Leading Thoughts: Laurie Adams, Women for Women International

This summer the Hilton Prize Coalition is resurfacing the Leading Thoughts series, which reflects upon the work being conducted by Coalition members to build resilience in communities across the world. This clip from 2018 features Laurie Adams, Chief Executive Officer of Women for Women International.

In the clip, Laurie describes her team’s approach in tough situations. She touches on Women for Women International’s ability to be locally embedded and working within the culture while still pushing the boundaries a bit to expand women’s rights in a way that’s safe for the women.

About The Hilton Prize Coalition

The Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through its signature Fellows 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. 

To learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition, visit 
prizecoalition.charity.org, or contact  prizecoalition@charity.org. Follow  the Hilton Prize Coalition on  Twitter and  LinkedIn, and “Like” us on Facebook.



World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: HelpAge Fellows Make a Difference

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.

To commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we recognize all that HelpAge has done to advocate for older persons. From getting the rights of older people recognized in global, multilateral agreements to improving healthcare access in small villages, HelpAge works at all levels to ensure everyone who reaches old age can live a healthy, safe, and secure life.

To further HelpAge’s mission, the Hilton Prize Coalition has provided resources to staff five Fellows placements at HelpAge USA.

Here are the Fellows who have made an impact at HelpAge and beyond.

Learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program and all our Fellows do.

FELLOWS SNAPSHOTS

Samantha Acosta

Samantha was a Fellow at HelpAge USA. During her time there, she focused on the organization’s Healthy Aging Programs, where she conducted research related in fundraising, partnership building and grant management.

Judith Bagachwa

Judith was a Fellow at HelpAge Tanzania. During her time as a Fellow, she implemented a project on Intergenerational Healthy Ageing through a life course approach in Kibaha. She has worked in different communities in Tanzania promoting social work activities and is an advocate for health and human rights issues.

Justine Lewis


Justine Lewis was a Fellow with HelpAge USA. In this capacity, she focused on the organization’s humanitarian programs, conducting research and partnership building.

Sarah Owens

Sarah was a Fellow with HelpAge USA. As the Programs and Marketing Fellow, Sara assisted in building partnerships with corporations and foundations and supported the staff on special projects such as HelpAge’s Gender-Based Violence study and the ADCAP program.

Anna Russell

Anna was a Fellow with HelpAge USA. As a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow, Anna assisted with the organization’s Healthy Aging Programs, conducting research and analyzing data, and contributing to reports in the U.S. and abroad.

About the Hilton Prize Coalition

The  Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the 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.

To learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition, visit  prizecoalition.charity.org, or contact  prizecoalition@charity.org. Follow  the Hilton Prize Coalition on  Twitter and  LinkedIn, and “Like” us on Facebook.

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression: SOS Fellows Make a Difference

June 4th is International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, a day to recognize the pain and suffering of children around the world who are victims of physical, mental, and emotional abuse.

To commemorate International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, we recognize all that SOS Children’s Villages has done to care for children who have lost, or are at risk of losing, parental care. Since 1949 SOS Children’s Villages has supported orphaned children by helping them find families and caring communities. Today, SOS Children’s Villages works in 135 countries, supporting the efforts of those seeking to prevent violence, protect childhood, and help make societies safe for children.

To further SOS Children’s Villages mission, the Hilton Prize Coalition has provided resources to staff six Fellows placements at SOS Children’s Villages.

Here are the Fellows who have made an impact at SOS Children’s Villages and beyond.

Learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program and all our Fellows do.

Fellows Snapshots

Abena Agyei-Boateng

Abena was a Marketing and Communications Fellow for SOS Children’s Villages. Her work included media relations, pitching to social media influencers, strategic marketing, and communications, in addition to other roles.

Alexandra Barber

Alexandra worked as the Marketing and Fundraising Fellow for the SOS Marketing team. Her position included maintaining donor relations, conducting research on SOS Children’s Villages programs and initiatives, and facilitating marketing and fundraising strategies.

Sarah Baker

During her fellowship with SOS Children’s Villages, Sarah was a member of the Communications and Marketing team where she supported media relations and communications initiatives.

Marcus Miller

Marcus worked as part of the Marketing and Communications team at the SOS-USA headquarters. There he assisted in building outstanding digital content to inform and engage others to act and give to SOS service programs.

Joshua Tobing

As a marketing fellow, Joshua assisted with the research and execution of impactful communications strategies for SOS’s network of supporters.

Tsega Negussie Teffera

Tsega supported SOS Children’s Villages USA with the development and implementation of a brand awareness campaign both within the US and internationally.

