NOW-Us! Award

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The NOW-Us! Award recognises inspiring inclusive initiatives from Africa and Asia that work to promote diversity and inclusion to trigger the self-empowerment of marginalised and excluded groups and communities. This Award is a collaboration between The Spindle and Voice.

The NOW-Us! Award focuses exclusively on initiatives that contribute positively to one or more the following groups or communities:

    • 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/or ethnic minorities

Can you join the NOW-Us! Award?
The NOW-Us! Award accepts initiatives from organisations that are led by, and have been fully developed by, the groups or communities themselves to promote their inclusion in society. In particular, these initiatives should promote one or more of the following themes:

  • Improved access to (productive) resources (finance, land and water) and employment
  • Improved access to social services, health and education in particular
  • Spaces for political participation

If your initiative takes the intersectional aspects of the NOW-Us! groups into account, then that is a favourable characteristic!

What happens if you are selected?
Ten selected finalists for the NOW-Us! Award are invited to come to the Netherlands and join the NOW-Us! week: a 4-day innovation bootcamp with workshops to further improve your project. The NOW-Us! week gives you chances to network with Dutch NGO’s and meet like-minded innovation professionals working in the field of inclusive development.

During the NOW-Us! week the finalists present their “final pitch” – live – in front of the NOW-Us! Jury panel!

At the last day of the NOW-Us! week the finalists participate in the Partos Innovation Festival. In the presence of peers from all over the world and some of the most important Dutch NGOs, the NOW-Us! jury will announce the winner of the NOW-Us! Award at the festival.

In short: what is there to win?

The 10 shortlisted initiatives win a 5-day trip for 2 persons to the Netherlands to participate in the NOW-Us! Innovation bootcamp (travel expenses and stay are covered by the NOW-Us! Award). Per team, we have a place in the NOW-Us! week for one of each gender.

The 10 shortlisted initiatives win tickets to the Partos Innovation festival, where their projects are celebrated and they can connect with other like-minded organisations and make their voices heard in international development conversations on inclusion. NOthing about us, Without Us! in action.

The numbers 1, 2 and 3 win a Voice grant (worth € 25.000, € 15.000, and € 10.000, respectively) to take home the lessons learned of the NOW-Us! Week and implement the proposed initiative.


The call for the NOW-Us! Award 2019 is closed
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