CDD Society Wins $250,000 Lipman Family Prize

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Make A Difference and Yamba Malawi Win $100,000 Each

PHILADELPHIA, April 22, 2022—CDD Society has been named as the winner of the 2022 Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize. Chosen from approximately 100 applicants around the globe, CDD Society works to scale the availability of affordable and sustainable community-centered water and sanitation solutions, particularly through innovative and decentralized nature-based solutions. As the 2022 winner, CDD Society will receive $250,000 in unrestricted funds. Make A Difference and Yamba Malawi will each receive $100,000.  All three organizations will also receive executive training and support from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania.

Wharton Dean Erika James said, “The 2022 Lipman Prize honorees reflect the current state of our challenging world. These three organizations have proven that impact and sustainable solutions can be shared and multiplied to accelerate change for the greater good.”

Founded in 2005, Consortium for DEWATS™ Dissemination Society (CDD Society or CDD) envisions creating healthy and happy communities through a clean and sustainable environment around them.

“We are privileged and honored to be awarded the Lipman Family Prize. It is a huge motivation and recognition of our work. This honor will help us realize our vision of securing safe sanitation for millions of poor and vulnerable people,” said CDD CEO Harsh Vardhan.

About the 2022 Honorees

  • CDD Society (Consortium for DEWATSTM Dissemination) innovates, demonstrates, mainstreams and advocates for inclusive water and sanitation solutions.
  • Make A Difference (MAD) is pioneering a community-powered social-protection system to provide vulnerable children with age-appropriate interventions that enable them to break out of poverty in a single generation.
  • Yamba Malawi transforms children’s lives by empowering communities to break the cycle of poverty. Our vision is strong, resilient communities building brighter futures for children.

In addition to the $250,000 financial prize—which is offered to the winner without restrictions—all three Lipman Family Prize honorees gain access to a growing network of change makers and thought leaders to accelerate cutting-edge change worldwide. The Prize connects those on the cusp of great change with resources, skills and people-power to expand the impact and influence of their ideas. Benefits include an executive education program, an exclusive opportunity to apply for the Lipman Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship in the School of Social Policy & Practice, pro-bono consultation from University faculty and staff, peer learning events, as well as expert- and student-driven research to inform and guide their work.

About the Lipman Family Prize

First awarded in 2012, the Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania is an annual global prize that advances creative solutions by inspiring people to think together in new ways. Administered by the Wharton School on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania, the Prize is committed to resourcing and connecting change-makers to bring innovative ideas to new places and problems around the world. Previous winners include iDE, READ Global, Breakthrough, Riders for Health, Soccer Without Borders, Women Against Abuse, MyAgro, World Bicycle Relief, Sanku, and EarthEnable.

About the Wharton School

Founded in 1881 as the world’s first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is shaping the future of business by incubating ideas, driving insights, and creating leaders who change the world. With a faculty of more than 235 renowned professors, Wharton has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students. Each year 13,000 professionals from around the world advance their careers through Wharton Executive Education’s individual, company-customized, and online programs. More than 100,000 Wharton alumni form a powerful global network of leaders who transform business every day. For more information, visit