2019 Finalists



Sanku is a non-profit organisation that reaches out to communities vulnerable to malnutrition by equipping and incentivising small-scale, local millers to fortify their flour with innovative technology, as well as adding micronutrients that are scientifically proven to improve health and vitality in the food Africans eat the most.


Nuru International

Nuru International is a non-profit organisation that equips local leaders within communities with the tools and knowledge to lead their communities out of extreme poverty. Its model consists of addressing following areas: rural livelihoods, financial inclusion, health and education.


Twiga Foods Limited

Twiga Foods Ltd has developed an app that links farmers and vendors to fair and trusted modern markets. Using mobile technology to aggregate demand from thousands of small vendors, the app enables cashless transactions and accurately tracks supply and demand, removing the need for intermediaries. Over 70 per cent of its customers are women and, since 2014, they have seen significant growth on both sides of the value chain.



Operation ASHA

A non-profit organisation providing Tuberculosis (TB) health services to communities, Operation ASHA’s ‘eCompliance’ digital platform comes with a biometric and eye-scan functionality, allowing an online database of all treated patients.


Living Goods

Active across 160 branches, covering six million people across Kenya and Uganda, Living Goods works towards achieving its main aim of reducing child mortality. Through a network of 7,500 Community Health Workers (CHW) in these two countries, the majority of whom are female, Living Goods has been able to decrease under-5 child mortality by 25 per cent, relative to control sites. It has also recorded similar successes for both neonatal and infant mortality.


We Care Solar

Successfully having already helped 1.8 million people, Solar Suitcases are tailored for childbirth and related medical services by delivering around-the-clock medical lighting in 3,325 medical facilities in 27 developing countries in Africa. The Solar Suitcase assists midwives and medical professionals in fetal monitoring while also acting as a communication device.




Acumen invests philanthropic capital to create sustainable businesses serving low-income communities. As an incubator and laboratory for social enterprises, it has invested US$115M in 113 companies across the globe, disrupting systems that have previously made it difficult for people to break out of poverty.



A fast-growing company that has successfully deployed a plug and play solar device – the BBOXX – across a number of African countries, offering their customers an on-grid experience in an off-grid setting.


Solar Sister

Solar Sister is a non-profit organisation with the world’s first scalable, women-led, renewable energy (RE) distribution model, delivering clean energy solutions to vulnerable communities. They do so by empowering rural women with clean energy livelihoods, which opens the door to greater energy security, financial savings, health and educational opportunities.



Association Agir Ensemble

Providing clean and safe drinking water for rural communities in a cost effective manner, the Safe Water Cube is a local filtration solution for surface waters.



With its micro-enterprise kiosk solution, providing treated water for users who would otherwise have no other access, 1001fontaines is an established entity in Cambodia and Madagascar, with expansion plans to enter the South and South-East Asian markets.


Eco Solutions for Tomorrow Today (ECOSOFTT)

ECOSOFTT is an award-winning, decentralised, community water management standard that outlines a set of solutions for source management, water use, water recycling and discharge. Water SMART Blue Building solutions enable water sustainability through total management of the water cycle for living communities, including townships, homes, commercial buildings and villages.


Global High Schools

East Asia & Pacific

Fiordland College

Fiordland College, New Zealand, proposes to build a student-run energy park integrating solar, water, wind energy, whilst combining functionality with art via energy-generating culturally inspired sculptures. The plan is to reduce their ecological footprint in an engaging and innovative way by enhancing environmental knowledge and awareness among its local community, as well as the one million visitors who pass through the school annually.


Lowanna College

Lowanna College, Australia, proposes a broad student leadership programme for sustainability through projects that are fun and engaging. Projects include: wicking garden water reduction using recycled milk bottles as the reservoir, biodigester model, pellet mill, solar array, mushroom house, worm farm shelter, and a bicycle powered smoothie maker.


Muntinlupa National High School

Muntinlupa National High School, in The Philippines, proposes to build a solar-powered micro-farm with photo-bioreactors to promote efficient algae cultivation for algae products that provide feedstock and are related to energy, water, food, and health. It also intends to educate people about microalgae cultivation through the construction of Zayed Community Hub that will also serve as off campus research, training and community centre where other administrative functions in relation to RevAMP can be successfully facilitated outside the campus.


Nabala Secondary School

The project proposal aims to create a model ISLA school (Island Sustainable Living) with rainwater harvesting and storage facilities and a water use policy following standard WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) principles.


