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  • Hope
  • Pride
  • Ownership
  • Resilience
  • Inclusivity
  • Diversity

I AM KARACHI Awards

IAK Award Winners 2016

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The man behind Super Savari Express is Atif bin Arif, who noticed the city’s residents had become woefully unaware of the rich and diverse cultural heritage it possesses. He began the guided tour which aims to display the city’s diversity, stopping at temples, churches, and mosques belonging to minority groups in the city, as well as other historical sites and cultural institutions. Gaining access to these, however, was not easy. In this climate of fear and insecurity, Atif had to knock on various doors to in order to get the necessary permissions required for the citizens of Karachi to experience their own city.

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Having contracted polio as a young boy, Imran felt his exclusion acutely. He was unable to study past elementary school because there were no provisions to make movement easier for disabled students. In 2007, Imran bought a rickshaw and made modifications to it in order to be able to drive it commercially. His work led him to get in touch with the Network of Organizations Working with People with Disabilities, where he is now part of The Rickshaw Project as a supervisor. With The Rickshaw Project, Imran became part of a team that trained individuals with disabilities as rickshaw drivers, helping them apply for commercial licenses.

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Kaifi’s story is one of overcoming adversity through hope and passion. Hailing from Lyari, Kaifi used his passion for music to block out the negativity surrounding him. He grew up taking care of himself and found solace in music. Along the way he was introduced to Nida Butt and Hamza Jaffri’s MAD School, where he received formal musical training free of cost from renowned musicians.

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Mahira is well known throughout Lyari for her courage and resilience. She began providing tuitions to girls in her community, teaching them until they were ready to enroll in formal schools. She spent four years of her savings to set up a tuition center for girls and then went on to her next goal: a café for women in an area where community spaces for women were mostly unheard of. Her efforts resulted in her receiving threats from various gangs and political parties in Lyari, but Mahira refused to cow down in the face of intimidation. She not only created a community space for women but also ensured that it thrives. In 2013, Mahira founded ‘Woman is a Nation(WIN)’, an organization which focuses on women’s education with the larger aim of providing civic knowledge, skills and opportunities for women to become positive influencers in their community.

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She isn’t just a teacher for the children who attend the Kiran School in Lyari, but also a mentor and a parent figure for these children, championing their potential to be high achievers. Established in 2006, the Kiran School enrolls bright young minds from Lyari, preparing them for admission to prestigious schools in the city. Her work is not limited to just educating the children. While the mornings are reserved for children, in the evenings Sabina conducts classes for their mothers, going through material their children will be taught so that they are able to help with homework. Her philosophy is that if the children of Lyari are able to gain access to better opportunities and education, they will be able to improve their own circumstances.

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Sohail Khan is a young change maker from Bengali Para in Korangi who founded a school in his neighborhood after noticing a lack of access to quality education for children in the area. Upon realizing that most people in his area were sending their children to work for daily wages he took matters into his own hands. His school now enrolls over 100 children from Bengali Para. He runs the institution along with continuing his own studies.

Submission Process

Criteria For Selection

Society for I AM KARACHI

I AM KARACHI (IAK) is a platform for organizations and individuals committed to promoting socio-cultural activities and campaigns as vehicles for peace building through arts, culture, sports and dialogue. The aim of the campaign is to inculcate hope, pride and ownership in the citizens of Karachi to collectively strive for a peaceful city. The three main objectives of the campaign are: reclaiming public spaces, bringing civil society together and enhancing public awareness & advocacy.

It is a city wide campaign for the people of Karachi to collectively rebuild the diverse, social and cultural fabric of the city. Its aim is to counter violence through strategic interventions to make Karachi a global inspiration through its core objective: IAK Awards, IAK Day, IAK Dialogues, IAK Films, IAK Music, IAK Sports, IAK Talks and IAK Walls of Peace.

I AM KARACHI Awards

I AM KARACHI Awards is an initiative to celebrate the efforts and hard work of the unsung heroes of Karachi. I AM KARACHI Awards are held to promote positive role models for the youth. These role models will make them more accepting and hopeful towards achieving their goals for the betterment of Karachi.  IAK will further facilitate the winner of IAK Awards to pursue their long term aims and objectives.  The aim is to create a platform and network that will advocate for and embodies a city-wide narrative of hope, pride and ownership.

Who is eligible?

Individual and/or group of individuals who are driving change through socio-cultural activities and campaigns as vehicles for peace building through arts, culture, sports and dialogue to collectively strive for a peaceful Karachi.

Men and women of all ages and education levels who are based in Karachi, Pakistan.

Individual and /or group of individuals demonstrate a commitment and concrete connection to the region.

Individual and /or group of individuals with strong personal integrity and moral imagination.

