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30 outstanding finalists announced ahead of next week’s Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards 2023

30 outstanding finalists hailing from the five regions across the Commonwealth have been selected for the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards.

Following a rigorous judging process, these finalists were selected from a pool of exceptional candidates from across the Commonwealth by an independent jury. They embody groundbreaking innovation and dedication across five categories that resonate with the pillars of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership.

Building on the momentum of the previous editions held in 2019 and 2021, this year’s ceremony marks a celebratory milestone showcasing the exceptional creativity and impactful contributions of Commonwealth citizens and organisations. Additionally, it holds particular significance as it coincides with the prestigious Kenya Innovation Week, further amplifying the recognition and celebration of innovative excellence within the Commonwealth.

The highly anticipated awards ceremony is set to take place on 27 November 2023 during the opening of the inaugural Commonwealth Edition of Kenya Innovation Week 2023 and will include senior government officials, development experts, tech visionaries, and forward-thinking individuals from across the Commonwealth.

Speaking about the awards, Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC said:

“A key outcome from the award ceremony will be to translate these forward-looking solutions into replicable initiatives that will serve all the people of the Commonwealth. The Awards will also act as a catalyst for these transformative innovations to attract more support to scale up and achieve greater impact across the Commonwealth whilst helping our member states to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Each of the 30 finalists will receive a certificate of recognition.

The top 15 finalists will be recognised as winners. Three from each of the five categories. Each winner will be honoured with a trophy, a certificate of recognition, and a £3,000 cash prize during the ceremony.

The 30 Finalists

CategoryNameInnovationCountry
  Protect the PLANET and the natural environment in the Commonwealth                                   Adejoke LasisiPlanet 3RNigeria
Naomi LongaSea Women of MelanesiaPapua New Guinea
Christianna PaulWePlanet Inc.Dominica
Mathias Charles YabeAkoFresh – Solar Powered Refrigerated StorageGhana
Jovia KisaakyeEcobed Biotech BrandUganda
Cynthyche MahoroReusable diapersRwanda
  Promote PEACE and justice in the CommonwealthNgatia MuhoyaBadilicoKenya
Dr. Muhammad Quraish KhanDr. Muhammad Quraish KhanPakistan
Puneet Singh SinghalDisability Inclusion AdvocacyIndia
Carla CeravoloVelma-ARC: Action to Reduce Cyber-crime in NigeriaNigeria
Ruth NawakwiYouth Movement for Peace in Zambia and Inclusive Education for Sustainable Development IESD.Zambia
Derrick MpagiTwegatte (lets get together) youth health projectUganda
  Promote PARTNERSHIPS for development in the CommonwealthSyed Kashf AhmedMilKarPakistan
Yayasan Inovasi MalaysiaCreative Makerspace and Funding For Social & Grassroots InnovationMalaysia
Pacific Tourism OrganisationPacific Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework 2030Fiji
Rawle PrinceThe Rail Demand Innovation System (RDIS)United Kingdom
Fatuma KhalifCA FILMSKenya
Salome Olajide-BuariClimate Change Interactive Board for KidsNigeria
  Improve PROSPERITY in the CommonwealthMaluyane Titus AbongdohE- MentorCameroon
Kehkashan BasuGreen Hope FoundationKiribati
Danielle CorsagíClimate-Resilient Infrastructure for SIDS and Climate Vulnerable RegionsBarbados
Esther KimaniFarmer LifelineKenya
Richard SeshieCool LionGhana
Niza Aritha ZuluThe Intelligent Fish Farm, Febi smart systems deviceZambia
  Improve the well-being of Commonwealth PEOPLEElly SavatiaSignvrseKenya
Aldain ReidFirst AlertJamaica
Alexandira ZlatarThe Starving ArtistUnited Kingdom
Khadija KhanTameere Khalaq FoundationPakistan
Enock KivuyoMama ZetuTanzania
Wasswa WilliamONCIMSUganda
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