Child Friendly Cities Initiative Inspire Awards 2019

Update: The winners of the CFCI Inspire Awards 2019 were announced on 17 October, 2019. Go to the CFCI Inspire Awards Shortlist and Winners page to know more, or view a compilation of all entries in the 2019 Inspire Awards Booklet.

The CFCI Inspire Awards celebrated good, innovative and inspiring solutions or projects that foster child rights at the local level and improve the daily lives of children and young people in the cities and communities where they live.

The CFCI Inspire Awards were given in six distinct categories, based on the CFCI Goals and Results Areas in the CFCI Handbook: CFCI Handbook:

  1. Non-discrimination and equity: Every child and young person is valued, respected and treated fairly within their cities and communities and by local authorities.
  2. Meaningful child participation: Every child and young person has their voice, needs and priorities heard and taken into account in public laws, policies, budgets and decisions.
  3. Child friendly social services: Every child and young person has access sot quality essential services, including health care, education, nutrition support, early childhood development, education and family support.
  4. Secure, safe and clean environments: Every child and young person lives in a safe, secure and clean environment, including protection from exploitation, violence and abuse, access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, safe and child responsive urban design, mobility and freedom from pollution and waste.
  5. Family life, play and leisure: Every child and young person has opportunities to enjoy family life, play and leisure, including social and cultural activities and safe places to meet their friends and play.
  6. Child friendly governance: Includes the implementation of a situation analysis, collecting data and ensuring strategic planning and budgeting for children.

The winners for each category were announced and showcased at the CFCI Summit in Cologne..

All entries submitted to the CFCI Inspire Awards 2019 will be globally published in an electronic booklet. The winning cities will be additionally featured in a dedicated article on the global CFCI website.

How does it work?

All cities and communities participating in the Child Friendly Cities Initiative can participate in the competition with several projects, however, one same project can only be submitted for maximal two categories. Applications that do not conform with the formal requirements will be dismissed from the process.

The deadline for submissions was 15 August 2019 noon (12.00PM CET).


All entries were reviewed and shortlisted by a technical expert panel according to the following four criteria:

  • Demonstrated results: Entries were judged based on how successfully they deliver concrete and measurable results for children. It was evaluated to what extent the solution/project has positively impacted or changed the daily life of children and young people growing up in the city or community.
  • Creativity and innovation: Entries were judged based on how new and emerging concepts and ideas were incorporated in the CFCI solution/project to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child at local level. 
  • Replicability: Entries were judged based on how easy and appropriate it is to replicate the CFCI solution/project in other contexts.
  • Conformity and integration of CFCI guiding principles: Entries were judged based on their integrated approach applying the five CFCI guiding principles.

Winners selection

All shortlisted candidates will be contacted in the first week of September and asked to submit a short video of maximum 2:00 minutes until 25 September. The video will then be subjected for public voting on the CFCI website. The categoric winners selection is based on a combination of technical review and their number of votes. The festive announcement will take place on 17 October 2019 at the CFCI summit in Cologne/Germany.

If you have any questions regarding CFCI Inspire Award 2019, please contact our Awards focal point Kristina Kreuzer.

All the best with your entries and good luck!

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