know about NDN Collective Wins Skoll Award
By Kelsey Turner
The NDN Collective, an indigenous-led organization based in Rapid City, SD, was one of six winners of the 2022 Skoll Award for Social Innovation, announced April 4 by the Skoll Foundation, a private foundation that invests in social entrepreneurs. around the world. This year’s awards went to six organizations working to strengthen health systems, racial justice, climate action, and inclusive economic growth in the US, Brazil, India, Bangladesh, and sub-Saharan Africa.
the NDN Collective defines its mission as “defend, develop and decolonize”: defend against environmentally destructive resource extraction; develop indigenous communities through “regenerative community development, renewable energy investments and social enterprise development”; and revitalize indigenous culture, languages and ways of life. “Climate justice is about healing the earth by returning its rightful stewards to power,” he says.
The collective has awarded more than $28 million to nearly 600 indigenous-led groups around the world, according to the Skoll Foundation. ad.
Each of the six winners will receive $1.5 million in unrestricted funding, plus $750,000 in flexible support “to make sub-grants to key partners and expand capacity in areas such as monitoring, evaluation and communications,” the announcement said.
“In the face of mounting global challenges, these social innovators have never had a more important role to play and never needed more support,” Skoll Foundation Executive Director Don Gips said in a press release. “Instead of downscaling, they have created bigger, bolder solutions to drive climate action, democracy and civic engagement, innovative health care models, and shifting capital to communities of color.”
The other five award winners are Common Future, an organization that connects community wealth-building institutions in the US with restorative and reparative capital; Financing Alliance for Health, a Kenya-based, African-led technical advisory fund and association working to finance community health programs in sub-Saharan Africa; MapBiomas, which uses land use mapping to protect the environment and combat deforestation in Brazil; Noora Health, which has trained nearly two million caregivers in India and Bangladesh; and NOSSAS, which is building digital mobilization tools to increase civic engagement and activism in Brazil.
The Skoll Foundation, based in Palo Alto, California, was founded in 1999 by former eBay president Jeff Skoll.
The award ceremony was broadcast online at skoll.org/live 6 of April.
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