Equator Prize 2017 Eligibility and Selection Criteria
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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Equator Prize 2017, the following requirements apply:

  • The initiative must have been in existence for at least three years, and/or the actions taken must have been in place for at least three years.
  • The nominee must be either a local community-based group, operating in a rural area, based in a country receiving support from the United Nations Development Programme (for a list of eligible countries, see the list below); or an indigenous peoples’ community in any country, operating in a rural area.
  • The actions taken must be nature-based, and must deliver benefits related to two or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Eligible Initiatives

  • Community-based associations or organizations
  • Community-based enterprises and cooperatives
  • Women's associations or organizations
  • Indigenous or ethnic minority groups or associations
  • Youth groups or associations
  • Non-governmental organizations

Eligible Countries

Local community based-groups must be located in one of the following countries listed below. Click the region to expand. Indigenous peoples’ communities from any country may nominate.

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Albania                  

Georgia                       

Montenegro  

Turkmenistan

Armenia

Kazakhstan

Moldova

Ukraine

Azerbaijan

Kosovo

Serbia

Uzbekistan

Belarus

Kyrgyzstan

Tajikistan

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of

Turkey

 

Middle East and North Africa

Algeria

Iraq

Morocco

Syria     

Djibouti

Jordan

Palestinian Territories

Tunisia 

Egypt

Kuwait

Saudi Arabia

Yemen

Eritrea

Lebanon

Somalia

 

Iran

Libya

Sudan

 

Latin America and the Caribbean

Antigua and Barbuda

Cuba

Honduras

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Argentina

Dominica

Jamaica

Suriname

Barbados

Dominican Republic

Mexico

Trinidad and Tobago

Belize

Ecuador

Nicaragua

Uruguay

Bolivia

El Salvador

Panama

Venezuela

Brazil

Grenada

Paraguay

 

Chile

Guatemala

Peru

 

Colombia

Guyana

Saint Kitts and Nevis

 

Costa Rica

Haiti

Saint Lucia

 

Asia and the Pacific

Afghanistan

Kiribati

Nepal

Thailand

Bangladesh

Laos

Niue

Timor-Leste

Bhutan

Malaysia

Pakistan

Tonga

Cambodia

Maldives

Palau

Tuvalu

China

Marshall Islands

Papua New Guinea

Vanuatu

Cook Islands        

Micronesia, Federated States of

Philippines

Viet Nam

Fiji

Mongolia

Samoa

 

India

Myanmar

Solomon Islands

 

Indonesia

Nauru

Sri Lanka

 

Sub-Saharan Africa

Angola

Cote d'Ivoire

Malawi

Sierra Leone       

Benin

Equatorial Guinea         

Mali

South Africa 

Botswana

Ethiopia

Mauritania

South Sudan      

Burkina Faso

Gabon

Mauritius

Swaziland

Burundi

Gambia

Mozambique  

Tanzania

Cameroon

Ghana

Namibia   

Togo

Cape Verde

Guinea

Niger

Uganda

Central African Republic

Guinea-Bissau

Nigeria

Zambia

Chad

Kenya

Rwanda

Zimbabwe

Comoros

Lesotho

Sao Tome and Principe    

 

Congo, Democratic  
Republic of the                 

Liberia

Senegal                       

 

Congo, Republic of

Madagascar 

Seychelles  

 

Selection Criteria 

Equator Prize 2017 winners will be selected by an independent Technical Advisory Committee, which will assess nominations based on the following criteria:

  • Impact: The extent to which the nominated initiative has resulted in measurable and positive environmental, social and economic impacts, related to two or more Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Innovation: The extent to which the nominated initiative demonstrates new approaches and models that overcome prevailing constraints, and could offer fundamentally new approaches to attaining sustainable development;
  • Scalability and/or replicability: The extent to which the nominated initiative could be scaled up sub-nationally or nationally and/or, the extent to which the initiative can be replicated within the country and beyond;
  • Resilience, Adaptability, and Self-Sufficiency: The extent to which the nominated initiative demonstrates adaptability to environmental, social and economic change, resilience in the face of external pressures, and improved capacity for local self-sufficiency;
  • Reduced inequalities: The extent to which the initiative reduces inequalities in income as well as those based on age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status, particular for the poor;
  • Social Inclusion: The extent to which the nominated initiative includes youth, elders, indigenous members and other diverse groups in the decision-making processes and the actions that affect them;
  • Gender Equality:The extent to which the nominated Initiative promotes the equality and empowerment of women and gilrs;
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