Stakes and objectives
The Fondation SUEZ and Institut de France launch in September 2017 the 6th edition of the SUEZ-Institut de France Award, which rewards projects and innovations that contribute to the development of water services, sanitation and waste management in developing countries.
The jury will give priority to projects:
- Designed for appropriation by local stakeholders and the project’s beneficiaries (populations, local authorities, etc.);
- Enabling the integration and participation of at-risk populations;
- Applicable to urban and peri-urban environments.
The SUEZ-Institut de France Award includes two categories, for two types of applicant:
- The Access to Essential Services Award, which rewards an innovation developed by a not-for-profit organization. It aims at creating a bridge between applied research and operational development projects. The objective is to promote the innovations to the greatest number of people so that they may be used by professionals in the water, sanitation and waste management sectors in developing countries. The innovations, applicable in the field, can be technical, organisational, financial or social, and may concern tools for spreading information and knowledge.
- The Social Entrepreneurship Award, which rewards an initiative developed by a social entrepreneur. It aims at supporting business activities in the sectors of water, sanitation and waste management developed by social entrepreneurs in developing countries. These initiatives, which often generate jobs, have a positive social impact, particularly for poor and at-risk population.
Who can apply ?
The SUEZ-Institut de France Award is open to any institution and any social entrepreneur that has developed an innovative and replicable project contributing to the development of water services, sanitation or waste management services in developing countries, preferably applicable to urban and peri-urban areas.
For the Access to Essential Services Award and the Social Entrepreneurship Award, applications are selected according to the following criteria:
- The project contributes to the improvement or development of water services, sanitation or waste management.
- The project concerns at least one developing country.
- The project has already produced conclusive results through one or several significant pilot phases.
- The project is replicable and must be free of all rights or at least not subject to restrictive intellectual property rights.
- The applicant organisation and the team responsible for the project are recognised for their qualifications and experience.
- The application form complies and is complete in form and content, the answers to the requested information are concise and clear, the presentation is clear etc.
- The application form must explain and describe the use that will be made of the Award funds in order to improve water services, sanitation or waste management in developing countries.
Selection criteria specific to the Access to Essential Services Award:
- The application is presented by a non-profit organisation. It cannot be awarded to one single person.
- The project is supported or developed locally in collaboration with a public organisation.
Selection criteria specific to the Social Entrepreneurship Award:
- The application is presented by a social entrepreneur.
- The project is locally supported or developed in collaboration with local stakeholders.
- 15 September 2017: launch of the 6th edition of 6th edition of the SUEZ-Institut de France Award.
- 15 January 2018: closing of the call for applications.
- 3 July 2018: award ceremony at The Institut de France in Paris.
A sum of €50, 000 is granted to each initiative rewarded by the two awards, the Access to Essential Services Award and the Social Entrepreneurship Award. The projects also benefit from the promotion of their project on the different websites and social media of the Fondation SUEZ, SUEZ and the Institut de France. These projects can also be presented during international events on water, sanitation and waste management.
The organizing team, composed with members of the Fondation SUEZ and from the Institut de France, will pre-select applications based on how well the competition rules are respected.
A technical Commission, with members designated by the organisers, will receive and examine the applications. It then selects 3 to 5 application forms per category (“Access to Essential Services” and “Social Entrepreneurship”) to be submitted to the Jury. After this selection, the Jury deliberates and chooses the winners.
This challenge is closed. Discover the awardees:
- Dar Si Hmad Association: Improving access to drinking water by harvesting water from fog
- Coliba – C+ Propre: a digital project of waste management on mobile phones in Abidjan