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The iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE, which is dedicated to ambitious global operating changemakers, presents its best projects of the first round in 2021 honored with prize money of EUR 50,000 in total. The second round is still open for registrations until 18 November.
16 "supported by iF projects" have been selected to the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE 2021 first round. Almost 360 projects from more than 70 countries had qualified. The great response from NGOs, companies and Co. putting their effort out there to find solutions that serve our society is breathtaking and show in total an impressive level of solidarity, moral-ethical standards and problem-solving ability.
These outstanding projects were selected by the international iF jury and share prize money of EUR 50,000 in total. Whether it’s a donation app from Brazil representing a successful concept of reduced inequalities or an educational film about dementia tackling good health – all projects are unique. All the committed changemakers behind these 16 projects serve as role models for others by implementing the concept of helping people to help themselves. The price money supports them to continue the good work and will hopefully lead to further recognition. Congratulations!
The iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE supports innovative projects all around the globe that correspond to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This round, the projects supported by iF are spread across seven Sustainable Development Goals, ranging from the fight against poverty to creating sustainable cities.
Find out how all these 16 projects, honored with the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE 2021, contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals further below.
Ending poverty everywhere has become more relevant than ever since the Covid-19 crisis risks reversing decades of progress. In fact, poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to sustain a living. It further includes limited access to education, health basic and social exclusion. The two supported by iF projects in this category operate with exactly this problem-solving thinking.
NGOs joined forces to engage self-help groups in Bhutanese villages to build proper houses which were, so far, roofed with banana leaves or bamboo. The actions supporting their communities have a further positive side-effect on improved sanitation in the respective villages.
This project is based on a company’s social engagement. A group of volunteers helped to co-create sustainable change alongside the communities of Peru. The project focused especially on eye and dental care for several hundred local people, planting trees as well as providing brick stoves – well thought out with most positive societal impact.
An NGO equipped poor uneducated women in Nigeria with sustainable skills and knowledge in fish farming, fish feed construction, business, and entrepreneurship skills. An outstanding example of high problem-solving ability is the aim to establish catfish farm ventures, owned and managed by this marginalized group in Nigeria.
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being is important to building prosperous and post-pandemic societies. The three supported by iF projects in this category reflect the broad engagement to fight diseases as well as health related problems. It is further hugely important for them to empower individuals through education.
This short film showcases a German association’s consultancy work to better understand the disease dementia and to better master daily life – on the part of affected individuals and their relatives. The story is told from the point of view of a woman with dementia, which fundamentally boosts the approach to change the attitude and communication on this sensitive subject.
The intrinsic motivation of this NGO project is driven by fundamental rights: Children have the right to grow up in family-based care, where they have the best opportunity to develop. It’s about acceptance and love without discrimination. The safe care of abandoned children with disabilities is just as important as the foster family’s education on proper medical support.
This is a multiplatform multi-media project in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, that already informed millions of young people in especially East Africa. Since trustful, local sources are the fundament for a successful crisis management, the network of social ventures, which is behind all this, worked closely with local governments and health experts.
What is a key to establish innovative solutions for a sustainable development? The answer can be broken down to this: inclusive and quality education. It is especially rural areas where children struggle to have access to education. This is where the three supported by iF projects in this category come into play to further develop the kids’ personal potentials.
This NGO project puts the finger on the weak spots of India’s educational system since art is nationally deprioritized with very little to no teacher training, lack of budget and quality art colleges. Empowering campaigns for children from rural areas across India include access to e-learning resources, on-site theater classes as well as fellowship-programs for professional artists.
Here, activists meet high ethical standards in order to live and spread the culture of peace through peace education, workshops and events based on common proposed methodologies. The immediate effectiveness and the replicability make this NGO project viral, having involved already more than 1000 schools and groups in five continents.
One of the most positive experiences that this NGO project creates is to empower children, especially those living in poor and vulnerable circumstances in Columbia. These kids benefit from formal education, food, school supplies and spiritual formation. Building spaces for peace, as the NGO calls it, is seen here as ideal mechanism for social development.
Despite widely proved progress on gender equality, women and girls in all parts of the world continue to suffer discrimination and violence. Actions to ensure women at work are essential for sustainable economic growth and a shift in gender equality. One supported by iF project in this category complies with this ambitious goal.
A carefree and reliable commute option for women working in night shifts are essential to guarantee their financial independence. That’s where this project from India comes in and is well received. Plus, in a world where a vast female population is digitally disincluded, this project empowers women through an online driving license application process and virtual mock tests.
Making the planet better for all is only possible when people are not excluded from the chance for a better life – and that means primarily people from disadvantaged and marginalized communities. Two supported by iF projects in this category tackle one aspect that functions as key element to help these groups: integrative economic growth.
This Brazilian university extension project provides a direct connection between donors and institution via a nonprofit app, to supply needs and minimize inequalities on multiple levels. It’s about building value from a solidary network of people committed to their fellows. The georeferencing option is a further plus.
"Reducing inequalities via entrepreneurship" are the magic words here. An Israel based NGO promotes an inclusive society in which all diverse communities, including Arab, Ultra-Orthodox & LGBTQ+ communities and asylum seekers, get integrated into Israel’s startup arena. Unique educational programs, incubators, and support systems have been launched to achieve development on personal, communal and economic level.
Urban life promises the prospect of employment and societal prosperity. But how can city developers respond to that without affecting ground and resources? Widespread urban challenges include traffic congestion, infrastructure wear and accessibility. Two supported by iF projects in this category are meant to be a stimulus to make cities inclusive, safe and sustainable.
This app from Japan is convincing primarily through its integrated interactive map allowing wheelchair users to clearly see accessibility in public spaces globally. Experiences can further be shared and virtual guideposts created. Accessibility in buildings for people with disabilities has always been an issue for improvement in many countries. This project encourages a marginalized group to go outside and supports them in fighting for visibility.
A Netherlands based social enterprise is connecting and coaching changemakers in mobility on a global scale, who foster the economic, societal, health and environmental benefits of increased cycling. The participating partners answer with great devotion and inspire in this way transnational solidarity. Campaigns such as donating bicycles to health workers and initiating cycling oriented school projects respond to local needs in the best way possible.
Climate change affects every country on every continent. Affordable solutions are necessary for countries to shift to cleaner, more resilient economies and to improve the lives of individuals. Two supported by iF projects in this category serve as key element of prevention towards behavioral change in consumption and environmental protection.
This project on teaching climate education to the youth in schools and communities in Southern Nigeria has its finger on the pulse. It contributes to the global climate strike movement aiming to empower the younger generation in taking part in decision-making on both the political and legal level. The inspiring campaigns include tree planting, plastic recycling and ocean clean up and further convey the importance of indigenous traditions and communities.
A social enterprise organization exemplifies highly creatively how to transform the waste crisis in Africa into employment and affordable housing in marginalized Ugandan communities. With this project, they train especially unemployed young people on skills of turning plastic waste into eco-friendly building materials. At the same time, sensitizing programs in schools and communities raise awareness on dangers of plastic waste and provide practical solutions.
(published in August 2021)
Are you inspired by the courage that these projects spread? See all projects of the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE here.
Do you like to be a part of our community? Register for the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE 2021 second round until 18 November.You can apply with the same project a maximum of two times. Find out more about the application details here.