The World Prize for Integrated Development, sponsored by NIRAS, is an accolade for outstanding work in the field of international development accorded to a person or organization exemplifying an integrated approach in the field — that is in a manner that acknowledges the integrity of all aspects of life and learning as the basis for comfortable human existence.
At its core, this simply means appreciating the need to ensure life’s basic essentials, such as access to food and warm and safe shelter, clothing, education, as well as healthcare and sanitation. In intellectual terms this means, for example, working within the continuum of informed research, education and communication across all relevant disciplines. Thus the World Prize interprets “development” in its original form … an unfolding and growing (either of the individual or a situation) derived from the cultivation of conditions that allow new and beneficial outcomes to emerge.
A cash prize of €20,000 will be awarded to the winner at a ceremony in the latter half of 2018. As persons engaged in international integrated development do not usually seek reward, prize monies may be donated or otherwise used at the discretion of the Laureate. The Prize is seen as adding value to the legacy of the profession’s past wise integrators in international development.
The World Prize is international in all senses. Open to persons or organizations from anywhere in the world who meet the criteria and are nominated in the manner specified, the Prize is independent of multinational or national organizations of government(s), non-government organizations, universities and private interests, and hence persons from these and all other backgrounds are eligible, with the exception of the Sponsor’s staff (currently NIRAS). Focused on international development, the Prize is oriented toward less-developed regions of the world. An international Selection Panel highly experienced in integrated development assesses the nomination.
The World Prize is the inspiration of Professor Lindsay Falvey, author, philosopher and internationally renowned specialist in international development research. Dr Falvey is the former Chair of Agriculture and Dean of Land and Food at the University of Melbourne and is currently Chairman of the Board of the International Livestock Research Center for Africa and a Director of Hassad Australia and the Institute for International Development.