AWO Partner MSS Seva honored by UN General Secretary for Human Trafficking Project

At a grand ceremony held in Bali, Indonesia on 28th of August, the Indian NGO Manav Seva Sansthan (MSS Seva) has been declared as the 3rd winner of the highly prestigious UNAOC’s Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA) 2014 for its project, “Facilitating Informed and Safe Migration among Vulnerable Nepalese Migrants along the Indo-Nepal border”. Under the honored project “Life Guard Centers” at heavily trafficked corridors along the 1900 km open Indo-Nepal were established and have been highly appreciated by the Jury.

Manav Seva Sansthan “SEVA” (MSS) is one AWO International’s development partners based in Uttar Pradesh state of India. Since 2009, AWO International has been working in partnership with MSS in Musahar (formerly known as untouchables) communities under the project entitled “Inclusive Development of Musahar communities of Eastern Uttar Pradesh” currently covering over 79 Mushar villages from two districts. Most Mushars are living in extreme poverty and can be considered as a high risk group for Human Trafficking. Therefore AWO International is in process to introduce a Human Trafficking component in the ongoing project that will be implemented from January 2015 onwards.

The IIA Award, given by UNAOC in partnership with the German BMW Group, recognizes “Grassroot Projects” worldwide. Out of over 600 applicants/entries, 11 of them stood as the finalists. The Award was presented on the sidelines of the 6th Global Forum before an audience that included Foreign Ministers, UN officials, dignitaries, representatives of the 139 Group of Friends-member states and international organizations – comprising the UNAOC as well as civil society groups and the media.

In addition to a cash award, Manav Seva Sansthan “SEVA” received, along with all finalists a year-long programme of managerial, marketing and other consulting help tailored to its unique needs, principally from UNAOC and BMW Group.
Please click here to download the Intercultural Innovation Awards Ceremony Booklet to get an overview about all shortlisted projects (2,6 MB.

Receiving Intercultural Innovation From H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilisations and Bill McAndrews, Vice President, Corporate and Market Communications BMW.

Finalists with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

Audience at the award giving function