The Estoril Local Answers Award (ELAA) was established by the Estoril Conferences in 2013 with the purpose of promoting and supporting the work of local initiatives that help answer the challenges inherent to globalization.

ELAA supports the winning project with 10.000and promotes it by giving the opportunity for a representative to make it known to notable entities and individualities, during the award ceremony of the 6th edition of the Estoril Conferences.

We are looking for the best solutions, practices and new local initiatives that are capable of answering global challenges. Submissions are open until December 31, 2018, and the rules for eligibility can be found here.

In previous editions of the ELAA, winners were:


Re-food Cascais Center, a not-for-profit social solidarity organization, whose objective is to contribute towards the solution to the problem of food insufficiency of families. Entirely constituted by volunteers, Re-food provides food support through the use of local daily food surpluses found in hotel, catering and commercial establishments in the municipality of Cascais, suppressing, in this way, basic food needs, while combating food waste and strengthening community ties.


Aporvela with ‘Mar de Oportunidades’, a project for the youth at risk of social exclusion. Aporvela – Portuguese Training Association – is an association that aims to promote the connection of people to the sea, keeping alive the Portuguese maritime heritage, while having a special connection with youth, training future sailors.

‘Mar de Oportunidades’ (Sea of Opportunities) is a partnership between Aporvela and Casa Pia de Lisboa - a public institute whose mission is to promote the rights and protection of children and young people – that focused on a set of young people at serious risk of exclusion who, through the project, found new meanings of life and chose a professional career at Sea.


Movement for the Defense of Life, an Institution of Social Solidarity, whose project supports children at risk through intervention in families in crisis with the aim of avoiding the institutionalization of minors, seeking to offer alternatives and to help the families change behaviors that may lead to minors being removed.

The project also tries to reduce ties of dependency in relation to community services and develop skills in the most vulnerable population.