INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR
Africa Minigrid Developers Association
The Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA) is an industry association created by private sector minigrid developers and operators, donors and investors to improve political economic environments for minigrid companies. AMDA serves as the unified focal point for all stakeholders to engage the minigrid sector in Africa and plays a catalytic role in creating enabling policy and investment environments for the sector to promote growth and sustainable development. AMDA has 47 member companies operating in 19 countries in Africa. As of 2021, AMDA members have deployed more than 400 minigrids, connecting more than 78,000 households and businesses (and an estimated nearly 400,000 people) with reliable electricity. The industry is on a growth trajectory to provide electricity services to 2 million customers, impacting 10 million people, and to have an asset base of US$1 billion by 2025/2026.
Alliance for Rural Electrification
The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is the global association for the decentralised renewable energy (DRE) industry, catalysing private sector-driven markets for sustainable electricity services, creating jobs and powering equitable green economies.
ARE enables improved energy access through business development support for more than 200 Members along the whole value chain for decentralised/distributed renewable energy technologies.
ARE had an astounding growth in 2022, most notably thanks to a dynamic, motivated young and capable team and a strong link with ARE’s members and constituency.
The below figures illustrate ARE’s growth path in 2022 was:
• 40 new members joined the association
• Achieved 120.7% growth over 2 years
• Further expansion of the team
• Gender balance within the ARE Board and Secretariat
Eurelectric’s unparalleled leadership and tireless advocacy efforts have shaped critical policy decisions in the field of energy over the past years and continue to do so. In the face of the unprecedented challenges caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the high energy prices driving record inflation in Europe as well as disruptions to nuclear and renewable energy generation, Eurelectric has remained steadfast in its commitment to driving positive change.
Eurelectric is the industry association representing the entire value chain of the European electricity industry and stands as a beacon of excellence in driving the decarbonisation of Europe’s energy landscape. Based in Brussels with over 3,500 member companies spanning electricity generation, utilities, and end-use sectors across Europe, Eurelectric is at the forefront of transforming the industry towards a sustainable, low-carbon future. This is reflected in our stated priorities of full decarbonisation of our industry, the deployment of electric solutions to decarbonise other parts of the European economy and ensuring a fair and just transition for all.
Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the world’s largest professional body in health and safety, supports its 50,000+ members globally to make good occupational safety and health (OSH) practice a reality.
IOSH expanded its reach and capability by becoming:
• an awarding organisation
• host of an OSH consultancy register.
It is the quality guarantor for the profession. Its new five-year strategy will further strengthen its purpose, message and credibility.
An international declaration that a safe and healthy working environment is a fundamental principle and right means that IOSH and the OSH profession are at the centre of socially sustainable work.
IOSH reinforced this strategic position through memoranda of understanding with two UN agencies, and a pivotal role in delivering large UN projects, especially in emerging economies.
IOSH introduced a comprehensive learning programme, Blueprint (containing 1,300 commissioned learning resources), to develop members’ skills, underpinned by its competency framework.
Enthusiastic take-up (used by 45% of members in six months) shows the profession’s vibrancy, energy and desire.
Positive media coverage of health and safety and the growing influence of the profession reflect IOSH’s success in changing the narrative.
IOSH is equipping its members to shape a better world of work.
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
STEP, the global professional body for advisors to families, has achieved remarkable success since our inception. With 22,000 members across 96 countries, STEP sets the standard in the industry. Our values of community, collaboration, integrity, and continuous learning underpin our vision for global recognition.
Notable accomplishments include international recognition of our members as experts, industry-leading qualifications, extensive informational resources, and influential partnerships with governmental and international bodies.
Building on our success, STEP launched the flexible STEP Diploma, hosted the largest-ever Global Congress, and received recognition as one of the UK’s Best Companies to work for. Committed to the public interest, STEP knows what it stands for, condemning tax evasion and criminal activity, actively promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.
STEP leads on vital topics such as Mental Capacity and Digital Assets worldwide. Through thought leadership reports, webinars, and public awareness campaigns, we engage with millions across the globe.
Member survey results highlight high satisfaction rates, demonstrating the value our members put on up to date knowledge and a commitment to high professional standards.
Proud of our achievements and dedicated to serving both members and the public, STEP is honored to be considered for the Best International Association of the Year award.
Union for International Cancer Control
UICC is a well-respected global health organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. It has more than 1100 members organisations in over 170 countries and territories. In addition to being an effective global advocate and supporting its membership around the world, UICC runs the World Cancer Congress, the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and World Cancer Day.
In the last two years, UICC has organised a successful online Summit, a Congress in partnership with three UN agencies, launched a new World Cancer Day 3-year theme, “Close the Care Gap” and has received its highest scores from its membership base survey conducted at the end of 2021.
In May 2022, following a year of intense negotiation, UICC launched its fifth organisation in 13 years, bringing together partners as the Access to Oncology Medicines (ATOM) Coalition. This completely innovative coalition will transform the way in which the health community and private sector work together to increase the availability of essential cancer medicines in low and lower-middle income countries. UICC plays a leadership role in the four other organisations it has launched since 2009 – the NCD Alliance, the International Cancer Control partnership, the McCabe Centre for Law and the City Cancer Challenge Foundation.