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Innovations Awards Programs

Award Winners of 2006

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

This program earned a Platinum award in 2010 and 2006.


Although mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS is almost entirely preventable, it remains a huge problem in South Afri...

Etafeni Project
Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa

This program earned a Gold award in 2010 and 2006.


The Etafeni project aims to address the numerous problems facing AIDS-affected and vulnerable children in Nyanga township out...

Etafeni Sustainable Community-Based Care for AIDS-Affected Children and Their Caregivers
Western Cape Province, South Africa

Description: The Etafeni Day Care Centre in Nyanga began to be established in December 2001. The Centre currently includes vegetable gardens, a crèche and pre-school buildin...

Western Cape Province, South Africa

Description: Established in September 2001, Mother2mothers (M2M)  (NPO) operates from the Khayelitsha health clinic and is an innovative health care facility-based education a...

Urban Land Reform Initiative
Genesee County, Michigan

Before the Treasury Department of Genesee County, Michigan, developed the Urban Land Reform Initiative, the county auctioned off tax-delinquent properties to investors. Most speculators would only...

Community Network of Chiguayante for the Protection of the Fundo Nonguén
Community Network of Chiguayante for the Protection of the Fundo Nonguén

Efforts of the Millantú Youth Group been have oriented to the recovery and conservation of Fundo Nonquén, a reserve of more than 7,400 acres that is under threat of indiscriminate har...

Five Guarantees Village Construction
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

In order to provide social assistance to families and individuals in need, the southern autonomous region of Guangxi Zhuang has begun the regular construction of a new type of housing complex in rural...
Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit
D.C. Metropolitan Police Department

A cultural divide between a city's police force and its gay and lesbian community is pervasive throughout much of America, and this chasm often results in decreased safety and wellbeing of these ga...

Supportive Housing Pilots Initiative
State of Connecticut

A sense of despair often pervades homeless communities throughout the United States. Compounding the challenge of lacking a place to call home, much of the homeless population is plagued with menta...

Urban Academies Program
School Board of Broward County, Florida

The retention of high-quality teachers in poor, urban school districts remains a nationwide challenge and one of the biggest threats to the vitality of urban schools. While several programs and non...

Mayor's Charter Schools Initiative
City of Indianapolis, Indiana

As major cities across the country grapple with underperforming public schools, the creation of charter schools is often turned to as an alternative approach to education. These charter schools are...

Kleinriver Environmental and Employment Project (KEEP)
Western Cape Province, South Africa

Description: By law, property owners are required to clear their land of weeds and foreign species of plants.  These plants have been encroaching on the Klein River Catchment...

Ethembeni Arv Project
Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, South Africa

Description: The eThembeni ARV project (est. 2004) is one of 55 ARV sites in the province that were established to meet government's implementation of its ARV programme. It is situ...

Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, South Africa

Description: In 2003, to educate sex workers, Ukuba Nesibindi, Lifeline Durban Outreach Program established Ithbalethu in eThekwini Municipality to educate and train sex workers in...

Mnweni-Amazizi Project
Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, South Africa

Description: The Mnweni-Businsatha Gap (MBG) is a slice of six mountain areas sandwiched between two national parks along the Drakensburg Mountains on the border of Lesotho and KZN...

Yabonga Children's Project
Western Cape Province, South Africa

Description: Yabonga (est.1988) a Cape Town based Non Profit Organisation has Educare Centres in Thandabantu, Sunrise, Ekanana, Khulanthi, Crossroads, Nyanga, Houtbay and Malindi t...

Save Sexual Abuse Victim Empowerment
Western Cape Province, South Africa

Description: SAVE was started in the Western Cape in 1990 in response to the Department of Justice and the SA Police Service's requests that justice for complainants with intellect...

Positive Beadwork Project
Western Cape Province, South Africa

Description: In June 2002 the Positive Beadwork Project (PBP) was created by the Kidzpositive Family Fund (NPO number 017-295), which is a group at Groote Schuur Hospital trying to...

Mawa Block 8 Peoples Housing Process
Limpopo Province, South Africa

Description: This project was started in November 2005 (only 6-7 months), and funded by the Provincial Department of Local Government and Housing. The project was...

