ActionAid India, one of three finalists for the 2014 Ockenden International Prize | ActionAid UK

ActionAid staff from India and the UK joined HRH The Princess Royal and broadcaster Michael Buerk in Oxford for the announcement of the second Ockenden International Prize for refugees and internally displaced persons.

ActionAid’s Louise Sowden meets HRH The Princess Royal and broadcaster Michael Buerk
ActionAid’s Louise Sowden meets HRH The Princess Royal and broadcaster Michael Buerk

We’re thrilled that last night colleagues from ActionAid India and the UK were presented to HRH The Princess Royal as runners up in the Ockenden International Prize 2014

The Ockenden Prize of $75,000 (£44,872) is awarded to a project that benefits refugees or internally displaced people. From a record 97 entries from 47 countries, ActionAid India made it to the final three, alongside The Adventist Development and Relief Agency; and the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Organisations making a huge difference

ActionAid India took an incredibly worthy runners up prize of $15,000 with Norwegian Refugee Council scooping the main prize – we think all of the organisations deserve huge congratulations for making it to the final three but more so for making a massive difference to the lives of the people they worked with.

ActionAid India’s project reached 20,000 people from tribal communities

Our project in Andhra Pradesh made a great contribution to the lives of 20,000 vulnerable people from displaced tribal communities – a group that is already marginalised in Indian society. ActionAid provided immediate relief to meet the desperate needs of the most vulnerable people, such as food to children suffering from malnutrition. At the same time we have been working with the community to establish their long-term needs.

Note: The International Committee for the Red Cross defines refugees as people who have crossed an international frontier and are at risk or have been victims of persecution in their country of origin. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) have not crossed an international frontier, but have, for whatever reason, fled their homes.

Well done to everyone involved.