Winning Projects 2012

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    Findia: A Journalism-, Charity- and Art Project

    Findia breaks with cultural stereotypes by bringing detailed and colourful information about India into a world trapped in black-and-white thinking, thus raising awareness and educating. Findia gathers first-hand information on little known topics and shares it via social media, as well via classical media channels. The main focus in Findia is on the researching and publishing of stories by nonprofessional student journalists and socially engaged young people. Findia seeks a 360 degree perspective, by asking questions to different persons related to a chosen topic. For instance, NGOs, victims...
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    BudgIT

    BudgIT is a civic start-up to present Nigerian public finances in a web platform understandable at every level of literacy and user interest. The goal is to redefine participatory governance in Nigeria while promoting open access to data and focusing on a more user-friendly presentation of state and federal budgets. Contents include charts and performance analysis for proper understanding of what budgets and public data entail. With little or no knowledge of accounting and public financial management, many Nigerians are lost when confronted with government budgets or media releases only...
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    MorsiMeter

    For the first time in the election history of Egypt, the Middle East and the Arab Region, a digital initiative sets out to follow and evaluate democratic change. MorsiMeter, an interactive website, attempts to monitor the performance of the recently elected Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, by documenting what has actually been achieved in contrast to campaign promises. MorsiMeter has itemized the list of Morsi’s ambitious election commitments and plans to track his progress in achieving them. Content categories include Sanitation, Security, Bread, Fuel, and Traffic. When and if Morsi...
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    Climate for Children

    Climate for Children is a prototype of multimedia interactive presentations and games for interactive boards in classrooms, to involve elementary and high school children in the climate change awareness process and teach them about the impact of their everyday actions on the world’s future. Climate change is one of the most critical issues of today. At stake are recent gains in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease as well as the lives and livelihoods of billions of people in developing countries. The presentations in Climate for Children use different sets of data making learning...
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    Haki: Shield and Defend

    Haki, meaning rights or justice in Swahili, is a mobile game series that is not only fun to play, but also carries a message with social impact. Shield and Defend, the first instalment of the game, deals with environmental protection and has the player save trees from illegal loggers. Kenya has a long history of struggle around environment and conservation. Powerful individuals with political ties abuse power to promote rampart illegal grabbing of massive tracks of land, including game reserves and the largest forested areas, Kenya’s natural water towers, while coercing votes in elections to...
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    ecoCheck

    ecoCheck Papier is a mobile app giving the user an informative hands-on experience with fun. Civilizational eras are known by the dominant materials of the time, whether Stone, Bronze or Iron Ages. Which name would today’s age deserve? While a definitive answer is open, it is certain, that as resources become scarce, all of us must adopt economically sustainable choices. This key trend towards an ecologically conscious usage of resources is seen today in the many recycled products available. ecoCheck Papier thus strives to not only portray paper as the everyday material that we know, but also...
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    Fair Play Anti-Corruption Youth Voices

    Fair Play Anti-Corruption Youth Voices is a global anti-corruption music video competition for young musicians aged 18-35 yrs. Corruption has a profound negative impact on the lives of youth around the globe: bribes demanded by health sector officials cut youth off from proper medical care; police corruption perpetuates violence within communities driving youth into the frontlines of gun battles; and barriers to accessing education and employment push youth into depression, drugs, and alcoholism. The impact of corruption on the attitudes of youth is no less harmful – the embezzlement of...
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    Youth Languages: Your mobile, your expression

    Youth Languages: Your mobile, your expression is a project empowering young Mexicans to produce short cell phone films expressing their culture, as well as their ideas for improving their education or the living conditions in their community. Youth Languages is based on the premise that social exclusion can only be overcome by helping those affected to exercise their rights of participation, expression and access to culture. Following the principle: “Your mobile, your expression,” young professional artists visit community centres and schools offering youngsters skill-building sessions on...
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    WeStopHate

    WeStopHate (WSH) is a Realize Inc. non-profit program dedicated to raising self-esteem in teens – teen-esteem – through social media platforms that engage teens to help each other gain confidence. Why? WSH believes teens who are happy with themselves won’t put others down. WSH is more than just an anti-bullying program... It is a call-to-action to stop hate: stop hating yourself, stop hating others, stop letting others, as the pop song says, hate on you. Run by teens, WSH is one-of-a-kind: we get our message out to our audience directly by utilizing well-known teen YouTubers, the perfect role...
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    GotStared.At

