Once again it is that time of the year when we at ONE Africa celebrate the many Africa led efforts towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). This year’s ONE Award is especially significant as it comes at a time when the world is taking stock of the progress towards reaching these very important goals adopted nearly 15 years ago.
In my many travels across the continent, I often come across, and experience first hand the dire day-to-day challenges that face our people and the resilience with which they overcome them. This and the boundless dedication of Africa’s people towards the continent’s development and hence their own socio-economic progress are what keep me motivated and inspired about the future of Africa. I have seen how ordinary people invest their own small resources and their incredible skills and time to achieve extraordinary feats towards advancing health outcomes and reducing poverty of their people.
This year in particular has been astounding, I have met and engaged many individuals and organizations involved in the development of the Agriculture sector. Their efforts have created sustainable livelihoods for many other families and are contributing towards the changing economic fortunes of the continent. As ONE, we were privileged to be able to tap into the energy and drive of these incredible people and organizations for the Do Agric, It pays campaign.
It is this kind of energy and dedication that gives meaning to the ONE Africa Award, established in 2008 as a means of recognizing and elevating some of Africa’s grassroots efforts towards achieving the MDG’s. It is our token contribution towards spotlighting and celebrating Africa-led efforts towards the achievement of the MDG’s.
The 2014 ONE Award seeks to not only recognize the current efforts but also to encourage Africa’s civil society to begin thinking about the next development agenda post the current MDG’s. By honoring the commitment and progress on the ground, we hope that new efforts can be inspired and more lives can be saved, more girls educated and more inclusive growth achieved.
I am therefore once again delighted to have the privilege to invite civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations and other groups based in Africa that can demonstrate commitment and success in advocacy towards achieving the MDGs to apply for the award. And please share with any organizations you know that are playing their part in making our continent a better place.
We are looking forward to this year’s exciting submissions.