2018: A Year of Impact
2018 was an impactful year for the Hilton Prize Coalition. With five Collaborative Models Programs and 32 Fellows placements, Hilton Prize Coalition members led humanitarian programming in 15 countries, ranging from Myanmar and Liberia to Thailand and Guatemala. A snapshot of the Coalition’s year illustrates how collaboration and investing in the next generation of humanitarian leaders yields more dynamic results. This year, Coalition members went farther, together.
The Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program seeks to develop a robust pipeline of leaders who value collaboration in humanitarian work and understand its importance to increasing effectiveness throughout the sector. Through mentorships and placements across the globe, Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows work alongside one or more Coalition member organizations, developing concrete subject matter expertise as well as soft leadership skills under the guidance of some of the most prestigious NGOs in the world.
This year 17 Coalition members hosted 32 Fellows, spanning 22 cities and representing 20 different nationalities. The work of Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Izehi Oriaghan and Shazzad Khan can be found below.
Izehi Oriaghan came to Landesa as a graduate student and Rotary scholar at the Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas. During her fellowship, she worked with Landesa’s Global Advocacy Team to research, design, and craft messaging for an emerging women’s land rights campaign that sought to elevate land rights on the global agenda. She also supported a New York event co-hosted by the United Nations and Landesa. The event reviewed how countries are tracking toward the SDGs in relation to land use. After completing her Master of Public Service, Izehi intends to pursue a public service career in international development and women’s empowerment.
Shazzad Khan came to Aravind Eye Care System after working at BRAC as Team Leader, Interaction Design, Social Innovation Lab. While at Aravind Eye Care System, Shazzad applied human-centered design to enhance the effectiveness and efficiencies of Aravind’s hospitals. He interviewed over 60 patients, doctors, and staff and visited seven hospitals to inform his recommendations. To move his recommendations forward, Shazzad supported the development of an Innovation Council Group to strategize and implement the human-centered design recommendations. He also started a monthly innovation talk at Aravind Eye Care System to spur further human-centered design change.
Collaborative Models Program
The Collaborative Models Program provides organizations with the opportunity not only to receive catalytic funding, but to begin to explore how they may build on one another’s strengths in order to develop a new, collaborative project or to enhance an existing single-organization project. This year saw five Collaborative Models projects come to fruition.
Surgeon training in Rwanda
Co-Lead Organizations: Operation Smile and Partners in Health
Operation Smile, in partnership with Partners in Health, the University of Rwanda, and the Rwanda Ministries of Health and Education, aims to train surgery residents in Rwanda in order to increase the country’s surgical capacity. This training will prepare residents to deal with current surgical needs in Rwanda, better equipping them to serve the population. The program will also pilot a nutrition intervention program for malnourished patients who otherwise would not be eligible for surgery as well as provide hands on life support training and wound care.
Humanitarian Wellbeing Project
Co-Lead Organizations: Heifer International and The Task Force for Global Health
Recognizing the challenges that international aid workers face, The Task Force for Global Health and Heifer International will conduct research and deliver recommendations to help improve the resilience, emotional health, and psychological wellbeing of aid workers who often experience burnout, depression, and PTSD. These recommendations will aim to improve the lives of aid workers and the quality of aid services delivered.
Disaster Risk Reduction Trainings in Myanmar
Co-Lead Organizations: HelpAge USA and Humanity & Inclusion
Through their partnership, HelpAge USA and Humanity & Inclusion will provide Disaster Risk Reduction trainings to help protect vulnerable groups and train government officials on how to respond during disasters The project focuses on a region of Myanmar that has been prone to climate disasters in the past. The goal of this collaboration is to improve disaster plans and policies for older people and people with disabilities, creating a more inclusive approach to disaster risk reduction.
Landscape Analysis and Collaboration Assessment
Co-Lead Organizations: BRAC and Landesa
Viewing land rights as a critical factor in agricultural productivity, BRAC and Landesa will create a program to assess the landscape of Grand Gedeh, Liberia. The resulting program report will include findings and recommendations on delivery mechanisms for closing the gaps on land rights. It will also include a broader addendum that will feature mutual learnings and challenges faced by BRAC and Landesa throughout the project as well as provide lessons learned to help structure future collaborative projects.
Non-Communicable Diseases Storytelling Project
Co-Lead Organizations: HelpAge USA and PATH
HelpAge USA and PATH will collaborate to address global inequity in access to treatment for non-communicable diseases—inequity which leads to a disproportionate amount of NCD-related deaths in lower to middle income countries. The lack of urgency and understanding that has prevented a stronger response to this issue will be addressed through a storytelling project that will document the realities and challenges of those seeking treatment for NCDs. The storytelling project will include crucial, but often neglected voices, such as the perspectives of older people.
(Photos courtesy of Aarón Blanco Tejedor)
About The Hilton Prize Coalition
The Hilton Prize Coalition is an independent alliance of the 22 winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through three signature programs—the Fellows Program, the Collaborative Models Program and the Storytelling Program—the Coalition leverages the resources, talents and expertise of each of its members to innovate and establish best practices that can be shared with the global NGO and donor communities. Working in more than 170 countries, the Coalition is governed by a board comprised of the leaders of the Prize-winning organizations led by an Executive Committee and a Secretariat, Global Impact.
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