excellent contribution to the implementation of operational tools that help to minimize flood risk. For the improvement of the quality of life of the informal communities as well as their socio-environmental conditions. For the economic, social and environmental impact of eliminating the garbage, which minimizes the existence of diseases and risk of flooding. For being an outstanding contribution to the social regeneration and inclusion of the communities. For considering the empowerment of the local inhabitants of the communities, which helps to coordinate joint actions between public authorities and the organized communities. For the clear structure, the analytical methodology and the quantitative methods used than can be replicable in other cases.

Kibera Productive Public Space Project (KEN052-14)

Summary:

For the social impact of the project, which shows an outstanding number of beneficiaries who received clean water, decent sanitation, safe spaces, healthy food, basic amenities, and above all for the provision of new schools. For the reflection of a comprehensive and inclusive participatory process. For the innovative change in the production and consumption patterns as well as in the technology applied. For the project methodology and process which is a model that could be easily replicated in other contexts worldwide. For the efficient, transparent and accountable management systems proposed, that makes more effective use of human, technical, financial and natural resources.

Community Based Ecotourism in Chi Phat, Cambodia (KHM008-14)

Summary:

For demonstrating an excellent community and environmental approach based on community and not on commercial tourism. For encouraging sustainable development in communities encountering poverty. For its environmental 'dependence' approach based on the proposal of getting income without destroying the environment. For keeping the identity and memory of the place transforming the territory and its history into an asset. For the participatory process involving both the community and technicians, which was developed from the first stage of market analysis and identification of assets, to the design of viable products, services and activities. For the involvement and integration of the community in the implementation and the development of the project.

Solar Cookers (NIC469-14)

Summary:

For being a socio-environmental project, as it involves various women in communities and educates them on topics concerning health, environment, economy, hygiene, as well as on teamwork. For enabling woman to generate their own income, by making and selling food, and empowering them to share their knowledge on environmental issues with others. For demonstrating a positive and tangible impact on improving the living environment of people, particularly the poor and disadvantaged. For showing the potential impact resulting from the transfer of ideas, skills, processes, knowledge and technology. For the potential for adaptability and replicability, as well as for the leadership in inspiring action and change in policies.