Across the globe our colleagues in the international community encounter countless heroes who work tirelessly to support, protect, save and improve the lives of the refugees, internally displaced or stateless persons. Most of the time they work in the shadow, not waiting for recognition, saving one life, building a bridge, installing a shower, providing water, drawing one smile, recognizing a refugee, teaching a language.
These great people deserve to be recognized, and you can help us thank them. The nomination form is available on the Nansen Refugee Award website.
About the Award
The Nansen Refugee Award, established in 1954, is named after Fridtjof Nansen, an intrepid polar explorer and humanitarian who went to serve as the first High Commissioner for Refugees for the League of Nations. Fridtjof Nansen won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922.
The award consists of commemorative medal and US$100,000 monetary prize donated by the governments of Norway and Switzerland to support a project of the laureate’s choice to benefit displaced people.
Candidates can be individuals, or groups (e.g. NGOs). The strongest candidates have strong personal stories and carry out work which:
- Obliges them to go beyond the call of duty - to go above and beyond normal professional responsibilities;
- Demonstrates courage – the laureate might at times face personal risk carrying out their work;
- Has a direct and positive impact on the lives of forcibly displaced or stateless people.
For more information, including downloading the nomination form, please visit the Nansen Refugee Award website.