Jiban Baral, the Founding President and Executive Director of Alternatives has been awarded by the Clinton Global Initiative University Outstanding Commitment Award-2009 for his contributions to the sector of poverty alleviation in rural areas on Nepal.
Former US President Bil Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2005 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Baral is the first Nepali to bag the award, which comes with US$2,000. He was selected from about 800 youths in 60 countries. The foundation awards youths from across the world working in the sectors of poverty eradication, education, health, human rights, peace, and climate change. He is one of the 13 youths to bag the award on poverty alleviation category.