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iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE 2019 supported by projects

First Round iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE : Five Social Programs are selected

From new hopes for refugees to bee-keeping for a better future in or a self-organized wildlife conservancy: This year’s iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE supported projects help right there where help and new visions with creative solutions are needed.

We are happy and proud to announce the winners of the first round of the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE: Nashulai Massai Conservancy (Kenya), Desert Flower Foundation (Austria), Echo100Plus (Greece), APS Cambalache (Italy) and Greco Design (Brazil).

We were overwhelmed by all the great submitted projects and impressed by the great work of the NGOs and all the volunteers all around the world. A big thank you to all of them! Already, we are excited about the submissions for the next round.

See below this round’s supported by iF social projects in 2019.

End FGM once for all | Austria

End FGM once and for all | Supported by iF 2019 project

Over 200 million women and girls worldwide are genital mutilated. Every year another 3.5 million girls are added against their will. Female genital mutilation (FGM) has nothing to do with religion, culture or tradition. It's a crime. It's horrific. It's unacceptable. Human rights activist and supermodel Waris Dirie has been fighting this crime for years. At the age of 5 she herself became a victim of FGM. Together with British label Coco de Mer and photographer Rankin, Waris and her Desert Flower Foundation have declared war on FGM. "Our mission is to eradicate FGM and empower women that they can lead a more self-determined life", Waris says.

Jury Statement:
"The mission of the Desert Flower Foundation is to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation and empower women to live a self-determined life, which is a human right. Such an excellent and needed project!"


“For us, the Social Impact Prize 2019 is both motivation and confirmation that we are on the right track. All the prize money will go to the construction of the first “Desert Flower schools” in Sierra Leone (West Africa), which will soon be opened. School education is the strongest weapon in our fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). We are very grateful that the iF International Forum supports us in strengthening young girls and women. An independent and self-determined woman will not submit so quickly to the pressure of a group. We will never give up our fight against FGM!”
Desert Flower Foundation Vienna, Austria

The Echo-Hub-Leros | Greece

The Echo-Hub-Leros | Supported by iF 2019 project

ECHO100PLUS has worked successfully on Leros, Greece, since 2015, providing much needed services and programs for the many refugees on the island. In Oct 2016 they opened a community and educational centre – The ECHO-HUB-LEROS, to shift from providing first aid response to offering educational, vocational and recreation programs. Their main objective is to help prepare our students for a successful restart into their new life.

Jury Statement:
"The Echo-Hub, a community centre in the town of Lakki on the island of Leros, is trying to bring back an important part of normal life to the refugees with music classes, computer courses and language lessons. Echo100Plus supports the island by including the local community in the Hub’s services. As a result, the coexistence of locals and refugees on Leros works better than anywhere else. A project with exemplary character."


"Raising awareness and money for the cause of refugees arriving on the Greek shores is becoming harder and harder these days; people simply don't want to hear about refugees anymore and offering humanitarian help is becoming unpopular. Receiving the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE 2019_01 for our work is definitely a boost for our morals and keeps us going. We are overwhelmed with joy and incredibly grateful for this award!"
Echo100Plus Lakki, Greece

Bee My Job | Italy

Bee My Job | Supported by iF 2019 project

Bee My Job tackles inequalities in accessing wage earning employment for refugees in Italy, by providing professional training and facilitated access to dignified job opportunities in the beekeeping and agricultural field. Supported by UNHCR and Ashoka, together with a wide range of public and private partners, it has trained 170 refugees and promotes over 106 internships, all over Italy. It has been awarded important prices at the national and european level, being object of Universities researches and mass media. Its' scaling up is ongoing through the model of Social Franchising.

Jury Statement:
"Refugees get a big opportunity to find a job in the beekeeping and agricultural field. With providing professional training they get the feeling they are important and needed. They are trained and get internship without inequality to other people. A great way of integrating refugees and open them ways to become part of the society."


"Cambalache and Bee My Job team are proud to receive the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE 2019. To us, this is a further demonstration of the strength and actuality of Bee My Job's message: to create value, we must leave room to contamination."
APS Cambalache Alessandria, Italy

Nashulai Maasai Conservancy | Kenya

Nashua Maasai Conservancy | Supported by iF 2019 project

"Wildlife is in free fall. Only local people can reverse the downward spiral" -Journal of Applied Ecology. In 2016, facing poverty and biodiversity collapse in the Maasai ancestral land – the globally important Mara ecosystem – they created the first indigenous owned/run conservancy in East Africa, across 6000 acres. Nashulai's interdependent mission: Conserve Wildlife-Preserve Culture-Reverse Poverty. Removing fences, they reopened a critical connecting corridor for migrating wildlife; created employment, schools, a cultural center, water access; are enabling women and potential prosperity. Their community achievement is now inspiring others.

Jury Statement:
"This project combines wildlife and culture preservation to end poverty and to develop a functioning and self-organized conservacy in the Maasai ancestral land. It's a perfect example of a strong community with a great idea."


"We are elated by the news that our ground-breaking Nashulai Maasai Conservancy has won the Social Impact Prize 2019! This is an incredible moment for us knowing that a global network of people are ready to invest in our ideas. Our holistic model is aimed at not only regenerating the land and our endangered wildlife, and conserving our limited natural resources in this critical ecosystem, but also to lift the Maasai communities around the Mara out of poverty and give them the agency to overcome their challenges."
Nashulai Maasai Conservancy Nashulai, Kenya

Design Meets Fa.vela | Brazil

Design Meets Fa.vela | Supported by iF 2019 project

Slums (favela) in Brazil are a consequence of extremely inequal wealth distribution. Fa.vela is the first slum-based business accelerator in Brazil, that works with entrepreneurs from lower income communities. The Design Meets Fa.vela project has the objective to create visual identity projects for these entrepreneurs, facilitating the birth and growth of their brands. In the past three years we have done 90 brand identities for their companies. Their logos were created by the city’s best designers who worked pro bono. Thousands of people have been directly impacted considering only the members of each family and the number of jobs created.

Jury Statement:
"Poverty is a trap because children born to poor parents are likely to grow up to be poor adults. Fighting poverty through design is a powerful new way of thinking about development issues. Greco Design initiative shows that design thinking is a powerful new way to reduce poverty."


“Out of all of our awards, we feel the most honored and proudest to see our "Corre" project awarded an IF Social Impact Prize as one of the top projects in the world contributing to society through design and furthermore, to even be awarded 5 thousand Euros to invest in this action. Our team is very pleased and deeply moved. Greco, in partnership with designers from our home town, has already developed 90 brand logos for entrepreneurs from city favelas in the Fa.Vela project. Next week, we will sit down with members of the communities to better understand where these new resources can best be put to use.”
Greco Design Belo Horizonte, Brazil