Estoril Local Answers Award 2019 has received 18 applications

For this year’s edition of the Estoril Local Answers Award (ELAA), we have received 18 submissions for consideration, from local projects that include the countries of Pakistan or Latvia.

All applications will now be reviewed by the jury, which is set to announce a shortlist of five projects to be considered to win the award during the month of April. The winner will then be declared in May.

The Estoril Local Answers Award is a distinction created by the Estoril Conferences in 2013, with the objective of promoting and supporting the work of local initiatives in any part of the world. ELAA consists in a monetary reward of 10.000 €.

To be delivered during the 6th edition of the Estoril Conferences, ELAA is also an opportunity for the winner to present their project to the audience of the Estoril Conferences, comprising of notable national and international entities and individuals.


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.