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Applications NOW open for the $100 000 ONE Africa Award

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Today applications for the ONE Africa Award has been are open. The call for applications will run from 21 November 2019 and close on 31 January 2020.

Africa-led, Africa-driven organizations have the opportunity  to submit their applications for consideration for the Award. The Award honors outstanding contributions by African based organizations leading the fight against poverty and preventable disease on the continent.

Now in its eleventh edition, The ONE Africa Award celebrates African efforts aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world’s blueprint for a better future. SDG targets range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. The 2019 ONE Africa Award will recognise Africa-driven and Africa-led advocacy efforts that have demonstrated success at the community, national or regional level. The award recognises, rewards and advances the exceptional work of organisations founded by Africans and based in Africa, dedicated to advancing development goals in Africa. The $100,000 award will recognise innovative African initiatives to fight extreme poverty and incentivise more of such efforts.

This 2019 ONE Award is especially significant as it comes ten years before the conclusion of the SDG’s, a time when world leaders must prepare to make bold commitments in order reach the 17 development goals set out by the SDGs. Previous winners include Dext technology from Ghana (2018), Connected Development from Nigeria (2016), and Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment, Uganda (2015).   

ONE in Africa Interim Executive Director, Edwin Ikhoria said: “The people at the frontlines on the war to eradicate extreme poverty and preventable disease are community based organisations thriving to better their society. The ONE Africa Award is a platform which recognises those life changing efforts.   We are pleased to open application for the 2019 ONE Africa Award, we encourage all African-based and led organisations from across Africa to showcase their work by applying and in doing so, standing a chance to win the $100 000 grand prize. ” 

More details on ONE Africa Award and full scoring criteria for applicants can be found at www.one.org/africaaward.

Notes to Editors:                                                               

1. Who can Apply –Civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations and other groups based in Africa that have demonstrated commitment and success in advocacy to promote the attainment of one or more of the SDGs are invited to apply.

2. How to Apply – Applications for the ONE Africa Award will be accepted until 31 January 2020. Applications can be sent to [email protected] or by mail to:

ONE in Africa

Stonewedge Office Park

Block D

1 Wedgelink Road




+27 117064511

Bryanston, Johannesburg

South Africa

3. Announcement of the Winner – The award recipient will be announced in November 2015.

About ONE – Co-founded by Bono, ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly 9 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Half of this membership is based in Africa. Not politically partisan, we raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs.