The annual awards provide unrestricted funding to social entrepreneurs and organizations that are driving large-scale social change and are poised to have an even greater impact on some of the world's most pressing problems. This year, the awardees will receive $1.25 million each over three years to scale their work.
Announced during the thirteenth annual Skoll World Forum, this year's awardees are Vivek Maru, chief executive officer of Washington, D.C.-based Namati, which works to protect community lands, enforce environmental law, and secure basic rights to health care and citizenship around the world; Oren Yakobovich CEO of Videre, which gives local activists equipment, training, and the support needed to safely capture footage of human rights violations and distributes the results strategically with the aim of influencing media, political leaders, and courts; Mallika Dutt, president and CEO, and Sonali Khan, vice president, of Breakthrough, which mobilizes communities to disavow discrimination and violence against women through the use of popular media, leadership training, and advocacy; Chuck Slaughter, founder of Living Goods, which works to support networks of village health entrepreneurs who go door-to-door teaching families better health practices while selling basic health products; and Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative, which seeks to reform the criminal justice system and secure freedom for those unjustly imprisoned in the United States.
"These social entrepreneurs know that injustice robs the disadvantaged of opportunities and hope, and that justice represents a human need as fundamental as food or shelter," said Skoll Foundation president Sally Osberg. "It is their hunger for justice that has fueled their work to transform the lives of those who have been denied justice by building new systems and institutions to strengthen societies."