winner 2014-2015

ADISCO (Burundi)

for its work in encouraging entrepreneurship and creating cooperatives and health insurance societies federated at national level, so as to strengthen the financial autonomy of individuals and sustainably change the conditions of living together for the people of Burundi.

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The King Baudouin African Development Prize rewards outstanding contributions to development in Africa, initiated and led by Africans. The Prize also seeks to draw public attention to the many inspirational stories, including challenges and successes, emerging from the African continent. 

The Prize is awarded every other year by the King Baudouin Foundation. Beyond its monetary value of 200.000 euros, it offers its winners unique opportunities to increase their visibility and promote their cause to international audiences, such as the United Nations and its agencies, the World Bank, the European Union, a number of bilateral development agencies, the foundation community and the world of international NGOs. 

For whom?

The Prize endeavours to reward innovative initiatives of Africans with a longer term vision and a proven track record in improving the quality of life of the local communities. The Selection Committee also pays particular attention to initiatives which stand out as the best in their field, can be duplicated elsewhere on the continent and give local communities the opportunity to take their development into their own hands.

There are no restrictions as to the chosen themes. The Selection Committee favors positive approaches that deal with actual challenges in Africa.

Nominee qualifications:

  • The candidate must be either an individual or an organisation.
  • Several individuals or organisations that are not structurally linked cannot be presented as one single candidacy.
  • A former Prize winner may not be submitted a second time as a candidate. If a candidate was not withheld, it may however be submitted again for a next Prize.  

Who can submit a candidacy

The submission of a candidate’s file may only be undertaken by a qualified nominator. The selection committee will not consider applications by individuals who are applying for the Prize themselves or for an organization within which they are active.

Nominations are admissible only if [...] the submission is made by a person or organization deemed to be qualified to make such recommendations because of his/her function, expertise or experience in the field.

Article 10 of the Rules of procedure

how to nominate a candidacy

To submit a candidacy you have to use the electronic form in English, French or Dutch.

The 2016-2017 King Baudouin African Development Prize call for candidates is closed. The winner wll be announced in the Spring of 2017.



In its selection of a winner, the King Baudouin Foundation's Board of Governors bases itself on a report drawn up by an independent Selection Committee. To guarantee both a degree of renewal and the required continuity, the composition of the Committee is modified slightly every time the Prize is awarded.

When examining the entries, the Selection Committee also attaches special value to the following questions:

  • Does the candidate have concrete realizations under his belt ?
  • Are they innovative and exemplary ?
  • Are they capable of being duplicated elsewhere on the continent ?
  • Is there a long-term vision ?
  • Is the financial management healthy and transparent ?
  • Are the initiatives embedded at local level ?
  • Do they take into account the gender perspective ?
  • Are the initiatives directed at all actors of society 


At the end of two selection phases, three to four finalists will be retained. These finalists will receive the visit of a delegation of the Selection Committee.


Reference dates:

  • Launch of call for candidacies 2016-2017: December 2015
  • Closing of the call: March 15, 2016
  • Communication towards the nominees and their nominators: January 2017
  • Presentation of the 2016-2017 Prize to the winner: May or June 2017
  • launch of call for candidates 2018-2019: Autumn 2017