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.
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?
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