IVLP Alumni Award for Social Innovation and Change

About the Award

The Global Ties U.S. IVLP Decade of Social Innovation and Change Award recognizes alumni of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program for high achievements in driving social change through innovation in their home communities.

The award is sponsored by Global Ties U.S. Advisory Council member and IVLP alumni Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor, and presented annually at the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting.

Who can submit a nomination?

Nominations may be submitted by Community-Based Members, National Program Agencies, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassies, Interpreters and Liaisons working on IVLP projects, as well as Alumni Associations. Self-nominations by IVLP alumni are also encourage, but not required.

Nominees must be past participants of the IVLP who demonstrate a significant difference they are making in their local or national community by addressing one of the following four areas derived directly from their IVLP participation:

  1. Fostering economic prosperity and entrepreneurship
  2. Advancing civil society and human rights
  3. Working to promote alternatives to violent extremism
  4. Combating climate change

Awardees by Year

2021

Saad Abid (Morocco) and Raisa Banfield (Panama), environmental leaders and activists

2020

Runcie Chidebe, Founder, Project PinkBlue (Nigeria)

2019

Mine Atli, Activist, KAYAD (Cyprus)

2018

Sophie Lamprou, Founder, Impact Hub Athens

2017

Rebeca Gyumi, Founder and Executive Director, Msichana Initiative

Awardees By Year

Runcie Chidebe, Founder, Project PinkBlue (Nigeria)