King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement (KAAYIA)


Creative Ideas Tech & IT

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  • Worldwide


Launched at the World Economic Forum in 2007, The King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement (KAAYIA) aims to celebrate and support young men and women throughout the Arab region who have pioneered innovative solutions to urgent social, economic and environmental challenges. The award is designed to promote creative problem-solving and cross-border dialogue and cooperation among Arab youth. Through shining a much-needed spotlight on youth-led social change, the KAAYIA seeks to encourage present and future generations of Arab youth to assume their roles as active citizens.


As testimony to the spirit of youth innovation that abounds in our region, more than 1700 individuals from 21 Arab countries applied for the second cycle of the award. The final selection of award recipients is made by an independent assessment committee of experts from throughout the Arab region. Each winner receives a monetary award to expand the scope and impact of their work, while all ten fellows who make it through to the final phase receive a capacity building training and recognition for their exemplary work.

Initiated in 2009 and held every two years, the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement has succeeded in conducting three cycles to date. It filters the most notable social innovation and creativity programs of the region and recognizes their efforts to establish sustainable change. The Award proceeds with selecting the winners through a three phase process. Each of these phases will be assessed separately, and with due process. 

  • The first phase will include selecting twenty three projects which will qualify as semi-finalists. These projects are measured by assessment of the following:
    • Project concept within the country context
    • The project’s response to a community need
    • Well established projects vs. recently launched ones
    • Sustainability variation
    • Degree of innovation in servicing the project
    • Detail in which the application is completed
    • How have previous funds been handled
    • Transparency of the project’s outcomes, action plan, and finances
    • Clarity in definition of project’s vision and mission 
  • The second phase will follow to select ten projects These projects will include the following assessments:
    •  Field visits to determine the impact of the project
    • A financial assessment of the project
    • A performance audit of the project
    • Assessment by mutual scoring done by the King Abdullah II Fund for Development and an expert panel of judges
    • Assessment of applicant’s qualities to inspire and lead 
  • The third phase will result in the selection of three projects, which will be the winners of King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement 2015. These projects will be selected by an expert panel of judges.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

The KAAYIA is awarded to youth, ages 18 to 30 across the Arab region. Applications are reviewed against three core criteria: the applicant’s leadership qualities and the innovativeness of their approaches, his or her capacity to form and maintain partnerships, and the impact and sustainability of their projects.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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