Group of Hope
Western Cape Province, South Africa

Description: The Group of Hope was originally established in June 2002 in Brandvlei Maxiumum Security Prison in Worcester. It was begun by inmates and the social worker within the...

Mehloding Community Tourism Trust
Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Description: The Mehloding Community Tourism Trust is comprised of two main ventures, the Masakala Guesthouse and the Mehloding Adventure Trail situated in the Eastern Cape provinc...

Phelophepa Healthcare Train
Gauteng Province, South Africa

Description: Many rural parts of South Africa comprise of the former Bantustans and were poorly serviced during the apartheid period, since 1994, these areas had to be serviced. Th...

Marianhill Landfill Conservancy
Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, South Africa

Description: In eThekwini Municipality in KZN, a quiet revolution in waste management has been underway by the Department of Solid Waste.  In 1995, for the first time in South...

Dance for All
Western Cape Province, South Africa

Description: In 1991, CAPAB's (now Cape Town Ballet) principal dancer, Philip Boyd, recognized that the company lacked African dancers and that there was no training system for the...

Sakhasonke Village Housing Initiative
Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Description: The Sakhasonke Village, built in the former Walmer area of Port Elizabeth was initiated in 2002 by the General Motors South Africa Foundation and is an expansion and i...

Veterans Health Information Technology
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

A 1999 Institute of Medicine report estimated that upwards of 98,000 Americans die each year from medical errors, with many stemming from poorly maintained records or miscommunication between provi...

Grass Roots Conservation
United States Fish and Wildlife Service

In 1992, Montana's Blackfoot River watershed was listed among the ten most endangered rivers systems in the United States. Today, the watershed's sustainability serves as a model for conservation e...

Massachusetts Department of Social Services

The Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS) received 70,147 reports concerning potential abuse or neglect of a child in 2004. Social workers investigated and opened cases on over 22,000 o...

The Loving Care Supermarket
Jialian Street Office, Siming District, Xiamen City, Fujian Province

Following the economic reform of the 1980s, living conditions for most Jialian Street residents in downtown Xiamen City have improved greatly; however, current economic transitions have left some resi...
Performance Revolution
Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province

Wenzhou’s municipal government was dogged by poor efficiency, arbitrary and unfair legal enforcement, and improper implementation of procedures and rules. These factors negatively influence...
Street Administration System Innovations
Lugu Community, Shijingshan District, Beijing

In July 2003, challenging the traditional neighborhood-based governance dominating China’s local governments, the Shijingshan District Government converted a street-level office at Lugu into a g...
Four Institutions of Legal Oversight
Ruzhong District, Chongqing City

In April 2004, faced with a legal system that lacked oversight and transparency, the Chongqing City Government and the Chongqing City Office of Legislative Affairs formulated four sweeping reforms to...
Service Charter
Yangling Agricultural Demonstration Zone, Shanxi Province

Established in 1997 Yangling National Agricultural Demonstration Zone (also called the Yangling Zone), in Shanxi Province, is the only national agricultural high-technology demonstration zone. In orde...
Reinvention of Government Processes
Xuhui District, Shanghai City

Faced with inefficiency and lack of transparency in information transfer, excessive red tape, and massive institutional inertia, the newly elected government of Xuhui District proposed sweeping innova...
Reform of Huaihailu Sub-District
Baixia District, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province

The traditional Chinese urban administration, embedded in the sub-district (jiedao) office system, has been greatly challenged by ongoing economic reforms and social transition. Its operation can...
Building Grass-Roots Democracy
Xindu District, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province

According to old methods of choosing Party secretaries at the township or community level of the Chinese Communist Party, leaders were appointed or affirmed by higher-level party officials without dir...
Public Supervision of Village Affairs
Wuyi County, Zhejiang Province

Although direct elections have been held in Chinese villages for some time, village committees in many localities still have minimal oversight by villagers and village conferences. More seriously...
Internet-Mediated Interactions Between Government and Citizens
Wuhu City, Anhui Province

In recent years, Wuhu City has witnessed rapid social and economic development; however, some new social issues and conflicts are also emerging. The Wuhu Municipal Government sought a new forum for so...
Adopting ISO-9000 Standards in Government Offices
Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province

The Shaoxing Municipal Government faced a number of institutionalized obstacles to smooth service provision, including poorly trained and inexperienced workers, insufficient overall quality control, a...
Trade Unions for Protecting Migrant Workers' Rights
Quanzhou City Federation of Trade Unions

