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ONE Africa award finalists named

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The 2015 finalists for the annual $100 000 ONE Africa Award have been announced by the ONE Campaign in Johannesburg. They are: Africa!Ignite of South Africa; Community Link of Uganda; Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN) of Uganda; and The Global Shea Alliance of Ghana.
For the last seven years, the ONE Campaign has recognized and promoted the innovative work of Africa-driven and Africa led advocacy efforts of those civil society organizations making on the ground progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the ONE Africa Award.
The $100 000 annual prize awards and recognizes innovative African efforts to fight poverty and will incentivise many more of such efforts towards the attainment of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Nachilala Nkombo, acting Africa director at ONE, applauded the work of the finalist organisations, and congratulated all of the 254 aspirants this year.
“As we exit the MDGs and prepare to implement the new  SDG, this year’s finalists standout  as examples of the effective work African  organisations working  tirelessly  sometimes with limited resources across the continent to help their communities make progress in the fight against poverty and diseases. Be it  halving extreme poverty, empowering women, or ensuring environmental sustainability.  The response rate was  overwhelming. Our finalists represent some of the most innovative and results oriented development advocates in Africa, whose incredible work  will no doubt contribute to the attainment of SDGs in Africa by 2030,” she says.
“At ONE we advocate for progressive policy solutions to African governments that promote economic opportunity and development, which are necessary to eradicate extreme poverty and preventable diseases in Africa. None of that would be possible without the indispensable role of indigenous African civil society organisations in accelerating the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. We are therefore proud to support and partner with local civil society organizations, and it is for this reason that we initiated the ONE Africa Award in 2008. By honouring the commitment and progress on the ground, we hope that new efforts can be inspired and we can collectively create a better future for all Africans. Today, I am honored to recognize and announce this year’s finalists,” Nkombo adds.
Previous winners of this prestigious award include Friends Africa of Kenya in 2014; Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) of Tanzania in 2013; Positive-Generation (PG) of Cameroon in 2012; Groupe de Réflexion et d’action, Femme Démocratie et Dévelopement (GF2D) of Togo in 2011; SEND-Ghana of Ghana in 2010; Slums Information Development and Resources Centres (SIDAREC) of Kenya in 2009; and Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS) of Nigeria in 2008.