Winning projects

A six-member jury composed of representatives of the SDC, SECO, NGOs and sustainable development actors selected the winning projects. The award ceremony took place on 21 June 2019 at the Annual Conference of Swiss Development Cooperation in Fribourg. The following five projects won a prize:

Oxara – Healthy and Affordable floors for local Rwandans

Category: Think globally, act locally, prize: 10’000 CHF

In Rwanda 75% of families live in dirty homes due to lack of good floors. At the ETH-Spin-off Oxara one of the doctorates developed a solution that consists of using the landfill waste (excavation materials) that is locally available to produce a poured earth concrete. The idea, developed at ETH Zurich, is simple and competitive to concrete. Oxara poured earth concrete has all the advantages of concrete but it is 2.5 times cheaper and 20 times more eco-friendly.

Project Oxara

Gnanli Landrou

Circleg – a prosthetic system for the needs of people with amputations in Kenya and Uganda

Category: Start-up, prize: 8000 CHF

Project Circleg is developing an appropriate lower-limb prosthetic system designed for the needs of amputees in developing countries. The demand for affordable prosthetics is high in many developing countries, yet a satisfactory solution has been lacking up to now. Project Circleg closes this gap with an innovative approach: By using recycled plastic waste and simple production methods the Circleg prosthetic system can be produced locally and cost-effectively. The recycling of plastic adds value to the economy and the production and assembling of the Circleg prosthetic system creates jobs in the country and secures the livelihood for local people and their families.

Project Circleg

Stay Clean "Toilet for all – sustainable sanitation" – creation of sanitary blocks in Congo

Category: Start-up, prize: 8000 CHF

The Swiss Stay Clean Association aims to help the poor, mainly in Congo. Stay Clean sets up, with its local partners, social, health and humanitarian projects. Through the project Toilet for all, the association builds and sets up sanitary blocks in important and populated places of life. An approach that aims to eliminate the various risks of contagion due to the pathogenic germs contained in the stool and to convey good health practices.

Project Stay Clean (fr)

E[co]work – an innovative and affordable co-working space for micro-entrepreneurs in the e-waste recycling sector in India

Community prize «Coeur de publique» 4000 CHF

A Swiss team launched their E[co]work project to answer the gap between informal dismantlers of e-waste (electronic waste), legal requirements and safe recycling practices. E[co]work is a worldwide replicable model of an innovative and affordable co-working space for micro-entrepreneurs in the e-waste recycling sector, to be demonstrated in a pilot project in Delhi, India. This project aims to provide the opportunity for the micro-entrepreneurs to continue their work with legitimacy, enables them to grow as eco-entrepreneurs, while preventing health hazards and environmental pollution, with adequate tools, protection, ventilation, lighting, machines as well as services such as trainings, healthcare, banking and digital access.

Plástico Fantástico – financially competitive construction materials from plastic waste

Category Upcycling for sustainable Development: 6000 CHF

The goal is to develop and construct affordable housing for low income urban settlements in Maputo, Mozambique. The team behind Plástico Fantástico develop a social enterprise that produces financially competitive construction materials from plastic waste. This will lead to a reduction in plastic waste and enables the construction of more sustainable housing in a fast-growing city.