Sunday, April 16, 2006

Bono? Bill Clinton? Jeffrey Sachs? You?

The Center for Global Development (website) gives away a "Committment to Development" award annualy. Past winners of the award include the Cancellor of the Echequer (fancy name for the British head of the treasury) Gordon Brown for last year, and Oxfam's "Make Trade Fair" campaign for 2004. Nominations for 2006 are now open. It will take you just a few minutes to nominate your favorite development crusader/mujahid. To do so, click here.

My choice?
Not Sachs, not Easterly, not even Bono - in fact, none of the big-name celebrities.
I think that at the end of the day, the award has to pay tribute to the extra-ordinariness of ordinary people. From what I have read/heard/seen this year, nowhere has this been more possible in 2006 than through a neat new concept called Social Entrepreneurship.
For this, I nominate the Ashoka Foundation, a leading organization for social entrepreneurship, and all of its "Ashoka Fellows" for the Committment to Development award in 2006.

Who is your choice?


Blogger hamesha: said...

I should admit that for a moment I entertained the thought of nominating our own quixotic circle of Econo-Develo aspirants for the award, but then I thought better of it.
Besides, there is always next year...right?

10:21 PM  
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