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$100,000 award for IT in international development

$100,000 award for IT in international development

The Development Gateway Foundation is seeking nominations for the second Development Gateway Award, a $100,000 award which will recognise outstanding achievement in using information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve people’s lives in developing countries.

The 2004 award, then called the Petersberg Prize, was given to Grameen Bank-Village Phone, through which women entrepreneurs can start a business providing wireless payphone service in rural areas of Bangladesh. Grameen was chosen from over 200 nominations for its significant impact in creating a new class of women entrepreneurs who have raised themselves from poverty while serving their communities.

An independent foundation launched by the World Bank, the Development Gateway operates a web resource of global development information, and supports similar information service enterprises around the world to advance development locally. Award nominees’ stories will be shared on these portals, to advance understanding of their work and of ICT’s role in development.

An international panel of independent jurors will review and select the finalists and winner, who will be announced by June 2005.

The award is open to nominations from around the world, and may be given to an individual or to an organisation.

The deadline for submission is 28 February 2005.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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