A special joint award goes to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of Mauritius and the Mauritius Council for Social Service (MACOSS). They’ve been driving a major change to how regional priorities are set in our region. The ministry was instrumental in convening heads of states and governments from all Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, together with business associations and a wide range of civil society groups as real partners in a dialogue on poverty and development in southern Africa. That was the first gathering of its kind in our region. It set a precedent to develop a shared vision and social cohesion to overcome poverty in our part of the world. MACOSS cooperated to support civil society organisations to prepare fully for the dialogue that resulted in the decision to create a SADC poverty observatory that will ensure continued cooperation between the different groups. Together, they then went well beyond that initial step. The ministry announced a plan to eradicate extreme poverty in Mauritius, in partnership with MACOSS and the private corporates that agreed to fund 30% of the programme costs as part of their corporate social responsibility.