Samantha Singh Memorial Award

An award for young people aspiring to careers in development policy

Samantha Singh was the Coordinator of ONE’s Policy Team in 2019-2020. In July 2020, she passed away aged 26. Her legacy is one of kindness. She always sought to make things easier for others, make the mundane fun, and was passionate about global development and particularly education.

In her memory ONE has established the Samantha Singh Memorial Award for young people aged 16 to 26 aspiring to careers in development policy. The award is open to ONE’s Global Activists. Applicants are asked to submit an essay in English of up to 2,000 words on a policy question identified by The ONE Campaign each year.

The winner, selected by a prize committee made up of ONE staff members and Sam’s family, will be awarded $1,000, a career advice session with a senior ONE staff member, and their essay will be profiled on ONE’s blog and social media channels.

How to enter?

This year, the essay question is as follows:

‘Our response to the climate crisis is going to change economies and societies in every part of the world. How can young people and activists in Africa respond in a way that incentivises leaders to protect both people and the planet?’

The award launches on Sam’s birthday, 5 December 2021. Submissions should be sent as a Word document to [email protected] by 5 February 2022 and the winner will be announced on 5 April 2022.

'Always Be Prepared' 2021 winning essay

Oluwadamilola Akintewe is the inaugural winner of the Samantha Singh Memorial Award with her essay ‘Always Be Prepared.

Read the essay