The shortlist for Tomorow’s Peacebuilders, our annual awards that celebrate the world’s top locally-led peacebuilders, has been finalised – leaving 10 of the 250 applicants to pass through to the next stages of the competition.
Following weeks of deliberation, the shortlist for this year’s prizes have been decided by an international panel of judges – and the competition has been stiffer than ever. 250 peacebuilding organisations from across the globe entered, our largest ever number of applicants, from which 10 successful entries have reached the next stage of assessment. The organisations offer a fascinating snapshot of locally-led peacebuilding efforts around the world.
This comes at a time of growing calls for a global shift in funding towards local aid organisations – this year’s World Disasters Report from the Red Cross argued for the ‘localising’ of aid, and last month a UN conference in Geneva heard calls for local organisations to receive up to 20% of aid funding.
These are the type of organisations Peace Direct supports – they hail from every corner of the world, and despite their diverse backgrounds share in common a desire to build lasting peace within their communities. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in December and will each receive $10,000 towards their project. They will also have the chance to reach out to several of our partners, who will be attending the event.
“We have been encouraged by the immense competition for the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders awards this year,” said Ruairi Nolan, awards manager. “It is clear to see there is a real appetite for success from local peacebuilders and we are happy to support their wonderful work.”
The shortlist is as follows:
For more information on this year’s shortlisted organisations, see: http://www.peacedirect.org/tp/
If you would like to know more about our awards ceremony in London next month, please contact Ruth Tidy: [email protected]