The Commitment Award

The Commitment Award is a yearly prize for fascinating, new social projects. In the last 8 years, 27 of these prizes were awarded with a total sum of €45,000. Find out more about this year's winning projects!

2020 Award

2020 Award

Responding to the special circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Commitment Award Ceremony was filmed at the Collegium Maius in Erfurt on July 8, 2020 with only applicants and hosts in attendance. Jury members and speakers who could not be there physically were included via video messages. The ceremony was then streamed via Facebook and Youtube for the rest of the Brandt School and Engagementpreis community as well as the broader public and can be watched here.

2020 Commitment Award

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Sophia Saller is the Commitment Award’s newest ambassador. Saller is a triathlon world champion and has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Oxford. Social engagement is something she values highly: “In sports and in my studies I learned what you can achieve if you dare to try what others consider impossible, and if you follow your goals with passion and perseverance. There are of course bigger problems in the world, and I am very proud to have the privilege of being a Commitment Award ambassador. I wish everyone that wonderful experience when, after much hard work, the impossible seems and becomes possible.”

Recent Winners

The Reading Hub
Knowledge is Power: The Reading Hub

1st prize 2019: Ni Otto Dodoo and Anthony Dogbedo (Ghana) The winning project by Ni Otto Dodoo and Anthony Dogbedo, first-year students at the Brandt

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Communitarian-Fabric “Tierra Verde”
Communitarian-Fabric “Tierra Verde”

2nd prize 2019: Sofia Vanessa Hernández Zambrano (Ecuador) Ecuadorian women, especially young women, single mothers and those of African descent, face outstanding unemployment rates. First-year

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Tierra Verde
Edu-Sex

3rd prize 2019: Tamara Puerto (Colombia) The third place winner, second-year student Tamara Puerto, and her project “Edu-Sex” seek to combat gender inequality and the

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Har Bacha Mehfooz (Every Child’s Safety)
Har Bacha Mehfooz (Every Child’s Safety)

1st prize 2018: Nabeela Khalid Pervez, Muhammad Usman Khan and Muhammad Arslan Yaseen (Pakistan) The winning project “Har Bacha Mehfooz (Every Child’s Safety)” aims to

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Water is Life
Water is Life

2nd prize 2018: Ibrahim Koita and Amos Edem Agbenyo (Ghana) The second place project “Water is Life” seeks to provide safe and potable drinking water

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Sharing Living Project
Sharing Living Project

3rd prize 2018: Maria Brackin, Hendrik Hebel, Richard Henahan, Rubén León and Aaron Sandoval (Thuringia, Germany) The “Sharing Living Project” aims to promote intergenerational interaction

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Goat Breeding for Entrepreneurship
Goat Breeding for Entrepreneurship

1st prize 2017: Johny Hilaire and Margarette Pierre-Louis (Haiti) Congratulations to Johny and Margarette! At the 2017 Commitment Award  Ceremony, this project won first place!

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Mera Vote – Mera Mustaqbil (My Vote – My Future)
Mera Vote – Mera Mustaqbil (My Vote – My Future)

2nd prize 2017: Muhammad Usman Khan (Pakistan) Muhammad Usman Khan, currently studying at the Brandt School, is strongly convinced that a society can’t progress until

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The Ballon Dieu Youth Football Club
The Ballon Dieu Youth Football Club

3rd prize 2017: Matenjay Sheriff (Liberia) “The Ballon Dieu Youth Football Club (BDYFC) was founded by myself and Abraham Keita on March 2nd 2017, as

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The Commitment Award is organised in close cooperation with the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy

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