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Ockenden Prize for Innovative Solutions for Internally Displaced People (IDP) 2018


In a new format, with prizemoney of £100,000 to be split between the winners, Ockenden International will award four prizes of £25,000 each, for projects lt deems most effective in supporting self-reliance for refugees and internally displaced people.

Application Deadline: Thursday, 30th November, 2017

Offered Annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Any

About the Award: The International Prize was launched in 2012 as was a three-year refugee studies fellowship at Oxford University. This important prize for a project that aids refugees or displaced people – as well as the Oxford University Fellowship – honours Ockenden International’s founder Joyce Pearce and the principles on which Ockenden was established.

The 2017 prize was won by St Andrew’s Refugee Services (StARS) in Cairo, Egypt, for a programme designed to halt the exodus to Europe of young unaccompanied adults. StARS’ ‘Youth Bridging Program’ is slowing the migration rate of young unaccompanied refugees out of Cairo by providing them with practical reasons, including education and other support, to stay in Egypt.

The two 2017 runners-up were the ‘Consolidation of Legal Aid Services to Forced Migrants’ from the School of Law, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda and ‘IDPs Support Project in Rasuwa’, a post-earthquake recovery programme from
Parivartan Patra, Nepal (nominated by Cordaid, The Netherlands).

The cash prizes recognize and reward innovative work that fosters self-reliance for refugees and/or internally displaced people (IDPs) anywhere in the world – the hallmark of Ockenden International since its inception in 1951.

Type: Contests/Awards


  • Submissions for the £25,000 prizes must be from non-profit organisations, which can also elect to nominate a project by a partner or affiliate organization.
  • There are no geographical limits on the locations of submitted projects but the judges will be looking for work initiated no earlier than September 1, 2014, and for evidence of properly measured and evaluated outcomes.
  • Entrants can apply on their own organisation’s behalf or nominate a non-profit partner or affiliated organisation.

Selection Criteria: The judges will, in particular, look for:

  • Initiatives that promote self-reliance among refugees and/or displaced people. This may include (but is not limited to) projects that are led by or have a high level of participation from displaced people themselves; projects providing education, legal assistance, livelihoods assistance or any other programmes that help refugees and/or displaced people build stable, independent lives.
  • Approaches that have proved to be highly effective in improving the lives of refugees and/or displaced people.
  • Initiatives that lead to real change in the lives of refugees or displaced people.
  • Effective initiatives, with measureable evidence of project/programme outcomes

Number of Awards: 4

Value of Award: £25,000 (each).  There are no secondary prizes.

Duration of Program: The winners will be announced by March 30, 2018.

How to Apply: All applications should be made via the online Entry Form

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: Ockenden

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