The Indira Gandhi Peace Prize or the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament, and Development is a distinguished award accorded to individuals or organizations annually. It is given for their contribution towards nurturing international peace, development, or the creation of a new economic order ensuring that modern technologies and advancements are utilized for the greater good of humanity and global peace. The prize, awarded by the Indira Gandhi Trust, carries a citation from the Trust and a total award of Rs 25 lakh.
The nominees for this coveted award are chosen by a panel consisting of prominent personalities across the globe, including erstwhile Indira Gandhi Peace Prize winners.
The first-ever recipient of this award was the Parliamentarians for Global Action in 1986. The PGA, established in 1978, is a non-profit network of global parliamentarians championing human rights, non-discrimination, and working towards establishing democracy and gender equality.
Who are the Last 10 Indira Gandhi Peace Prize Winners?
Ever since 1986, the Indira Gandhi Nobel Peace Prize - as it is sometimes known - has been awarded every year to noted dignitaries working towards prevailing global peace and development. Here's a list of the last 10 Indira Gandhi Peace Prize Winners -
An innovative non-profit organization to improve the learning quality in India.
Sir David Attenborough
Renowned English broadcaster and natural historian.
Center for Science and Environment
Non-profit organization for the research and advocacy of public interest.
Former Indian Prime Minister, Finance Minister, and Governor of RBI.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Indian Space Research Organization
Indian space agency
Former Chancellor of Germany
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President of Liberia
Founder of SEWA
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Former President of Brazil
Pratham - Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2021 Winner
Founded by Farida Lambay and Madhav Chavan in 1995, Pratham is an innovative educational organization to refine the quality of education in India. The main agenda of this not-for-profit organization has been to ideate low-cost yet high-quality interventions in the learning system to improve its overall quality, specially formulated for the poorer sections of society. Their motto is to see "every child in school and learning well."
Formed in Mumbai to provide quality Montessori or pre-school education to slum dwellers, Pratham now has units in 23 Indian states and Union Territories along with international tie-ups in Australia, Sweden, Germany, the UK, and the USA.
Apart from the prestigious Indira Gandhi Peace Prize, Pratham has also been bestowed with numerous international awards and recognitions. Some of them are the Yidan Prize for Educational Development (awarded to Rukmini Banerji, the current CEO of Pratham), the 2018 Lui Che Woo Prize (Hong Kong) in the Positive Energy Category for the elimination of illiteracy, and the Kravis Prize in Leadership (bestowed in 2010) among many other accolades.
FAQs about Indira Gandhi Peace Prize
Who was the first winner of the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize?
The first winner of the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize was Parliamentarians for Global Actions in 1986.
Who was the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2020 winner?
There was no Indira Gandhi Peace Prize ceremony held in 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Who won the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2021?
Pratham, an educational non-profit organization based in India, won the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize in 2021.