About the Hilton Prize Coalition

The  Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the 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.

To learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition, visit  prizecoalition.charity.org, or contact  prizecoalition@charity.org. Follow  the Hilton Prize Coalition on  Twitter and  LinkedIn, and “Like” us on Facebook.

Fellows Program Featured in Devex

This article originally appeared on Devex.

In March, Devex featured a round up of nine global development fellowship programs, including the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship Program! Read on to see how the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows program invests in the next generation of humanitarian leaders.

Be sure to pass along the Devex list and Hilton Prize Coalition opportunities to any burgeoning humanitarians.

Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program
Location: 
Worldwide
Duration: Variable
Who it is for: Recent graduates working with a coalition organization or NGO, or still studying with high potential. 
Fellowship includes: Stipend and/or travel expenses
Degree necessary: Yes; or in progress
Important dates: Rolling applications

The Hilton Prize Coalition builds a pipeline of leaders with the expertise and soft leadership skills needed to succeed in the workplace. The program also emphasizes the importance of collaboration among humanitarian and development organizations in order to increase effectiveness throughout the sector.

Mental Health Awareness Month: Clubhouse International Fellows Make a Difference

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To commemorate the month, Hilton Prize Coalition is celebrating the restorative power of Clubhouse International, an organization whose vision is to create a world where people with mental illness recover and are an integral part of society.

To further Clubhouse International’s vision and mission, the Hilton Prize Coalition has provided resources to staff two Fellows placements. Here are the Fellows who made an impact at Clubhouse International and beyond.

Learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program and all our Fellows do.

Fellows Snapshots

Oyuntugs Bayaraa

During her time at Clubhouse International, Oyuntugs completed an intensive New Clubhouse Development training and developed an action plan designed to start a Clubhouse in Mongolia.

Patient Kwizera

Patient completed trainings with Clubhouse International to work towards developing a Clubhouse in Rwanda. Find out more about his background here.

About The Hilton Prize Coalition

The Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through its signature Fellows 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. 

To learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition, visit 
prizecoalition.charity.org, or contact  prizecoalition@charity.org. Follow  the Hilton Prize Coalition on  Twitter and  LinkedIn, and “Like” us on Facebook.

How to Get the Most Out of A Fellowship Experience

The Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program seeks to develop a robust pipeline of leaders who possess not only subject matter skills and expertise, but also the soft leadership skills needed to succeed in the workplace, and who understand and value the importance of collaboration for humanitarian and development organizations to increase effectiveness throughout the sector. 

To accomplish this aim, the Hilton Prize Coalition offers a high level of professional support and engagement for each Fellow throughout their placements across the globe. In addition to receiving support from the Hilton Prize Coalition’s Fellows Coordinator, Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows work alongside some of the most prestigious NGOs in the world.  

Below are three ways that Fellows can make the most of this professional support during their time as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow. 

1. Write an impactful blog

Every Fellow writes a blog. These blogs are typically a reflection on the Fellow’s experience within the fellowship. Some Fellows choose to highlight their whole experience while others focus in on one particular experience or theme.  

Regardless of the approach, these blogs are an avenue for Fellows to promote their work, demonstrate their expertise, and flag to the humanitarian sector that they are a burgeoning leader.  

Outside of the Hilton Prize Coalition, these blogs can serve to advance a Fellow’s personal brand as they embark on career endeavors post-fellowship. Fellows can share the published piece on LinkedIn or even incorporate it into a portfolio. 

2. Use the Fellows Coordinator as a resource

Throughout an entire engagement with the Hilton Prize Coalition, a Fellow gets three standard check-ins with the Fellows Coordinator: an introductory call, a mid-point check-in, and an exit call. 

Outside of those structured conversations on progress, growth, and lessons learned, the Fellows Coordinator is available for more inquiries and chats with the cohort and alumni network along the way. If a Fellow is interested in connecting with another Laureate organization, the Fellows Coordinator can help! Or if a Fellow wants to connect with another peer in the alumni network, the Fellows Coordinator can help with that too! 

Think of the Fellow Coordinator as a connector and community builder. The Fellows Coordinator is here to ensure every Fellow leaves with more resources to succeed than they came to the fellowship with. 

3. Connect to your cohort and alumni network

Even though the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows are spread across the globe, bridging community is still an emphasis. Cultivating this community happens two ways: digitally and in-person.

Events are one way the Hilton Prize Coalition keeps the Fellows community thriving. Online and in-person fellowship events are convened on an ad hoc basis throughout the year, and Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to network and learn from each other.

