Beyond2020 a continuation of the 20by2020 initiative

Following the widespread success of the 20by2020 initiative in helping deliver vital sustainable solutions to vulnerable communities around the world, the Zayed Sustainability Prize has announced the transformation of the 20by2020 initiative into Beyond2020, establishing it as a flagship platform of the Prize for continuous global outreach.


The pioneering initiative oversees the donation and deployment of Prize winners’ and finalists’ technologies and sustainable solutions, to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, spanning the sectors of health, food, energy, and water. Going ‘beyond generations’, ‘beyond borders’ and ‘beyond limits’, Beyond2020 offers critical, life-transforming solutions to a broader number of beneficiaries worldwide, providing tech for good and fostering development that is inclusive and sustainable.

In 2020, the initiative (20by2020), deployed sustainable solutions ranging from critical access to energy and safe water to providing healthcare and essential nutrition. Countries reached include Tanzania, Uganda, Nepal, Jordan, Egypt, Cambodia, Madagascar, and Indonesia. Phase 2 of the initiative (Beyond2020) will formally commence through a key energy project in Bangladesh and then extend the reach of the initiative into Latin America.

To date, 12 countries have been identified as part of the initiative’s second phase, to amplify its international humanitarian drive and reach more off-grid and vulnerable communities throughout the world. Beyond2020 will be deploying sustainable solutions in Malaysia, The Philippines, Vietnam, India, Lebanon, The Sudan, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Peru. Beyond2020 partners include Abu Dhabi Global Market, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Mubadala Petroleum, the UAE Ministry of Tolerance and Coexistence, Masdar, and BNPP Paribas; the most recent partner to join the initiative and the first international private company.

Established by the UAE leadership, in 2008, to honor the legacy of the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Zayed Sustainability Prize is the UAE’s pioneering global award for recognising sustainability and humanitarian solutions around the world. The Zayed Sustainability Prize acknowledges and rewards global pioneers and innovators who are committed to accelerating impactful sustainable solutions. Over the past 12 years, the Prize has awarded 86 winners. Collectively, they have directly and indirectly, positively impacted the lives of over 335 million people around the world. The Zayed Sustainability Prize categories are: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools.