Climate Information Prize launches phase II competition
The Tekeleza Prize worth Kshs.20million (USD$ 200,000) has been launched by the Climate Information Prize programme.
Interested contestants will have to submit their business strategy that uses climate information to develop a business whose sole aim is to vulnerable communities to evade life threatening situations and to better tackle climate uncertainty and risk.
“The prize target audience for the Tekeleza Prize are likely to be organisations (business or non-government organisations) that represent, work with, or intend to work with, communities that are vulnerable to climate variability and change in Kenya. This is because it is likely that applicants will need to invest in their idea to get it off the ground,” said Nicki Spence, Prize Manager, Cardno Emerging Markets.
The Tekeleza Prize is funded by UKAid and is part of a wider array of prizes developed by Ideas to Impact. Tekeleza Prize will be focused on the whole of Kenya, with a primary focus on rural and peri-urban areas. Urban areas are not excluded, but climate information is deemed to have an overall less strong role in supporting adaptation in urban areas.
“For all areas, however, the key criteria are that prize applicants are able to show (a) that they target poor populations with high vulnerability to climate shocks and stressors and (b) that climate information can be used, with associated services, to reduce their vulnerability. The winners of the Tekeleza prize will need to demonstrate how they have created a new mechanism that has used climate information, how that has helped the people in a community,” added Ms Spence.
The organisations that apply may be international, national, or local/community-based. It is necessary for prize applicants to have a connection to one or more communities in Kenya (see eligibility criteria). The prize will encourage the creation of partnerships between the organisations with strong community links, and the creation of self-sustaining models of improved climate information use.
The applicants will be assumed to have access to the internet in some form, and they will have to enter the prize competition in English. The prize will give recognition as well as financial rewards to the winning organisation(s).
Similar to the Wazo Prize which will be awarded tonight, the Tekeleza Prize will be implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets in partnership with the Kenya Meteorological Department and Camco Clean Energy. There will be a special category under the Tekeleza Prize which only partners at the Kenya Meteorological Department can compete.
The objective of the Tekeleza Prize is to improve access and usability of climate information to 250,000 direct beneficiaries around the country whilst demonstrating new strong linkages and partnerships with other stakeholders. Winners of the Tekeleza Prize will have provided and enabled access to, climate information and associated services that articulates and respond directly to the needs from poor and vulnerable communities.
Below is the total prize money to be awarded in the second phase of the Climate Information Prize competition dubbed, Tekeleza Prize
|Numbers (Max)||Cash Award US$|
|First||1||$5,000 + $50,000 (for piloting)|