Amman, Jordan / May 2016
Initiatives nominated: Iris from Palestine, Bashkatib from Egypt, Mshakal from Jordan, Technical Cloud from Jordan, SOUPer Meals on Wheels from Lebanon, Siraj from Jordan. Congratulations to the three winners: Kees Chic from KSA, Youknow from Palestine, Khatwa from Egypt!
Launched by His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein at the World Economic Forum in 2007, the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement (KAAYIA) celebrates and supports young people throughout the Arab region who have pioneered innovative solutions to urgent social, economic and environmental challenges. The biennial Award is designed to promote creative problem-solving and cross-border dialogue and cooperation among Arab youth.
The KAAYIA is awarded to youth, aged 18 to 30, across the Arab region. Applications are reviewed against three core criteria; Leadership & Innovation, Collaboration & Partnership, Impact & sustainability. The top 3 winners receive 50,000 US$ each to expand the scope and impact of their work, while the other 7 become innovation fund candidates, and all 10 finalists receive capacity building training and recognition for the exemplary work they are doing.