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“On Shifting Ground” Film to Premiere at Devex World June 14

(Infographic illustrates the Storytelling process as a catalyst for collaboration in Nepal)

On June 14, the Hilton Prize Coalition will debut its film, “On Shifting Ground,” at Devex World, the global development event in Washington, DC, convening innovators, entrepreneurs and other luminaries of the international development community. The event, an interactive workshop, will consist of a screening of the film followed by a Q&A with the director, Steve Connors, and representatives of the organizations featured. In addition to topics raised in the film around disaster preparedness and resiliency, participants will address the production of the film as a model for catalyzing collaboration between organizations to achieve collective impact. The event will include ASL interpretation. 

“On Shifting Ground” features the work of six Coalition member organizations in Nepal that were among those that mobilized before, during and after the 2015 Nepal earthquake and aftershocks that killed more than 8,000 and injured 21,000. Through stories told by the staff of these organizations – BRACHandicap International, Heifer International, HelpAge, Operation Smile and SOS Children’s Villages – the film provides a first-hand appraisal of the way these best-in-class organizations stood up to disaster, and shares lessons around collaboration for greater preparedness and resiliency.

The pilot project of the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program, the film itself demonstrates the Coalition’s new theory of change around collaboration, with the Storytelling Program as the first stage of a multi-stage model designed to engage and be replicated by other NGOs working in a particular region or concentration.

Follow @PrizeCoalition throughout the day and in the coming weeks for insights and updates.

Activating in Times of Disaster: The Hilton Prize Coalition Disaster Protocols

Through its Disaster Resiliency and Response Program, the Hilton Prize Coalition works to implement innovative, collaborative models for building resiliency in communities before a disaster strikes and administering efficient, collaborative approaches to disaster response. The Coalition has developed a series of disaster protocols which facilitate information sharing amongst member organizations responding on the ground. With increased knowledge of each other’s activities, Coalition members are better able to work in concert with one another.

When a disaster strikes, the Coalition activates its disaster protocols: member organizations on the ground are immediately identified and communications are sent to assess the safety of staff and beneficiaries. Updates are then shared on Coalition social media channels and highlights of Coalition members’ immediate relief efforts are collected and shared on a dedicated page of the Coalition website. The response may also include convening of information-sharing calls and coordination of resource-sharing among Coalition members in the countries or regions affected to assist with recovery.

Activation following the Ecuador Earthquake

For example, the Coalition disaster protocols were activated on Saturday, April 16, 2016, when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the northwest coast of Ecuador. As of April 28, the death toll neared 600, with more than 16,000 injured. Communications were deployed among the four Coalition member organizations with active staff in Ecuador: Heifer International, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), Operation Smile and SOS Children’s Villages. Two additional Hilton Prize Laureates, Handicap International and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, sent teams from neighboring countries to assist with immediate relief efforts.

For more information on the efforts of each organization, click on the links below.

               Handicap International 2016 Ecuador Earthquake

               Heifer International 2016 Ecuador Earthquake

               MSF 2016 Ecuador Earthquake

               Operation Smile 2016 Ecuador Earthquake

               SOS Children’s Villages 2016 Ecuador Earthquake


Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow in Nepal Receives National Award

We are proud to announce that 2016 Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow Amul Thapa has received an award from the Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. KP Sharma Oli, for his work and dedication in documenting the aftermath of last year’s earthquake and aftershocks. A photojournalist with, Amul has been a creative partner in the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program in Nepal, supporting Steve Connors, the Master Storyteller, as a photographer, travel liaison and assistant during filming. In a fitting testament to the work being done by Hilton Prize Laureates, Amul is also an alumnus of Coalition member organization SOS Children’s Villages Kavre in Nepal.

Says Connors, “Amul made such a valuable contribution to our understanding of the human story amid the devastation of the disaster–most notably his images of hope arising from the sadness of the rubble–that transcended the sorrows and illuminated the strength and resilience of the Nepalese people.”

Amul has written about his experience working on the documentary as an alumnus of the SOS Children’s Villages Kavre. Connors adds,  “As always, when an individual is so recognised for their work, we should also reach back to understand their journey to that place and the helping hands they were offered along the way. Credit for that belongs, in no small measure, to the walls and the spirit of the SOS Children’s Village within which Amul was nurtured as he grew.”

As a 2016 Fellow, Amul will be contributing more of his photography and impressions throughout the next few months as we commemorate the one year anniversary of the earthquake and aftershocks.


(Amul, right, receives award from Prime Minister Oli for his contributions in the field of photography. Photo from original article at

Empowering Women through Collaboration

International Women’s Day, inaugurated in the early 1900s, celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme, #PledgeforParity, stems from the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Gender Gap Report, which states that the gender gap won’t close entirely until the year 2133. International Women’s Day has grown into a movement (#IWD2016) that brings men and women together annually on March 8th to discuss women’s achievements and the progress that still needs to be made.

Below we highlight three of the Hilton Prize Coalition member organizations working to advance women’s rights through their programs and partnerships around the world. Take a look at the ways these Coalition members celebrated International Women’s Day and collaborated with participants, activists and other local stakeholders in the field.

            1.   Amref Health Africa

Working in 7 countries across Africa, Amref Health Africa was awarded the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 1999. Their programs focus on HIV/AIDS, malaria, clean water and sanitation, surgical outreach, training of health professionals and family health. On International Women’s Day this year, Amref highlighted their partnerships surrounding issues like female genital mutilation (FGM), obstetric fistula and Ebola.

In 2014, Amref collaborated alongside Hilton Prize Coalition member Tostan in Senegal. The two organizations implemented the Zero Fistula Project, a holistic approach to effectively tackle the issue of obstetric fistula.


(Zero Fistula Project implemented through the collaborative efforts of the Hilton Prize Coalition in Senegal)

            2.   BRAC

BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, won the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2008, and is currently operating in 12 countries around the world on a variety of development projects. Their five primary initiatives include Empowerment, Economic Development and Social Protection, Expanding Horizons, Well-being and Resilience, and Support Programs. One of BRAC’s flagship programs empowers women through micro-finance, and has inspired many non-profits and NGOs to replicate this model in other parts of the world. For International Women’s Day, BRAC staff celebrated in Liberia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, featuring their trainings and the role of men in the fight for gender equality.

BRAC is also participating in the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program that showcases six Coalition member organizations who mobilized in response to the 2015 Nepal earthquake and aftershocks.

            3.  Landesa

Landesa is the Hilton Prize Coalition’s newest member, winning the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2015. The organization partners with governments, communities and other stakeholders to advance land rights’ reforms, specifically for women. Landesa’s initiatives are geographically focused in Africa, China and India. For International Women’s Day, the organization shared how its programs enhance women’s land rights impact food security, child marriage and financial stability.

This spring, Landesa is hosting a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow who will conduct research at its Center for Women’s Land Rights in Seattle.

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