There is also the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows & Alumni LinkedIn group. Fellows and alumni are encouraged to connect with each other on this platform to share career updates and thought leadership ideas. 

The Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows alumni network will remain a part of a Fellow’s professional network for the remainder of their career. So, take advantage of these built in connections!

Other ideas on how to grow in the humanitarian sector? Email prizecoalition@charity.org

About The Hilton Prize Coalition

The Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through its signature Fellows 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. 

To learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition, visit 
prizecoalition.charity.org, or contact  prizecoalition@charity.org. Follow  the Hilton Prize Coalition on  Twitter and  LinkedIn, and “Like” us on Facebook.

Addressing Burnout among Humanitarian Workers: Investing in Staff on the Ground and in the Office

The Hilton Prize Coalition’s Collaborative Models Program leverages the rich base of talent, assets, experience, and insight from its growing membership, as each Coalition member is able to achieve more collectively than it could individually. This blog recaps the partnership between The Task Force for Global Health and Heifer International.

In the spring of 2018, The Task Force for Global Health and Heifer International teamed up under the Collaborative Models Program to conduct the Hilton Prize Coalition Wellbeing Project. The overall purpose of the project was to 1) better understand staff stress and burnout across Hilton Prize Coalition members; 2) identify policies and approaches currently used by Hilton Prize Coalition members to provide staff support; and 3) identify opportunities for Hilton Prize Coalition members to improve employee resilience and psychological health. In April 2019, the project leaders held a webinar for Hilton Prize Coalition members to discuss the project’s report, entitled The Hilton Prize Coalition Wellbeing Project: Staff Wellbeing and Sustainable Engagement in Humanitarian Organizations. This interactive session was an opportunity to share collective learnings in the hopes of improving awareness around the issue and to discuss best practices.

The Hilton Prize Coalition Wellbeing Project had its origins in a growing awareness of the stresses inherent in humanitarian work that can lead to burnout, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to affecting individual humanitarian workers, these factors can limit the effectiveness of humanitarian organizations in their efforts to alleviate suffering and provide support to communities.

“The fields of humanitarian aid, development, and global health attract highly motivated people who care deeply about the world,” explained David Addiss, MD, Director of the Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics at the Task Force for Global Health and one of the report’s authors. “This sense of calling sometimes leads to overwork, over-identification with work, and burnout, which has negative consequences both for individuals and organizations. Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureates represent an elite group, whose commitment to employee wellbeing can influence the humanitarian world as a whole.”

To produce this report, The Task Force for Global Health and Heifer International interviewed nearly 40 representatives from Coalition member organizations to collect data. Interviews were completed with 10 CEOs or their designees, 10 HR Directors or their designees, and 19 staff. Additionally, HR Directors or their designees were invited to complete an online survey about their organization’s policies for employee support; completed surveys were received from 14 organizations.

The small sample size of the study limited the ability to generalize these findings to all Hilton Prize Coalition members or to humanitarian organizations in general. However, top-level findings revealed that while burnout is felt across Coalition member organizations, it takes on different forms and affects distinct groups differently. Some of the major takeaways are as follows:

  • Among Hilton Prize laureate organizations, stress is ubiquitous, burnout is not uncommon, and resources for staff wellbeing are often inadequate.
  • At the individual level, types of stressors differ by gender; they also differ between headquarters and “field” staff and between national and expatriate humanitarian workers.
  • Key stressors can be grouped into two broad categories.
    • First are “structural dynamics” that contribute to burnout; these include factors internal to the organization, such as workload, communication pathways, management, supervision, and team cohesion and external factors such as short-term funding cycles, audits, and pressure from funders for performance.
    • Second are stressors around “safety,” which include both physical security (e.g., transportation, travel, threat of violence) and psychological safety (e.g., trusting relationships, civility) stressors.
  • Findings from surveys and interviews with leaders and staff indicate that burnout is an important challenge for employees of Coalition organizations. While some of the major stressors resulted from the difficult working conditions, such as witnessing suffering, organizational factors were also cited as contributing to burnout, including ambiguous job roles, long and unpredictable working hours, perceived barriers to professional growth, and poor relationships with supervisors or other organizational leaders.

Through this report, The Task Force for Global Health and Heifer International’s findings provided a baseline assessment and pointed to exemplary practices to foster wellbeing in several Coalition member organizations.

Thank you to both organizations for such an impactful and informative webinar! The full report can be found in the Hilton Prize Coalition Resource Center.

