Press Release - 2014 CYFI Awards announced

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May-22-2014

2014 CYFI Awards celebrate the best in Youth Financial Inclusion, Economic Citizenship Education, and Youth Entrepreneurship

New York, New York - Tonight Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI) hosted the 2014 CYFI Awards at the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel. This annual awards ceremony CYFI recognizes and honors individuals, organizations, and government agencies that demonstrate innovation and commitment to promoting financial inclusion and financial, social and livelihoods education for children and youth at the national, regional and international level.

Thomson Reuters' Personal Finance Editor Lauren Young anchored the evening where special addresses were made from Annemiek Hoogenboom, Founder and Director UK's People Post Code Lottery, and, Silvia Singer Director of the Interactive Museum of Economy, Mexico.

"If I'm handing the baton of the world to the youth who are here today, I can promise you, that the future is incredible. They're smart, they're engaged, and they're absolutely fired up to get #UNforYouth representation!" Lauren Young, Personal Finance Editor, Thompson Reuters

"Age is no barrier for ambition. We can't underestimate the power that education plays in the fullfillment of their goals. The wisest decision we can make is to invest in education." Annemiek Hoogenboom, Founder and Director, People's Post Code Lottery

"Financial education provides children and youth with tools to navigate the contemporary world." Silvia Singer, Director of the Interactive Museum of Economy, Mexico

"The achievements of each one of the finalists serve as a powerful testimony to the incredible potential of collaboration and innovation in the field of financial inclusion, education and sustainable livelihoods for young people. CYFI would like to congratulate all the CYFI Award Winners tonight and wish them continued success in their home countries and local communities." Jeroo Billimoria, Managing Director of CYFI

2014 CYFI Awards Winners and Finalists

CYFI Pioneer Award

Winner: Al-Amal Microfinance, Yemen | Finalists: ING Turkey and UCU Rwanda

CYFI Country Award

Africa Winner: South Africa | Finalists: Kenya and Ghana
Americas Winner: Brazil | Finalists: Paraguay and Peru
Asia Winner: Singapore | Finalists: Fiji and Bhutan
Europe Winner: Portugal | Finalists: Czech Republic and Turkey
MENA Winner: Saudi Arabia | Finalists: Egypt and Morocco

CYFI "Global Money Week" Award

Africa Winner: Zambia | Finalists: Malawi, and Nigeria
Asia Winner: Mongolia | Finalists: Brunei, and Nepal
Americas Winner: Dominican Republic | Special Mention: Guatemala | Finalist: Suriname
Europe Winner: Romania | Finalist: the Netherlands and Albania
MENA Winner: Egypt | Special Mention: Yemen | Finalist: Saudi Arabia

2014 CYFI Youth Awards Winners and Finalists

Youth Entrepreneurship

Africa Winner: Lamorena Bridget Gabotolane (Botswana) | Finalists: Amabella Nwankwo (Nigeria) and Nyeri High School (Kenya)
Americas Winner: Jerome Marlon Cowans (Jamaica) and Danielle Gafni (USA) | Finalists: Diana Bernita (Ecuador) and Cynthia Andrea Jara (Paraguay)
Asia Winner: Guru Mathivanan (India) | Finalists: Dilnasheen Alamgir (India), Longbiao Tang (China), and Jessalyn Burcer (Philippines)
Europe Winner: Yulia Frolova (Ukraine) | Finalists: Dimitrie Calin Cielecki (Romania) and Mohamed Omar (UK)

Financial Inclusion: the Youth Financial Landscape Award

Africa Winner: Kelvin Kinoti (Kenya) | Finalist: Walter Kiburi (Kenya)
Americas Winner: Jhose Adolfo (Peru) | Finalist: Mahir Jethanandani (USA)
Asia Winner: Baasan-Amgalan Ichinnorov (Mongolia) | Finalist: Josh Cezar Serilo (Philippines)
Europe Winner: Erik Frach (Germany) | Finalist: Yulia Frolova (Ukraine)
MENA Winner: Yasmina and Dalia Aoun (Lebanon) | Finalist: Said ELmahmoudi (Morocco)

DreamsBank Campaign Award

Winner: Nita Wakan and Gita Anggraini (Indonesia)
Finalists: Abigael Pertet (Costa Rica), Blair Fiander (UK), Cynthia Tembo (Zambia) Ifeanyi Dickins E (Nigeria), and Smart Investor (Saudi Arabia)


Social Media

Event Hashtags:

#CYFI2014 | #UNforYouth | #DreamsBank2014

Other related hashtags:

#MDG | #finlit |#entrepreneurship |#youth | #awards | #GMW2014 | #celebrate |#jointhefun


About Child and Youth Finance International

Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) aims to develop a generation that will be able to prevent future financial crises by increasing the financial education, financial access, employability, and entrepreneurship skills of children and youth.

Launched in April 2012, the Child and Youth Finance Network has already expanded to 125 countries and reached more than 18 million children. Our international and regional events result in policy changes, and are the only events in the world where children contribute to setting the global agenda.

Website: www.childfinanceinternational.org
Facebook: facebook.com/ChildFinance
Twitter: twitter.com/ChildFinance


Press Contacts

For further information about any of the mentioned events and/or Child & Youth Finance International, please contact:

Caitlin Watson, Communications Coordinator
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+31 (0)20 520 3900

Robin Willing, Director of Communications & Operations
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