Award for Local Leadership – 2009


Creation of the commune of Sidi Boumehdi

Tags: rural exodus, local development, employment, agriculture, traditions

«Improving the indicators of development starts at the grassroots because behind a project there is a person, a "psychology" and a "know how". We can make plans (for development) but if there is no attention to the traditions, to the taboos and to blockades, nothing can work/stand.»

«We have to be ecologically oriented with a respect to our diversity. There is also a need to comply with the traditional know how because monoculture is not always promising/productive in our local contexts.»


Award for Entrepreneurship – 2009


Support to community development

Tags: rural exodus, local development, employment, entrepreneurship, politics

«A hydroelectric dam, a farm with production of cheese, a refinery of palm oil, a secondary school, water supply and a post office in the village, ... the Manyoni villagers, in the South of Burundi, know a real community development.»

«In a country where the state provides electricity my dam is a revolution.»


Award for Civil Society – 2009


Umuseke, association to promote education for peace

Tags: education, citizenship, peace, non violence, prejudice

«Umuseke empowers the youth to express their daily problems. It gives them a chance to contribute to the resolution of challenges which threaten their community.»

«Reinforcement our way of thinking and daring to talk about our differences, allow us to understand that people are complementary in a mutual way. Rwanda will be constructed on these bases.»


Honorary prize – 2009

Ivory Coast

Villages for peace for living in a good sense

Tags: education, citizenship, peace, non violence, prejudice

«Many villages for peace were built in forty public and private secondary schools. The project is aimed at a preparation of the students to grow as responsible citizens.»

«Africans should first learn to avoid negative projects like wars, refusal of elections, the mediocrity in school systems. That is how people can become responsible citizens who can build a responsible Africa.»


Honorary prize – 2009

Democratic Republic of Congo

Research and training Centre for the Human Rights

Tags: dialogue, Human Rights, Democracy, transparency, citizenship

«The project has empowered the grassroots for political initiatives. After elections politicians would have thought that they could do whatever they want. Our action is a reminder to them that the constituency remains sovereign.»

«With no political awareness and with no representatives from the grassroots democracy in the DRC will never be a reality.»


Honorary prize – 2009


Arafat excellence Centre, community initiative

Tags: education, development, social integration, youths, employment

«The state can not do everything for the citizens. People have to learn to support themselves, to be independent. Arafat excellence Centre creates the synergies for more services to the ward.»

«Instead of engaging in a venture to migrate to the West, we can stay at home and solve our problems there. If everybody leaves who will build the country? Our new office was inaugurated in 2006; this building is our ship for sailing our ideas and for preparing the future. That is how we give the hope to the youth and that is also an example that we give them to and build at home.»


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  • 2014

    There will be no Harubuntu international prize in 2014. After six years of hardship, passionate and intense activities the Harubuntu team has taken a break for evaluating the work it has been doing.


    However, an initiative for a specific edition of Harubuntu will take place in the only country of Ivory Coast.


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  • Winners 2013: videos are online

    Video presentation of the winners in 2013 are finally online. Visit the Press section!

  • Harubuntu awards 2013

    The award-giving ceremony will take place in Brussels on December 6th at the end of a two days workshop on ownership: "Ownership in progress: two days to share our tools and experiences". Congratulations to Yasmina El Alaoui, Laurien Ntezimana, Noëline Razanadrakoto, Achidi Valentin Agon, Juana Vetsohantaina Hellia and Florida Makarubuga.



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