Under the jurisdiction of China’s planned economy, the hukou, or household registration, system became the primary means of determining a citizen’s lifelong eligibility for welfare benefit...
Safeguarding Women's Rights
Daxing District, Beijing

In order to integrate efforts to protect women’s and children’s rights across departments, the Daxing District in Beijing established Posts for the Safeguarding of Women’s Rights in...
Community Governance Reform
Yantian District, Shenzhen City

The basic principles behind the Yantian District Government reforms, begun in 1999, were to separate government from civil society while simultaneously strengthening government capacity and community...
Eight Step Working Procedure
Maliu Township, Kai County, Chongqing City

Working to rationalize village politics and improve mechanisms for government accountability and transparency, innovators in Maliu Township, Kai County developed what they called a “Working Proc...
Direct Election of Chinese Communist Party Officials to the Village Team
Pingchang County, Sichuan Province

Traditionally, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members at the district or county level choose leaders for village-level Party activities. This is a model of top-down administration; in an effort to incr...
Village Governance Model
Qingxian County, Hebei Province

To foster autonomy and efficiency in village government in Hebei Province, administrators selected Qingxian County for implementation of a new model of local administration called the "Village Go...
Educational Voucher System
Changxing County, Zhejiang Province

At the end of the 1960s, the U.S. government began to experiment with education vouchers, and, in November 2000, while on a study tour to the U.S., a group from Changxing County discovered the concept...
Rural Women's Participation in Local Governance
Hunan Province

In order to engage rural women’s participation in local elections, management, and economic and social development, the Women’s Federation of Hunan Province has begun a program titled &ldq...
Rural Cooperative Medical Care Fund
Qian'an City, Hebei Province

In a sweeping approach to rural medical care performance, in March 2003, Qian’an City in Hebei Province, became one of the experimental centers for a new type of rural cooperative medical care i...
Public Supervision of the Process of Government
Jiawang District, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province

On July 22, 2001, an explosion in a coalmine in Jiawang District, Xuzhou, injured and killed dozens of miners. This tragic accident drew attention to the lax enforcement of safety regulation...
Construction of a Credit System to Improve Civic Responsibility
Shenhe District, Shenyang City

In 2001, the Shenhe District of Shenyang City began to implement a plan titled “Outline for Improving Civic Morality,” intended to fight business tax evasion, cheating, and sales of pirate...
Automatic Approval Procedures to Cut Down Red Tape
Nankai District Government, Tianjin City

A key problem for governmental administration is regulating administrative licensing. Dealing with administrative inefficiency and delayed application decisions, the Nankai District Government initiat...
"Dismissing Team and Building Community": New Modes of Villager Autonomy
Zigui County, Hubei Province, China

Under the old model of village management, district- and county-level administrators of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) selected village team administrators from among prominent local Party members...
Provision of Affordable Sanitary Pads to the Disadvantaged Primary School Girls (Makapads)
Makerere University, Faculty of Technology

The Makapads project in Uganda conducted research which revealed many girls were not attending school on the days they were menstruating due to lack of affordable protection ma...

Kiroyera Tours
Kiroyera Tours, Bukoba, Tanzania

Kagera region is located to the extreme northwest of Lake Victoria at the border of Tanzania and Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi. It is part of the Great Lakes region. One of the c...

People United for a New Korogocho
St. John Catholic Church, Nairobi, Kenya

The winning project of the 2006 Sub-regional Mashariki Innovations in Local Governance Awards Programme award was People United for a New Korogocho, situated in th...

Regional Commission for the Development of Fishing
Regional Commission for the Development of Fishing (Comisión Regional de Desarrollo para la Pesca Artesanal)

The Regional Commission for the Development of Fishing is an example of a very successful public-private partnership. Its goal was to revitalize and improve the fishing industry in the Maule coasta...

International Promotion of Health Management in the Rural World
Comité Vida Chile de Camiña, Camiña, Chile

This initiative, organized by the Camiña Committee on Chile Life, mobilizes a broad range of existing organizations and institutions in the territory of Camiña to promote health care...

