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Call for Entries, Ockenden International will award four prizes of £25,000 each, for projects it deems most effective in supporting self-reliance for refugees & internally displaced people

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    four Projects to Share 2018 Ockenden Prize Money

    In a new format, with prize money of £100,000 to be split between the winners, Ockenden International will award four prizes of £25,000 each, for projects it deems most effective in supporting self-reliance for refugees and internally displaced people.

    The cash prizes recognize and reward innovative work that fosters self-reliance for refugees and/or internally displaced people (IDPs) anywhere in the world – the hallmark of Ockenden International since its inception in 1951.

    Ockenden’s trustees have decided to move away from awarding one main prize and two runners-up. Trustee Chairman, Vin Ray said:

    “More prizes for more projects reinforce our aim to benefit as many IDPs and refugees as possible. Having four £25,000 prizes will widen and extend the impact of the most effective projects Ockenden International seeks to highlight and reward.”

    Submissions for the 2018 prizes will be judged by a panel of experts.

    Submissions for the £25,000 prizes must be from non-profit organisations, which can also elect to nominate a project by a partner or affiliate organization. There are no geographical limits on the locations of submitted projects but the judges will be looking for work initiated no earlier than September 1, 2014, and for evidence of properly measured and evaluated outcomes. Deadline for entries is midnight (GMT) on Thursday, November 30, 2017, with the four winners to be announced by March 30, 2018.

    The Ockenden International Prizes remain focused on identifying solutions to the challenges faced by displaced people, raising awareness of their needs, and rewarding outstanding projects.

    The 2017 prize was won by St Andrew’s Refugee Services (StARS) in Cairo, Egypt, for a programme designed to halt the exodus to Europe of young unaccompanied adults. StARS’ ‘Youth Bridging Program’ is slowing the migration rate of young unaccompanied refugees out of Cairo by providing them with practical reasons, including education and other support, to stay in Egypt.

    The two 2017 runners-up were the ‘Consolidation of Legal Aid Services to Forced Migrants’ from the School of Law, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and ‘IDPs Support Project in Rasuwa’, a post-earthquake recovery programme from
Parivartan Patra, Nepal (nominated by Cordaid, The Netherlands).

    Entrants can apply on their own organisation’s behalf or nominate a non-profit partner or affiliated organisation.

    The 2018 Prizes call was announced on Friday 1st September 2017.

    The four winners each receive GBP25,000. There are no secondary prizes.

    Deadline for the 2018 Prizes is midnight (GMT) on Thursday 30th November 2017.

    The winners will be announced by March 30, 2018.

    Ockenden International believes that all refugees and displaced people have a right to live with dignity and to be supported in seeking to achieve self-reliance. We recognise that self-reliance can be promoted in many different ways and we seek to make our support similarly flexible. Ockenden’s resources are deployed in two key ways:

    • The Ockenden Prizes Ockenden seeks to support locally-based and/or refugee-led organisations that work directly with refugees and displaced people to advance self-reliance. Small-scale local organisations have the ability to be agile, well-targeted and highly cost-efficient. However, external funding can be hard to access, and is often tied to a particular project. Refugee experiences are varied and complex, so Ockenden seeks to allow prize-winners to direct the award according to their own priorities rather than ours. The prizes are unrestricted grants and will be awarded on the basis of initiatives that promote self-reliance among refugees and/or displaced people, with measureable evidence of outomes that have led to real improvement in the lives of refugees or displaced people. Sound financial governance will also be a factor.
    • The Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellowship Ockenden sponsors the Fellowship in partnership with the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre and Lady Margaret Hall.  The aim is to support research, expand expertise in refugee studies and enhance the international understanding of refugee self-reliance. In this way Ockenden can, in a small way, act locally and think globally.

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