2023 OPEC Fund Annual Award for Development (US$100,000 prize)

Deadline: May 12, 2023.

The OPEC Fund Annual Award for Development (AAD) honors outstanding contributions to sustainable development with a US$100,000 prize. Established in 2006, the award annually recognizes a different theme of particular relevance to global development. 

Theme – Gender Equality and Climate Action

Women and girls are at the forefront of the fight against climate change, and gender equality is critical to mitigate climate impacts: Women’s inclusion in climate discussions, as well as in planning and decision making, is also expected to improve outcomes of climate action.

At the halfway point to 2030, the world is not on track to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While there has been progress, for example on SDG 7 – Clean and Affordable Energy, overlapping global crises such climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and food insecurity have impacted the rate of progress, with women often bearing additional burdens.

Gender equality has its own dedicated goal within the 2030 Agenda, SDG 5. A further 10 SDGs present gender-specific benchmarks, underlining the important links between women’s empowerment and sustainable development from employment to education to health. 


  • The nominee must be an established, nongovernmental charitable organization operating in a country or countries other than the OPEC Fund’s 12 member countries (Algeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela).
  • Nominees must be legal entities and have been so for at least three years.
  • Nominees must have audited financial statements dating back at least two years.
  • Nominees must have expenditures greater than US$1,000,000 (in their most recent audited accounts).
  • Nominees may not be local offices of parent organizations, specific programs within organizations, university-based projects, or fiscally sponsored organizations.


The nomination process is completed online. Once an organization has been nominated, the OPEC Fund will contact the nominee directly to ask for additional information and supporting documents, as appropriate. In addition, the OPEC Fund may contact the nominating party for the same purpose. 

The nomination process involves the following steps:

  • Step 1: Call for nominations.  AAD information and nomination forms are available via the OPEC Fund’s website.
  • Step 2: The nominating parties submit nomination forms in English via the designated email address: [email protected]. Nominations must be signed by a senior official (e.g. CEO, Vice-President, or Head of Operation) and cite the motivations for nomination. Supporting documents should also be submitted. The nominating party may only nominate one organization per year. Deadline to submit AAD nominations is May 12, 2023.
  • Step 3: The OPEC Fund contacts the nominee and/or the nominating party for additional information and supporting materials.  
  • Step 4: The OPEC Fund AAD Committee reviews the nominations based on the aforementioned criteria, and makes a recommendation to the OPEC Fund Management for approval.
  • Step 5: The OPEC Fund informs the successful nominee and nominating party of its decision via an official letter, including terms of utilization of the AAD grant proceeds. 
  • Step 6: Upon confirmation of acceptance of the AAD and terms of utilization of its proceeds by the awardee, the OPEC Fund plans and implements a dedicated communication campaign in partnership with the nominee. The nominee is expected to provide audio-visual material and written testimonials of its work, and agree to one or more filmed interviews with the OPEC Fund and select journalists for this purpose.
  • Step 7: The OPEC Fund Annual Award for Development will be announced at the 2023 OPEC Fund Development Forum held in Vienna, Austria on June 20, 2023. Both the nominee and the nominating party are invited to the ceremony. 
  • Step 8: The ceremony may be preceded or followed by a press event hosted by the OPEC Fund in Vienna, Austria. Awardees may be expected to provide brief statements and press engagement.  The OPEC Fund will work with awarded teams to prepare appropriate audio-visual material and testimonials for release ahead of said occasion.  
  • Step 9: The nominee is expected to showcase the AAD on its website and provide the OPEC Fund with updated audio-visual material and work testimonials both in advance of, and within one year of receiving the AAD. The nominee shall also report to the OPEC Fund within two years of receiving the AAD, outlining the main achievements attributable to the AAD. In addition, the nominee shall contribute to one of the OPEC Fund’s publications on subject matter related to the award and/or participate in a special event (TBD) to share learnings of recent achievements. 


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