The has announced the 18 winners of the WSIS Prizes at WSIS Forum 2017 which took place at the Geneva International Conference Centre. WSIS Prizes provides a platform from which to identify and showcase success stories across the 11 WSIS Action Lines defined in the Geneva Plan of Action.
This year’s theme focused on initiatives that also supported the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Among the winners were 4 entries from African countries – Egypt, Ghana, Burkina Faso and South Africa. They are:
- Action Line C6 Enabling environment
Winner: Egypt’s National Program for ICT Accessibility in Education for Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt
- Action Line C7 E-science
Winner: Communication Technology and Networking for Development, World Science Project, Ghana
- Action Line C9 Media
Winner: Agribusiness TV, MediaProd, Burkina Faso
- Action Line C11 International & regional cooperation
Winner: African School on Internet Governance, Association for Progressive Communications, South Africa
The awards are conferred through an open online voting process, which this year engaged over 300,000 stakeholders from around the world, with a record number 1.1 million votes cast by WSIS stakeholders. Nearly 500 projects were submitted by the WSIS stakeholder community, by far the highest number of submissions since the annual WSIS Prizes initiative was launched six years ago. From these submissions, 345 projects were nominated for the 2017 contest, reflecting both the prestigious nature of the award and the increasing role of ICTs in development strategies.
“The rich variety of winning projects recognized by WSIS Prizes 2017 demonstrates the varied roles that ICTs can play to support the SDGs,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “These Winners and Champions represent the most innovative and successful ICT for development initiatives around the world, and exemplify the diversity of the WSIS multi-stakeholder community.”
WSIS Prizes 2017 winners include government departments, international organizations, private sector companies, NGOs and academia. In addition to the 18 category Winners, are 72 Champions (the first four runner-up projects in each category).
The prizes recognize the outstanding achievements of a wide range of organizations. The entire list of 18 Winners and the respective WSIS Action Line can be found here.