In September 2013, Evidence Aid announced it is the winner of the second Unorthodox Prize winner, and has been awarded $10,000.
The three main reasons the Unorthodox Prize states it chose Evidence Aid as the winner are:
“We chose Evidence Aid for several reasons. First, its founder, Professor Mike Clarke, [...], and the organization itself seem outstanding, with great reputations in their field. Consequently, we believe Evidence Aid has an excellent chance of achieving its ambitions, perhaps more than other proposals we received. Second, Evidence Aid is a definite “misfit,” in that it falls outside the traditional issue categories of most funders. Thus, funding resulting directly and indirectly from our prize could be instrumental to its success. Third, we have been on the lookout for philanthropic opportunities in which a time-limited, targeted, and cost-effective intervention could have a big and sustained positive impact on the world’s most disadvantaged people. Mitigating the lasting impacts of disasters, which are disproportionately felt by the poor, is indeed a fertile area for such opportunities.”
Read the full press release here.