The Commonwealth Secretary-General will launch the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work on August 28. Entrants can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone who is not a relative and who can testify to their work. The 2020 finalists will receive a trophy, a certificate and cash grants to help them continue their development work. All finalists will be awarded £1,000. Each selected regional winner will receive an additional £2,000, bringing their total win to £3,000. The Commonwealth Young Person of the Year will also receive an additional cash grant of £2,000, bringing the total award to £5,000.
The Commonwealth Youth Awards are designed for young change-makers between the age of 15-29 year. The candidate must be a citizen of a commonwealth member country and must be engaged in development work for more than 12 months, to participate in the awards. The candidates should also hold a strong track record of implementing innovative ideas and linking their development work and its impact to one of the 17 SDGs and have demonstrated an understanding of the importance of youth engagement in key areas of development. Candidates can apply for the awards from 28th August to 30th October 2019.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states. It is home to 2.4 billion people and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. Thirty-one of their members are small states, many of which are island nations. Member countries are supported by a network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil society, cultural and professional organisations. The last country to join the Commonwealth was Rwanda in 2009. The commonwealth support member governments, and partner with the broader Commonwealth family and others, to improve the well-being of all Commonwealth citizens and to advance their shared interests globally. They aim to help create and sustain a Commonwealth that is mutually respectful, resilient, peaceful and prosperous and that cherishes equality, diversity and shared values.