Young Global Changers Recoupling Awards 2022
With the “Young Global Changers Recoupling Awards” the Global Solutions Initiative aims to identify and recognize young changemakers from all over the world who contribute actively towards a better alignment – a “recoupling” – of economic prosperity with environmental sustainability and the needs and demands of societies, communities and individuals. The award seeks to recognize concrete practices and impactful youth-led projects that drive change on the ground, while also serving as examples and inspiration beyond their immediate impact.
To be successful, projects must be guided by a people-centric approach, that puts the needs and voices of their stakeholders, customers, workers or communities at the center. Projects must be beyond the idea phase and can include social businesses as well as nonprofit activities. The finalists present their projects at the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin.
Learn more about the young changemakers and their projects below.
Meet the Winners!
On March 28/29, 2022 the 10 finalists were invited to attend the 2022 Global Solutions Summit in Berlin, where they presented their projects in front of an international jury in an hybrid event. The three jury members – Katharina Lima de Miranda (Research Director, Council for Global Problem-Solving), Abir Ibrahim (Founder, Inua Naturals & YGC Ambassador for Africa) and Guillaume Lafortune (Vice President & Head of Paris Office, Sustainable Development Solutions Network) – evaluated the projects not only according to the extent to which they contribute to recoupling; they also looked for particularly novel, unique and original approaches that address specific issues that have been neglected so far. The awards ceremony was moderated by the Declan Curry. Special guests were the renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs (Professor & Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University) and Dennis Snower (President, Global Solutions Initiative). The jury selected a winner as well as a 2nd and 3rd prize.
Meet the Other Finalists
Waste management application that allows users to manage their waste, find nearby waste collectors for waste pick-up and help to improve recycling knowledge and overall recycling rate. The platform operates in six cities in Indonesia with more than 9000 waste collectors using their app, providing professional services to more than 100.000 users, and it promotes environmental sustainability and economic empowerment by integrating informal actors into an efficient waste management system.
SINA Global - Social Innovation Academy
Initiative which promotes self-organized learning spaces for marginalized youth and refugees in eight African countries. Through their work they are empowering youth, promoting self-development of personal and professional skills so that the participants can find their own solutions and create start-ups.
Meet the 40 Semi-Finalists
education, skills & tech