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Hi, this is Pip. The winners of the 2022 Right Livelihood Award were unveiled yesterday. The prestigious award recognises the tireless efforts of individuals and organisations striving for change around the world. Hailing from Ukraine, Somalia, Uganda and Venezuela, the four laureates were honoured for their work as “grassroots actors dedicated to strengthening their communities”. We got to know this year's winners.

We’ve also got more from our special anniversary edition looking at what the future has in store for International Geneva. Yves Daccord, former director general of the ICRC, shares his thoughts on how the humanitarian sector will need to adapt in the coming years. Meanwhile, a sci-fi short story from author and humanitarian Alnaaze Nathoo paints a dystopian picture of Geneva in 20 years time.

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Pip Cook


Right Livelihood Award champions ‘change-makers’ seeking justice

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Oleksandra Matviichuk and her organisation the Center for Civil Liberties were honoured for their work defending human rights, strengthening democracy and pursuing accountability for war crimes. (Credit: Right Livelihood)

A Ukrainian human rights defender and two Somali peace activists have been named the winners of the 2022 Right Livelihood Award alongside a Ugandan environmental organisation and a Venezuelan cooperative network.

The four laureates announced on Thursday were honoured for their work as “grassroots actors dedicated to strengthening their communities”, said Ole von Uexkull, executive director at the Right Livelihood Foundation.

Oleksandra Matviichuk became the first Ukrainian to receive the prestigious award, which recognised her work defending human rights in the country, including documenting war crimes during Russia’s aggression.

Mother and daughter Fartuun Adan and Ilwad Elman were also honoured for promoting peace and defending human rights in Somalia through their organisation Elman Peace, which focuses on community-based peacebuilding and demilitarisation initiatives.

The Africa Institute For Energy Governance (AFIEGO), an environmental organisation from Uganda, was also awarded for its efforts to protect the rights of local communities from environmentally damaging projects linked to the exploitation of oil and gas, alongside Cecosesola, a network of community organisations from low-income areas that provides affordable goods and services to more than 100,000 families across Venezuela.

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More from our special edition

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An illustration by artist Jean-Philippe Kalonji.

The Bunker. Keeping with the theme of our special anniversary edition – what International Geneva could look like in 20 years time – we asked author and longtime humanitarian sector worker Alnaaze Nathoo to imagine what this future might be. The result is The Bunker, a short story which paints a dystopian picture of 2044, when the world is grappling with record numbers of climate refugees. A lawyer working in Geneva’s AI-run asylum data centre receives a file mysteriously tagged for review. Who is Scott Sanders?

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Opinion of the day

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What will the humanitarian sector look like in 20 years time? “In the next 20 years, the challenges facing humanitarians today will become more severe, prompting the sector to adapt how it operates to retain legitimacy,” writes Yves Daccord, former director general of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). “The good news is there will always be dedicated people committed to helping those affected by war and disaster, in 20 years and beyond. But they might not be in an organisation or structure that we recognise.”

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