Citi and Financial Times Name 2012 FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards Winners
December 12, 2012 02:15 PM
Citi and the Financial Times are pleased to announce that Community Cooker Foundation has been named global winner in the inaugural FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action program. A distinguished panel of judges selected the Kenyan not-for-profit organization as the global winner for its development of an innovative and practical waste-burning stove, which holds tremendous potential for environmental, economic and social change in low resource environments.
In addition to the global award, winners were recognized in four categories - education, energy, healthcare and infrastructure - for demonstrating particular originality, efficiency and impact in meeting urban challenges in their respective fields. Winners included: College Possible (Education), Community Cooker Foundation (Energy), GlaxoSmithKline New Citizen (Healthcare) and JCDecaux - Velib' (Infrastructure).
The FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards aim to recognize leaders, teams, organizations and community groups that have developed innovative solutions to benefit cities, citizens and urban communities. Submissions were received from 41 countries, including: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Uganda, U.A.E., the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.
We are pleased to congratulate the winners and all the finalists for developing urban solutions that are innovative, scalable and replicable. Enabling progress has been Citi's central mission for 200 years. We are proud to recognize those who share our commitment to help cities thrive and strengthen the communities where we live and work.
2012 FT/Citi Ingenuity Award winners:
Community Cooker Foundation
The Community Cooker operates on a simple principle: young locals collect rubbish, which is burned in the cooker at high temperatures. The heat generated is used for cooking, sterilizing and industrial purposes. The cooker has considerably improved the quality of life of slum dwellers by minimizing waste, reducing emissions from cooking, providing a cheaper alternative to wood fuel and creating youth employment. Kenyan architects Planning Systems Service created the concept, which is now managed by the Community Cooker Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. The cooker currently has one prototype in operation in one of Nairobi's largest slums but is already being replicated in other areas in Kenya and in Mombassa. The Foundation has received many enquiries from other countries which are keen to replicate this simple and effective concept.
Creating a vital support network, College Possible helps ensure that low-income students achieve a post secondary degree and break the cycle of multi generational poverty, enabling them to have a positive impact on the success of their urban communities. College Possible uses the national service model of AmeriCorps to provide five key services to low-income students who have the potential to go to college, but will struggle to do so without help. It provides intensive ACT/SAT preparation, assists college application, gives financial aid consulting, provides guidance in the transition to college and offers support towards completion of their college degree.
GlaxoSmithKline New Citizen
The GSK New Citizen Health Care Project is an innovative 100-square meter urban center designed to integrate migrant populations into city life through the delivery of community health promotion, healthcare education and health services. Launched in 2009 in Sanlin Town, Shanghai, the center is largely operated by professionals and volunteers from migrant farming families. It was established as a long-term and sustainable platform to build community support networks, promote positive behavior transformation, and improve targeted community health. The center organizes training, workshops, family activities and on-site services to assist migrant workers to adapt to city life and become more involved in urban society.
JCDecaux - Velib'
The Velib' project, launched by JCDecaux, put cycling at the heart of urban mobility, making self-service bicycle systems an important complement to public transport. The concept is based on three core principles; developing a system that is easy to use, available everywhere and affordable. Velib' enables individuals to hire a self-service bicycle for an indefinite time and leave it in the station of their choice at the end of their journey. The scale, quality and scope of Velib' made it a showcase for bicycle hire schemes and has been replicated worldwide.
For more details on the FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards, please visit www.ft.com/ingenuity.