News, 2021 Conference

Collaboration Award

Posted on 06 September 2021

The CID Collaboration Award recognises and celebrates the importance of effective relationships, the importance of partnership, and collaborative thinking within and across the sector to tackle difficult development challenges and global issues.

Covid-19 and its impact continue to present challenges for people around the globe, including those working in the development sector and those who are impacted by the work we do.

 A successful collaboration could mean you have overcome obstacles, used technology creatively, or found new ways to collaborate across geographical boundaries (a critical innovation given the closing of many borders still). You may have had to compromise or take calculated risks with new collaborations that had not been tried before. 

We commend our Members and Affiliate Members for joining forces with other organisations and individuals and we would like to celebrate that. We would like to hear more about these collaborations. Nominate yourself, your organisation, or your partners now for the CID Collaboration Award 2021! 

Judging criteria

Your application will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The narrative - how compellingly you tell the project's story  
  • The scope - who and how many people were reached
  • The impact - what is the likelihood of impact and sustainability
  • The collaboration - how the collaboration led to the successes or results of this project.

How to enter

Application form

Please submit the Application Form and any additional evidence/supporting material by the deadline via email to  

This year you have the option to submit your story in video format.

Eligibility criteria

Entrants must:

  • be a CID Member or Affiliate Member;
  • complete the application form;
  • understand that "project", "campaign" and "partnership" refer to the work for which you are submitting an entry – this could be a campaign, a collaboration, an innovation etc;
  • submit their full entry before the deadline (5.30pm, Fri, 9th October 2021);
  • give consent for the information they provide to be uploaded onto the CID website and CID’s social media channels;
  • give consent for potential media coverage of their organisation's project;
  • understand that the intentions for this initiative are to celebrate, share and publicly recognise the inspiring work of the CID membership; and
  • understand that entries must relate to projects that have been initiated within the last two years and either have finished within the last 12 months or be current and operational at the time of entry.

Notes for entrants

  • Three shortlisted entries will be shown at the awards ceremony, as part of dinner festivities - date TBC
  • Entrants are free to use the award name, the name of CID and the sponsor's name in their publicity in relation to the award
  • Entrants may submit more than one entry.

Judging process

The judging panel will include development experts independent of CID, and members of the CID team. Judges will evaluate each entry against the criteria, using their own discretion. The judges’ decisions are final and binding and no feedback will be given on unsuccessful entries.

Award sponsors

Entrants must:

  • understand that the awards may or may not be sponsored;
  • understand that if sponsored, the sponsors are not included on the judging panel;
  • understand that if sponsored, the sponsor will co-present the awards to the winners at the award ceremony;
  • agree that overall winners and those highly commended will be cited with the name of CID and, if sponsored with the name of the sponsor, in any publicity in relation to the award.


2021 Conference News