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The 2020 Waislitz Global Citizen Awards

Updated on Jun 17, 2020 683 views
The 2020 Waislitz Global Citizen Awards

About the Awards

The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are annual cash prizes totaling $250,000 that recognize the excellence of individuals in their work to end extreme poverty. The grand prize is $100,000 with three additional prizes at $50,000 each, for a total of four prizes. The awards are presented by the Waislitz Foundation and Global Citizen, and in 2020 are supported by the leading US and Australian based cellular medicines company, Mesoblast Ltd and global fund management group Paradice Investment Management Pty Ltd. 

“Ending extreme poverty is not a choice, it's an obligation. My hope is that it will inspire many thousands of people around the world to do what they can to improve the living standards of those in dire need," Chairman and Founder of the Melbourne-based Waislitz Foundation, Alex Waislitz.

The Waislitz foundation exists to create a positive social impact locally and globally through innovative projects that empower individuals to meet their full potential and make a measurable difference to the world.

Prize Description

This 2020 Waislitz Global Citizen Awards feature four awards totaling $250,000.

  • $100,000: Waislitz Global Citizen Award (Grand Prize)
  • $50,000: The Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award
  • $50,000: The Waislitz Global Citizens’ Choice Award
  • $50,000: The Waislitz Global Citizen COVID-19 Response Award

In addition to the cash prizes, the four winners will be profiled in editorial pieces that will be featured on the Global Citizen platform and social media.

Please note, due to COVID-19, there will not be an award ceremony in 2020.

Evaluation Criteria

All applicants will be evaluated based on individual merit, including the following five key areas:

  • GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: How does the applicant embody and exemplify the values and practices of a Global Citizen?
  • PROOF OF CONCEPT: Does the applicant have a strong proof of concept with at least 1-2 years of impact towards ending extreme poverty?
  • DISRUPTION: Has the applicant created measurable impact in an innovative manner that disrupts the systems that allow for extreme poverty to exist?
  • SCALABILITY: How would this award enable/support the applicant to scale or improve their work?
  • ADAPTABILITY: Can the applicant demonstrate examples of their ability to adapt and evolve to changing conditions? 

The grand prize Waislitz Global Citizen Award will be awarded to an applicant based on the 5 criteria listed above.

The Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award will be awarded to an individual who excels in the “Disruption” criteria.

The Waislitz Global Citizens’ Choice Award will be selected with input from public online voting by the Global Citizen community.

The Waislitz Global Citizen COVID-19 Response Award will be awarded to an applicant who excels in the “Adaptability” criteria and has implemented a specific adaptation, pivot or new program that addresses the impacts of COVID-19.

All applicants will be judged upon their ability to excel in five (5) key areas: global citizenship, proof of concept, disruption, scalability, and adaptability. 

First, applicants must demonstrate their ability to uphold the values of a Global Citizen, as outlined by the Global Citizen Manifesto

Secondly, applicants are asked to demonstrate a strong proof of context with one to two years of impact toward ending extreme poverty by the time of submission. For Anoop Jain, the first-ever Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner in 2014, this included 17,000-plus users and 8 tons of disposed excrement from his organization’s sanitation facilities in rural India. 

Additionally, applicants will also be judged on the way in which their intervention disrupts the systems that allow for extreme poverty. Yogesh Kumar, the 2019 Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award winner, excelled in this criteria with his women-only e-commerce logistics company, Even Cargo. In India, gender inequalities across the country find women without an education due to patriarchal norms, fearful of public spaces due to gender-based violence, and underrepresented in various job fields. 

The fourth key criteria area is scalability, and applicants are asked to elaborate on the ways in which the award would help scale or improve their work. Since winning the 2019 Waislitz Global Citizen Choice Award, Qabale Duba was able to build a classroom environment that is more conducive for pastoralist children’s education in her village in Kenya, as well as double the capacity of kids and adult learners at the center founded by her organization. A spot in the community literacy program provides a child with education and porridge and food, which parents find difficult to afford when having to feed themselves as well. 

Finally, the last key area applicants are asked to respond to is adaptability. In what ways have applicants adapted and evolved in response to changing conditions? Unexpected circumstances and obstacles may test our resolve, but as global citizens our goal remains the same: to end extreme poverty for everyone, everywhere.


Applications close Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

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