Ockenden International Prize for YARID!

The Ockenden International Prize is an award that aims to reward amazing innovations that focus on on-the-ground projects that allow for the spotlight to focus on the self-reliance of refugees as well as of those of displaced individuals.

YARID is considered as the first organization for refugees that have attained success through the help of the refugees as well. It is also the first one that has received international recognition for their talents.

The organization is led by a Congolese refugee who has seen the most troubling realities that refugees face every single day.

The previous winners of the award and those who have joined the cause include the following.

  • Norwegian Refugee Council;
  • India’s Centre for Development;
  • Mercy Corp; and
  • CORD.

What Does The Win Mean?

The win means a lot of positive things since it is unprecedented.

First and foremost, the organization did not just win because it upholds a unique status. It won, because of the great impact that it has done for the empowerment of refugees and how they can get back their strength.

The judges stated that it is not only the composition of the organization that ensured their win but their impact on using the evidence which showed that the beneficiaries they looked ar gained an increase in their self-reliance.

The success is due to the bottom-up approach where the focus of the organization was not on the appearance but the main voice of the people that they aim to cater to. This led to the successful cooperation between them and their respondents.

Second, the success of the organization is mostly going to open up the international stage for them. With the fact that they have competed and won against those agencies that aim to provide a design that is less than what they expect it to be, the situation will more likely now be more balanced since they now know that the international arena is ready for them.

Third, their win sheds some amazing spotlight on the initiatives that focus mainly on refugees and the policy-making schemes that should follow after this new win. It is evident that the existing humanitarian approaches have failed refugees since the beginning of time and it is now up to the new winner to determine practical lessons that allow for invaluable insights that can be used by policy-makers and practitioners, on the one hand, and scholars working for refugees, on the other. It is a small scale effort for the biggest impact.