Bill Drayton has won the Asturias Prize for international cooperation. The award recognises an outstanding contribution to mutual understanding and brotherhood between peoples.
The aim of the awards, according to the organisers, is to promote the scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of our universal heritage.
Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka – a global association of social entrepreneurs.
Social entrepreneurs are people who see problems in society and set out to change things for the better. A famous example would be Florence Nightingale, who founded the concept of nursing.
Bill Drayton’s organisation, Ashoka, works all over the world to change societies for the better, to improve social justice and mobility, to empower populations and give more people access to the basic building blocks of healthcare and education.
The formal prize-giving ceremony – which is a major cultural event in Spain – will be held later in the year.