NOW-Us! Award: 11th October 2018

NOW-Us! week 2018 is coming soon! Stay tuned to find out which team wins the NOW-Us! Award 2018!

NOW-Us! Award

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Finally! It has almost begun! We are very excited to be welcoming each team at the NOW-Us! week in the Netherlands from October 8th until October 12th. The NOW-Us! (NOthing about us, Without Us) Award honours inspiring inclusive initiatives from Africa and Asia that trigger empowerment of otherwise excluded groups. 

To provide a podium for southern frontrunners in inclusive development, The Spindle teamed up with the innovative grant facility Voice to launch the first edition of the NOW-Us! Award. Let’s make some room on the stage for southern initiatives that are taking inclusive approaches to catalyze change for the most marginalized and discriminated groups!

Currently, ten teams are shortlisted to win the NOW-Us! Award 2018, following the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us. This means that only initiatives, developed and led by one of the target groups for the benefit of those same target groups, can be submitted. The NOW-Us! Award is for initiatives that empower thus far unheard voices to express their view and demand their right to be heard and included. The target groups are:

    • People with disabilities
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people
    • Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence
    • Age discriminated vulnerable groups, notably the young and the elderly
    • Indigenous groups and ethnic minorities

What’s to win?

The shortlisted ten initiatives come to the Netherlands in the second week of October 2018 and attend the ‘NOW-Us! week’, a week full of inspiring workshops, debates and unconference days preceding the Partos Innovation Festival. They bring their initiative to the next level and get the chance to connect with other inspiring innovators that work in the field of inclusive development cooperation.

The ten teams will pitch their initiative during the Semi-Finals on Tuesday October 9th and will be present on the 5th Partos Innovation Festival 2018 in Amsterdam on October 11th, where we celebrate and highlight innovative ideas in the field of development cooperation. Expect inspiring talks and follow sessions on new ways of working together, inclusion, digitalization & data, youth movements, activism, SDGs and storytelling.

The teams are in the running to win the NOW-Us! Award 2018 in the presence of peers from around the world, a delegation of the most important Dutch NGOs and win a grant for the numbers 1,2 and 3 of respectively €25.000, €15.000 and €10.000.


For The Awards 2018, the deadline for submission has passed. But, are you, or do you know, someone who works on an innovation that might suit this award? We invite you to stay in touch with us and apply for The Awards 2019 next year. Subscribe to our newsletter if you want to stay informed.

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