NOW OPEN: King Baudouin African Development Prize 2020 (€ 200.000 Prize for Development Work in Africa)

Application Deadline:31 march 2020

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,


The Prize endeavours to reward innovative initiatives of Africans with a longer term vision and impact 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. The nominee should be an organization which is founded and led by Africans, or Africans who are active in Africa.
  • Several individuals or organisations that are not structurally linked cannot be presented as one single candidacy.
  • If a nominee was not withheld in a previous edition of the Prize,  it may  be nominated again for a next Prize.  


To submit an application, you must complete a brief electronic form. No other way to appoint a candidate is allowed.


If you encounter any problems or technical issues, please contact our contact center: +32 2 500 4555 or [email protected]

For any other specific question on the Prize, please contact Marijke Goudeseune: [email protected]


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

Edition 2020-2021

  • Launch of the call for nominations : 27 January 2020
  • End of the call for nominations: 31 march 2020
  • Presentation of the Prize to the winners:  June 2021 
  • Winners Tour in Brussels: June 2021
  • Winners Tour in the United States: October 2021

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the King Baudouin African Development Prize 2020

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