Equator Prize for sustainable development initiatives in the developing world

I just began an internship at UNDP as well as a Masters program in International Political Economy and Development at Fordham. I wanted to pass along something that might be of interest to DS students at Brown as well as any of your colleagues/friends in Nigeria and elsewhere involved in local sustainable development work.

I work at UNDP’s Equator Initiative, which recognizes and encourages local sustainable development initiatives in the developing world. Every few years (including this coming year), the initiative gives out the Equator Prize, recognizing innovative initiatives by communities around the world. The current round of nominations are due at the end of October, and can be submitted in 15 languges at: http://equatorinitiative.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=663&Itemid=756

The winning communities send representatives to Rio+20 in June. There is also a monetary prize and a great deal of visibility for the 25 winners. Many of the past winners have been able to get national attention and a place in the policy discussion in their home countries. Past winners include youth groups, indigenous groups, women’s groups, NGOs, CBOs and have focused on biodiversity, climate change, forest management, food security and ecoagriculture, sustainable energy, drylands management, and water resource management.

Please feel free to share this or recommend any listservs/groups/individuals you think may appreciate information about the Equator Prize. Please let me know if you have any questions or ideas.

All the best for the new school year!

Erin Lewis
Brown DS ’06

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