About the Awards

The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards, are annual cash prizes totaling $200,000. The grand prize is $100,000 with two semi-finalist prizes at $50,000 each. The awards are presented by Alex Waislitz and Global Citizen and recognize the excellence of individuals in their work to end extreme poverty.

Finalists for the 2018 Waislitz Global Citizen Awards

Amrita SeRVe

Anju Bist, Co-Founder

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Ms. Anju Bist works in remote villages adopted by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math where women are taught to make reusable menstrual pads with banana fiber, a natural absorptive material. Through sales of this eco-friendly product in Indian cities and internationally, rural women now have an additional means for income generation.


Love Mercy Foundation

Caitlin Barrett, CEO

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Cents for Seeds is a sustainable and scalable micro loan agriculture program that empowers women to break the cycle of poverty in their communities in northern Uganda after suffering through two decades of civil war. Over 13,800 women have received a start to loan of seeds, tools, and education to begin earning an income and providing for their families.


SPOUTS of Water

Seul Ku, Co-Founder

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SPOUTS of Water is a social enterprise that manufactures and distributes affordable and effective ceramic water filters in Uganda where more than 50% of the population lacks access to clean drinking water, and waterborne illnesses remain one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of five.


Living Positive Kenya

Mary Wanderi, Director & Founder


Living Positive Kenya (LPK) is a Community Based Organization in Ngong, Kajiado County in Kenya. LPK aims to empower and support women facing challenges like poverty and HIV/AIDS.
They do this through community engagement, building self-empowerment, and business development.



Anushka Ratnayake, Founder & CEO


myAgro is a award-winning social enterprise that increases farmers’ income by 50%. myAgro has pioneered a mobile layaway savings model that enables farmers to invest their own funds in high-quality seed, fertilizer, tools and training to significantly increase their harvests and income.


Water Access Rwanda

Christelle Kwizera, Managing Director 

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Water Access Rwanda (WARwanda) is a social led company that provides simple, affordable and durable water solutions in East Africa. WARwanda pioneered 13 INUMA groundwater solar kiosk projects which is a new model for sustainable provision of water to rural and semi-urban areas that sells purified groundwater in local communities.


Ujuzi Kilimo

Brian Bosire, Founder & CEO

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Ujuzi Kilimo builds modular sensors which are used by farmers with non-technical knowledge to monitor soil moisture content, fertility content and pH levels. Farmers make fast accurate and information based decisions on the best crops to plant, required fertilizer rates and general crop husbandry while reducing use of resources like water and fertilizer.



Koketso Moeti, Founder & Executive Director

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Koketso Moeti saw the potential of cell phones to amplify the voices of poor women to hold government to account. Working to turn every cell phone into an active citizenship tool, Koketso founded amandla.mobi, a movement of over 200,000 active citizens across South Africa who campaign against poverty.


EDJA Foundation

Tabitha Mpamira-Kaguri, Founder & Executive Director

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EDJA combats sexual violence and domestic abuse in Sub-saharan Africa, by providing FREE medical, legal, and counseling services to survivors. Tabitha (Founder/Survivor) is continuously challenged by that still voice that got her to start EDJA “Why do you get the luxury to wait, when they are hurting now?”


Operation ASHA

Shelly Batram, President & Co-Founder

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Operation ASHA is a non-profit organization that provides last-mile delivery health solutions for the poor. Its focus is Tuberculosis. It serves 16 million people in India and Cambodia. It has a low cost, high impact scalable and replicable model, hiring local people and using technology, giving measurable impact.


Past Winners


Wilma Rodrigues, founder and CEO of Saahas Zero Waste believes in persistence and practicality. Wilma has had a diverse career path – from being a tour guide and German language translator in the eighties, to a business journalist in the nineties, and for the past 16 years a pioneer in the Waste Management Industry. When not at work, Wilma likes to spend her time planting and nurturing trees, making compost and being around family.

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Clarisse Uwineza, whose Environmental Protection and Organics organization focuses on converting organic waste into fertilizer in Rwanda, said that her project will “help reduce waste and empower farmers to produce more food.” Her BIORGOFERT project converts bio-organic waste into an environmentally friendly and clean fertilizer.

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Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, the director of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, won the 2015 prize for his work in making education more accessible to AIDS orphans in Uganda. This includes developing schools but also helping the women - or “grandmothers” as he calls them - who raise these orphans.

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Anoop Jain, the founder of Humanure Power, won the 2014 prize for his work in rural India building sanitation facilities. Anoop believes that building toilets addresses the underlying causes of poverty, which affect broader health, social, and economic change desperately needed in India.

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What is Global Citizen?

Global Citizen is a community of people like you. People who want to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest challenges—and use their power to get other people involved too.

We bring you stories and actions that make a difference. That help fight extreme poverty and inequality around the world, and support approaches that will make life more sustainable for people and the planet.

Who is Alex Waislitz?

Alex Waislitz is the founder of the Waislitz Family Foundation with the stated aim of donating $50 million to a range of selected charitable projects.

Is this prize for organizations as well as individuals?

The Waislitz Global Citizen Award is for individuals or individual representatives of organizations.

What happens to my application materials after I submit?

All application submissions will be reviewed by an internal panel at Global Citizen to judge them against Award criteria. All entries become the property of Global Citizen. As such, Global Citizen is the owner of all copyright and all other intellectual property in the Award entries.

How are finalists chosen?

Finalists are chosen by a Global Citizen internal panel that will judge applicants based on their merit in four key areas:

  • GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: How does the applicant embody and exemplify the values and practices of a Global Citizen?
  • IMPACT: What is the applicant’s track record of reducing extreme poverty?
  • INNOVATION: How has the applicant brought new thinking to overcoming the challenge of ending extreme poverty?
  • POTENTIAL: How would this award enable/support the applicant to scale or improve their work?

When will I find out if I am a finalist?

You will be notified of your application status by May 31, 2018.

How is the winner chosen?

Global Citizens around the world will vote on the top 10 finalists on the Global Citizen site. One winner is then chosen from the 10 finalists judges - Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans, and Alex Waislitz from the Waislitz Foundation.

If I am a winner, do I have to spend the award money a certain way?

No. Any award money is unconditional. However, we do ask applicants for an idea of how they would use the money and require winners to provide written updates on their organization’s progress after the festival.

When and where is the Global Citizen Festival?

September 29, 2018 in New York City.

If I am a winner, how will I get to New York?

Global Citizen provides the winner and a guest tickets to the New York for the week and pays for the airfare, hotel accommodations, and other travel-related expenses surrounding the event.

If I were to win, could I bring family / friends?

Each receives a ticket, airfare, and accommodation for themselves and one guest.

Where can I ask questions not covered here?

If you have any questions that are not answered on the award’s information page or in these FAQs, please email waislitzaward@globalcitizen.org. Regretfully we will only be able to respond to questions not answered here.

Can I submit any further supporting documents or media?

Absolutely. We would welcome up to (5) five documents, links, images that relate to or support the nominee’s credentials as a Global Citizen. Please note the application form allows for these submissions.

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