The World Prize is the highest honour accorded a person or an organization engaged in integrated development, and is conferred in the form of a certificate, cash, a ceremony and public lecture. It is independent of multinational or national organizations of government, non-government organizations, universities and private interests, and hence persons from these and all other backgrounds are eligible, with the exception of staff and associates of the Sponsor.
“The inaugural World Prize is awarded to Hans Rosling and his Gapminder organization, which has developed epochal communications as non-profit and open source tools that makes it possible for teachers, politicians and other communicators to present holistic topics based on reliable statistics to counter myths and
entrenched prejudices. It is indeed fitting that the Prize, which acknowledges the integrity of all aspects of life and learning as the basis for comfortable human existence, goes to Gapminder and Hans Rosling. The Prize seeks to maintain the legacy of past wise integrators in international development and to encourage increased integration of thinking and action across the sector. Gapminder’s leadership in this endeavor is an inspiration to us all,” Lindsay Falvey noted in his speech. – See more here