Out of 53 nominated projects the international Elevate Awards Jury chose these six finalists in their first online voting session (27th of Juli until 7th of August 2012). In the second voting session (7th of September until 17th of September) the winning project was voted, which then was presented at a press conference in Graz on 17th of October 2012. Marame Ndour of the winning REFDAF project was present at the Awards Show in Graz (28th of October).

Cultures of Resistance (BR/USA)
Greenleaf (USA)
INGA Foundation (UK)
New Mexico Acequia Association (USA)
Nyeleni - Food Sovereignty Movement
REFDAF (Senegal)