We are delighted to announce Ms. Neema Ayoub Magimba as the winner of the Andrew E. Rice Award for Leadership and Innovation in International Development.
Neema is a passionate lawyer with a demonstrated history of leadership. She believes in advocating for access to justice for all and is a Co-Founder and the Head of Legal for Sheria Kiganjani (Law On Your Palm), a digital platform that provides easily accessible and affordable legal services through mobile phones to over 42,000 Tanzanians who cannot access justice due to financial and geographical constraints.
We also congratulate the three runners up for Honorable Mention: Mr. Abdallah Abra, Ms. Lydia Wanjiku Kibandi, and Ms. Sofia Magdalena Olofsson, whose outstanding work deserves recognition.
Join us in celebrating their achievements at the upcoming Annual Dinner on Wednesday, November 15.
Thank you to our Rice Award Committee for their work in helping to choose this year's winner.
2023 Andrew E. Rice Award for Leadership and Innovation by a Young Professional in International Development
Each year, we present the Andrew E. Rice Award for Leadership and Innovation by a Young Professional in International Development. Established in 2003, the Rice Award (formerly named the Truman Award) recognizes the achievements of an exceptional young professional committed to advancing the field of international development. The recipient of this award will demonstrate strong leadership, innovation, and commitment to sustainable, people-centered development.
The Rice Award will be presented at the 2023 Annual Dinner on November 15 in Washington, DC. While there will be only one winner, other notable candidates may be mentioned at the award presentation ceremony.
Applications for the 2023 Rice Award are now closed.
The award includes:
- an inscribed plaque;
- a one-year honorary individual membership to SID-United States;
- and the opportunity to present your work at a SID-United States event.
- Applications and all materials due: Friday, September 15, 2023 by 11:59 PM ET
- Winner notified: Sunday, October 15, 2023
- 2023 Annual Dinner: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
If you have any questions while filling out the application form, please contact [email protected] or call 202-331-1317.
Eligibility and Criteria
To be eligible for the Rice Award, applicants must meet these requirements:
- Age: 22 to 32 years old
- Have at least two years of experience as a volunteer or paid professional in international development, demonstrating exceptional commitment to improving the lives of people in developing countries.
- Provide application and all supporting materials by Friday, September 15, 2023.
- Be available to accept the Rice Award in-person or remotely at the SID-US 2023 Annual Dinner on November 15, 2023 in Washington, DC.
Applications for the 2023 Rice Award are now closed.
Rice Award applicants must submit:
- Application form. Please click here to access the form.
- A three-page maximum, single-sided resume or CV
- A two-page maximum (12 pt. font), single-sided personal statement responding to the following:
- How have you demonstrated creativity and innovation by developing new ideas and/or adapting successful solutions to problems and challenges, or optimizing unique opportunities, in advancing international development?
- Describe your vision and experience leading people and change.
- What are some qualitative and/or quantitative measures of the impact of your work in international development?
- Demonstrate your commitment to upholding the ideals of sustainable, inclusive, just, equitable and participatory development.
- How have you committed to advancing the profession of international development? (e.g., through knowledge advancement, participation in relevant professional organizations, institutional development, etc.)
Rice Award Application Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET
Optional with your application:
In addition to your personal statement and resume or CV, you may submit the following:
1. Up to two one-page letters of recommendation/support describing:
- How long and in what capacity the reference has known you.
- The qualities and experiences that make you distinct in the criteria areas.
- Why you should be selected for the Andrew E. Rice Award.
Letters of recommendation must be received by September 15, 2023. Please submit letters of recommendation on this form. If not included with application materials, letters of recommendation may be emailed to [email protected] with "2023 Rice Award Application" in the subject line, or mailed to:
Rice Award Selection Committee
Society for International Development - United States Chapter
2300 N Street, NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC, 20037
No letters of recommendation arriving after the application deadline will be reviewed. Please ensure that your full name appears on the personal statement as well as on the letters of recommendation.
2. A short, 1-minute maximum video explaining how your experience using innovation and creativity can lead to more sustainable international development. Video submissions must not exceed 1 minute. Submissions longer than 1 minute will not be considered.
Unfortunately, we cannot review any additional information provided beyond those described above. We also cannot consider any incomplete applications.
Please submit application form, personal statement, resume or c.v., letters of recommendation, and short video via this online form no later than Friday, September 15, 2023.
The application form is now closed.
To request an alternate application format, please email [email protected].
About the Rice Award
The Rice Award is named for Andrew E. Rice, a visionary and founder of the Society for International Development (SID). Andy built SID into a major global network, established the first newsletter and journal on international development, and helped start a number of development initiatives, including the U.S. Peace Corps. He was also a tireless advocate of promoting and mentoring youth in development.
Building on Andy’s strong championship of young professionals in development, SID-US presents the Rice Award to a young professional who demonstrates leadership and innovation, as well as tremendous promise for advancement in the field of international development as a means of service to those who are most in need, and will work towards sustainable, people-centered development.