Winners Announced: Global Development Awards Competition 2015

The names of the 2015 Global Development Awards Competition are in!

This year, the competition received 268 expressions of interest from 57 developing countries and finally, 174 submissions were received. The final selection of the winners of the competition will be undertaken by an eminent jury at GDN’s 16th Annual Global Development Conference to be held in Morocco from June 11-13, 2015; an event that was attended by over 300 practitioners in the field of development where the winners had presented their proposals. The winners were recognized at the Prize Distribution Ceremony at the Conference.

Category 1: Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP)

The MIDP award funds innovations in social development implementation in developing and transition countries. The winners of this Award are:

  • First Prize (USD 30,000): Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD) (India) for the project on Institutionalizing and empowering small and marginal women farmers in hill agriculture through systematic investment in district Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Joint Second Prize (USD 7,500): JAAGO Foundation (Bangladesh) for the project on Solarizing online schools in Bangladesh
  • Joint Second Prize (USD 7,500): Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (Sri Lanka) for the project on Project Orange Elephant – Providing Sustainable Livelihoods

The first prize winner of the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project category is eligible to compete under the Japan Social Development Fund for an additional grant of up to US$ 200,000 for their work.

Category 2: Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD)

The ORD award funds early-career researchers with excellent research proposals in the theme of Agriculture for Sustainable Growth: Challenges and Opportunities for a new ‘Green Revolution’. The winners are (in alphabetical order):

  • First Prize (USD 30,000): SEN, Subir (India) - Understanding farmers risk perceptions and farm-level risk management policies in India: Do policies serve their requirement?
  • Second Prize (USD 10,000): CHADARE, Flora Josiane (Benin), IDOHOU, Rodrigue (Benin), DEKPEMADOHA, Jean Eudes (Benin), AFFONFERE, Marius (Benin), AGOSSADOU Julienne (Benin) - Using novel techniques to map biodiversity and identify priority wild edible plants for food security and nutrition in Benin (West Africa)
  • Third Prize (USD 5,000): CASTILLO, Maria-Jose (Ecuador) and DOMINGUEZ, Juan-Manuel (Ecuador) - Beef demand in Ecuador: quality perceptions and the efficiency of the beef supply chain

GDN thanks the juries for both the Award categories.

Jury for the MIDP Award:

Chair: Mr. Ichiro Tambo, Director, JICA-RI

Jury Members:

  • Prof. Emma Porio, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Prof. Eric Livny, International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University
  • Ms. Helena Y. Nkole, The World Bank
  • Prof. Kaoru Hayashi, Bunkyo University
  • Dr. Pamela Thomas, Director, Australian National University

Jury for the ORD Award:

Chair: Prof. Nora Lustig, Tulane University

Jury Members:

  • Dr. Bishnu Dev Pant, Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS)
  • Mr. Bonghee Jang, Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
  • Prof. Giorgia Giovannetti, University of Florence and European University Institute
  • Dr. Mariame Maiga, West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD)
  • Mr. Shiva Makki, The World Bank

GDN is very grateful to the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan for their generous support.


The competition has been closed.

Over 260 expressions of interest received.

Finalists to be announced by 20 May 2015