KAAYIA Award :: Award Rationale
In the Arab world, youth are taking action to make a difference. Through hard work and perseverance they are contributing to the development of their communities, leading to impressive achievements throughout the region.
In order to recognize these achievements and inspire present and future generations, the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement (KAAYIA) invites young Arabs to showcase their success stories and the positive impact they have had on their communities.
With the right support, Arab youth have the potential and creativity to achieve remarkable success in all their endeavours. This has been demonstrated throughout the Arab world, with an abundance of success stories from young people who have contributed to community development and economic growth. Through establishing micro-enterprises, promoting the peaceful resolution of conflicts, fostering intercultural dialogue, and creatively using technology to boost employment and educational opportunities, these young leaders are making a difference and inspiring their peers to follow their lead.
The award, under the management of the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, seeks to reward these distinguished young leaders throughout the region by providing them with much needed support and recognition. It will enable these outstanding leaders to continue their good work, demonstrate what is possible to their peers and in turn allow the concept of active citizenship to flourish and become an inherent part of the Arab youth culture.
If you are a young leader who strives to make a difference in this world, we invite you to participate in the award and gain recognition for your continuing efforts, pioneering innovations and remarkable achievements.
What is Active Citizenship?
Active Citizenship is a process that enables citizens to exercise both their rights and responsibilities in a balanced way, guided by moral and social responsibility, political literacy and community involvement. Active Citizenship amongst youth is expressed through the initiatives of individuals and groups in finding innovative solutions that contribute to social development through the skills of enquiry and communication, participation and responsible action.
An Award to Recognize Arab Youth
His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein announced the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement (KAAYIA) during the closing session of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, at the Dead Sea on May 20, 2007.
The award strives to promote innovation and encourage cross-border dialogue and cooperation among Arab youth from the region and around the world. Fundamentally, the award aims to recognize, celebrate and support young Arab leaders who are active citizens in their communities.