Worldwide there are more than one billion persons with disabilities.
Their existence is impeded by inadequate legal frameworks to protect their rights and a lack of financial and human resources to carry out their activities related to basic needs.
Moreover, they also have a lack of opportunities to access information and knowledge, as well as the benefits of scientific and technological development.
The UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities is to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations in promoting the inclusion; and enhancing the lives of persons with disabilities through the application of digital solutions, resources and technologies.
The Prize builds on three thematic axes of importance in UNESCO’s work with persons with disabilities, including an immediate response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
1. Formulating policy, advocacy, co-operation and partnerships;
2. Creating and developing digital solutions, enabling environments and processes, including tools and resources;
3. Building and strengthening the capacities of people to create, adapt and use digital solutions in a cost efficient and sustainable manner.
Eligible applicants are individuals (applying either individually, or representing a group of people) or organizations (an institution, non-governmental organization or other public or private entity).
All applications must be:
1) submitted in the English or French languages and on the application form specified;
2) endorsed by the National Commissions for UNESCO or relevant Non-Governmental Organizations maintaining official partnerships with UNESCO (Nominating Entity), which will provide a written recommendation to UNESCO on the application form in support of the application. Self-endorsements cannot be considered. Nominating Entities should complete the relevant sections of the application forms, outlining the reasons for their support of the applications.
Only one application may be submitted by any one individual, or by an organization,
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These awards are for individuals and organizations and are not for projects or programmes.
Individuals and organizations applying for the Prize must have been active in the field for a minimum of five years, and have proven results from their efforts and activities.
Successful individuals and organizations will usually have undertaken a series of relevant projects and programmes, developed appropriate tools or resources, and enhanced co-operation and partnerships that will contribute to their achievements, but it is the overall personal or organizational contribution that will be assessed.
The total amount available for the Prize biennially is USD $ 40,000, which will be distributed equally between the individual and the organizational winner.
Application deadline: 2 September 2020.
For more information please visit https://en.unesco.org/prizes/digital-empowerment