World Challenge 09 is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level.

World Challenge 09 is brought to you by BBC World News and Newsweek, in association with Shell, and is about championing and rewarding projects and business which really make a difference.
The previous winner(World Challenge 08) was a project called Plan Bee from Pakistan. This Pakistani project helps female beekeepers boost their income by selling high quality honey. The northern areas of Pakistan are among the poorest and most isolated regions in the country. Effective development assistance has yet to reach these hilly, remote areas and it is the women and children who are most affected. The only workable and sustainable solution is to capitalize on local resources, building on what is achievable as well as culturally acceptable.
If you think you have the solution that can innovate the world, you have come to the right place.

World Challenge 09 consists of 4 stages:

1)Nomination Stage - 16th February 2009 to 22nd May 2009
Nominations open on 16th February 2009 and must be received by midnight on 22nd May 2009. During this stage BBC World News and Newsweek will be profiling the 12 finalists chosen in competition last year. These are great examples of the type of project/small business World Challenge 09 is looking for.

2)Judging Stage - 1st June 2009 to 22nd June 2009
From all the entries that are received, a representative of BBC World News and the Producers will select a shortlist of 60 entries for the judging panel to consider. The judging panel will pick 12 finalists. Details of the finalists of World Challenge 09 will be published on the official website on 22nd June 2009.(link is provided below)

3)Voting Stage - 28th September 2009 to 13th November 2009
The finalists of World Challenge 09 will be profiled on air in BBC World News in six 30 minute programmes, on this website and in Newsweek (dates TBC). You can vote for your favourite project/business on this website. Voting will open on 28th September 2009 and will close at midnight (GMT) on 13th November 2009.

4)Winners Announced - 5th December 2009
The Winner and two runners up of World Challenge 09 will be announced in an awards ceremony held at The Hague, in the Netherlands. The awards ceremony will be broadcast on 5th December 2009 on BBC World News and announced on the website the same day and profiled in Newsweek magazine in issue date 21 Dec, on sale 14 Dec

If you want to know the rules visit the official site and also get nominated for the challenge, click on the link below:

The World Challenge 09 is brought to you by BBC World, Newsweek and the Shell Corp.

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