ICIMOD Mountain Prize

The ICIMOD Mountain Prize is awarded every year to an individual, organization, or private sector entity based in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) or beyond, which has demonstrated outstanding efforts enabling sustainable and resilient mountain development, outreach, or conserving cultural identity in the HKH region to benefit the environment or communities—particularly the poor, youth, or women.

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ICIMOD Mountain Prize 2020


Nominations will be accepted for those individuals, organizations, or companies that have advanced the mountain cause in the HKH through innovations in their various capacities and positive tangible change on the ground.

ICIMOD issues a first call for nominations in June of every year. It awards the Prize and Honorable Mentions to the selected nominees on December 11 (International Mountain Day).

The prize is currently set at USD 2,500.

Nomination guidelines
1.  Who can be nominated?

Any individual, organization or private sector entity that has done outstanding work in the field of sustainable and resilient mountain development in the HKH is eligible for the prize and can be nominated (hereafter referred to as ‘nominee’). The nominee must have made a demonstrable impact in sustainable mountain development. While we would like to particularly acknowledge the efforts of individuals or entities that have worked in line with ICIMOD’s mandate, this is not a pre-condition for the award.

Please note: application is also open to storytellers, photographers, filmmakers and artists.

2.  Who can nominate?

Any individual can nominate any organization or a private sector entity or another individual that meets the eligibility criteria outlined above (1), including his/her own organization or company, for the prize. We expect the said individual (hereafter referred to as ‘nominator’) to be very familiar with the work of the organization or company or individual he/she is nominating. The nominator should nominate only after receiving the consent of the nominee (head of the entity in case of an organization or company). For nominations within the individual category, self-nomination (nominating oneself for the prize) is not permitted. For nominations within all categories, nominators may nominate only once.

3.  How to nominate?

Anybody wishing to nominate an eligible individual or organization or company for the prize must submit his or her nomination through this online form, which will be made public from June 19 through August 15. The nominator must provide accurate information on his/her nominee’s work and the impact it has brought about.

In particular, the nominator must:

  • provide personal information on the nominee such as full name and contact address;
  • specify in which work area(s) the nominee has made demonstrable impact;
  • provide an overview of the nominee’s outstanding work;
  • provide a credible narrative on how the nominee’s outstanding work has contributed to sustainable and resilient mountain development or/and brought about transformative change on the ground;
  • provide an argumentation for why the nominee deserves to win the prize;
  • provide supporting documents, including links to online articles, or videos, or publications that provide evidence of the nominee’s work and impact;
  • provide contact information of two referees who also know the nominee well.
  • statement vouching for the accuracy of the information provided through the nomination form
Selection criteria

A commission for the ICIMOD Mountain Prize will judge the submitted nominations and may invite appraisals by external experts to decide on the winner of the Prize. They may contact the nominator, nominee and referee(s) for more information.

The commission will pick the winner of the prize and Honorable Mentions based on the following criteria:

  • demonstrable impact
  • innovation
  • degree of importance given to gender equity and social inclusion
  • scalability/sustainability in the mountain context

Substantial weight is given to work that addresses complex or wicked problem(s) in an innovative/ingenious manner.

  • Nomination process: 19 June – 15 August 2020  
  • Selection process: 15 August – 15 November 2020  
  • Result announcement: 11 December 2020 

If you have any questions about the nomination, please write to: info.mountainprize@icimod.org


Frequently Asked Questions

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Past ICIMOD Mountain Prize winners

2019 winner - Didar Ali, Pakistan
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2019 winner - The Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board (CHTDB), Bangladesh
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2018 winner - Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), India
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