A prize-giving ceremony of the Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organisations(AGFUND)will be held on December 12, 2006 in the PKiN Congress Hall in Warsaw, under the auspices of Lech Kaczyński, the President of the Republic of Poland. The prizes will be awarded for the best development projects implemented in 2006. The president of AGFUND, Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz will attend the ceremony. The prizes of this organization which has been working since 1980 are presented annually in different countries (recently the ceremonies have taken place in France, India, Tunisia, Switzerland and South Africa). By choosing Warsaw as a place of the ceremony, the organisers wished to stress the international character of the event, as well as acknowledge growing participation of Poland in giving solutions to international development problems.
In 2006 the AGFUND Prize Committee awarded the following prizes amounting to a total of USD 300,000:
-The first category prize which is specifiedfor "projects implemented by international and regional organisations in the field of sustainable primary health services, training andjob creation for the poor inrural areas" has been awarded to the project entitled "Community-Based Primary Health Care Development in Azerbaijan" implemented in Azerbaijan by International Medical Corps.
-The second category prize which is specifiedfor "projects implemented by NGOs in the field of provision of education services and job creation for the poor in rural areas" has been awarded to the project entitled "Discovering the Ocean World: Education resources for primary schools" implemented in Mauritius by Shoals Rodrigues;
-The third category prize which is specified for "projects sponsored and/or implemented by individuals and dealing with fulfilling basic vocational training needs and job creation for the poor in rural areas" has been awarded to the project entitled "Work places creation through training of women on vocations and business skills" implemented in Uzbekistan upon the initiative and efforts undertaken and carried out by Dildar Alimbekova.
The Committee members are:
- Mrs. Mercedes Menafra de Battle, First Lady of the Republic of Uruguay, representing American Continents;
- The Baroness Emma Nicholson, European Parliament deputy from Great Britain, representing Europe;
- Dr Ahmed Mohammad Ali, President of the Islamic Development Bank representing Arab Countries;
- Prof. Mohammed Yunus, this year's Nobel Pease Prise laureate from Bangladesh, founder and Director of the Grameen Bank, representing Asia;
- Dr Yusuf Said Abdullah, the Former Director-General of OPEC Fund for International Development, representing Africa.
A media campaign will be launched in Warsaw by AGFUND. Its aim is to attract and choose pioneering development projects in 2007 in thefield entitled "Fighting and counteracting human trafficking". The categories of the AGFUND Prize 2007 are specified for projects implemented by international and regional organisations, non-governmental organisations, and those financed and/or implemented by individuals. AGFUND will establish contact with Polish organisations specialising in development assistance. Due to the event, a group of journalist from Arab Countries will be visiting Poland.
To find out more, visit the official AGFUND webpage at: http://www.agfund.org/.