06 Dec 2010 News

BBC World Challenge 2010

This Saturday, BBC World News broadcasts the final programme of the World Challenge 10 series, announcing The Only Way is Up the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc.'s (AIDFI) Ram Pump Project as the winner. Based in the Philippines the initiative uses the power of a river's flow to literally push water uphill without any other energy source.

This year 800 nominations were received from over 70 countries from which the final 12 projects featured in World Challenge 2010 were selected.

The hydraulic ram pump has been around for a couple of centuries but has failed to date to realise its potential. AIDFI is determined to see it come into its own and has devised a way of using the pump which has proved a boon for poor villagers living in mountainous regions. The ram pump can save both hours of back breaking work carrying water uphill and cash where expensive water pumps are replaced. AIDFI has introduced the pump to over 170 villages and has plans to spread the benefits far and wide among poor communities.

Now in its sixth year, World Challenge is more popular than ever with more than 167,000 people around the world voting online for their favourite finalist – up 40,000 on last year's votes. This year 800 nominations were received from over 70 countries from which the final 12 projects featured in World Challenge 2010 were selected. The final programme airs on BBC World News this weekend, showcasing the presentation ceremony hosted by the BBC's award-winning presenter Zeinab Badawi. The Only Way is Up Project will receive a US$20,000 prize grant from Shell . Details will also appear in Newsweek magazine.