The Wales Africa Awards; a celebration of the Wales Africa and Fair Trade communities in Wales

Along with our partners, we wanted to recognise the huge contribution individuals, community groups and small charities in Wales make towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

We wanted to celebrate the growing development sector in Wales and highlight some of the amazing achievements we’ve seen and heard about over the last few years.

We wanted to hear your stories and the difference you have made to the lives of people you have worked with. Groups and individuals were able to nominate themselves or the work of another group they have been really impressed by. They were able to nominate, or be nominated for, more than one category. Final decisions on awards were made by an independent group of experts in development from both inside and outside Wales.

Winners didn't have to be a Hub Cymru Africa grant recipient to qualify. We wanted to hear from a wide variety of groups under the following 10 categories. 

Award Categories:

Youth Leadership Award

Projects led by individuals under 30 years old in Wales or Africa, or groups where more than 50% of its members are under 25 years old.

Winner: Swansea Siavonga Partnership

Highly Commended: Wales Somaliland Youth Links

Innovation Award

Showcasing innovation in project design or implementation. This could be using new technology or using an unusual approach to reach out to people and make a positive change.   

Winner: Giakonda Solar Schools

Highly Commended: CEMPOP

Sustainability Award

Demonstrating the genuine long-term sustainability of an intervention as part of your project design. This could include having an exit strategy for a single intervention, or showing how you are empowering Southern partners to be project leaders.

Winner: Dolen Cymru

Highly Commended: Bees for Development

Partnership Award

Demonstrating examples of strong, successful partnerships either in Wales or between Wales and Africa. This might be to implement a project or show solidarity with a community in Africa.  

Winner: South Wales - Sierra Leone Cancer Care

Highly Commended: Betsi-Quthing Link

Inclusion Award

Promoting leadership from within a minority or marginalised group in Wales or Africa. This could include working with people with disabilities, minority ethnic groups or LGBT groups in Wales or Africa. 

Winner: Brecon Molo Community Partnership

Highly Commended: Botawa, Hayaat Women Trust

Shoestring Award

Demonstrating value for money and providing an impact on a minimal budget. Delivering a project in Wales or Africa for less than £1000, not including volunteer time.

Winner: Tools for Self Reliance Cymru

Highly Commended: Fair Do's, Dinas Powys Fairtrade Group

Fundraising Award

Demonstrating the ability to leverage funding from multiple donors or showing substantial success at fundraising at a community level.

Winner: Somaliland Mental Health Support Organisation

Highly Commended: The Prisoners at HM Parc, Botawa

Communications Award

Demonstrating media or social media impact. This could include generating a high profile media presence in Wales or engaging a wide audience of Twitter and Facebook followers.

Winner: Fair Trade in Football Campaign

Highly Commended: Dinas Powys Fairtrade Group

Campaigns Award

Being part of a successful campaign on an important social or community issue and using public engagement to make positive change. 

Winner: Barry Town Council Fairtrade Advisory Committee

Highly Commended: Fair Trade in Football Campaign

Special Recognition

Winner: Dr Ian Robinson

Overall Impact in Wales or Africa 

*The big one* – demonstrating an overall outstanding positive change to people's lives in Wales or Africa. 

Winner: Bees for Development

Highly Commended: Community Carbon Link