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Ecuadorian Minister of Sports, Sebastian Palacios, 2023 ILG Impact Award Winner

ILG Impact Award

Since 2020, LALP has presented the annual ILG Impact Award with the purpose of recognizing the outstanding work of alumni of its Innovation and Leadership in Government Program (ILG). In the dynamic context of Latin America, innovation in public policies emerges as an essential catalyst to address current challenges. This award, aligned with the vision of recognizing innovative and impactful state initiatives that may be replicated in different Latin American countries, seeks to highlight the significant achievements of ILG alumni who have contributed exceptionally to the common good in the region.

Significance of the ILG Impact Award:

Along with the GCL Impact Award, this annual recognition represents the highest recognition LALP grants to graduates of its programs. Honor and responsibility come together in this award, as winners become role models of responsible and transformational leadership for current and future generations of LALP alumni and serve as the main ambassadors of LALP programs in the region. 


The purpose of this annual call is trifold: 

  • ​Identify and disseminate innovative practices of public policy that are emerging in Latin America and the Caribbean as a response to a pressing challenge in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Contribute to the exchange of experiences, capacity building, and visibility of the significant contributions made by LALP alumni to the processes of public innovation at subnational, national, and regional levels.

  • Strengthen the ties between LALP alumni networks and Georgetown University.

Award Benefits:

Awardees receive the following benefits: 

  • ​​Flight in economy class and up to three nights of accommodation in Washington, DC to present the project and receive the award during the last week of the ILG program when the program is implemented face-to-face.
  • Award ceremony and special mention on the LALP website and social channels. 
  • A one-year membership in the LALP Advisory Committee that allows the winner to participate in the two annual meetings of the LALP Advisory Committee, contributing their ideas for the alumni network and the development of future programs.
  • A glass pinnacle with their name and year of award to commemorate this award.

How to Submit Nominations: 

  1. ​Access the call at LALP Melian with your LALP Alumni credentials to submit self-nominations or nominations of other graduates of the ILG program. 
  2. Select the news ILG Impact Award and click on “Apply Now”.

If you have any questions or need help accessing the platform, please contact the Latin America Leadership Program team at


The dates for the 2024 ILG Impact Award process IS CLOSED. The dates were as follows:

  • ​January 12 to February 9, 2024 [EXTENDED]: Open Call for Nominations
  • February 9 to 15, 2024: Review of applications by the selection committee, made up of members of Georgetown University Latin America Leadership Program, the LALP Advisory Committee, and the ILG Alumni Executive Board

  • February 16, 2024: Notification to the winner

  • February 23, 2024: Public Announcement on LALP and alumni networks

ILG Impact Award Evaluation Criteria: 

Before submitting nominations, please keep in mind the following list of characteristics that describe what the committee considers to be public innovation:

  • ​The public sector must be involved directly in the innovation project. The public organization may be either the leader of the project, an ally of the private sector, or a non-governmental organization (NGO). 
  • The innovation must be something new. Preferably, the innovation is an entirely new concept or approach to government.
  • The innovation project must have been implemented in some way, either as a test, prototype or pilot. Ideas or research that have not been implemented will not be considered. 
  • The implemented innovation has to explain the amount and type of population impacted. 
  • Likewise, the replicability of the policy in other Latin American territories and the possibility of establishing collaborative instances with the ILG Network will be valued.

Selection Committee: 

Applications will be evaluated by a committee of representatives of the LALP Advisory Committee and the Latin America Leadership Program with the support of the ILG Alumni Network Board of Directors.

ILG Impact Award Winners Include: