2020 UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
Deadline: September 2, 2020.
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 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.
A. Formulating policy, advocacy, co-operation and partnerships;
B. Creating and developing digital solutions, enabling environments and processes, including tools and resources;
C. Building and strengthening the capacities of people to create, adapt and use digital solutions in a cost efficient and sustainable manner.
A. 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).
B. 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.
C. Only one application may be submitted by any one individual, or by an organization, considered to include all of its parts.
D. All applications must be submitted in the English or French languages and on the application form specified. The preferred mode of submission is electronically, but if this is not possible then postal applications and nominations are also acceptable.
A. The total amount available for the Prize biennially is USD $ 40,000, which will be distributed equally between the individual and the organizational winner.
B. UNESCO will publicize the Prize winners, and will seek to work with them to enhance and promote their continued activities in the field of the digital empowerment of persons with disabilities.