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PAST WINNERS IN THE CATEGORY ECONOMY

2017 - Economy - Category Winner

Mobisol

Mobisol offers easy-to-use solar home systems for low-income people. These plug’n play systems are quickly installed by locally trained and certified technicians (which furthers employment). An innovative pay-as-you-go scheme allows the customer to pay off the installation, up to over 36 months, using mobile banking services: this allows high-quality and durable systems that are still affordable for low-income people. Unlike other existing systems, the initial package includes comprehensive maintenance services. Besides providing clean power for thousands of insufficiently served rural communities, Mobisol allows to create economic opportunities by electrifying small businesses or through the resale of extra energy.
2018 - Economy - Category Winner

Fundación Capital

More than two billion of the poorest people in the world have little or no access to a bank account. Fundacion Capital facilitates partnerships between governments and financial institutions to provide inclusive financial services and social programs. It reached over 5 million people in 2016.
2011 - Economy - Category Winner

worldofgood.com

EBay’s WorldofGood.com is the world’s largest multi-seller marketplace for socially and environmentally responsible shopping, which features thousands of products from around the world and combines trust and transparency with the online shopping experience.
2012 - Economy - Category Winner

WaterCredit

A program of Water.org, an organization co-founded by actor Matt Damon and CEO Gary White, WaterCredit uses its donor funding to leverage commercial capital and support microloans to people and communities in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Uganda who want to build access to clean water and sanitation.
2013 - Economy - Category Winner

Bolsa Verde do Rio de Janeiro

BVRio is a nonprofit that develops market mechanisms to support compliance with Brazilian environmental laws. It has built a platform to trade greenhouse gas credits and a system where industry pays informal trash sorters who collect bottles, cans and paper and sell them for recycling.
2014 - Economy - Category Winner

Bitcoin

Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system.
2015 - Economy - Category Winner

Social Progress Index

Social Progress Index is a framework for measuring the extent to which countries provide for the social and environmental needs of their citizens.
2015 - Economy - Category Winner

Living Breakwater

Living Breakwater is a comprehensive design for coastal resiliency that strengthens biodiversity and coastal habitats.

ECONOMY

ECONOMY

Avoid being on a fixed wage.

Indian Proverb

Money may make the world go around, but fair values and free markets make it a more enjoyable ride. Recent economic events have thrusted many global economic weaknesses into the spotlight. This category includes works to implant transparency, remove barriers, and internalize costs. The pinnacle of economic sustainability is making market price equal true value.


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Azraai EffendiSenior Economist

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David BarkinProfesor de Economía, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco

He received his doctorate in economics from Yale University and was awarded the National Prize in Political Economics in 1979 for his analysis of inflation in Mexico. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and of the National Research Council. In 1974, he was a founding member of the...
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Falk HuettmannAssociate Professor, University of Alaska-Fairbanks

Falk has received several international research awards (Robert-Schuman Scholarship from the European Parliament) and is currently part of the NCEAS Alternative Modelling Methods Working Group in St. Barbara, California. Besides modeling, some of his research interests deals with the Russian Far...
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Juan Carlos Altamirano-CabreraResearcher, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana

He collaborates with the Food, Forests, and Water Programs, the Global Climate Program, the Governance Center, the Open Climate Network and the Climate Resilience Practice. He is working on cities, adaptation and climate finance readiness. Prior to joining WRI, he held the ‘David W. Pearce’...
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Martin BlakeProfessor of Sustainable Business Development

Martin was named one of the Top 100 Global Sustainability Leaders in 2011, 2012 and again in 2013. With 30 years’ business experience, and having deployed one of the most successful, award-winning sustainability and CSR programmes in the world, Martin’s professional services are provided...
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Mohammed KananSenior Researcher in Investment Department, Arab Mining Company

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Rob WilderCEO, WilderHill Clean Energy Index

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Ruba Al-Zu'biCEO - EDAMA Association

In the non-for-profit world, Ruba is the Vice Chair of the Jordanian Coalition of Energy Service Associations that works on Energy Service Providers Voluntary Accreditation. She is a founding member of Jordan Green Building Council and is a Plus Social Good Connector and a Global Resolutions...
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