Participative Health Budgets
Health Alliance, Talcahuano, Chile

Reformers in the municipality of Talcahuano saw the need to change how resources were allocated to the health sector. They called upon the democratically elected community delegates to develop and...

Community Empowerment Through Co-operative Financial Services (CECOFIS)
Mbale District Local Government, Uganda

The Community Empowerment through Cooperative Financial Services (CECOFIS) championed by Mbale District's local government, located in Mbale Southeastern Uganda lies about...

Biogas Fuel from Livestock Waste as an Alternative to Firewood and Charcoal
Makarere University, Department of Chemistry

Biogas, primarily methane and carbon dioxide, is a type of fuel derived from the anaerobic decomposition of organic materials, including manure and biodegradable waste.&n...

Lake Zone Intercultural Center
Lake Zone Intercultural Center, Nyegezi, Mwanza, Tanzania

Lake Zone Intercultural Centre is situated in Nyegezi, Mwanza, in the Southern parts of Mwanza, a city in the north-west of Tanzania and a southern port of Lake Victoria. As pa...

Kisangani Smith Group of Njombe
Kisangani Smith Group, Njombe, Tanzania

In January 1996, the Kisangani Smith Group initiated the Black Smith Project to address two problems that were noted by the founders: the high rate of crime due to unemployment...

Nyumbani Village Kitui by Children of God Relief Institute
Nyumbani Children's Home, Kitui, Kenya

Nyumbani Children's Home is situated in Kitui District Eastern Province of Kenya. It has a population of about 515,422 (1999 census) and an area of 20,402 sq km.The region...

Maize Marketing Movement by Sacred Africa
SACRED - Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

Maize is of fundamental importance in Africa as a staple food, a tool for economic development and political stability, and is useful when it comes to the welfare of the p...

Participatory Municipal Management Project
Municipalidad de Illapel, Coquimbo, Chile

The Participatory Municipal Management Project (Gestión Municipal Participativa, GMP) seeks to strengthen citizen participation in selecting and prioritizing municipal government in...

Antena Territorial Network: CONACE and Football Schools
Antena Territorial Network

The purpose of this network, begun in 2004, is to coordinate efforts to rehabilitate youth that have been involved in the drug trade. Innovators established the network in response to government de...

Navajo Methamphetamine Task Forces
Navajo Department of Behavioral Services, Navajo Nation

Methamphetamine use has become an epidemic in Indian country. In January 2004, the Navajo Department of Behavioral Health Sciences (DBHS) began to see an increased number of agencies reporting the...

Alternative Sentencing Program
Tulalip Tribal Court, Tulalip, Washington

With the development of the Tulalip Tribes Police Department since retrocession in 1997, the Tulalip Tribes Court System has experienced numerous obstacles: tripled case load in t...

Tribal Land Title and Records Office
Housing Department, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

Indian self-determination is the cornerstone of the federal relationship with sovereign tribal governments. The Tribe, in establishing a Land Title & Records Office, enables its members on tr...

Hopi Education Endowment Fund
Hopi Tribe, Kykotsmovi, Arizona

The Hopi Tribe, a non-gaming tribe, receives the majority of its revenues from its natural resources. The revenue generated from these resources is not only finite, but also precarious from year...

Citizen Potawatomi Citizen Development Corporation
Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Shawnee, Oklahoma

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation, like other Native American groups in the United States, continues to struggle with h...

Red Lake Walleye Recovery Program
Red Lake Department of Natural Resources, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

Red Lake walleye, an edible freshwater fish, have been culturally and economically important to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians for more than a century. About 85% of the Red Lake lies within...

Learning Excellence: The Morongo Tutoring Program
Morongo Tribe, Banning, California

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is located near Banning, California and has approximately 1,000 members. Through the careful development of their gaming and non-gaming enterprises on their 32,000-...
Roads to Liberty Educational Program
Corporación Municipal de Punta Arenas, Chile

In order to lower the number of school dropouts and to mitigate the associated social problems (including crime and increased drug use), local authorities in Punta Arenas have sought to create a pa...

Participative Museum Study at the Museo Mapuche de Cañete
Museo Mapuche de Cañete

Since 2001, the Museo Mapuche de Cañete has been attempting to improve community relations and to promote participation of local residents in the management of the museum. By emphasizing act...

