Mitchell Humanitarian Award

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The Mitchell Humanitarian Award recognises Australians and others supported by Australian aid who have made an outstanding contribution to the cause of international development. Its aim is to educate and inspire.

The Mitchell Humanitarian Award is awarded annually to a contribution to the cause of international development which inspires others, which is of lasting and significant value, which has a link to Australia, and which has not yet been adequately recognized.

The successful awardee is selected from a shortlist of Aid Profiles, collected on this site, are authored by the Development Policy Centre.

A distinguished selection panel for the Award has been created. The panel is chaired by Ms. Stephanie Copus-Campbell, experienced development practitioner, and currently Director with the Harold Mitchell Foundation and Executive Director with the Oil Search Foundation. The other two panel members are Bob McMullan, former Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, and Jo Chandler, award-winning journalist, author and editor.

The Award has been named in honour of leading businessman and philanthropist Harold Mitchell AC, to mark his long-term commitment to international development and promoting Australia’s role in its region. As former Chair of CARE Australia, as a long-term supporter of Timor-Leste, as the founding funder of the ANU Development Policy Centre and as Chair of the Australia-Indonesia Centre, Mr Mitchell has led the way in Australia in terms of business support for international development and regional engagement. The Aid Profiles series is also supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Together, the Aid Profiles and the Mitchell Humanitarian Award are intended to educate and inspire the Australian community about the amazing international development work being done in all sorts of ways by all sorts of people with Australian support.

The Award includes a $10,000 donation to the charity of the awardee’s choice.

Nominations for both the Award and the Aid Profiles are invited, and can be sent to

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