A Mutual Learning Approach to Fellowships

Andrea Varrella , Legal Officer at ECPAT International, talks about her experience as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Supervisor. Read her reflection to learn how ECPAT staff place value on learning just as much from their Fellows as the Fellows learn from them.

As a recipient of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize, ECPAT International has been privileged to be involved in the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program for the past two years, and I have had the great opportunity to be the supervisor of four of the seven Fellows that have joined us at ECPAT.

As a young professional myself, who knows the challenges in starting out in a competitive but rewarding career in international development and children’s rights, I see the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program as a fantastic initiative that not only creates opportunities for those early in their career but also generates meaningful benefits for the Hilton Prize Coalition host organizations.  

At ECPAT International we coordinate research, advocacy, and action to end the sexual exploitation of children in all its manifestations. While this is a challenging topic, we believe it attracts passionate and dedicated people. The Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program provides the perfect opportunity for ECPAT International to find those passionate people, contribute to the professional development of a new generation of talent, and support our mandate to end the sexual exploitation of children.

As equal and valued members of the team, each Fellow takes on a crucial role in supporting ECPAT’s work such as producing cutting-edge research and supporting ECPAT’s diverse network of members and partners in 96 countries. Previous Fellows have produced a number of research reports on the sexual exploitation of children in specific countries. Each Fellow owned the entire process from drafting the report and liaising with local organizations to collecting data and actively supporting the publication and media launch of the final reports.

As a network with members all over the world, ECPAT is a unique international NGO through which Fellows are exposed to the complexities and nuances of our work. Fellows have the opportunity to take a peek at the challenges that organizations and professionals working in our field have to face every day.

Fellows also get to work directly alongside a cross-cultural team—many of whom who have worked in the industry for years, or some who come from different sectors and bring a wealth of valuable knowledge. Similarly, our Fellows have come from all over the world. We have hosted Fellows from South Korea, India, Brazil, France, Italy, UK, and Germany. These Fellows brought a range of expertise and qualifications, including but not limited to human rights law, communications, and project management.

Supervisors and colleagues at ECPAT are always proud to see Fellows leave ECPAT as effective problems solvers with specialized skills who have gone on to work with local organizations and UN agencies.

Besides their valuable contributions, our Fellows are a breath of fresh air in our office, bringing energy and enthusiasm and a range of new insights and perspectives to our work. This is greatly appreciated and needed for tackling some of the complex problems that ECPAT works to address. I do believe we are in fact learning as much from the Fellows as they are from us. As we work to empower children and defend their rights, we also believe in maximizing the potential of our young people to build an even more passionate, knowledgeable, and effective generation of development professionals.

About The Hilton Prize Coalition

The Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through its signature Fellows 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. 

To learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition, visit 
prizecoalition.charity.org, or contact  prizecoalition@charity.org. Follow  the Hilton Prize Coalition on  Twitter and  LinkedIn, and “Like” us on Facebook.

Leading Thoughts: Shaun O’Leary and Heather Richardson, St Christopher’s Hospice

This spring the Hilton Prize Coalition is resurfacing the Leading Thoughts series, which reflects upon the work being conducted by Coalition members to build resilience in communities across the world. This clip from 2018 features Shaun O’Leary and Heather Richardson, Joint Chief Executives of St Christopher’s Hospice.

In the clip, Shaun and Heather describe one of the gifts of the hospice movement: recognizing that you must attend as much to the family as you must to the person who’s dying. That’s why St Christopher’s seeks to promote and provide skilled and compassionate palliative care of the highest quality.

About The Hilton Prize Coalition

The Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through its signature Fellows 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. 

To learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition, visit 
prizecoalition.charity.org, or contact  prizecoalition@charity.org. Follow  the Hilton Prize Coalition on  Twitter and  LinkedIn, and “Like” us on Facebook.



Leading Thoughts: Chris Jochnick, Landesa

This spring the Hilton Prize Coalition is resurfacing the Leading Thoughts series, which reflects upon the work being conducted by Coalition members to build resilience in communities across the world. This clip from 2018 features Chris Jochnick, President & CEO, Landesa. In it, Chris describes appreciating land in a holistic way because land rights go beyond property grabs and conflicts. So many of the world’s poor struggle because of insecure land titles. That’s why Landesa seeks to alleviate the pervasive drag on small-holder farmers.

About The Hilton Prize Coalition

The Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through its signature Fellows 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. 

To learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition, visit 
prizecoalition.charity.org, or contact  prizecoalition@charity.org. Follow  the Hilton Prize Coalition on  Twitter and  LinkedIn, and “Like” us on Facebook.

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