Europe & Central Asia

Gymnasium Goethe

Gymnasium Goethe, Tajikistan, plans to use solar power to raise awareness of alternatives to hydro-electric power. The school already uses solar energy to supply four lamps, one TV projector and an e-board. The school aims to run 100 per cent on solar energy and to sell remaining solar energy to its neighborhood.


St. Benedict’s Primary School

This UK school plans to repair buildings and create an eco-school that will be a model for the inner-city community in which it is based. The project includes solar panels, LED lighting, water harvesting systems, and an on-site organic vegetable and fruit garden.


CIS Armenia International School

CIS Armenia International School (CIS Armenia) plans to implement a student-led happiness research project. They will establish a happiness centre, which will be open to its wider community and produce happiness awareness publications.



American School of Dubai

The American School of Dubai (ASD) is proposing to install a biodigester for organic waste, install beehives to teach about biodiversity and beekeeping, install a data dashboard monitoring energy, water and waste and install automatic timers for air conditioners for faculty housing.


British International School, Riyadh

The British International School Riyadh (BISR) is proposing an integrated education for sustainability project to install solar panels, solar heating and solar tubes, recycling water and creating a compost centre from school kitchen and cooking class waste. The savings from the project (e.g. reduction of bills) will be used to benefit two programmes in poverty-stricken areas of Nepal.


Private International English School

The Private International English School, in the UAE, is proposing an innovative project for students, teachers and parents in rural India. It aims to use agricultural water flows to create minimal impact hydro-electric power and provide energy to schools and houses in rural India. This will enable communities to teach and study after dark and power enhanced school facilities (e.g. laboratories).


South Asia

Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh

SECMOL, in India, is an existing sustainable campus looking to further invest in solar energy, food gardens and hydroponics, with the aim of making the school fully self-sustainable in kitchen fuel, electricity, and water. The project has two phases; Phase 1 is designed for students to experiment and learn through their mistakes and build confidence and competency. There are also plans to develop maths and science labs.


The Royal Academy

The Royal Academy, Bhutan, aims to generate knowledge and practice of organic agriculture, waste segregation, recycling/upcycling of inorganic waste, vermicomposting and mushroom production to reduce dependence on imports.


St Aloysius Institute of Technology

The Jabalpur Diocesan Educational Society, in India, is applying on behalf of the school – St. Aloysius Institute of Technology. The school claims to adopt a holistic view on the environment, where an educational curriculum is combined with sustainability projects (rainwater harvesting being one of the main examples). The project proposes to raise awareness of water sustainability through the "True Blue" programme. Two schools will pilot the approach that will then be rolled out to another 30.


Sub-Saharan Africa

The African Leadership Academy

The South African-based academy offers a two-year pre-university programme, in Africa. By creating a water treatment machine called "The Living Machine," which treats greywater, the school is also looking to implement solar power that will cut electricity costs and increase savings to fund additional renewable energy projects, across the continent.


College Mangaoka

This Madagascan school aims to build and upgrade education facilities in a sustainable manner. Solar panels will be introduced as an energy source, rain harvesting will be used to create clean drinkable water supply, as well as sustainable toilets and an organic garden.


Ongata Barrikoi High School for Boys and Girls

The project looks to repair the infrastructure of two schools, in Kenya, using sustainable materials and involving students in the design and construction. The school plans to create smart rain and wastewater systems, solar panels and LIFI for connectivity, and permaculture gardens for feeding the students and growing commercial products such as aloe.


The Americas

Centro Educacional Agrourbano

The school, in Brazil, aims to be a fully self-sustainable institution, with an autonomous solar photovoltaic system, a complete sewage treatment station and water reuse system. The school plans to expand its aquaponics crops, producing the majority of food consumed at the school. Additional plans include establishing a bamboo farm to construct new and sustainable structures both in and outside of the school.


The Impact School - Estrella De Mar

The Impact School, in Guatemala, proposes to increase access to secondary schooling for Mayan girls and encourage more sustainable farming practices and healthy food choices. For families in poverty, secondary schooling represents significant economic sacrifice, by providing nutritional meals the school is encouraging parents to send their daughters into secondary education.


Negrete’s Agricultural High School

The Chilean school proposes to install a community greenhouse, using photovoltaic panels to provide lighting, as well as a manure treatment facility for small local dairies, to reduce current contamination of water supplies, and create biogas for heating.