CIVICUS Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator

Opportunity Brief: The Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator is a 12-month pilot project that will engage and support up to 30 youth advocates using data to improve local development related to poverty, hunger, health and well-being, education, gender equality and water and sanitation (Global Goals 1-6).

These youth advocates will have access to a suite of funding and technical capacity development support, valued at up to $30,000. Participants will also have access to local and international networking opportunities to garner visibility and mobilise funds for their initiatives.

Criteria: Your idea should fulfil the following :
● The idea contributes to driving progress towards Global Goals 1-6 ending poverty, eliminating hunger and/or promoting health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, and/or access to clean water and sanitation.
● The idea focuses on the national or subnational (i.e. local) level.
● The Accelerator will serve your long-term strategy.
● The idea has been tested and is ready for acceleration.
● The idea focuses on (1) data sourcing and accountability (e.g. initiatives that collect community feedback to gauge how people perceive progress over time and/or crowdsource quantitative data on how much progress is being made on specific indicators) and/or (2) data translation and storytelling (e.g. storytelling initiatives and campaigns that translate development data for advocacy efforts with leaders across sectors).


Funding details link: Click to apply

Funding limit: Successful applicants (who become Accelerator participants) will have access to a suite of technical support, networks and mentors as well as funding, goods and services valued at up to $30,000. In addition to facilitating connections with CIVICUS members and partners nationally and sub-nationally, Accelerator participants will have the opportunity to engage in international networking opportunities to build global solidarity and further create visibility and mobilize funds around their initiatives. Detailed offerings include:
● Hands-on guidance to refine and finalize your project proposal into a comprehensive implementation plan
● Tailored training and resources to help you build the skills needed to implement your initiative
● Ongoing, regular support with Accelerator project implementation, including support with measuring citizen-based data collection and analysis with a mentor/ technical advisor
● Being part of an active community of youth and non-youth organizations working on citizen-driven data sourcing and accountability approaches and data analysis and storytelling focused on peerto-peer learning and problem solving
● Promotion of your work to a global audience via case studies, blog posts and learning resources


Eligibility: They’re looking for young advocates from all walks of life with proven determination and experience. You’re an ideal candidate if you:
● Are an experienced social activist, researcher, campaigner, technologist, scientist or change agent.
● Are committed and ready to advance and accelerate the progress of a successful idea now and in the longer-term.
● Are passionate about solving local development issues, no matter what it takes
● You work in your community to enhance local development in Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East (with priority given to Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia).
● You are able to dedicate up to 50% of your time to Accelerator-related activities from January to December 2019, including a 5-day workshop in Arusha, Tanzania, from 21-25 January 2019, and twice-monthly online calls.
● You have the capacity to deliver on your proposed idea/plan.



The applicant should fulfill the following criteria:
● You are a young person (age 18-35 as of 1 January 2019) or represent a youth-led organization.
● You or your organization are affiliated with one of the following partners: –

  • Action for Sustainable Development
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Goalkeepers Community
  • George W. Bush Institute
  • Obama Foundation
  • Restless Development

*If you’re not affiliated with any of these organizations, you can sign-up to become a CIVICUS member here.

● You can share your expertise and knowledge with other participants, and bring learnings or synergies back to your organization/community.
● If you are applying as an organization, you must demonstrate alignment between your organization mission and the initiative.
● If you are applying as an organization, the governance structure of your organization must approve your application.


Countries Eligible to Apply: Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East (with priority given to Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia)

Important Dates:

  • Applications open: 26 September 2018
  • Applications close: 31 October 2018
  • Finalists announced: 30 November 2018
  • Virtual orientation (mandatory): December 2018
  • Workshop in Arusha, Tanzania (mandatory): 21-25 January 2019

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to apply).

If you are selected, you will also have the opportunity to engage in additional networking opportunities to increase the visibility of your initiative, build local and global solidarity and mobilise funds.


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