Eligible organizations: NGOs, Foundations, Social Impact Start-Ups, Village Councils (Gram Panchayats selected by Ministry of Panchayati Raj), Academic Institutions, Co-op Societies/Farmer-Producer Organizations (FPOs),
Agriculture & Farming
Water & Sanitation
Healthcare & Nutrition
Education and Skill Development
Energy & Environment
Best Practices Evalution Criteria, will include the following(incl weighting factors as proposed below):
Implementation success (vs original goals)
Impact assessment (e.g. # of people affected, depth of impact); independent report if available
Scalibility or scaling potential-business model, funding needed, ROIC
Use of appropriate technology; innovation in approach/solution
Collaboration partners, involvement of stakeholders, Govt ministers, building an ecosystem
Quality of funding/support; Viability & sustainability
Enabling Skills development; co-creating and local empowerment
Integration with holistic solution; alignment with national priorities
Feedback from recipients, end users, stakeholders
Lessons learned, any unitended consequences, or side effects
Three winners in each of 6 track = 18 awards
Identify 18 sponsors (corporates, foundations - see list below)
Prizes (US$10K, $5K, $2.5K = $105K; INR 8L, 4L, 2L = INR 84L) + allocation of CSR funds, International recognition;
Work with the winner for scaling/impact – Mentoring program (Min of Panchayati Raj..)
Government support for the winners (Govt. of India, NIRD, USA, AARDO members)Min of Panchayati Raj, LB Shastri….- for the IDEAL VILLAGE MOVEMENT
Incentives for all participants: Why participate?
Winners will be recommended for scaling through Corporate CSR & GOI Ministry funding
Free publicity and global recognition
Winners can present at the 2023 IV Conf
Creates awareness – attract more support
Form collaborations/networking partnerships
Learn about best practices from others
Cash prizes to top 3 in each Track
Go through a rigorous evaluation process – helps with benchmarking, improvements
Potential mentoring opportunities
Purpose of LOI: The Best Practices Evaluation committee will review all LOIs submitted by entrants, and, then invite selected entries to submit a detailed Application which ensures their participation in the full Competition. Mail your completed LOI by October 30 2022 to the following: [email protected], AND also to: [email protected]Name of Organization:
Type of Organization: Non-profit/ Start-Up Co./Village Society/Academic/Co-op Society/Other
Problem Statement: The problem that you have addressed
Statement of Need: The “why” of the project
Your Unique Solution: eg. using technology, how you addressed this need or any other type of innovation in your project
Project Activities: The “how” and “what” of your project
Team, Collaboration partners: team size, location, skills, diversity, external advisors, collaborators, mentors, Govt departments; how did you involve local stakeholders in the community
Outcomes: The “so what” of the project, how did it change human lives, how many people affected.
Impact Assessment (if any) – how was this done
Next Steps: How will you scale (expand) and sustain this project, say, over the next 5 years?
Closing Statement: Give any additional information that you feel will help us invite a full proposal (eg. How did this contribute to holistic rural development; any special lessons learned? Any unexpected findings; innovative solutions, use of technology, etc)
Contact details: Email, phone number(s), any other contact details for 2 persons in your organization (1 will serve as backup)
Letters of Intent should follow the above format guidelines as prescribed, to avoid risk of rejection.
An organization can only submit only one Letter of Intent; multiple or duplicate letters from the same organization will be returned without any review.
Questions or clarification re: the competition procedure may be sent via email to: [email protected]
Any attempt to influence the results by contacting organizers, judges, staff, or by any other means, will lead to rejection of your entry automatically.