Bank for Children and Youth
Banco de Los Niños, Cerro Navia, Chile

The concept of a Bank for Children and Youth arose from implementation of participatory budgeting methods in the community. Local advocates called for improved access to recreation for young people...

Municipal Strategy for Regional Development
Ensenada Municipality, Baja California, Mexico

Ensenada is the largest municipality in Mexico.  Its area is equal to that of one of the 14 smaller states in the Republic, or to the entire country of Costa Rica.  Its economy includes...
Sustainable Development Model, Municipality of La Huacana
La Huacana Municipality, Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico

Inspired by the Agenda 21 Program developed by the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development, the municipality of La Huacana created an alternative development strategy based on environ...
"We Unite to Plan Development" Program
Villaflores Municipality, Chiapas, Mexico

In the municipality of Villaflores, patronage has traditionally defined service delivery.
Government authorities and their chosen civic group leaders exerted absolute control over resou...
Integrated Urban Mobility System
Juarez Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico

The challenge facing municipal leaders in Juárez City was how to handle the strain placed on local transportation and road capacity by an ever-increasing city population.  The transpo...
Tourist Routes Project
Cabo Corrientes Municiplaity, Jalisco, Mexico

Cabo Corrientes authorities identified the widening gap between rich and poor within the municipality as a serious social problem.  The city faced marginalization of its impoverished citizen...
Safeguarding the Country's Future: Promoting Child Rights
Maitum, Sarangani, Phillipines

Prior to launching the “Promoting Child Rights” program in 2002, nearly 20% of Maitum’s children were malnourished. Live birth registration was low, while the maternal mortality...
Eradicating Poverty Completely by 2020
Concepcion, Iloilo, Philippines

Strongly backed by Mayor Raul Banias of Concepcion, Iloilo, this municipality has implemented two initiatives to achieve its goal of eradicating poverty in 2020: "Zero Poverty 2020" and...
The Gender Approach to Combating Poverty
Capoocan, Leyte, Philippines

Before implementation of the Program on Gender and Development, 90% of the Capocan municipality’s population was poor and had little access or control over land resources. The municipality...
Responding Effectively to Citizens: Meeting the Millennium Development Goals Locally
Bulacan, Philippines

The provincial government of Bulacan has been tackling the targets set under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by implementing programs that meet the needs of its basic sectors and special...

Award Finalists of 2006

eCityGov Alliance
Various Municipalities of King County, Washington

King County, Washington, is like many other counties across America. It contains many small cities and towns, some quite near each other-so near, in fact, that people often live and work in differe...

Promising Practices Network
State of Missouri

Most states have programs that serve the needs of children and families. Some of these programs are more effective than others, and some are so effective that their methods bear replication across...

HomeBase Homelessness Prevention Services
City of New York

In 2002, New York City's Department for Homeless Services (DHS) was in a crisis situation, with an average monthly census of 33,000 homeless people in shelters. The city could not open new shelters...

Generations of Hope
State of Illinois

In the early 1990s, a record number of "unadoptable" children, abandoned by their parents and trapped in a series of temporary-care situations, desperately needed permanent homes. Foster care had l...

Dirigo Health Reform
State of Maine

As the new millennium began, many citizens in Maine faced a daunting array of barriers to quality health care. Many went uninsured, or grappled with high health care co-payments that deterred them...

Municipal Automated Vehicle Sharing Program
City of Philadelphia, PA

The city of Philadelphia faced a budget crisis in 2003. Politicians were committed to reducing tax rates, but a general economic slowdown had already slashed city finances.  Services would h...
New Alliance Task Force
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation of Chicago

Without access to banking services, even small necessities, like paying rent, incur high costs. For the "unbanked," payments are often made with an expensive cashier's check and paychecks cashed...
Green Tier
State of Wisconsin

Federal environmental regulations required the Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) to install a specific emissions-reducing technology in their plant. But, firm officials knew that an alternat...
Five-Year Affordable Housing Production
City of San Jose, California

Many consider San Jose, California, to be an ideal place to live—so much so that, despite economic downturn, it maintains one of the priciest housing markets in the country. However, fewer...
"America's Army" Game
United States Army

The United States Army failed to meet recruiting goals for the second year running in 1999. Army officials worried that a problematic public image was to blame; many young people received their onl...


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