Kuwait has launched a program to aid sustainable development throughout the African continent by creating an annual prize recognizing the best research development advances in food security, health and education that contribute to significantly solving development challenges in African nations.

Named the ‘Al-Sumait Prizes’ after the Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti physician who devoted his life to helping the poor in Africa, the initiative was endorsed at the first meeting of the Al-Sumait Board of Trustees in Kuwait.

Each prize will include a total of $1 million, a gold medal and a certificate of recognition to be awarded annually to individuals or institutions achieving a significant advance.

The 2015 prize would encompass ‘Health’, while the 2016 prize will be awarded for ‘Food Security’.  Both prizes will be presented to winners at a ceremony during the fourth Arab African Summit in Equatorial Guinea, November 2016.

More information is available here.