Human Development Award
To promote human development and prosperity of Latvia's people

The Award is hosted by the Civic Alliance - Latvia and the U.S. Embassy in Latvia.

What is it?

The Human Development Award is presented to honor Latvia’s inspirational people and to recognize the socially responsible practices of Latvia’s businesses and non-profit organizations.

The award has four categories that emphasize investment in social responsibility, education, health and well-being.

In 2021 the award will be presented for the eighth time.

During the seven years of the award, 29 recipients of the Human Development Award  have been honored. Among the laureates are Līga Uzulniece, the founder of "Eņģeļa pasts", Māris Ceirulis, Chairman of the Board of Liepāja Blind Association, Vita Kalniņa, head of the family psychological support center "Līna", Tamāra Krēsliņa, a volunteer in the field of resocialization of the State Probation Service, #vieglipalīdzēt, the Children's Hospital Foundation, etc. All the winners of the competition can be found in the Winners section.

What are the goals?

The award was established in 2014 with the aim of emphasizing human development in response to negative demographic trends, such as declining population, high income inequality, reduced health status and a high proportion of institutional care for children. The aim of the award is to promote initiatives that help reduce inequalities and promote human growth.


Latvia's growth and prosperity depend on its people. Selfless, talented and active people who can inspire others.

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How to nominate?

Until May 30, 2021, the Civic Alliance - Latvia, in cooperation with the US Embassy in Latvia, invites citizens, non-governmental organizations and companies to nominate for the Human Development Award initiatives that promote the education, health and well-being of the Latvian population.

Nomination applications can be submitted in four categories:

1. For social responsibility and philanthropy - for outstanding achievements in the development of society, performing work for the benefit of society, generously devoting time, knowledge, financial or organizational resources to it.

2. For an outstanding contribution to education - for creating education, training quality and accessibility for the population at any stage of life.

3. For outstanding contributions to health - for promoting healthy lifestyles, supporting and improving the health and well-being of individuals and societies, and reducing health inequalities.

4. On the contribution to the future of Latvia - on the promotion of the well-being and healthy development of children and youth, the provision of loving, stable care, including out-of-family care.

Applicants can apply for the competition electronically by filling application form, which includes information about the prize applicant, description of the applicant's initiative, goal and result.

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