2019 Ockenden International Prizes

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For more than 65 years, Ockenden International has helped refugees and displaced people across the globe.

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.

More than GBP500,000 has been given in prizes since the inaugural GBP60,000 prize was awarded in February 2013.

The 2019 Prizes call for entries was announced on 1 September 2018. The deadline for entering the 2019 Prizes is midnight (GMT) on 30 November 2018. The winners will be announced by 31 March 2019.

The four winning organisations will each receive GBP25,000. There are no secondary prizes.

Ockenden International is looking for projects, activities and/or programmes (each ‘a project’) which promote self-reliance among refugees and/or displaced people.  You can enter a project run by your organisation or you can nominate a project managed by a non-profit partner or affiliated organisation.  In these entry rules, ‘the organisation’ refers to the organisation which managed the project.

Judging Criteria

The judges will, in particular, look for:

  • Projects that promote self-reliance among refugees and/or displaced people. These may be projects that are led by or have a high level of participation from displaced people themselves; projects providing education, legal assistance, livelihood assistance; and any other programmes that help refugees and/or displaced people build stable, independent lives.
  • Projects that have proved to be highly effective in improving the lives of refugees and/or displaced people.
  • Projects that have led to real change in the lives of refugees and/or displaced people.
  • Effective initiatives, with measureable evidence of outcomes.

Entry Rules

  • The project should be the focus of the entry.  All entries should be made via the online Entry Form and in English.  If you do not have access to the internet, download the .pdf version of the Entry Form, print, fill and post it to the address below to be received by November 30, 2018.
  • Organisations may submit one entry only in each prize year.  Unsuccessful organisations are welcome to reapply in future years.
  • The project must benefit refugees and/or displaced people with a strong emphasis on promoting self-reliance.  The primary focus of the project must be helping refugees and/or displaced people in need, rather than this being an ancillary benefit.
  • The organisation must be able to show that the project has been effective with measurable evidence of project outcomes leading to independence for refugees and/or displaced people.
  • The project submitted must have started no earlier than 1 September 2015 (i.e. no more than 36 months before the opening date for the current year’s entries).
  • Organisations must have high standards of financial and administrative governance.  Organisations must include a copy of their latest audited, abbreviated accounts with their application. Where audited accounts are not available, entrants should provide other evidence of sound financial governance.
  • Organisations may be asked to provide references or other evidence of the project and their financial and administrative governance during the short-listing process. This may include due diligence on bank accounts nominated by entrants for the receipt of prize money.
  • Prize money will only be paid to a bank account held in the organisation’s name.  In no circumstances will prize money be paid to a personal bank account. Ockenden International will not be responsible for any bank or transfer fees.
  • Prize money must only be used to help refugees and/or displaced persons in need and Ockenden International is required to ensure that prize money is used by a winning organisation for charitable purposes. It is anticipated that, in general, prize money will be used to continue or expand the project referred to in the entry or for a similar future project run by the organisation.
  • Prize winners will be required to provide information to Ockenden International about the projects and the use of prize money which Ockenden International will share on its website and in other communications.
  • The jury’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • By submitting an entry, organisations agree to be bound by these Rules.

Entries by Post

For organisations without access to the Internet, postal entries will be considered. If required, download the .pdf version of the Entry Form. Print and complete the form in block letters and mail it, along with the requested documentation by the closing date, to:

2019 Ockenden Prizes
c/- Context Graphics Limited
1 Savernake Court,
Old Church Lane
Stanmore
Middlesex HA7 2RJ
United Kingdom

Closing date: 30 November 2018

Apply here!

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