The Drucker Institute announced the top ten finalists for its prestigious Drucker Prize last week, and mothers2mothers (m2m) is proud to be included among them. Now it its 27th year, The Drucker Prize recognises the organisation that best exemplifies American management guru Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.” We applied on the basis of our innovative evolution of our Mentor Mother Model, which has underpinned m2m’s growth from a small organisation delivering a single service in one city into an African NGO that delivers a wide range of health services to women, children, and adolescents across eight countries. Last year, this peer-based model saw m2m and partners enroll almost 2.3M new clients.
This is the second year in a row that m2m has been named a finalist for The Drucker Prize. Selected from a group of 509 first-round applicants, m2m was among 50 semi-finalists that were invited to explore different aspects of innovation and organisational effectiveness on The Drucker Prize learning platform, and share how they could use what they learned to become more innovative and effective. Among m2m’s learnings is to implement a more institutionalised, purposeful, and systemised process for innovation, including naming and owning innovation.
m2m shares the honour of being named in the top 10 with nine other impressive U.S.-based and international non-profit organisations, including DataKind, Interise, LA Family Housing, Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, myAgro, National Capital Poison Center, Operation ASHA, Virginia Mason Health System, and The YMCA of the USA.
The winner of The 2018 Drucker Prize will be selected by a panel of judges and announced on 1 October. Keep your fingers crossed for us!