Ockenden International Prize Deadline

by Corrie Parsonson | Freelance
Wednesday, 1 July 2015 16:32 GMT

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There's just one month left to enter the 2016 Ockenden International Prizes, totalling $US150,000, for excellence in refugee self-reliance projects.

The online Entry Form is on the official website at http://www.ockendenprizes.org/

Now in its fourth year, the cash prizes – $US100,000 for the winner with two other finalists each receiving $US25,000 each – are for projects and programs that excel in developing independence for refugees and internally displaced people anywhere and the hallmark of Ockenden International since its inception more than 60 years ago.

Submissions must be from organisations operating internationally, registered as charities, which can also elect to nominate a project by a registered partner or affiliate organisation. There are no geographical limits on the locations of submitted projects but the judges will be looking for work initiated no earlier than May 2012 and for evidence of properly-measured and evaluated outcomes.

Deadline for entries is midnight (GMT) on Friday 31 July, with the three finalists to be announced in November.

The finalists – including at least one person in each team having direct contact with the project beneficiaries – will come to the UK to make final presentations to a specialist panel of five judges on either Tuesday 23 February 2016 at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, where the 2016 presentation and prize-giving ceremony will immediately take place.

Objectives of the Prizes include highlighting the challenges faced by displaced people, raising awareness of their range of needs, and providing reward and recognition for those giving outstanding support.

Additional forms of support and recognition for worthy projects identified by the judges will also be considered. These underscore Ockenden’s focus on reinforcing the work of others helping refugees and the displaced, rather than directly running programs itself.