Seventeen young change makers from 13 countries are in the running to be named Commonwealth Young Person of the Year at an awards ceremony held on 15 March at Marlborough House in London.
The Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work celebrate outstanding adolescents and young adults aged 15–29 from Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean and Americas, Africa and Europe, who are leading initiatives ranging from poverty alleviation to peace-building.
This year’s group of finalists are recognised for spearheading projects that will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals – a set of 17 global targets that governments have committed to achieve by 2030.
Katherine Ellis, Director of Youth at the Commonwealth Secretariat, said, “Through their own initiative, young leaders in communities across the world are delivering on the ambitious agenda set by governments on everything from eliminating hunger to protecting the environment.
The shortlisted finalists hail from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Guyana, Jamaica, Malawi, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Uganda and United Kingdom and reflects the broad range of fields the Secretariat is working in.
The full shortlist can be found on the secretariat main site here. Of particular interest to hub members is likely to be the ditigal health related nomination of Charles Immanuel Akhimien and Owobi Emmanuel from Nigeria.
Nigeria – Charles Immanuel Akhimien and Owobi Emmanuel
Charles and Owobi are the co-founders of MOBicure, a social enterprise that provides mobile technology solutions in healthcare for maternal and child health. They created ‘OMOMI’, a mobile platform consisting of an app and an SMS service that enables pregnant women and mothers to access maternal and child health information at the touch of a button. Over 17,000 mothers have benefitted from the platform.
The finalists were chosen by a panel of judges including representatives of Commonwealth High Commissions, Commonwealth organisations and young leaders. The Commonwealth Young Person of the Year will be announced on 15 March alongside regional young persons of the year for Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean and Americas, Africa and Europe.
Highlights from the 2016 awards