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Apply for the GoalKeepers Youth Action Accelerator 2019

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Applications are open for GoalKeepers Youth Action Accelerator 2019. 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.

Do you want to increase youth representation and influence in development decisions in your community? Do you want to generate and use data to improve accountability for local development?  Do you have a great idea, but need a little extra support to realise its full potential? If this sounds like you, apply now!


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 (the applicant) should fulfill the following criteria:

  • You are a young person (age 18-35 as of 1 January  2019) or represent a youth-ledorganisation.
  • You or your organisation 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 organisations, you can sign-up to become a CIVICUS member here.

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

Proposal Criteria:

Your idea should fulfill the following criteria:

  • 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).

Assessment Criteria

  • Relevance to the Accelerator’s themes, i.e. data sourcing and accountability and/or data translation and storytelling
  • Feasibility, viability, and coherence of the idea
  • Impact and scaling potential in the near-term
  • Innovation, with a focus on creative ideas for generating and using citizen generated data
  • Proven experience and understanding of the problem
  • Soundness of budget and implementation plan
  • Clearly articulated link between Accelerator support and the initiative’s success
  • Human resource capacity



  • 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

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.

You can download the application form here to help you prepare your application.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit CIVICUS Alliance.

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