Winners 2016-2017

BarefootLaw (Uganda), Farmerline (Ghana) and Kytabu (Kenya)

showcase the creativity of young, African entrepreneurs for innovative solutions that unlock the power of people and communities through better access to knowledge in fields as diverse as law (BarefootLaw), agriculture (Farmerline) and education (Kytabu).

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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,

For whom?

The Prize endeavours to reward innovative initiatives of Africans with a longer term vision and ipact  a proven track record in improving the quality of life. The Selection Committee also pays particular attention to initiatives that stand out as the best  in their field, improve the quality of life of the people they serve and empower people to take 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 nominations 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

The next call for nominations will be launched in December 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:

  • Presentation of the Prize to the winners: 20th June 2017

  • Winners Tour in Brussels: June 2017

  • Winners Tour in the United States: November 2017

  • Edition 2018-2019 - Launch of the call for nominations in December 2017