Prince Talal International Prize for Human Development

Nominate for Prince Talal International Prize

Applications are invited for nominations for Prince Talal International Prize for Human Development, carries a financial reward of US$ 1,000,000, awarded annually by the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) with the aim of inciting and encouraging innovation and creativity in human development. The idea of the Prize is stemmed from AGFUND’s approach to enhance development performance and support key development projects in order to achieve the goal of sustainability and investment in people.

Since its establishment in 1999, the prize has been known as AGFUND International Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects. Following the passing away of His Royal Highness Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, founder of AGFUND, in December 2018, the AGFUND’s Board of Directors decided to rename the prize after the late Prince Talal. This decision was taken to commemorate his lifelong dedication to the service of human development and poverty alleviation through AGFUND and the other institutions he established. Hence, the prize new name is “Prince Talal International Prize for Human Development”.

Idea of the Prize:Stemmed from AGFUND’s approach to enhance development performance and support key development projects, the overall objective behind the Prize idea is to contribute to the efforts aiming to achieve sustainability in development and investment in people.

In this sense, Prince Talal International Prize has become a leading mechanism to identify successful development projects, reward them and disseminate their innovative ideas to best contribute to the improvement of development work. It is also an innovative approach and a strategic instrument to exchange successful experiences to strengthen the mechanisms of development cooperation and project funding with special emphasis on the most prominent factors that militate against development and affect the vulnerable groups, particularly women and children in developing countries. These include poverty, social exclusion, socio-economic marginalization, education and health.

Prize objectives:Prince Talal International Prize for Human Development aims to:

* Support the distinguished efforts aiming at the promotion and enhancement of human development concepts.

* Disseminate the successful project experiences.

* Highlight the best practices, which aim to improve the living conditions of the poor and disadvantaged    with particular emphasis on women and children.

*Enhance the exchange of experiences and develop better mechanisms to find solutions to the problems of     poverty, marginalization and socioeconomic exclusion of vulnerable groups.

Periodicity:The Prize shall be handed over to the heads of the winning organizations in an annual ceremony, to which representatives of the local and international development organizations located in the hosting country, development experts and specialists, diplomats, and media representatives are invited.

Thematic Focus:Each year, the Prize Committee selects the thematic focus for the Prize, taking into account the diversity and non-repetitive themes. The objective is to highlight the innovative experiences and continuously support the distinguished efforts in various field of development. The Prize themes always focus on increasing the knowledge in the field of human development and its proper management.

In its meeting held in Geneva on 19 April 2017, the Prize Committee decided to align the Prize subjects with the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 as adopted by the International Community.

Deadline for receiving nominations: 15 December 2023

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