It’s time to level the playing field. From solar energy to the internet, safe water to recycling, be inspired by those who are working to transform the lives of communities through reliable service provisions. Their innovations make a difference everywhere from urban areas to refugee settlements.
Barefoot College trains illiterate and semi-literate women to become solar engineers, empowering them to bring electricity and education to their villages.Barefoot College website
UNICEF's drones deliver vital medical supplies in a matter of minutes to remote communities through humanitarian drone corridors.UNICEF website
Evidence Action installs and maintains chlorine dispensers, delivering access to safe water to 4 million residents of rural, Sub-Saharan Africa.Evidence Action website
Jangala’s Big Box is a lightweight, briefcase-sized device that transforms any form of internet connectivity into Wi-Fi that is easy to manage and scale, from tens to thousands of users.Jangala website
WADI is a UV-measurement device that indicates when the UV radiation of the sun has made contaminated water in PET-bottles safe to drink.HELIOZ website
New Story’s 3-D printed homes are designed around schools and play areas, stand the test of time and disaster, and provide a safe, clean space for families.New Story website
Sanergy’s affordable sanitation products are franchised to community members who professionally collect waste from slums and then convert it into organic fertiliser and insect based animal feed.Sanergy website
Angaza’s solar lighting systems and solar water pumps make it affordable to power rural, off-grid homes around the world through flexible payment plans using pay-as-you-go technology platforms.Angaza website
SOIL’s EkoLakay programme turns waste into rich, organic compost by providing cost-effective household sanitation collection services in some of the most impoverished urban communities in Haiti.SOIL website
By subsidising the cost with revenue from the sale of carbon credits, Instituto Perene has enabled 26,000+ people across 491 communities to make meals using efficient cookstoves.Instituto Perene website
The programme focuses on five areas that are in line with a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Our jury selected 25 projects from 1,175 submissions to our Global Call for proposals. We have also handpicked 25 Untold Stories from around the world, which spotlight community initiatives and stories of impactful solutions for people and the planet.
Quality access to basic services including clean water, sanitation, waste management and electricity in challenging environments such as post-disaster communities, emergency situations and refugee settlements.
Promoting alternative employment and income opportunities, women in the workplace, competitive products and services, and improved market access.
Access to reliable and affordable healthcare, education systems and delivery.
Protecting human, economic and natural assets, through the adoption and implementation of resilience measures.
Smarter consumption and resource management to better meet increasing water, food and energy requirements for a growing global population.