A valid nominee for the Stockholm Water Prize should have made outstanding achievements of lasting significance in developed or developing countries. The work should have great potential or proven impact and provided stimulation for further important work. The Laureate should come from one of the following three categories:
a) Outreach and Awareness Raising
This category includes dissemination and outreach of knowledge through:
- education and training of students or water professionals or communities
- dissemination of information to and awareness raising of larger groups of citizens, decision-makers and non-specialists
b) Policy and Practices
This broad category covers those aspects that pertain to the sound governance and management of water including implementation as well as to the health and well-being of people, society and communities. The category includes:
- human rights, conflict resolution, influence on policies, international cooperation with application in the water sector
- sustainable and safe management of water resources
- on-the-ground provision of water supply and sanitation facilities by governments, NGOs, aid organisations and others
- fund raising to implement water facilities or better water practices
- development and application of appropriate technology on a local basis
This category includes both basic and applied research and regards the development of and leadership in new knowledge of:
- natural or physical or technological processes
- the functioning of complex systems
- development of new ecological or economical or legislative or institutional or administrative principles applicable to sustainable water management
The international Nominating Committee reviews nominations and recommends a Laureate to the Board of the Stockholm International Water Institute, which makes the final decision. For more information on nomination, look at the Frequently Asked Questions section below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The nomination period for the 2013 Stockholm Water Prize has now ended. Welcome back with your short nomination of excellent candidates for the 2014 Stockholm Water Prize around mid April 2013.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can nominate for the SWP?
Nominations are welcome from anyone with sufficient knowledge about the nominee, with exceptions of persons that have a kinship or a monetary relationship with, or are immediate superiors of the nominee. Self-nominations are not allowed.
Who can be nominated for the SWP?
Any activity or actor that contributes broadly to the availability, conservation and protection of the world’s water resources, and to improved water conditions which contribute to the health of the planet’s inhabitants and ecosystems, is eligible to be nominated. The activities can be within the fields of outreach and awareness raising; policy and practices; and research. The work of the nominees should have great potential or proven impact. Over the years, the Stockholm Water Prize Laureates have represented regions from all over the world and a broad range of water-related activities, professions and scientific disciplines.
Which category is most appropriate for my candidate?
The field of activities taken into account is broad. To ensure that we get nominations from all sectors, three broad categories are used. The categories are also used by the Nominating Committee in order to make fair reviews and comparisons between candidates. The categories are: a) Outreach and Awareness Raising, b) Policy and Practices, and c) Research.
When can I nominate?
The nomination period for short nomination is usually from mid of April until mid-September. The actual dates are announced at www.siwi.org/stockholmwaterprize/nominate and in SIWIs mailings “Water Front”. Go to “Join mailing list” to add yourself to the mailing list.
Can I nominate myself or my organisation?
No, self-nominations are not allowed. Please note that nominations made by persons closely related to the nominee are not accepted either.
How does the nomination process lead to a Laureate?
The nomination process involves the following steps:
1. A short nomination is submitted by an independent person to SIWI.
2. The received submissions are screened by the Nominating Committee and a number of top candidates are selected, preferably at least two candidates from each category.
3. Nominators of shortlisted candidates are informed and encouraged to submit a full nomination using an on-line form. At least two reference letters and a detailed nomination are required.
4. The full nominations received are then reviewed by the Nominating Committee. A list of the top three candidates, in ranked order, is presented to the Board of the Stockholm International Water Institute.
5. The board appoints the Laureate of the year.
6. The SWP Laureate of the year is announced on World Water Day, March 22.
What does the short nomination involve?
Short nominations should be submitted in English preferably using the online form available at www.siwi.org/stockholmwaterprize/nominate during the nominating period. You may also send us your short nomination by e-mail to email@example.com or by postal mail to:
Stockholm International Water Institute
SE- 111 51 Stockholm
For the short nomination, the nominee’s name and affiliation, and a short description of the candidate’s achievements as well as your contact details are required.
What does the detailed nomination involve?
Excellent candidates identified from the submitted short nominations are shortlisted. The nominators of these candidates are invited to send detailed nomination information. These detailed nominations need to be submitted in English. The minimum requirements are a detailed description of the nominees achievements as well as at least two reference letters. You will also have to state your relation to the candidate. The template that will be made available to nominators of shortlisted candidates includes more information on other supporting material that may be submitted.
I have problems submitting support documents on-line. Can I send them by regular mail?
If support documents are rejected by this form or you wish to submit additional support documents please send them to the following address or email instead:
Stockholm International Water Institute
SE- 111 51 Stockholm
Do I get a receipt of my submission?
When you have submitted a nomination via the online nomination form, you will see a note telling you that your submission has been received. You will have to print this page if you wish to have a receipt of your submission. If you submit nominations or support documentation by other means, acknowledgement will only be given by email. After the end of the nomination period, all nominators of SWP candidates will be informed by email that the SWP Nominating Committee has started their evaluation process. Nominators of candidates that did not reach the short list are informed around beginning of November.
Can I nominate the same nominee again?
Yes, re-nomination is possible. During the nomination period you may use the online nomination form again (the latest submission will be evaluated), or inform the SWP Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org .
Can I nominate in another language than English?
No, all nominations should be submitted in English.
Can I change or update my information?
Contact the SWP Secretary at email@example.com.
Is my nomination confidential?
All submitted material, including all names, is kept strictly within the Nominating Committee.
How can I find more information about the actual ceremony and earlier Laureates?
Information on earlier Laureates can be found at the Laureates-page. Information about the Stockholm Water Prize Ceremony is available before and during the World Water Week at SIWI’s website and at www.worldwaterweek.org.
Fantastic idea, can I sponsor the Stockholm Water Prize?
You can read more about our sponsorship opportunities in our Sponsors Pack, at the sponsorship-page here on the SIWI web, or contact helene.brinkenfeldt[at]siwi.org if you wish to find out more and discuss your possibilities.
I am unsure if my candidate fits the requirements for a SWP nominee. What other prizes can I nominate an individual or an organisation for?
The Stockholm Industry Water Award recognises the business sector’s contribution to sustainable water management. The national and international competitions for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize are open to young people between the age of 15 and 20.