U.S. Agency for International Development: U.S. Aid from the American People

The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for nearly 50 years. For more information about USAID, please visit

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, is an authority under the jurisdiction of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, focused on improving living conditions for developing nations around the world. For more information about Sida, please visit:

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

The BMZ develops the guidelines and the fundamental concepts on which German development policy is based. It devises long-term strategies for cooperation with the various players concerned and defines the rules for implementing that cooperation. These are the foundations for developing shared projects with partner countries and international development organisations. All efforts are informed by the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, which ambitiously aim to halve poverty in the world by 2015. For more information, please visit:

The German International Corporation, GIZ, supports BMZ in initiating and coordinating the Powering Agriculture Energy Grand Challenge.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies services in a sustainable manner—affordable, reliable and clean. For more information, please visit:

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance and support for private equity investment funds. For more information, please visit:


Ashden: Sustainable Solutions, Better Lives

Ashden Awards champions some of the world’s best green trailblazers then helps them accelerate their work through the Ashden UK and International support programmes. They advocate on behalf of our winners to inspire the wider take-up of clean technologies and alternative business models that make them affordable to all.

In 2013, USAID partnered with Ashden to offer an Ashden Clean Energy and Agriculture award.