    In India the belief that women provoke violence and sexual assault by dressing immodestly or in a provocative fashion is widespread. GotStared.At challenges this belief by issuing an invitation to women everywhere to post a picture of what they were wearing when they got stared at lewdly or got harassed. GotStared.At is out to prove that the intentions of the onlooker make the difference, not the clothes worn by a woman or the fact that she might be alone. Team-led, the GotStared.At facebook page addresses gender-related issues pertinent to Indian society today, a conceptual laboratory to...
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    I [heart] Being a Girl

    The aim of the I ♥ Being a Girl project is to promote a positive approach to the image of young women, by collecting testimonies of empowered young women and encouraging a positively framed dialogue about gender equality, femininity and sexuality. Core values include self-esteem, a positive view of sexuality and equality in diversity. I [heart] Being a Girl extends the discourse concerning female identity to involve emotions as well as qualitative data – talking with girls instead of just providing medical or other advice. Testimonies are collected to highlight the real experiences and...
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    Moraba

    Moraba is a mobile game targeting young people to inform and to mobilize against gender-based violence (GBV). The project is part of the UNiTE campaign to End Violence against Women and Girls, run by Afroes, the Southern African Regional Office of UN Women. Social research indicates a lack of information regarding acceptable practice in relationships between girls and boys, including misinformation around rape vs. consenting sex and use of physical force vs. discussion with one’s partner to resolve a domestic incident. Moraba challenges mindsets surrounding gender stereotypes, harmful social...
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    Creating SMILES - building the Nation (SMILES)

    SMILES is a youth initiative using engineering and technology in an environmentally friendly way for the development of online education, the creation of infrastructure, as well as improved health and job opportunities in the rural villages of Nepal. SMILES uses green energy for electrifying rural villages in Nepal in a reliable, health-sustaining and affordable way, aiming to connect local schools to the global communication nexus via wireless communication technology. Computerized education gives villagers in remote areas the opportunity to increase their literacy and overall knowledge. It...
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    Radijojo World Children's Radio & Media Network

    Radijojo World Children’s Radio & Media Network is a non-profit organisation dedicated to media based global learning, cultural exchange, inclusion, youth empowerment and children’s rights. We connect children and youth of all ages, cultures and social contexts in more than 100 countries. Connecting with a peer is the best way to make issues like fair trade, child labour or climate change concrete for children in workshops, as well as for young listeners and users of our content. All our content is designed as a free educational resource, is made by children for children and can be...
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    Fünda

    Funda is an online program that puts together educational resources for students and teachers in South Africa. Students often struggle to take charge of their educational journey, finding it difficult to manage their resources, especially when content is not specific to the curriculum used in their school system. By aggregating local content from publishers, schools, teachers, universities and online resource portals, Funda gets relevant personalised content to students and teachers, who access it through their phones, iPads or laptops in a format that is best suited to them, whether it be...
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    iWatch Nigeria

    iWatch is a platform where citizens can find detailed reports about the projects and budget allocations promised by governments in Nigeria, from local to  federal, and can air their opinions and concerns about what governments are doing. iWatch aims to improve accountability and keep governments on their toes in terms of their constitutional obligations and service delivery. The data provided by iWatch on nationwide government initiatives, tells you who is acting, what is being done, when people will be affected, where the efforts are being focussed and why the project is being carried out....
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    Music Is Medicine

    Music is Medicine is an organization founded by teenage musician sisters who discovered magic: ten or fifteen seriously ill children and their parents can be the best audience a musician could ask for. Music is Medicine offers an online platform inviting musicians to register to use their music to impact hospitalized children in their communities by being paired with a local children’s centre to perform, to fundraise and/or organize a creative music therapy program for patients. Musicians receive practical guidance to organize a benefit concert, or to record a song of inspiration for a...
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    Farmerline

    Farmerline is a service that delivers information to farmers through voice or text messages to their mobile phone. It addresses the problem of accessing timely and area-specific information missed by many Ghanaian smallholder farmers. Lack of access to information affects their yield, income and autonomy, making it difficult to orient decisions according to larger trends such as market demand, or to get the voices of farmers heard. With 30% of the world’s food supply produced by smallholder farmers, low yields are everybody’s problem. Mobile phones used throughout Ghana offer an ideal...
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    International Reporters

    International Reporters (IR) is a youth journalism initiative for fair news coverage and sustainable development. The project was developed by an international group of students who met at www.theglobalexperience.org, an intercultural youth network for global education and sustainable development. Currently 38 young people from 17 nations form the IR editorial and share with us news stories, photo series and video reports that aim to give a different perspective on our respective countries. Our stories portray people with great life stories, tackle issues of sustainable development, share...
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    News That Matters Not

