Across the globe, grassroots organizations are combatting injustice by helping people to understand, use, and shape the laws that affect them. Few of them receive the recognition they deserve. We want to change that.

In 2015, we launched the world’s first competition to celebrate great deeds in the field of legal empowerment. This year, the biennial Grassroots Justice Prize returns — bigger and better than before.

The 2017 Grassroots Justice Prize will highlight the inspiring work being done around the world to put the power of law in people’s hands. Each winner will receive US$10,000.

The Elders, UNDP, and the World Justice Project are partnering with Namati to support the global promotion of the prize as well as the selection of the shortlisted candidates and the winners.

This year’s Grassroots Justice Prize will honor the work of non-profits, social enterprises, and public institutions with three different awards:

  • The Achmed Dean Sesay Memorial Prize for Innovation
  • The Nomboniso Nangu Maqubela Memorial Prize for Scalability and Sustainability 
  • The Elders’ #WalkTogether Prize for Courage 

Applicants can choose to be considered for one, two, or all three categories.

A panel of judges will determine the winners of the first two prizes and will shortlist candidates for the third, which will then be put to a public vote.

For more information on how to apply or nominate an organization for the Grassroots Justice Prize visit www.justiceprize.org.

The deadline for applications is Friday, November 24th. Nominations must be received by Friday, November 10th

We hope you will consider taking part in this global celebration of the legal empowerment field.