Nepal’s Kanchan Amatya Awarded prestigious 2019 Rice Award for International Development
WASHINGTON DC: Kanchan Amatya from Nepal has been honored with the prestigious 2019 Andrew E. Rice Award for Leadership and Innovation in International Development at the Ronald Reagan International Center, Washington DC. More than 1000 high-level professionals from all sectors of international development around the world gathered together to recognize and celebrate her achievements as an exceptional young professional working in the field of international development.
Previously named “The Truman Award,” the award was established in 2003 by Andrew E. Rice to honor leadership, innovation, impact and commitment. Late Andrew helped initiate prominent development initiatives, including the U.S. Peace Corps.
Applicants for the award focused on virtually all sectors of international development and hailed from 22 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chad, the DR Congo, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, India, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestine, Uganda, the Ukraine, and the United States. Their work focused on a broad range of sectors and topics, including Youth, Women, Healthcare, LGBTQ rights, Agriculture, Policy & Law, Education, Technology & Innovation, Economic Development, Poverty, and the Environment.
Listed on Forbes 30 under 30 list, Ms. Amatya currently serves as a UN Women’s Global Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment and is the founder of social enterprise, Sustainable Fish Farming Initiative, which works with rural farmers to combat extreme hunger and poverty. Kanchan has previously Most recently, Kanchan worked with Women Thrive Alliance, where she helped to build a network of over 300 grassroots women’s rights advocates in 53 countries and supported their involvement in a plethora of SDG-era decision making processes at the United Nations. She previously co-led the Youth Assembly at the United Nations’ Resolution Committee and mentored its young delegates from 80+ countries from across Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, and South America. Kanchan is committed to inspiring and mobilising a new generation to serve their community, creating a world where nobody is uneducated or goes hungry, even for a single day.
“Kanchan’s passion and commitment as an advocate for solving extreme hunger and poverty, combined with her practical and innovative approach to engage beneficiaries in the design and implementation of her programs, set her apart as a leader in international development,” said Katherine Raphaelson, President of SID-Washington.
In her address Kanchan dedicated the award to underserved women and girls around the world. She said, “As I accept this award today here in DC, I cannot forget the women and girls in my home country Nepal and around the world who are out of school, whose rights are violated, whose dignity is denied and whose voices cannot be heard. This award serves as a reminder that our united battle to create prosperity and equality for all is not yet won, but is worth pursuing.”
In addition to Ms. Amatya, SID selected two Honorable Mention winners: Johnmary Kavuma, Founder and Executive Director of Kimuli Fashionability; and Roberto Zapata, General Secretary of Amate El Salvador.
Additional Information (Kanchan Amatya):
Born and raised in Nepal, Kanchan Amatya (Age 21) is a young Nepalese social entrepreneur who currently serves as the UN Women’s Global Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment and UN Zero Hunger Champion. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Fish Farming Initiative – a female owned social enterprise which is fighting hunger and poverty in Nepal by empowering women farmers in Nepalese rural villages through sustainable fish farming practices. In 2015, she was also awarded the Resolution Fellowship by President Bill Clinton for her outstanding work in leading innovative solutions to change patterns across society.
Her activism in Nepal and the United States includes work around reproductive health rights as well as leading delegation to pass the Girls Count Act at the White House which is now a law of the United States. She represents and advocates for Nepalese youths and children at the White House AAPI Youth Forum, White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. As an ambassador to Women Protection and Prevention Center (WPPC), Kanchan has also worked with women survivors of gender-based violence in Nepal. In 2016, she addressed the United Nations as the youngest Nepalese delegate during 2016 UN High-Level Political Forum at UN HQ, New York.
Amatya was also recently awarded “2017 Everyday Young Hero Award” by Youth Service America and was listed on “100 Young Leaders Under 25” by Impact Squared, UK. She earned a scholarship to study at the United World College in Norway at the age of 15 as a Nepalese youth representative, and since then has represented Nepal across all continents.
Published Date: Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | 08:35 PM