22 March 2017
Short application deadline
14 May 2017
Full application deadline
16 June 2017
30 August 2017
Announcement 3 finalists
October 2017 - March 2018
Coaching to 3 finalists
22 March 2018
Announcement winner 2018
Our International ReSource Award fosters entrepreneurial thinking and leadership in managing water sustainably in low- and middle-income countries. Drawing on more than a decade’s experience, we designed the programme both to recognise past success and to help start-ups develop and scale up promising approaches.
Each year we convene an international jury to select the award finalists. In addition to two-thirds of the total prize money of USD 150 000, the ultimate winner enjoys three years of coaching support from subject matter experts.
The ReSource Award programme reflects our commitment to giving hands-on support to social enterprises and to improving water access and quality in communities where no one takes either for granted.
Winner 2017: Producing more food with less water
We're enabling smallholder farmers to supply high-quality fish to local premium markets, by supporting Clearwater Farms.
Winner 2016: Improving lives one pump at a time
By supporting MSABI, we intend to further validate and scale a subscription based system for water point maintenance in Tanzania.
Winner 2013: Sustainable agricultural and husbandry
By supporting WWF in Madagascar, we supported the implementation of the first local watershed management in the Mahafaly region.
Winner 2011: Integrating economic mechanisms for boosting carbon storage in Central Asia
By supporting CAREC, two economic mechanisms for boosting carbon storage and supplementing incomes were implemented in the Chon-Aksuu watershed.
Winner 2010: Improved livelihoods in the Santa Cruz Valleys
With the support of Swiss Re Foundation, Natura Bolivia improved livelihoods in the Santa Cruz Valleys.
Winner 2009: Sustainable management of degraded watersheds in Afghanistan
Helvetas aimed to improve livelihoods of the poor rural population in the Kahmard district by reducing the risk of flood damage and increasing long-term land productivity.
Winner 2008: Participatory community watershed management in China
By supporting TMI, we helped to ensure clean and safe water supply supply for Shangri-la Town in China.
Winner 2004: Clean water through eco-sanitation in China
By supporting the Yunnan Environmental Development Institute, eco-sanitation could be implemented in the Xian Rendong village, China.
Winner 2003: Introducing regulatory reforms in the A’Vuong watershed
By supporting WWF Indochina, we helped to develop a comprehensive framework for the management of freshwater in Central Vietnam.