The Zero Project has completed the nomination process for Innovative Practices and Policies in the field of employment, work and vocational education and training. It has received 213 nominations for Innovative Practices and 47 for Innovative Policies from more than 70 countries in the world

Vienna/Geneva 12th July 2016: The Zero Project researches the status of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) around the world and, this year, is focusing on employment, work and vocational education and training.

The nomination process started in May 2016 and the Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices, as well as Innovative Policies, closed at the end of June. The process of carefully screening, shortlisting, voting on, and finally selecting the Innovative Practices and Policies 2017 of the Zero Project has now already begun.

The Zero Project received an astounding 260 Nominations from 77 countries. What this demonstrates is a global movement of practitioners advancing opportunities in employment, work and vocational education and training “on the ground,” supporting persons with all kinds of disabilities in all contexts.

Call for Innovative Practices: 213 Nominations

The Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices resulted in 213 nominations from 71 countries and all regions of the world: 24 were received from Africa, 34 from Asia/Pacific, 90 from Europe, 28 from the Middle East, 19 from North America, 15 from Latin America and the Caribbean, and 3 from Australia.

Countries where the most Innovative Practices were nominated: Austria, home country of the Zero Project (13), Germany, United Kingdom and United States (12), Ireland and Spain (9), Canada and Israel (8), India (7), Bangladesh, Egypt, Italy, and South Africa (6).

Nominations were also received from crisis-ridden countries such as Afghanistan (4 nominations) Palestine (5 nominations), and Syria (1 nomination).

Call for Innovative Policies: 47 Nominations

The Call for Nominations of Innovative Policies resulted in 47 nominations being accepted by the Zero Project.

These Nominations for Innovative Policies came from all regions of the world:  Africa (2), Asia Pacific (11), Europe (13), Middle East (2), North America (9), and Latin America and the Caribbean (10). Countries with the most nominations for Innovative Policies were: USA (7), India (4), and Malaysia and Peru (3).

Next steps in the selection process

The Zero Project team, with the help of its partners and experts network, is currently shortlisting all nominations, based on its three criteria: Innovation, Impact and Scalability.

In September and October, the Zero Project network will be asked to vote on the shortlisted nominations as the next step in the selection process.

The overall aim is to award a total of around 50 Innovative Practices and 10 Innovative Policies at the next Zero Project Conference in February 2017 at the UN Vienna.


For further information, please contact:

Michael Fembek

Zero Project, Director                                                              

Essl Foundation, Klosterneuburg/Austria


Ingrid Heindorf

Zero Project, Head of Innovative Policies Research

World Future Council, Geneva/Switzerland