Individual and/or a group of individuals that have made a notable achievement or innovation or displayed qualities that personify the six categories

*Note: Nomination and qualification are based on the jury’s decision

Candidate

Candidate for IAK Award nomination should be an individual or group of individual.

Candidate should be a based in Karachi, Pakistan.

An organization cannot be nominated for IAK Awards.

A nomination for yourself will not be taken into consideration.

Nominator

Nominator/s should be a permanent citizen of Islamic Republic for Pakistan.

The age of the nominator should 18 or above.

He she should bear a good moral character.

Nominator should submit a write up stating the reasons for the nomination.

How we judge

Process of nomination

Below is a brief of the process involved in selecting the winners of IAK Awards.

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August: Open call for submission of the nominations is given for 2016-17. The nomination process starts from 7th September, 2016. Nominations can be submitted till October 31st, 2016 online or via mail (see Entry Kit for details).

October: Deadline for submission. Team IAK Awards bases its assessment on nominations that must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2016. Nominations postmarked and received after this date will not be considered but can be included in the following year’s discussions.

November-December: Short list. The Jury assesses the candidates’ work and prepares a short list. 18 Shortlisted candidates i.e. 03 per category will be announced on December 24, 2016.

January-February: IAK Awardees are chosen. At the beginning of February, the Jury officially chooses the IAK Awardees through a majority vote. The decision is final and without appeal.

March: IAK Awardees receive their awards. The IAK Awardees Ceremony takes place on last Saturday of March i.e. IAK Day in Karachi, where the winners receive their awards, which consists of I AM KARACHI Award and Certificate, and a document confirming their prize.

Process of nomination and selection

Judging Round

The judging process will take place in three rounds.

Screening Round

IAK Award Team will review submitted cases, discuss various elements, vet the credentials and shortlist the cases. All entries having complete required documentation and scoring 60% and above qualify for the next round and are forwarded as shortlisted entries at the end of screening round.

Shortlisting Round Executive Committee Jury

The shortlisted cases goes through a second round of judging by executive committee of Society for I AM KARACHI and top three cases of each category are announced as nominees and forwarded to the supreme jury.

Supreme Jury Scoring Round

Supreme Jury scores and select the winner. The winner is announced at I AM KARACHI Day i.e. last Saturday of March.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

All individuals involve in judging rounds will sign/e-sign a non-disclosure agreement and review work within secure judging location arranged by IAK Awards Team.

Judge/s may abstain from judging if he/she/they has/have been involved directly with the nominee of the nominated case.

The Supreme Jury Chair presides over the session and intervenes in case of any conflict.

CREDIT REQUIREMENT:

Cases are required to give credit to any/all donor/s, sponsor/s, partner/s, etc. who contributed to the success of your case.

The credit list will be used for acknowledgments or verification purposes, so please ensure right point of contact along with contact information is provided.

AUTHORIZATION FORM:

Authorization form is required with the submitted case as a declaration that the information given in true and accurate portrayal of the case’s objectives and results. It also affirms that all parties of the case have agreed to participate.

CONFIDENTIALITY:

IAK will use the information you provide in this form to process your application. If your application is successful and you win an IAK Award, your data will be kept on your personnel file and some details from it will be held electronically. If your application is unsuccessful, this form will be kept on file for one year after completion and then securely destroyed.
How we score?
Scoring is done individually and confidentiality.  The judges’ score determine which entry will be awarded the IAK Award. It is possible that a category may produce more than one winner or perhaps no winner at all.

SCORING SYSTEM
Idea/Vision 25%
Impact 25%
Outreach 25%
Sustainability 25%
100%
Disqualification:
  1. False/forged information/case/
  2. Submitting an incomplete Entry Form.
  3. Not abiding by any rules mentioned in the Entry Kit.
  4. Missed Deadline.

IAK AWARDS 2016-17 JURY

Structure of Jury Panel

Tenure of Jury

The jury will be made for one year. The jury member may show their interest to be continued on jury panel 30 days before end of tenure.

Jury Panel

The jury panel comprises of a panel of experts and professionals in the field of art, music, films, sports, sociology, academia, media and research that have a proven track record of excellence in their field. The member will have the scoring and voting rights.

Jury Chair

The jury panel is headed by the Jury Chair, who is not involved in scoring any entry. The overall responsibility of the chair is to monitor and guarantee that the judging is fair and transparent and that every jury member performs the task with highest integrity.

Technical Expert

Technical Expert is a non-voting right person for technical advice, if needed. This technical expert can be an IT specialist, scientist, doctor etc. Technical Expert will vet and advice the jury panel on the project of nominee, if needed.

Recuse System: Any jury member that may have any kind of direct or indirect affiliation with the nominee is not assigned that category/candidate and may be requested to recuse from judging the candidate.

Power of Veto: No jury member and/or chair will have power to veto against any nominations.

Jury Bench

The jury bench will comprise of 07 members. 01 jury chair and 06 jury members

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FAQs

What is IAK/who we are?

I AM KARACHI (IAK) is a platform for organizations and individuals committed to promoting socio-cultural activities and campaigns as vehicles for peace building through arts, culture, sports and dialogue. The aim of the campaign is to inculcate hope, pride and ownership in the citizens of Karachi to collectively strive for a peaceful city.

The three main objectives of the campaign are: reclaiming public spaces, bringing civil society together and enhancing public awareness & advocacy.

It is a city wide campaign for the people of Karachi to collectively rebuild the diverse, social and cultural fabric of the city. Its aim is to counter violence through strategic interventions to make Karachi a global inspiration through its core objective: IAK Awards, IAK Day, IAK Dialogues, IAK Films, IAK Music, IAK Sports, IAK Talks and IAK Walls of Peace.

What is I AM KARACHI Awards?

I AM KARACHI Awards is an initiative to celebrate the efforts and hard work of unsung heroes of Karachi who usually go unappreciated. I AM KARACHI Awards are held to promote positive role models for the youth. Positive role models will make them more accepting and hopeful towards achieving their goals for the betterment of Karachi.  IAK will further facilitate the winner of IAK Awards to pursue their long term aims and objectives.  The aim is to create a platform and network that will advocate for and embodies a city-wide narrative of hope, pride and ownership.

What are the categories?

Awards will be awarded in the following categories: Hope, Pride, Ownership, Resilience, Diversity, and Inclusivity.

Who is eligible?

Individual and/or group of individuals who are driving change through socio-cultural activities and campaigns as vehicles for peace building through arts, culture, sports and dialogue to collectively strive for a peaceful Karachi. For more details please go to: www.iamkarachi.org/awards

How can you submit entries?

Submission by mail: You need to send a hardcopy of all the material as mentioned in the Checklist and as per the prescribed format. The postal address for submission is: I AM KARACHI Secretariat| 12th floor| Centrepoint| Off Shaheed-e-Millat Expressway| near KPT Interchange Flyover| Karachi| Postal Code 74900.

Online Submission (Recommended): We recommend registering yourself online, so you can familiarize with the requirement and information you need to complete there. IAK Award Team will only consider the entries with complete material as mentioned in the Checklist and as per the prescribed format.

What documents are required?

Entry Form: Hardcopy by mail, or online submission. Please also, refer to ‘Completing the Entry Form’ below for more details.

Support Statement: In support of your application, and referring to the category profile, please state succinctly, why you are suitable for this category, focusing on the project, knowledge and experience.
Case Image: Send or upload a case image that best represents the essence of your case. This may be used for promotional purposes.
Individual/Team Photo: 01 individual/team photo with the entry form.
Authorization Form: Authorization form can be downloaded from IAK website from www.iamkarachi.org/awards

What is the Process of nomination and selection?

Below is a brief of the process involved in selecting the winners of IAK Awards.

process

August: Open call for submission of the nominations is given for 2016-17. The nomination process starts from 7th September, 2016. Nominations can be submitted till October 31st, 2016 online or via mail (see Entry Kit for details).

October: Deadline for submission. Team IAK Awards bases its assessment on nominations that must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2016. Nominations postmarked and received after this date will not be considered but can be included in the following year’s discussions.

November-December: Short list. The Committee and Jury assesses the candidates’ work and prepares a short list. 18 Shortlisted candidates i.e. 03 per category will be announced on December 24, 2016.

January-February: IAK Awardees are chosen. At the beginning of February, the Jury officially chooses the IAK Awardees through a majority vote. The decision is final and without appeal.

March: IAK Awardees receive their awards. The IAK Awardees Ceremony takes place on last Saturday of March i.e. IAK Day in Karachi, where the winners receive their awards, which consists of I AM KARACHI Award and Certificate, and a document confirming their prize.

Who are the jury?

Currently, we are in process of jury formation. The structure of jury bench has been finalized:

The jury bench will comprise of 07 members. 01 jury chair and 06 jury members

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DO YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Email us at awards@iamkarachi.org

Contact Us

Submission by mail: You need to send a hardcopy of all the material as mentioned in the Checklist and as per the prescribed format. The postal address for submission is: I AM KARACHI Secretariat| 12th floor| Centrepoint| Off Shaheed-e-Millat Expressway| near KPT Interchange Flyover| Karachi| Postal Code 74900.

Online Submission (Recommended): We recommend registering yourself online, so you can familiarize with the requirement and information you need to complete there. IAK Award Team will only consider the entries with complete material as mentioned in the Checklist and as per the prescribed format.

Email: awards@iamkarachi.org