The Zero Project has completed the first round of the shortlisting process for Innovative Practices and Policies in the field of employment, work and vocational education and training. It has shortlisted 97 nominations for Innovative Practices and 20 for Innovative Policies from 32 countries in the world.

Vienna/Geneva 13th September 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 Zero Project’s Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies produced an astounding 260 Nominations from 77 countries.

The Zero Project team, with the help of its partners and experts network, has now finished to shortlist those nominations that best live up to its three criteria: Innovation, Impact and Scalability.

Call for Innovative Practices: 97 Shortlisted Nominations

The Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices resulted in 213 nominations from 71 countries and all regions of the world. Out of these 97 nominations from 44 countries were shortlisted.

Shortlisted practices come from 44 different countries, 34 from Europe, 33 from Asia/Pacific, 12 from Africa, 6 Latin America, 12 North America.

Countries with the highest number of shortlisted practices are India (7), USA (6) and Austria, Egypt, Germany and Spain (4).

Call for Innovative Policies: 20 Shortlisted Nominations

The Call for Nominations of Innovative Policies resulted in 48 nominations from 29 countries, from all continents.

Countries with the most shortlisted nominations for Innovative Policies are Australia, Ecuador, Peru and the United States (2 from each of these countries).

Next steps in the selection process

All shortlisted practices and policies are now undergoing the Zero Project’s research process, before in October, our network will be asked to vote on them as the final 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



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