Bahrain has launched an international award that seeks to honor humanitarian services and encourage philanthropy.
The Isa Award for Service to Humanity is open to groups and individuals engaged in various humanitarian fields, Gulf Daily News reports. This year’s award, however, will focus on three areas: education, health, and disaster prevention and relief.
The winner will be selected by an international panel and receive a gold medal and a USD1 million cash prize. Candidates will be nominated by a separate panel, according to Gulf Daily News.
The award was named after the late Amir Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa. Its honorary president is King Hamad, Bahrain’s current ruler, while the board will be headed by Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa.
“It is encouragement to those with humanitarian roles, whether individuals or groups,” Mohammed told Gulf Daily News. “We will not necessarily give the award to those who have good media, but to those who have really influenced the humanitarian field even through their silence and the speech of their work.”