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
|Protect the PLANET and the natural environment in the Commonwealth
|Sea Women of Melanesia
|Papua New Guinea
|Mathias Charles Yabe
|AkoFresh – Solar Powered Refrigerated Storage
|Ecobed Biotech Brand
|Promote PEACE and justice in the Commonwealth
|Dr. Muhammad Quraish Khan
|Dr. Muhammad Quraish Khan
|Puneet Singh Singhal
|Disability Inclusion Advocacy
|Velma-ARC: Action to Reduce Cyber-crime in Nigeria
|Youth Movement for Peace in Zambia and Inclusive Education for Sustainable Development IESD.
|Twegatte (lets get together) youth health project
|Promote PARTNERSHIPS for development in the Commonwealth
|Syed Kashf Ahmed
|Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia
|Creative Makerspace and Funding For Social & Grassroots Innovation
|Pacific Tourism Organisation
|Pacific Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework 2030
|The Rail Demand Innovation System (RDIS)
|Climate Change Interactive Board for Kids
|Improve PROSPERITY in the Commonwealth
|Maluyane Titus Abongdoh
|Green Hope Foundation
|Climate-Resilient Infrastructure for SIDS and Climate Vulnerable Regions
|Niza Aritha Zulu
|The Intelligent Fish Farm, Febi smart systems device
|Improve the well-being of Commonwealth PEOPLE
|The Starving Artist
|Tameere Khalaq Foundation