The Project Director of The African Givers Awards (TAGA), Mrs. Clare Henshaw spoke passionately on the forthcoming third sector awards her organization is putting forth in few months’ time.
It’s been a pleasure to meet you, can you please give us an insight into why The African Givers Awards is being organized?
I thank you for the interest you have shown in knowing what TAGA stands for.
First of all let me start by delving into what TAGA is. The African Givers Award is an annual event born out of the need to recognize the significant contributions made by the third sector (Social leaders, NGOs, CSOs, CBOs, Charities, FBOs, etc) across Nigeria and the African continent. These individuals and organizations make up the majority of selfless philanthropists that are not being fully recognized and rewarded on a bigger scale like those in public and business sectors. These set of organizations and individuals work to alleviate, highlight, intervene and proffer lasting solutions and interventions to some of the biggest challenges faced by vulnerable, less privileged and the minority populations in the societies, which the government could not reach.
These important works that they do have lasting impacts and significantly improve the lives of others by advocating for social changes and giving a voice to those who otherwise may not be heard. TAGA is proud to acknowledge the contributions they make and helps provide the recognition that they deserve.”
The theme of this year’s event is: Recognizing Outstanding Contributions in the Third Sector, and slated for October 12, 2018, in Lagos, Nigeria.
What are the attributes you are looking for in the organizations and individuals to be honored in this Award?
With a commitment to recognize, celebrate, and inspire outstanding contributions in the third sector, The African Givers Award (TAGA) distinguishes social leaders, organizations and corporations that give back selflessly and passionately to their communities and societies using advocacy, social impact interventions, leadership and social activism to accelerate innovation, impact and improving the lives of people who rely on access to the services of the third sector.
These deserving individuals, organizations and cooperation’s demonstrate outstanding leadership in developing community programmes and initiatives that promote greater equity, social justice, and impact for those facing disadvantage. These are majorly the attributes we are looking for in such a potential awardees.
Since this will be the first edition of its kind, how do you intend to attract credible awardees?
That’s a good question. In order to give room for credibility and to promote fairness, transparency and equity in the maiden edition, there has been a public call for entries, and as with best practices, TAGA is made up of credible and an impartial panel of judges drawn from across Africa with trusted and tested pedigree.
They are tasked with conducting the screening and nomination of recipients in the various categories. The finalists range from organizations assisting homeless youths, supporting disabilities, promoting gender equality, social justice, equity, fairness, education, child rights, women’s rights, healthcare, activism, political reforms, human rights, marginalization, providing free legal information and delivering job support for women experiencing social disadvantage, etc.
For initiating this Award, what are the aims and objectives that set it in motion?
Let me start by saying that The African Givers Award (TAGA) will be held annually with all the trappings of a world class event. The caliber of invited guests will be drawn across the social, ordinary class, corporate and international space.
However, the aims and objectives of TAGA are to honor and encourage stakeholders whose contributions have not been properly recognized in the third sector and to encourage both old and new funders to continue doing more to support the less privileged. These recognitions cuts across NGO’s, NPOs, CSOs, FBOs, Individuals and Corporate bodies.
◾ Secondly to encourage various practitioners in the social space to improve their levels of creativity and inject new innovations in implementing their activities.
◾Also it represents a platform for sponsors to showcase their innovative products, goods and services via direct engagement with the public; taking advantage of the large turn out and caliber of people that would watch the event on TV and those that would also throng the venue for the event.
◾It symbolizes a unifying avenue for Nigerian and African NGO’s/NPOs,CSOs, etc; to integrate and engage in collaborative efforts with their foreign counterparts as it relates to their different areas of focus.
What are the categories of Awards for this edition?
The Award Categories are as follows:
African Giver for Charity of the Year
This award is for an individual African philanthropist that have contributed to the positive efforts of community development by supporting an NGO through funding with reasonable impact around the continent of Africa.
Most Outstanding NGO of The Year The recipient of this award is a stakeholder who has civically engaged their members or communities with their various projects.
Lifetime Achievement Award for Charity
This award could sometimes be posthumous or otherwise as the case may be. It recognizes an individual who makes distinguished contributions to a country, state or community in the areas of social, physical, and/or educational improvements. Nominee should be someone who regularly lends his/her experience, expertise and efforts to improve the community.
Unsung Hero Award –
The recipient of this award is a person who gives his/her time, talent, and energy unselfishly, making substantive yet unrecognized contributions to the third sector.
Philanthropic Personality of the Year-
This award will be presented to an individual whose financial contributions for civic engagements is unmeasurable within the third sector.
Most Innovative Social Impact NGO of the Year– This award recognizes a civic organization for a project, event, or program that is the best example of Building bridges and creating a significant impact in social change mindset within the community.
NGO Corporate Partner of the Year-
This category goes to a corporate organization that have significantly contributed financially and materially to the advancement of programmes or projects of an NGO or the third sector in general within a year.
Most Impactful Media House of the Year-
The media organization that wins this category most have been consistent in reporting and highlighting the various challenges, successes and inter-Governmental relationships and policies as it relates to the third sector.
What are the criteria set in place for selecting credible Awardees?
We have put in place some criteria to guide our sense of judgment. They are as follows:
◾ Stakeholders (NGOs) working to improve the well-being and general living standard of their members with impactful results.
◾ An individual or organization which demonstrates a considerable amount of community responsibility for the less privileged in the area of funding.
Increasing awareness and importance of enhancing beneficiaries quality of life through their programs and events
◾ A media house Promoting, unity, communication, interaction, and cooperation between funders, partners and the third sector.
◾ In the event of a tie, the winner will be selected based on which nomineesproject had the greatest community impact; whether it be the number of people affected or the area size served.
◾ If the votes remain tied, the Awards Nomination committee will determine the winner.
◾ A founder who’s foundation or organization can be said to be a role model to other NGOs and stakeholders due to its impactful activities
◾ Most active and result oriented NGO within the sector.
Please who are behind the organization of this event?
There are three organizations involved. They are: Entertainment Konzult Ltd, Inspire – Her Africa and Advocacy for Widows Empowerment Foundation. Entertainment Konzult ltd is an events, entertainment and awards promotions company based in Lagos Nigeria.
While Advocacy for widows Empowerment foundation (ADWEF) an NGO is focused on widows’ right advocacy, skills acquisition and entrepreneurial empowerment initiatives, Inspire – Her Africa is a social good company with a mission to project the best of Africa focusing on contemporary social and cultural issues.