About World Challenge

Now in its fifth year, World Challenge 09 is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level. World Challenge 09 is brought to you by BBC World News and Newsweek, in association with Shell, and is about championing and rewarding projects and business which really make a difference.

"Our aim In World Challenge is briefly to bring stories of modest scale sustainable enterprise to the screens. Every year has thrown up big surprises. The diverse ways that ordinary people go about making a living without taxing the Earth's resources is uplifting." - Robert Lamb - Producer

Household Energy Finalists

1. India: Solar Sisters

These Barefoot Solar Engineers are bringing solar power to Africa’s countryside, lighting up the bush.

“They come as women, and they go back as tigers – they are so confident – oozing with confidence” - Bunker Roy, Barefoot College

Vote now: http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/2009-finalists-project01.php

2. Kenya: Fuel Cell

A prison in Kenya is using inmate’s waste to power the kitchens and heating, reducing energy costs and improving the health of the prisoners.

“Since we got Biogas there’s been a difference – there’s plenty of heat, but there’s no the smoke that there was before” - Prisoner, Meru Prison

Vote now: http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/2009-finalists-project03.php

3. The Democratic Republic of Congo: Jiko Rescue

The endangered Mountain Gorilla population is getting a helping hand from a fuel-efficient ‘Jiko’ stove.

“Charcoal is a commodity that everybody needs, especially poor households, because there’s nothing else, and unfortunately 90% of Charcoal being used in Goma and Rwanda comes from Virunga National Park” - Emmanuel de Merode, Virunga National Park

Vote now: http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/2009-finalists-project04.php

4. Sri Lanka: A bright idea

One man’s mission to stop the horrific, and totally avoidable, injuries caused by unsafe kerosene lamps in Sri Lanka.

“If I win the World Challenge I can make and distribute 40,000 of these lamps, protecting over 80,000 people from these horrific burn injuries” - Dr Wijaya Godakumbura, Safe Bottle Lamp Project

Vote now: http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/2009-finalists-project10.php

5. Israel - Palestine: Off Grid Aid

Two Israeli physicists are helping Palestinian villages in the West Bank generate their own cheap renewable energy.

“The need was obvious – every household you go into, every person you meet, the need cries out to you“ - Elad Orian, Comet-ME

Vote now: http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/2009-finalists-project11.php

Voting ends 13 November 2009

The finalists of World Challenge 09 will be profiled on BBC World News in six 30 minute programmes. Voting will close at midnight (GMT) on 13th November 2009.

Voting is limited to one vote per person.

Winners announced 5 December 2009

The winner of the World Challenge 2009 will receive a grant of $20,000.

The Winner and two runners up of World Challenge 09 will be announced in an awards ceremony held at The Hague, in the Netherlands. The awards ceremony will be broadcast on 5th December 2009 on BBC World News and announced on the website on the same day and profiled in Newsweek magazine in the 21st Dec issue which will be on sale on 14th Dec 2009