Global Prize for IT Benefiting Youth in Developing Countries – Call for Nominations for US$100,000 Development Gateway Award.
The Development Gateway Foundation is calling for nominations for its US$100,000 prize for outstanding achievement in the use of Information and Communication Technologies to improve lives in developing countries. Sponsored in part by Intel Corporation, this year's Development Gateway Award is focusing on initiatives that empower or improve the conditions of youth.
The award will be launched here today at the United Nations' World Urban Forum III, at a special reception for youth participants following the close of this weekend's World Youth Forum. Both events have gathered people from around the world to focus on critical development issues.
Both individuals and organisations are eligible to apply for the award. Applicants must demonstrate that their initiatives are successful, sustainable and replicable. The initiatives must also show significant impact on youth in areas that are important to social and economic development, such as employment, education, health or agriculture.
In 2005 the award was presented to the ITC eChoupal program in India for its overall contribution to development. eChoupal has helped increase the incomes and productivity of millions of farmers by giving them more direct access to markets, as well as pricing and product information, via village-based Internet kiosks. eChoupal is now expanding its service to include education. The Development Gateway Foundation puts the Internet to work for the benefit of people in developing countries. We provide web-based solutions for effective aid and e-government – increasing access to critical information, building local capacity and bringing partners together for positive change. The Development Gateway is a non-profit organization with activities around the world.
The application deadline is August 11
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For full award criteria and to access an online application, please go to www.developmentgateway.org/award.