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The STARS Foundation in the UK has launched the 2011 STARS Impact Awards which “identify and support local organizations that achieve excellence in the provision of services to disadvantaged children  and that demonstrate effective management  practices.”

The Awards are given annually and comprise of US $100,000 of unrestricted funding, tailored consultancy support and media training, content and access for the recipient organizations. While the unrestricted funding will help the organizations to respond to challenges and needs of disadvantaged children with greater flexibility, the tailored consultancy support and media training will render skills to improve their efforts and empower them with tools and opportunities to enhance their profile.

There are six Awards in total: three Awards for Africa-Middle East and three for Asia-Pacific, across the categories of Health, Education and Protection.

In addition, a smaller Award may be made at the discretion of the STARS Board of Trustees to recognise the work of an organisation whose application demonstrates potential as a ‘Rising Star’.

To be eligible to apply, organizations should be legally established and registered in one of the following countries:

For Africa-Middle East:

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

For Asia-Pacific:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India , Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

The deadline to apply by submitting the Stage 1 application form is 7 December 2010. There is a two-stage application process.…