The award seeks to recognise and honor the Arab youth through providing them with necessary support to develop their startups.
It seeks to honor and recognise Arab social entrepreneurs of both genders who came up with innovative solutions to address pressing challenges in their communities through providing them with financial support to implement their projects, which positively reflects on their societies and countries.
The concept behind the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement (KAAYIA)
His Majesty King Abdullah II Ben Al Hussein launched the award during the World Economic Forum in 2007 with a view to honor and support Arab social entrepreneurs of both genders who came up with innovative solutions to address pressing challenges in their communities in the various environmental, social and economic sectors.
The award aims to shed light on distinguished efforts by the youth to realise a positive change in line with the needs and priorities of the local communities and to enhance the concept of active citizenship and ensure its continuity for generations to come. It seeks to strengthen the capabilities of the youth in problem solving and raise awareness on the importance of dialogue between the Arab youth to remove obstacles and to encourage them to foster cooperation.
The award is conducted in cooperation with the International Youth Foundation (IYF) as a strategic partner and the MBC Group as media partner.
Ten finalists are selected based on three criteria that include leadership and innovation, partnership and cooperation and the impact of each project on local communities and its sustainability. The top three winners get cash prizes and the ten finalists are enrolled in a training programme to enhance their leadership skills.
- Recognising Arab social entrepreneurs of both genders.
- Providing necessary financial support to social entrepreneurs to help them implement their projects and scaling up their activities.
- Encouraging cooperation and networking between the Arab youth and removing obstacles between them.
- Enhancing the spirit of active citizenship and ensuring the sustainability of this concept among the future generations.
- The first round in 2009: 10 young people from 7 Arab countries were awarded $ (50,000) US dollars each.
- The second round in 2011: 10 young people from 5 Arab countries were awarded $ (50,000) US dollars each.
- The third round in 2013: the top 3 winners from 3 Arab countries were awarded $ (50,000) US dollars each. The seven runner-ups were awarded $ (10,000) US dollars each.
- The fourth round in 2015: the top 3 winners from 3 Arab states were awarded $ (50,000) US dollars each. The seven runner-ups were awarded $ (10,000) US dollars each.
Who can apply ?
- The prize is awarded to Arab youth aged between 18-30 years who possess leadership skills.
- Applicants must fill the award’s form that can be found at (www.kaayia.jo) when applications are invited.
- The award’s team conducts an initial assessment of the applications to ensure conformity with conditions.