The 47 Champions award recognizes young people’s endeavor to be effective and productive Kenyan citizens, contributing to the welfare of the Kenyan society and environment. 

Wesustain believes that investing in the capabilities, energies and ingenuity of young people brings about the best yields for sustainable development and future well-being of any nation. The award will complement Wesustain’s efforts in pioneering initiatives that help youth enhance their capabilities, through training, skill-building, and experience-exchange, and expand their opportunities to choose a future that they desire and to contribute to the welfare of their communities. 

Why Young People?

  • Young people make up two-thirds of Kenya's population. In fact, 28% of Kenyans are between the age of 15-30 years. They are an incredible force for the future. They have unprecedented access to education, knowledge and scientific advancements and they are more connected through information and communication technologies than ever before. Thus, Wesustain believes in continuous investment in young people. They are the Kenya’s best bet to delivering on vision of Agenda 2030 and fulfilling the promise of the SDGs to leave no one behind.


  • As of the 2019 Award Cycle, the 47 Champions Award for Youth Empowerment to achieve the SDGs will grant 47 awards to young Kenyans leading in actions aimed at achieving a sustainability. 
  • The awardees will be drawn from 47 counties in Kenya. Each county will be represented by one winner.
  • Applicants can be individual youth above the age of 15 years and below the age of 30 years. However, exceptions can be made for participants below the age of 15 years who have performed exemplary actions towards achieving sustainability. 

Frequency of the award 

  • In April, every year, Wesustain’s 47 Champions Award will recognize Kenyan youths who are advancing Kenya’s achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in the most transformative, impactful and innovative way.


The award will include:

  • Endorsement of skills and capabilities (Recognition) of the applicants’ impact in various platforms including- Newspaper, partner websites, Wesustain websites, YouTube Ads, Social Media Platforms etc. 
  • Sustainability achievement plaque- in form of trophies.
  • Networking opportunities with leaders from government and the private sector.
  • Admission into the Kenya’s 47 Champions ClubFinancial prize of KES 50,000 to help the young SDG champions further their impact. 

Areas of priority 

The award will recognize a unique and successful development initiative by an individual in one of the 5 key aspects of sustainable development covered in Agenda 2030, namely:

  • People: Ending poverty and hunger in all forms in Kenya;
  • Prosperity: Ensuring prosperous and fulfilling lives in harmony with nature;
  • Planet: Protecting Kenya’s natural resources and climate for future generations;
  • Peace: Fostering peaceful, just and inclusive Kenyan society; and
  • Partnership: Forging solid partnerships to implement Agenda 2030.

Evaluation Criteria

In evaluating submissions, the judges will consider the extent to which the development initiative has been informed by, or upholds, where applicable, key principles holistic sustainable development underlying the vision of Agenda 2030 and Vision 2030, including:

  • Integrated: Addresses, in an integrated manner, the three dimensions of sustainable development, economic, social and environmental;
  • No one behind: Leaving no one behind includes being inclusive and focusing on and prioritizing the farthest behind;
  • Risk-informed: incorporates risk prevention and management, and where applicable, forges links between development, humanitarian and peacebuilding dimensions;National outlook: recognizes and addresses interlinkages between local action and national impact; and
  • Gender Balance: The full extent of development in line with the ambition of Agenda 2030 will not be achieved, if half of society -women and girls- does not get full and equal opportunity to reach their full potential

In presenting the development initiative, submission narratives describing the initiative are expected to provide evidence of and/or elaborate on the following:

  • Impact: Impact of the initiative on SDGs achievement, substantiated with:
    • Quantifiable results, linked to specific SDG targets, and where possible, indicators for SDGs measurement;
    • Validation of impact, through reference letters, one from people whose lives were affected by the initiative and another from a peer or mentor;
  • Previous recognition of the initiative, if any, national or international;
  • Scalability: If designed as a pilot or for small-scale of implementation, elaborate on potential for and feasibility of scaling-up the initiative to a larger, or national level, if applicable
  • Sustainability : Elaborate on measures to sustain and ensure future viability of initiative. If specific plans for sustainability had been elaborated, please include; and
  • Innovation : Elaborate on how the initiative goes beyond “business-as-usual” development action and incorporates creativity and innovation applying, the following principles for innovation as appropriate.
  • Click on the link below to submit your application.
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