Wednesday, September 28, 2011


World Challenge 2011 is a competition organised by BBC World News and Newsweek in association with Shell, aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grassroots level. We want to hear from the viewers about the social entrepreneurs who are making a difference without costing the earth.

The Top 3 Finalists with the most number of votes when voting closes will take part in the Final in Amsterdam in late November. The winner of the World Challenge 2011 will receive a grant of US$20,000. The second and third Finalists will each receive a grant US$10,000. The grants are awarded to projects/small businesses for their own use and furtherance of their enterprise only.

Voting is now open! It closes at midnight on 11 November.

A New Leaf (Egypt - El Nafeza Foundation)
Egyptian foundation El Nafeza was established in 2007 to revive traditional papermaking in Egypt - partly as a way of getting rid of agricultural wastes that are typically burned, resulting in choking black clouds. El Nafeza organises workshops in papermaking for disadvantaged young people (80 to 90 percent of its employees are deaf and mute). The Foundation has also established specialised training centres to teach the art and technique of high quality paper making from rice husks, Nile water lilies, and banana stalks. The handmade paper products are exhibited and sold both within Egypt and internationally.
Click here to vote for El Nafeza Foundation
Broadcast on BBC World News:
Saturday 01 October, 02:30, 09:30 and 22:30 GMT
Sunday 02 October, 15:30 GMT

Senior Service (Japan - Shunran-no-Sato)
Japan faces an ageing population and disappearing rural communities as the young move to the city in search of work. After this March’s Tsunami event devastated parts of the countryside it became apparent there weren’t even enough young people to help with the reconstruction effort. ‘Shunran-no-Sato’ was set up by a group of elderly people to help keep their village alive. The project offers ecotourism with guestrooms in the villagers’ own homes and an opportunity to take part in traditional agricultural activities. It now caters for nearly 5,000 visitors a year as young urbanites come back to the country to rediscover their traditional culture and reconnect with the land outside the megacities.
Click here to vote for Shunran-no-Sato
Broadcast on BBC World News:
Saturday 22 October, 02:30, 09:30 and 22:30 GMT
Sunday 23 October, 15:30 GMT

Changing Spots (Mongolia - Snow Leopard Enterprises)
Mongolia’s Snow Leopard Enterprises is an income-generation project that helps people living in poverty increase their standard of living, and at the same time protect their local ecosystems. They provide women across Central Asia with the training and equipment necessary to produce hand-made felt and other wool products, which are sold internationally through the Snow Leopard Trust and other venues. This provides the herding communities with an alternative income and helps to prevent the poaching of endangered snow leopards for survival. The Snow Leopard Enterprises project has been running in Mongolia since 1997. In that time it has grown to include over 350 households from 28 communities in seven different provinces of the mountainous west and desert south of the country.
Click here to vote for Snow Leopard Enterprises
Broadcast on BBC World News:
Saturday 05 November, 01:30 and 08:30 GMT
Sunday 06 November, 14:30 and 21:30 GMT

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