    News That Matters Not (NTMN) is an Indian news satire and humour website that engages in social commentary and criticism. Operating since November 2009, NTMN is one of the oldest of all such popular websites in India, which is still very active. NTMN attempts to use sarcastic humour, dark satire and critical observations, to target media, politics, life and society. It was the winner of the prestigious 8th Annual Manthan South Asia Awards for best e-content practices (category: e-news and media) in December 2011. The jury appreciated NTMN’s social value as a writing venture and its value as a...
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    Project ORANGS

    In 2007, Madison and Rhiannon earned their Girl Scout Bronze Award by raising awareness about the Orangutan and their rainforest habitat. After learning that the Girl Scout Cookies they had sold for years contained palm oil, an ingredient that results in rainforest destruction and human rights abuses the two girls founded Project ORANGS. Now seniors in high school, Madison and Rhiannon are committed to ensuring that Girl Scout Cookies are rainforest safe. In the fall of 2011, GSUSA announced their new palm oil policy, a step in the right direction, and the first policy change in GSUSAs...
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    conTREEbute

    Through the calculation of carbon footprint and compensation by planting trees, conTREEbute shows the impact generated by individuals and companies. The most important thing is to communicate the strategies: communication and action! There is no action without communication and vice versa. This is why we are strong on facebook, a medium where we connect with the people and where they tell about their business.  
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    The Youth Republic

    The Youth Republic is a Global Youth Network having spread in more than 42 countries of the world. In a year The Youth Republic completed more than 13 Action-Projects impacting lives of thousands of people all around the world. It provides Youth a platform to stay united, let voices be heard and amplified, enable them to share opportunities, strengthen inter-cultural dialogues, stay pluralistic, spread love for cultures, traditions and religions all over the world, respect diversity, support multilingualism, work for better tomorrow and inclusive future by developing Global Partnership, hence...
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    StartSomeGood.com

    StartSomeGood is a platform which empowers all changemakers globally to raise the funds and grow the community of supporters they need to transform ideas for good into action and impact. Social innovators come to our site with an idea for how they want to improve the world and detail the issue they seek to address and their plan for doing so.  Once approved by the StartSomeGood team, we work with the social entrepreneurs to help them craft a campaign to raise funds, through a high-touch approach with feedback and guidance sharing what we’ve learned in helping 70 social entrepreneurs raise the...
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    Online Webinars for African Women and Girls!

    Imagine a group of women and girls that have been excluded because they reside in a rural part of Nigeria, Ghana or another country in West Africa. Many are without a means of earning an adequate form of livelihood, as a result of their inaccessibility to business education. They are often burdened with a socioeconomic situation that leaves them with little opportunity and little access to information regarding banking, entrepreneurial ventures, and financial education. This project aims to solve this issue by providing a platform for economic development and transformation through...
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    Youth for Empowerment Forum

    The Youth for Empowerment Forum is part of the broader initiative of React and Change (R&C). R&C is the first Brazilian youth-led and online-driven platform of youth activism committed to activating youth to end gender inequality. It is a network reaching more than 3000 young people in Brazil through the pure desire of standing up for gender equality in the country. This initiative is dedicated to mobilize the Brazilian youth and reinforce its projects and community. We have just launched the Youth for Empowerment Campaign: A sequence of frequent forums that will take place in all...
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    GloballyEducated

    GloballyEducated is an open Educational Resource platform providing free access to educational resources and courses developed by local subject-matter experts. It is a mobile and web-based platform that allows students in Africa a continuous access to organized and localized videos, eBooks, presentations and journals that will help them get access to quality education. The materials are organized to help students get primary, secondary and distance learning educational opportunities. Students have the ability to connect with other students and teachers/content-developers working from...
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    LEBTOP (Learning English By Talking On Phone)

    English is now the most widely used language in the world. People in countries whose native language is not English find it hard to talk in English. Many people who are learning English, want an English talking partner to practice, give guidance, correct them, etc…  Poor people in Non-English speaking nations are the most affected, as they do not have proper education, TV sets, Laptop, smart phones or newspapers. But nowadays almost everyone owns a basic cell phone to call someone. As the rural people and the poor, have only a cell phone to connect with someone else, LEBTOP is a system...
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    NowDoctor

    NowDoctor is the first platform in Greece that allows patients to book appointments online with the doctor of their choice while providing doctors with a powerful e-marketing tool. The service is entirely free to ordinary citizens who just have to register in order to access the service.
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    Nefsi Masr/Companies Care

    After the Arab Spring everyone is convinced that people have power. Governments are now doing their best to fix and revamp the infrastructure of their countries, with priority given to large projects (Water, electricity, employment, etc..). However, citizens suffer from low standards of living and unfortunately this is not prioritized by the public officials. On the other hand the private sector companies pay huge amounts of money for advertising and CSR projects which are not always what people want. Companies Care is a project where people put detailed solutions for these poor services....