AIDF Africa Innovator of the Year Award Nomination Form

This competition celebrates individuals as well as teams who have introduced game-changing initiatives, created research or inventions that have made an impact on the humanitarian aid and development sectors in Africa over the past year. The aim is to recognise individuals for their inspiring leadership, forward-thinking, creative problem-solving and implementation of innovative programmes that have helped drive African progress towards Sustainable Development Goals.




Application deadline: 18 January 2019
Finalists shortlisted: 4 February 2019
Judge's voting: 4 February - 11 February 2019             
Winner announced: 26 February 2019    


Please do not write more than 200 words for each question.



  • Inspired innovation: nominees should exhibit a thoughtful, creative and innovative approach to resolving humanitarian and development challenges in Africa over the past year

  • Proven impact: the initiatives, research or inventions that nominees have introduced or implemented should demonstrate a positive impact on solving global humanitarian aid and development challenges in Africa

  • Building on success: nominees should be looking to enhance and grow the impact of their initiatives, research or inventions to accelerate progress towards Sustainable Development Goals, including future plans to take their idea to the next level

  • All finalists should be available to attend the awards ceremony on 26 February 2019 at Trademark Hotel, Nairobi 


  • Nominations are open to individuals who work within the humanitarian aid and development sector 

  • An award can be based on the work of a team but needs to contain a name of the team leader i.e. nominee, who will accept the award on the team's behalf

  • Self-nominations are allowed

  • Please obtain the nominee’s consent to participate in this award program

  • There is no submission fee, however, if you are entering a nomination, please ensure that you complete all required fields of the nomination form


  • The award winner will benefit from extensive media coverage and industry recognition for their achievements in humanitarian aid and development. The recipient will be awarded the following:

  • A crystal award at the AIDF Africa Summit 2019

  • Free registration for the AIDF Africa Summit 2020

  • A press release announcing the award winner will be published on as well as the event website with details of the winner’s initiatives, research or inventions that made an impact on the global humanitarian aid and development sectors over the past year

  • Social media endorsements by AIDF