Now in its fifth year, World Challenge 09
is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. World Challenge 09 is brought to you by BBC World News and Newsweek, in association with Shell, and is about championing and rewarding projects and business which really make a difference.
World Challenge 09 is a competition organised by BBC World News Limited ("BBC World News") aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level (the "Competition"). We want to hear from our viewers and readers about the social entrepreneurs who are making a difference without costing the earth. It could be you or someone you know.
The build up to the Competition will begin on 16th February 2009 with the airing of 12 short form programmes featuring the twelve finalists from 2008, which will be repeated until the 22nd June 2009. The featured case studies will also appear in Newsweek in a special advertising series sponsored by Shell. Viewers/readers will be invited to nominate their favourite project or small business.
All nominations, entries and votes related to the Competition must comply with these terms and conditions (the "World Challenge Competition Rules"); failure to do so may result in disqualification.
Projects/small business that show initiative, the innovative use of technology or an invention.
Projects/Small business that increase investment into the local community.
Projects/Small business that take a responsible approach to the environment
Nominations will only be considered if they are submitted through the official nomination form online at
Each nomination must fall under one of the following categories:
COMMUNITY WELFARE AND ENTERPRISE
This is the broadest category: small and medium-sized businesses that are making profits for the benefit and welfare of communities ranging from neighbourhoods to villages to urban area and can include recycling as a business, manufacture of biodegradable goods, eco-tourism, protection and revival of small scale fisheries, employment of handicapped and other disadvantaged people.
HEALTH & EDUCATION
Preventive health care such as effective sanitation, clean water provision, low cost health care, alternative medicines and health care that are proven effective, new cures and treatment; education with practical applications and education which promotes gender equality and education for the disadvantaged.
Agricultural businesses and projects that have a prime emphasis on soil health and fertility, lasting returns, wildlife friendliness, good nutrition, crop and domestic animal diversity, water efficiency, agro-forestry, equitable distribution of income, fair and efficient marketing, innovation in lessening dependence on chemical inputs, avoidance of animal cruelty (such as free range).
New and renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, wave, hydro, hydrogen and thermal. Applications including energy efficient transport, cooking and domestic and industrial uses. Cost-saving measures inclusive of fuel efficient stoves, insulation, efficient uses of fossil fuels and integrated power systems.
Sustainable and equitable use of salt as well as freshwater resources such as preventing pollution and microbial contamination from households, farms and factories; treating polluted and 'grey water' for re-use; rainwater harvesting and other forms of water conservation and augmentation; conservation of wetlands, marshes and coastal zones as well as protection of local fisheries for the benefit of the disadvantaged.
Essentially all environmentally-sound businesses and projects not falling into the previous five categories. Primarily, these will consist of those endeavours that have a positive impact on the environment by either creating conditions for this to occur or curtailing past practices that were injurious to the environment.
To nominate a project / small business the nominee must complete all sections of the nomination form in English and submit a description of no more than 250 words describing why the project / small business deserves to win the Competition. Contact details of a person who can be contacted as a representative of the nominated project / small business must be included as part of the nomination.
Only one entry may be submitted on a nomination form and each entry can only be entered for a single category. BBC World News reserves the right to change the category in the event that an entry has been placed in a category which is considered by BBC World News to be unsuitable.
Nominations must be received no later than midnight (GMT) 22nd May 2009. All nominations received thereafter will be invalid.
No supplementary information will be considered after receipt of the nomination.
Grants are awarded to winning projects/small businesses for their own use and furtherance of their enterprise only. Nominators of a winning project will not, by virtue of their having submitted a nomination, be entitled to a share of prize money or to any other payment, publicity or other entitlement.
On clicking the "Confirm All Details" button, nominators: (i) authorise BBC World News and Newsweek Inc ("Newsweek") to reproduce and publish their nominations in all forms of media; (ii) warrant to BBC World News that all the information supplied as part of the nomination is true and complete; and (iii) acknowledge that if the project / small business they are nominating reaches the final stages of the Competition the contact person detailed in the nomination form for that project / small business will be contacted by BBC World News and will have the choice whether or not to proceed in the Competition.
BBC World News and Newsweek will not be liable for any inaccuracy, error or omission contained in any such reproduction or publication. As such by nominating a project / small business you agree to protect BBC World News and Newsweek from any claims that your nomination infringes another person's rights.