The Award will consider the following Evaluation Criteria:
Development and implementation of a significant change in the way the organization performs its functions or delivers its services or products to its clients or the creation/improvement of services/products provided that produce positive results to its client and the society. They may involve changes in services, processes and / or products.
Improvement achieved by the innovation aimed at resolving/reducing a problem situation generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The improvement can be either in the organizational process (productivity, quality and efficiency), in the methods of providing services (service satisfaction, benefits generated to users) or in the adaptation or management of a product or service (environmental or social impacts). The assessment should also consider the potential relevance of the innovation after the pandemic.
Potential of the initiative to be scaled up, replicated or to inspire other rural communities in other LAC countries. Special emphasis will be given to initiatives that have potential to be adopted by development partners and the private sector, particularly in challenging environments. As such, solutions that are community-based and do not require internet connection nor complex support services will be recognized for their high scale-up and acceptance potential.
Technical capacity, experience and knowledge necessary for technology development, leadership, entrepreneurship, proactivity, among others.
Initiatives led by young people or group of young people living in rural areas of LAC countries will have 5 (five) extra points in the assessment.
Refers to the improvement achieved by the innovation that seeks to solve/reduce the problem situation. The improvement can be either in the organizational processes (productivity, quality and efficiency), in service providing methods (satisfaction of the service, benefits generated to users) or in the evaluation or management of a product or service (environmental or social impacts).
Characteristics that promote the empowerment or social inclusion of vulnerable and historically excluded group, such as afro descendant, indigenous, LGBTI+ and dam affected people, refugees, people leaving with HIV/AIDS and, especially, women.
Features of the initiative that help to fight the isolation and marginalization of the most disadvantaged and allow mutual aid.
The business model is the strategy behind the product/service. It defines not only the product/service (what), but also the how and for whom this product/service is delivered. The Value Proposition is part of the business model. It creates value for a Customer segment with a combination of elements specifically targeted to the needs of that segment. It is the differential of your product/service.
Data and information that demonstrate knowledge about the market in which the initiative is inserted (main characteristics of the market, size, needs, entry barriers, legislation, direct and indirect competitors).
The Evaluation Panel will be selected by the Award team and might include professionals from the United Nations, partner organisations, the private sector, academia, and others.
Each participating initiative will be evaluated by (at least) two members of the Evaluation Panel
Evaluators for each initiative will be chosen by the IFAD project management team considering the evaluators background and experience that must be aligned with each initiative’s characteristics.