Ahe SUEZ Initiatives-Institut de France Prize is based on the foundations of the Water for All Competition, which it took over in 2011. It rewards projects and innovations that contribute to the development of water, sanitation and waste management services in developing countries.
The purpose of this Fund is to combat exclusion on a long-term basis by supporting practical measures to improve access to essential services (water, sanitation and waste) for disadvantaged people in developing countries and the integration of vulnerable people through employment and training in France. Its action is in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
Achievements worldwide between 2011 and 2016
Two Awards are presented :
– Price Access to Essential Services rewards an innovation, free of rights, developed by a non-profit organization. It aims to provide a link between applied research (in the broadest sense of the term) and operational development projects.
A €50,000 prize, to help it grow and spread, rewards an innovation of a technical, organizational, financial, social nature or that relates to tools for the dissemination of knowledge - developed by a non-profit organization.
– Social Entrepreneurship Award50,000,rewards and encourages an initiative led by a social entrepreneur, promoting the development of economic activities with a high social impact, particularly for the most disadvantaged populations.
Selection Criteria :
For the Access to Essential Services Award and the Social Entrepreneurship Award, candidates are selected according to the following criteria:
- Your project aims to improve or develop water, sanitation or waste management services.
- It concerns developing countries
- It has already demonstrated conclusive results through one or more significant pilot experiments.
- The project is largely reproducible and free of rights, or at least not subject to binding intellectual property rights
- The applicant organization and the team responsible for the project presented are recognized by their qualification, experience or reputation.
- The application file is correct and complete in form and content, the answers to the information requested are explicit, the presentation is clear, etc.
- The prize money will be used to improve water, sanitation or waste management services in developing countries.
Additional Criteria for the Access to Essential Services Award
- The nomination is submitted by a non-profit organization.
- The project is supported or developed locally in consultation with a public organisation.
Additional criteria for the Social Entrepreneurship Award
- Nominated by a social entrepreneur
- The project is supported or developed in consultation with local stakeholders.
Applicants may submit their applications until January 15, 2018.