Worldaware Business Awards 2004

Two hundred people attended the Worldaware Business Awards last Thursday, 22nd January at the Royal Society, London SW1 celebrating entrepreneurship and contributions to the community in developing countries.

The nominated Awards were won by:

Wongpanit Garbage Separation Recycle Plant (Thailand) for its work in using local people and local resources to tackle waste separation and recycling - P&O Nedlloyd Award for Infrastructure.

"Something that would be the envy of many towns and boroughs in the developing world. A terrific slogan that we can all learn from - looking for everything of value and everything of no value and turning it into value"

Jon Snow

Brebner School Chalk Ltd (Zambia) for its contribution to the local economy and provision, for the first time using local resources, of chalk for schools - UK Trade & Investment Award for Small Businesses.

"Brebner School Chalk realised that education and employment are important areas of development and took the initiative to produce a vital teaching aid resource, chalk"

Baroness Amos

Baker & McKenzie , the international law firm for its work in Vietnam and elsewhere providing help on trade developments and negotiation for developing countries - DTI award for Capacity Building in the Developing World.

"Helped countries like Vietnam to measurably increase their productivity and reduce poverty in a very short period of time"

Baroness Amos

Abebech Gobena Orphanage and School (Ethiopia) for its pioneering work in raising children and giving them life and work skills in one of the world's poorest countries - the Worldaware Award

"All of us in this room feel very humbled by some of the solutions that we hear today. So mind boggling simple, but immense. It reminds me of that old political statement that one person really can make a difference, in such extraordinary circumstances"

Andrew Fraser, Mitsubishi

"She has no children of her own, but has a family of 450,000 people. Most are orphans from the HIV/AIDS epidemic, civil war, poverty and drought. So it's no wonder that she's been referred to as 'The Mother Teresa of Africa'

Baroness Amos

The Moroccan Association of Teachers in English (MATE) for its development of materials and networks for English Language teachers in Morocco - the British Council Award for English Language Skills.

"Knowledge of the English Language has never been as important as a tool for accessing education and employment opportunities as it is now. This event celebrates the work of so many extraordinary and inspirational people and organisations around the world. A fabulous occasion"

David Green, British Council

Special Commendations went to the Centre for Mass Education in Science for its work with young people and, in particular, girls in Bangladesh, the Community of Salinas for its development of local community infrastructure in Ecuador and the Indian Alliance for its work with the homeless and contribution to improving sanitation in Mumbai.

As Dr. DeAnne Julius, Chair of the Judging Panel* said,

"The Worldaware Business Awards reward those who encourage useful business activity and contribution to local communities. They show that even small organisations can have an enduring social and economic impact in the developing world. Things can change, even if slowly and on a small scale."

DeAnne Julius, and Jon Snow of Channel 4 News opened the event. Guests included representatives from the business world, the British Council and many Ambassadors and High Commissioners and this year, to our great pleasure, all the winners attended in person to receive the accolades and the award, a hand crafted wooden bowl. The Awards are sponsored by companies and by the government - a unique collaboration to reward achievement and to recognise the vital role which both governmental and commercial activity plays in supporting economic and social progress in the developing countries of the world.

All those presented with the Awards gave a short speech accompanied by slide presentation - the slides and heartfelt thanks of the recipients, many of whom have devoted their lives in the service of others by improving knowledge or developing skills, had the audience riveted throughout the hour and a half of the ceremony itself. This year, for the first time, the whole procedure was filmed and extensive coverage of the event is expected. Articles have already appeared in The Times and television coverage is imminent via CNN on the "Inside Africa" programme and on the BBC World Service Business News (Brebner School Chalk). Around 20 journalists attended on the day and a photographer was on hand. There was a terrific "buzz" about the whole event - a real sense of achievement and excitement that so much is happening in the world that is promoting self reliance, a spirit of entrepreneurship and an emerging sense of identity for organisations encouraging others in these in the developing countries of today. Our thanks to all the sponsors and to the winners who made the effort to come to London to receive the Awards.

The awards and those who presented them were as follows:

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Thank you!

*Other members of the Awards Judging Panel were - David Green, The British Council, Sir Mark Moody Stuart, KCMG, Rosemary Righter, Associate Editor of The Times, Andrew Rogerson, Overseas Development Institute, Peter Berry, Crown Agents, Judith Unwin, BNP Paribas & Andrew Fraser, Mitsubishi (and President of Worldaware)