1- Preamble

1.1. The Award «Harubuntu for people who carry the hope and who create the wealth in Africa» was created in 2005 at the Palais d'Egmont in Brussels. This creation came following an initiative by the Partnership for Municipal Development (Partenariat pour le Développement Municipal) and the Belgian NGO Echos Communication on the theme of “New relationships with Africa for creating the wealth together”. At that event, the medias and the institutions for international cooperation found a new and a positive Africa; one not scrambling neither in wars, in famines, and nor in corruption. It appeared, however, at the end of the colloquium that there was no way for promoting this positive Africa. Therefore, this subject continued in 2006 in a workshop with the medias at the Summit of “Africities IV” for the local African collectivities in Nairobi, Kenya.

Read more: Harubuntu charter

In Kirundi, Harubuntu means
"there is value in this place..."

Here, in Africa, there is value. There are women and men creating wealth and inventing a future in their own image; women and men aware of their values and want to use them to develop themselves; women and men desiring to see their values recognized, understood and promoted, both on their own continent and internationally. Because development is only possible through self-esteem. Because these values remained often secret, hidden and ignored throughout African history, it is time now that the attention they deserve is given. Because it is right for Africa to take its place and get recognition for its values and people who embody them.

Read more: Declaration of intention

Echos Communication -

Our NGO, Echos Communication, works for human and sustainable development. Through its promotion of local actors of development and through support to projects in Africa, through some sensitization of Belgian NGO’s to positive behavior and through education programs to deconstruct prejudices, together with our partners in the North as well as in the South, we construct a cooperation for development based on reciprocity, mutual support and collective knowledge.

Read more: Organizers

Latest news

  • 2014

    There will be no Harubuntu international prize in 2014. After six years of hardship, passionate and intense activities the Harubuntu team has taken a break for evaluating the work it has been doing.


    However, an initiative for a specific edition of Harubuntu will take place in the only country of Ivory Coast.


    For staying with us and to remain informed on future editions, please register here.


    We remains yours faithfully,


    For the Harubuntu team,



  • Winners 2013: videos are online

    Video presentation of the winners in 2013 are finally online. Visit the Press section!

  • Harubuntu awards 2013

    The award-giving ceremony will take place in Brussels on December 6th at the end of a two days workshop on ownership: "Ownership in progress: two days to share our tools and experiences". Congratulations to Yasmina El Alaoui, Laurien Ntezimana, Noëline Razanadrakoto, Achidi Valentin Agon, Juana Vetsohantaina Hellia and Florida Makarubuga.



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