The 2022 Kaufman Awards


The Kaufman Center announced its 2022 Awards for Outstanding Social Impact in four categories:

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is an African foundation, established in 2006 with one focus: the critical importance of governance and leadership for Africa.




In March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we lost 100% of our catering business overnight. So, we had to shift gears and shift them quickly. BellaRu Catering went from a full-service catering company to a team of amazing people dedicated to feeding the underserved, senior, and homeless communities in Lake County and beyond, in the greater Chicago area.







MARKET-MAKING ECOSYSTEM: iCOW

iCow, a mobile-phone application that allows herders to register each individual cow, and to receive individualized text messages on their mobile phones, including advice for veterinary care and feeding schedules, a database of experts, and updated market rates on cattle prices. It’s an example of how high technology can help out even in the low-tech business of agriculture, in which 80 percent of Kenyans make a living.


At the beginning of 2020, the Barrio Mugica Social and Urban Integration Project had a very clear plan: to finish the works, formalize public services, continue with the moving of the families living under the Illia Highway to the new houses, deepen the economic development policy, among other things. But COVID-19 arrived. The first outbreak of pandemic cases in Argentina occurred in Barrio Mugica, and only 37 days elapsed between the first confirmed case and the so-called outbreak peak.


The process of territorial integration of Barrio Mugica allowed facing this crisis with greater territorial capillarity and institutional mechanisms that facilitated coordination with political and institutional actors operating in the neighborhood. At the same time, the large number of government personnel with knowledge of the neighborhood made it possible to reach, in a short time, a more significant number of families potentially affected by the pandemic. Finally, the availability of data from neighbors made it possible to identify families living with at-risk populations at the beginning of the crisis and initiate early communication processes on health care and follow-up of infected people, their families, and close contacts. The degree of progress in the integration process of Barrio Mugica made it possible to face this crisis with greater territorial capillarity and better coordination with political and institutional actors. In addition, the knowledge of the Barrio made it possible to reach, in a short time, a more significant number of potentially affected families. The availability of data from the neighbors made it possible to identify families living with a population at risk and to communicate about the care and follow-up of those infected, their families, and close contacts.


APPLICATION FOR THE KAUFMAN AWARDS 2023 IS OPEN: APPLY HERE

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