Jay Naidoo wins the 2010 'Drivers of Change' Award

Prestigious Award Recognizes Naidoo's Fight Against Malnutrition

Oct 28, 2010, 15:08 ET from GAIN - Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Southern Africa Trust, in partnership with the Mail & Guardian newspaper, announced that Jay Naidoo, Chair of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), received the 2010 "Drivers of Change" award. The Drivers of Change awards recognize outstanding organizations or individuals across southern Africa who are innovative in their efforts to eradicate poverty and which prioritize sustainability and partnerships towards this goal. The 2010 award is a recognition of Jay Naidoo's work with GAIN to end malnutrition across the world.

The Drivers of Change Judges said: "We applaud Jay Naidoo for making a significant impact towards overcoming poverty and stimulating economic growth. He has worked closely with poor communities and always affirms that his most important insights came directly from people facing the daily challenges of poverty. Jay Naidoo is a driver of change for driving socioeconomic development not only in South Africa but in the whole southern Africa region and beyond. He represents a unique way of being a political leader in partnership with others."

GAIN (www.gainhealth.org) is a foundation that mobilizes public-private partnerships and provides financial and technical support to deliver nutritious foods to those people most at risk of malnutrition. The organization is delivering improved nutrition to an estimated 273 million people, half of whom are women and children, in more than 25 countries, including South Africa. Through his role as Chairperson of GAIN, Jay has made a significant impact on overcoming poverty and stimulating economic development.

When receiving the award, Jay Naidoo said: "Malnutrition and poverty are an indictment on our shared humanity when we have the resources, science and expertise to solve world hunger but lack the political will. Social mobilization, a smart approach to public private partnerships and a focus on the first 1000 days from conception could save the lives of millions of children each year."

Jay Naidoo started out as a volunteer in the trade unions before being elected founding general secretary of COSATU. He later served as Minister responsible first for South Africa's Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) and then for Communications in the 1990s. Following his departure from government Jay was Chairperson of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) until earlier this year. He publishes a blog at www.thejustcause.org and his autobiography 'Fighting for Justice' is available in leading bookstores.

SOURCE GAIN - Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition