The Waislitz Global Citizen Award, an annual cash prize of $100,000 presented by Alex Waislitz and Global Citizen, recognizes the excellence of one individual in their work to end extreme poverty.
Recipients are selected based on individual merit in four key areas:
How does the nominee embody and exemplify the values and practices of a Global Citizen?
What is the nominee’s track record of reducing extreme poverty?
How has the nominee brought new thinking to overcoming the challenge of ending extreme poverty?
How would this award enable/support the nominee to scale or improve their work? How would the nominee use the funding?
You will submit a three-minute video and 500-word essay that tell us about you and your work. Your submission should address the questions below:
One winner is invited to New York to attend the Global Citizen Live event the week of September 24 where they receive $100,000. A short video covering the winners’ work will also be shown at the Global Citizen Live event.
The winner will also receive:
Two Semi-Finalists will also be selected: Global Citizen’s Choice Award and Youth Innovation Award (for applicants under 35).
These winners will receive:
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is Global Citizen?
Who is Alex Waislitz?
Is this prize for organizations as well as individuals?
What does the judging criterion “Global Citizenship” mean?
When does the application open? When does it close?
Who can apply?
What happens to my application materials after I submit?
How are finalists chosen?
When will I find out if I am a finalist?
How is the winner chosen?
If I am a winner, do I have to spend the award money a certain way?
When and where is the Global Citizen Festival?
To be eligble to apply, you must meet the following:
If I am a winner, how will I get to New York?
If I were to win, could I bring family / friends?
Where can I ask questions not covered here?
Can I submit any further supporting documents or media?