After careful screening of the applications by the prize committee, Pragati of India is selected as the winner of the Grand Prize 2022 in recognition of its efforts to use natural energy to not only solve water problems but also reduce environmental impact. Pragati will receive the prize money of JPY2,000,000 at the closing ceremony of the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal.
The Kyoto World Water Grand Prize is the prestige international award that recognizes grass-roots organizations of developing countries for their outstanding accomplishment in solving water issues to encourage the development of grass-roots activities. The Grand Prize was established in 2003 by the City of Kyoto and the World Water Council in commemoration of the 3rd World Water Forum held in the Lake Biwa and Yodo River Basin including Kyoto, Japan. Since then,the Grand Prize has been awarded at the time of the World Water Forum that is convened every three years. Since 2015, the Japan Water Forum has joined the organizers of the Grand Prize.
In line with Kyoto’s tradition of “harmony between tradition and innovation,” the screening process this time was based on whether the activities are sustainable and contribute to “culture” and“community.
- Application period: 7 September, 2020 to 30 April, 2021
- Number of Applicants: 50 from 23 countries
- Winner organization: Pragati, Koraput District, Odisha State, India