Bono? Bill Clinton? Jeffrey Sachs? You?

Beware! another award post!

The Center for Global Development (website) gives away a “Committment to Development” award annualy. Past winners of the award include the Cancellor of the Echequer (fancy name for the British head of the treasury) Gordon Brown for last year, and Oxfam’s “Make Trade Fair” campaign for 2004. Nominations for 2006 are now open. It will take you just a few minutes to nominate your favorite development crusader/mujahid. To do so, click here.

My choice?
Not Sachs, not Easterly, not even Bono – in fact, none of the big-name celebrities.
I believe that at the end of the day, the award should pay tribute to the extra-ordinariness of ordinary people. From what I have read/heard/seen this year, nowhere has this been more possible in 2006 than through a neat new concept called Social Entrepreneurship. For this, I nominate the Ashoka Foundation, a leading organization for social entrepreneurship, and all of the “Ashoka Fellows” for the Committment to Development award in 2006. Ashoka Foundation, where “the most powerful force for change in the world is a new idea in the hands of a leading social entrepreneur.” Ashoka Foundation, where “social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish, or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.”

Who’s your pick?



3 Responses to Bono? Bill Clinton? Jeffrey Sachs? You?

  1. Anonymous says:


  2. Zak says:

    Hmm Ashoka sounds very interesting..I will have to hold out on my vote..because it is very hard to decide..I’ve not been keeping in touch with development news much nowadays. At a more micro level I think Grameen bank and in Pakistan i think Edhis work in particular deserves some form of acknowledgement the man is something any nation would be proud off.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ashraf Ghani, for convincing us that the context has changed thus we shall change the institutions that are pursuing “development” work. Development is not bound to increase in aid—as Sachs would argue—but to integrity and fairness, and to listening to what the aid receiver needs, rather than telling them what is best for them– that is what Ashraf would prescribe. The “kachkul” of development aid in Bono, Sachs and Clinton’s neck doesn’t sound like a solution to me. I haven’t heard Clinton and Bono object to the cotton subsidies that have left 30% of Mali’s population foodless… have you? I have heard them asking for dollars in donation… If I were in Mali I would prefer selling my cotton rather than receiving “aid.”


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