The Humanitarian Award recognises the unsung superheroes working in the humanitarian field.
“Winning this award tells me that people are watching and appreciating what I’m doing. The best thing for me is to move ahead and help people, and I’m sure the award will help more people to come and support AfriKids to do greater work in Ghana.”
- Joe Asakibeem of AfriKids, winner of the Humanitarian Award 2018
This year's nominees
We asked you to nominate a humanitarian worker who you believe should be publicly recognised for an outstanding contribution to a particular humanitarian crisis. The winner will be announced on 18 March 2019.
Anil Patil, founder and executive director, Carers Worldwide
"Highlights of the impact that Anil has had include the establishment of 342 carers groups, 10 Community Caring Centres and 5 independent Carers Associations. None of this would have been possible without the vision, enthusiasm and dedication of Anil." - Leanne Rayner, Carers Worldwide
Awu Malish, senior nutrition officer, International Medical Corps
"Awu's grace, steadiness, and deep commitment to serving critically distressed populations in his home country inspires me and everyone he works with every day. In his own words, it is "the malnourished children and pregnant mums that are my priority every day in my work." - Matthew Stearns, International Medical Corps
Charles Usie, country manager, Christian Aid
"The way in which Charles has built a massive humanitarian response in North Eastern Nigeria in a short period of time and given hope to hundreds of thousands of displaced people, deserves recognition to inspire other humanitarian leaders to take timely calculated risks, placing need above religious or security concerns." - Paul Valentin, Christian Aid
Christine Ngbaazande, social reintegration coordinator, World Vision
"Christine has and will continue to make a lasting impact on her community in Yambio, South Sudan – through her work directly to change attitudes and help communities accept those who have experienced horrific human rights violations, but also as a role model to her community." - Erica Hall, World Vision
Dr Diakaria Maiga, health manager, International Medical Corps
"Dr Diakaria Maiga is a hero who serves his local community with dedication and has accomplished more than any other in our medical interventions in the conflict-affected areas of Timbuktu, a region of Northern Mali." - Pacifique Kikongwe, International Medical Corps
Fredrick Kianda, CBR coordinator, HelpAge International
"Fred is professional, visionary, committed and dedicated to make sure the lives of the refugees are better not only from his management but from his professional therapy skills." - Diana Hiscock, HelpAge International
Last year's winner and finalists
The judges selected three inspiring individuals as the finalists. The winner was announced at the awards ceremony on Monday 26 February.
Winner: Joe Asakibeem, project manager at AfriKids Ghana - "Joe is a hero of grassroots development, proving the power of local people to triumph over adversity."
Finalist: Andrew Choyce, staff anaesthetist at Orbis UK - "Andrew has helped countless adults and children in need around the world, saving them from a life of unnecessary darkness."
Finalist: Omar Ali, head of Mission, Iraq, at Human Appeal - "In 10 months Omar Ali has turned Human Appeal Iraq from nothing into a world-class, world-leading and world-recognised humanitarian response outfit."