The Action for Equity Award is an exciting new prize which aims to recognise and reward the crucial work being undertaken by civil organisations, campaign groups, and activists to combat inequalities around the world.

The Action for Equity Award also aims to extend the reach and impact of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme , which supports dynamic emerging leaders from academia and the third sector, campaign or policy-making organisations to explore the causes of inequalities.

The prize will celebrate the excellent work which has been achieved by smaller teams and will provide £50,000 (or roughly R800,000) toward the winning organisation’s ongoing activities. Moreover, award winners will contribute to the Atlantic Fellows programme at LSE.



The Action for Equity Award jury for 2018 was:

  • Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng (chair) – Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Internationalisation, at the University of Cape Town.
  • Mr Joey Hasson – Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity. Activist and campaigner against inequality, Co-founder of Equal Education, Senior Fellow at the Tshisimani Activist Education Centre.
  • Prof Mike Savage - Co-Director of the International Inequalities Institute, LSE.
  • Ms Tasneem Essop - Commissioner in the National Planning Commission of South Africa, Founding director of the Energy Democracy Initiative in South Africa. Prior to this, she headed the climate work in WWF International.
  • Mr Dinga Sikwebu - Programmes Co-director at Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education, longtime leader in the trade union movement, especially the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).


In 2018 we invited applications from organisations who:

  • address the causes of inequality. Elements of the organisation may seek to address the consequences of inequality, or other issues, though the focus should be on addressing the causes.
  • deal with issues related to labour, employment, or associated issues.
  • have an annual operational budget of between £100k and £1m.
  • are based within South Africa (the majority of your activities should benefit people in South Africa).

2017 Winner:

The Shannon Trust

The Shannon Trust, is an award-winning peer mentoring programme that encourages and supports prisoners who can read to give one-to-one support to prisoners who struggle to read. They want prisoners to leave prison equipped with the life skills they need to live as contributing members of society. Learning to read is the key which unlocks these life skills.



2017 Finalists:

Hope Into Action

An organisation based in Peterborough that encourages church congregations to buy housing, and then let it through Hope into Action to homeless people in the area. Additional support is provided to enable the tenant to progress to a position where they are able to support themselves. Their model is built on the belief that when people have a safe, secure home surrounded by loving, non-judgemental relationships they will find the strength and motivation to make positive life choices.


Participation and the Practice of Rights

Located in Belfast, PPR supports groups in challenging government policy, through action research projects, monitoring work and effective campaign techniques. PPR puts the power of human rights at the service of those who need it most. They support marginalised people to assert their rights in practical ways and make real social and economic change in their communities.