Matthew Desmond was selected by the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, and the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine to receive the 2016 Human Security Award. Each year, this award is given to recognize the remarkable efforts of individuals working to empower and protect the world’s most vulnerable communities. Desmond is being honored for his inspiring work bringing attention to the many challenges of contemporary poverty. He has been invited to give a keynote address at the University of California, Irvine during the 2016-17 academic year.
Recent recipients of the award include: 2015 James Orbinski, Doctors Without Borders; Dignitas; 2014 Ken Rutherford, co-founder of Landmine Survivors Network' 2013 Chris Jordan, environmental artist; 2012 Jessica Jackley, founder of Kiva; 2011 Alexandra Cousteau, founder of Blue Legacy; 2010 Mark Johnson and Whitney Burditt, founders of Playing for Change; 2009 Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey and Laren Poole, founders of Invisible Children; 2008 David Bornstein, author; 2007 Lieutenant-General the Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, UN peacekeeper, senator; 2006 Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women; and 2005 Heather Mills McCartney, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.