2023 The NGO Whisperer® Global Fellowship Programme: 20 Fully-Funded Scholarships Available

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Deadline: 30-Apr-23

The NGO Whisperer® Centre For Social Impact is pleased to announce its 2023 Global Fellowship Programme intake is open!

The NGO Whisperer® Global Fellowship Programme is a six-month rigorous virtual leadership programme for exceptional leaders and founders of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and social enterprises worldwide, especially those from low and middle-income countries.

Objectives of the Global Fellowship Programme

  • To build the capacity of professionals from small and medium-sized Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Social Enterprises who are already in positions of leadership and influence to further enhance and expand their knowledge, skills, and expertise;
  • To provide high-impact training, professional development, and cross-cultural opportunities for NGOs and Social Enterprises across the globe especially in low- and middle-income countries;
  • To create a global community of leaders, influencers, and decision-makers, who are focused on designing and implementing high-impact programmes that contribute building a sustainable world.

What to Expect

  • One-on-one online tailored mentorship and leadership coaching;
  • Online masterclasses with highly skilled faculty;
  • All access pass to The NGO Whisperer® Global Summit in 2023;
  • Access to The NGO Whisperer® Global Community and alumni network.
  • Feature on The NGO Whisperer® Magazine and Podcast.

For more information, visit The NGO Whisperer®.


Request for Applications: SIDA Program for NGOs and CSOs based in Afghanistan


Deadline: 21-Apr-23

The Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development (ACBAR) is seeking applications for the EU-funded SIDA program to support Afghan NGOs and CSOs through capacity building and microgrant activities for 11 months to be implemented by AWEC in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, with conflicteconomic decline, poverty, unemployment, and natural disasters affecting its people. NGOs and CSOs are the only sectors that provide essential services and support the employment of thousands of Afghans.

The program will support the following:

  • Building the capacity of grassroots-level organizations (NGOs/CSOs) to meet donor funding qualifications and requirements.
  • Selected qualified organizations (NGOs/CSOs) received microgrants to sustain their operation
  • The program will support ten organizations, with 4 in Kabul, 2 in Herat, 2 in Nangarhar, and 2 in Balkh provinces. The organizations were selected based on the following eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the SIDA program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Women-led or women-focus organizations officially registered with the Government of Afghanistan (Ministry of Economy or Justice).
  • Adhering to the law and regulations of Afghanistan and having no legal issues or disputes.
  • Organizations are not debarred or backlisted by the donor or Afghan Government.
  • Having a physical office and functioning.

Additional Information

  • Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.
  • Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications are complete and accurate.
  • Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their applications are submitted on time.
  • Applicants are responsible for ensuring their applications are in the required format.
  • Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the required attachments accompany their applications.
  • Applicants must ensure their applications comply with all applicable laws and regulations.


  • The EU-funded SIDA program is not a guarantee of funding.
  • The EU-funded SIDA program is competitive; only ten applications will be selected.
  • The EU-funded SIDA program is subject to change without notice.

For more information, visit ACBAR.

[Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 5] Supported by 100+ Accelerator powered by AB InBev

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Deadline: 30-Apr-23

The One Young World has announced a Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 5, Supported by 100+ Accelerator powered by AB InBev to find and support women-founded companies that are tackling the most pressing sustainability challenges they face: from climate change to biodiversity loss, to building a more inclusive world.

AB InBev and 100+ Accelerator are proud to support the Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 5. In partnership with One Young World, AB InBev and its flagship open innovation platform, the 100+ Accelerator, want to continue to support and promote women in business as women’s economic empowerment is crucial to realizing women’s rights, gender equality and driving sustainability. As stated by the UN: Investing in women’s entrepreneurship is investing in change.

The challenge welcomes solutions from innovative women-founded companies that provide solutions to or solves any of the following:

  • Circular Economy: How do they create a fully circular global economy where waste is eliminated, resources continually circulated and nature regenerated? They are looking for entrepreneurs that are addressing:
    • Recycling, Reuse and Returnability of packaging
    • New packaging material alternatives & innovations
    • Solutions for Materials Tracking & Tracing
    • New forms for packaging
    • Upcycling waste
  • Water Stewardship: Help them create and implement sustainable practices to improve the water efficiency, the watershed health and build a more water secure world. They are looking for entrepreneurs that are  addressing:
    • Water Monitoring and Analysis
    • Watershed Conservation and Stewardship
    • Water Savings and Treatment in Manufacturing and Supply Chain
  • Regenerative Agriculture: Let’s help farmers transition to regenerative practices and produce high yielding, high quality crops by leveraging nature-based solutions as well as science, technology and financing. They are looking for entrepreneurs that are addressing:
    • Farmer Training, Engagement & Support
    • Crop Quality & Productivity
    • Other / New Innovations Testing & Analysis
  • Climate action: Help them reduce the carbon footprint to net zero and lead the way on the production and use of renewable energy. They are looking for entrepreneurs  that are addressing:
    • Reducing Energy Consumption and Monitoring
    • Renewable & Alternative Energy Solutions
    • Carbon Reduction, Capture & Removal
    • Business Case & Financial Analyses
    • Green Logistics
    • New Cooling Technologies
  • Inclusive growth: Help them implement innovative solutions for societal equity, workplace inclusion, economic prosperity and long-term environmental health. They are looking for entrepreneurs that are addressing:
    • Diversification of Suppliers Base
    • Workplace Wellbeing
    • Inclusive Workforce Access
    • Inclusive and Transparent Advertising Supply Chains
    • Responsible Drinking
    • Road Safety
  • Biodiversity: Help them protect, renew and grow the biodiversity of all ecosystems. They are looking for entrepreneurs that are addressing:
    • Design, Implementation, and Monitoring of Nature-Based Solutions
    • Supply and Value Chain Traceability
    • Plant Based Food Genetic Diversity
    • Waste and Biodiversity Loss
  • Health and Wellness: Help them find solutions to promote health and wellbeing in the communities as they work to build better, more equitable and thriving societies. They are looking for entrepreneurs that are addressing:
    • Mental Health and Self-esteem for employees or communities
    • Hygiene and Personal Care
    • Smart Consumption of Alcohol and Moderation


  • The winning solution will join the fifth cohort of organisations supported by the 100+ Accelerator. Participation in the program includes:
    • Pilot: The 100+ Accelerator gives promising startups an opportunity to pilot their innovation within a global corporate supply chain (AB InBev, The Coca Cola Company, Colgate- Palmolive, or Unilever) and bring their solutions to market faster.
    • Investment: To that end, the 100+ Accelerator provides up to $100,000 USD to each startup for a proof of concept pilot to prove the viability of the solution.
    • Ongoing mentorship: The 100+ Accelerator also provides critical hands-on support to startups through a robust curriculum of business skills and by assigning dedicated teams of the corporate partner´s mentors and experts to guide them through the pilot process.
    • One Young World Summit: In addition, one representative of the winning solution will be invited to participate in the One Young World Summit 2023 which takes place in Belfast from 2 – 5 October.


  • Aligned: Evidently aligned with the SDG5 challenge.
  • Youth-led: Founded by a person aged 18 – 30.
  • Women-founded: Led and founded by at least one woman founder.
  • Focused: Well-structured time horizon, identified key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out.
  • Market ready: Product/service already in market or ready to go to market.
  • Impactful: Solutions must have a positive social impact, for example generating employment, or developing skills.
  • Measurable: Impacts of solutions must have been adequately measured and/or be measurable.
  • Financially viable: Must be able to achieve efficiency and to survive independently through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract.
  • Scalable: Potential to perform as well or better after expanding in scope or size and/or being transported to other regions.

For more information, visit One Young World.

Call for Session Organizers: Civil Society Program (CSP) of the 56th ADB Annual Meeting in Incheon, Republic of Korea

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Deadline: 4-Mar-23

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) invites civil society organizations (CSOs) to submit proposals for the Civil Society Program of the 56th ADB Annual Meeting in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

The Civil Society Program aligns with this year’s 56th ADB Annual Meeting’s theme and aims to reflect on ADB-CSO engagement in the past years, as well as envisioning the future of their collaboration in support of its Strategy 2030, ADB’s long-term corporate strategy. The strategy sets seven operational priorities (OPs) to contribute to ADB’s vision of achieving prosperity, inclusion, resilience, and sustainability in Asia and the Pacific.

Interested CSOs are requested to submit their draft proposal and session design using the templates provided in the form’s annexes, no longer than two pages, excluding attachments.

Theme: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will hold its 56th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors (AGM) in-person on 2-5 May 2023 in Incheon, Republic of Korea with the theme Rebounding Asia: Recover, Reconnect, Reform Incheon 2023.

Operational Priorities

  • Strategy 2030 sets seven operational priorities, each having its own operational plan. The operational plans contribute to ADB’s vision to achieve prosperity, inclusion, resilience, and sustainability, and are closely aligned with Strategy 2030 principles and approaches.
  • for a summary of the expected activities, outcomes, and new opportunities in the operational plans.
  • Addressing remaining povertyand reducing inequalities
  • Supports the Sustainable DevelopmentGoal agenda to tackle poverty and inequality and leave no one behind.
  • Strategic Operational Priorities
  • Human capital and social protection enhanced for all
  • Quality jobs generated
  • Access to opportunities increased for the most vulnerable
  • Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • Support for gender equality and women’s empowerment is also central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Strategic Operational Priorities
  • Women’s economicempowerment increased
  • Gender equality in human development enhanced
  • Gender equality in decision-making and leadership enhanced
  • Women’s time poverty and drudgery reduced
  • Women’s resilience to external shocks strengthened
  • Tackling climate change, building climate and disasterresilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • Thirteen of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are relevant to or will be impacted by actions on climate change, climate and disaster resilience, and the environment.
  • Strategic Operational Priorities
  • Mitigation of climate change increased
  • Climate and disaster resilience built
  • Environmental sustainability enhanced
  • Making cities more livable
  • Cities in Asia and the Pacific have unprecedented opportunities to transform the well-being of their citizens and to catalyze economic development through increased urbanization by 2030.
  • Strategic Operational Priorities
  • Improve access, quality and reliability of services in urban areas
  • Strengthen urban planning and financial sustainability of cities
  • Improve urban environment, climate-resilience and disaster management of cities
  • Promoting rural development and food security
  • Although significant progress has been made in meeting food security, in Asia and the Pacific, hunger and malnutrition persist.
  • Strategic Operational Priorities
  • Rural development enhanced
  • Efficiency of agricultural value chains improved
  • Food security increased
  • Strengthening governanceand institutional capacity
  • Governance and institutional reforms are needed to sustain development momentum in the region and to ensure that the benefits of growth are equitably and widely shared.
  • Strategic Operational Priorities
  • Strengthened public management and financial stability
  • Enhanced governance and institutional capacity for service delivery
  • Strengthened country systems and standards
  • Fostering regional cooperation and integration
  • Operations are expected to enhance connectivity and competitiveness, promote regional public goods, strengthen cooperation in the finance sector, and strengthen subregional initiatives.
  • Strategic Operational Priorities
  • Greater and higher quality connectivity between economies
  • Global and regional trade and investment opportunities expanded
  • Regional public goods increased and diversified.

Target participants

  • CSOs, both operationally-focused and advocacy organizations, currently work with ADB across several areas, including:
    • stakeholder engagement throughout project design,
    • implementation of components of ADB-supported projects, particularly in the delivery of social services,
    • monitoring and evaluation, and
    • policy design and review, particularly in sectors and themes such as gender, safeguards, and others.
    • CSOs who also work with ADB through partnerships for knowledge generation and sharing, as well as in the review and updating of its institutional policies.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • ADB members send a delegation of government officials to attend the meeting. These participants are decided by each member government.
  • ADB welcomes the participation of accredited civil society organizations (CSOs) to its Annual Meetings.

Guide to Submitting Session Proposals

  • CSOs should consider the following in designing their session:
    • Clarify link to any of the seven operational priorities and to this year’s theme;
    • Clarify focus on CSO perspectives on any of the seven operational priorities and this year’s theme, and recommendations for meaningful ADB-CSO engagement in any of these;
    • Establish quality and expertise of the panel of speakers;
    • Establish demonstrated capacity to deliver a high-quality session (e.g., confirmation of the panel of speakers, diversity in gender, age, and country);
    • Establish ability to draw from a wide number of Annual Meeting attendees and organizations;
    • The session may run for 60 minutes up to a maximum of 90 minutes. It can be organized solely by the proponent CSO or together with other organizations;
    • It is required that the session include at least one speaker under age 35 as part of the panel, to ensure voice and perspectives of the youthon the proposed topic;
    • It is encouraged that the session include a speaker from ADB as part of the panel. The proposal should identify a proposed management or staff member to be part of the panel. ADB will assist proponent organizations in identifying an appropriate member from ADB to serve as speaker for the panel.
    • The CSOs will prepare key highlights of the session within 48 hours after it is completed (maximum 320 words). The key highlights will form part of the overall 56th AM documentation of events.

For more information, visit Civil Society Program.


Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 3 [Supported by AstraZeneca]

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Deadline: 10-Mar-23

One Young World is inviting applications for its Lead 2030 Challenge to support Sustainable Development Goal 3 “Good Health and Well-being”.

They are looking for youth-led projects that are designed to be sustainable. Priority will be given to projects that are multi-sectoral and engage the public sector. Projects cannot incorporate treatment or medicine and must focus on prevention.

One Young World’s Lead2030 Challenge is looking for health promotion ideas and projects to reduce risk behaviours in young people, such as smoking tobacco, misuse of alcohol, the impact of air pollution, lack of physical exercise and poor diet. They want to support early innovation and will look in particular for projects that explore challenges and opportunities, generate ideas, develop and test ideas or make a business case. Through this project, they aim to generate case studies and other evidence of promising approaches and to uncover opportunities for future collaboration and investment.


  • The winning solution will receive:
    • A US$50,000 grantfrom AstraZeneca Young Health Programme
    • 12 months of mentorship from a team of AstraZeneca Young Health Programme professionals. The mentorship team will work to accelerate your solution based on the needs of your initiative or organisation, such as:
      • Business strategy
      • Best practices for data collection
      • Monitoring and evaluation
      • Product design
    • Participation in the One Young World Summit 2023 in Belfast. Flights and accomodation included.
    • The opportunity to join AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme (YHP) Alumni Group. The YHP Alumni Group offers learning and development opportunities and networking between Grantees as well as young leaders who have received YHP Scholarships. In the past, Alumni Members have been offered mini-MBA programmes, opportunities to share their work with global audiences, and masterclasses on fundraising and digital skills to build effective health-promotion programmes.
    • Visibility and promotion by AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme and the One Young World team

Challenge Criteria

  • Aligned: Evidently aligned with the challenge.
  • Youth-led: Founded and led by a person aged 18 – 30.
  • Focused: Well-structured time horizon, identified key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out.
  • Market ready: Product/service already in market or ready to go to market.
  • Impactful: Solutions must have a positive social impact, creating legislative change or measuring behaviour change.
  • Measurable: Impacts of solutions must have been adequately measured and/or be measurable.
  • Financially viable: Must be able to achieve efficiency and to survive independently through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract.
  • Scalable: Potential to perform as well or better after expanding in scope or size and/or being transported to other regions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This Lead2030 Challenge will be supported by AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme. To be eligible for this grant, the funding must be payable to a registered non-profit organisation that is accountable for delivering the project.
  • Projects cannot incorporate treatment of medical conditions or the promotion or prescription of medicines but should instead focus on the promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviours and the prevention of disease.
  • The project must be delivered by a registered non-profit organisation which is able to pass due diligence and verification checks. This will include documentation to ensure the projects meet legal requirements on international charitable donations. You must complete this stage before the grant payment is made. Documents may include a copy of your organisation’s governing document (eg articles of incorporation), a certificate of charitable registration in your country, most recent annual financial accounts, a bank statement from the last 3 months as proof of your organisation’s bank account, and details of your Trustees/Directors’ full names, residential addresses and dates of birth.

For more information, visit Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 3.

Mama Cash Resilience Fund for Feminist and Women-led Organisations


Deadline: 15 March 2023

Mama Cash is now seeking applications for its Resilience Fund to support ambitious feminist and women’s, girl’s, and trans people’s and intersex people’s rights organisations and initiatives led by and for women, girls, and trans people and intersex people from anywhere in the world.

Priorities and Focus

  • Mama Cash has the flexibility to fund anywhere in the world. Even though contexts are significantly different, Mama Cash founds that concerns of some specific groups of women, girls, trans people and intersex people tend to be under-addressed and/or contested in most societies (and social movements). So these groups are often found among its grantees.
  • Mama Cash prioritises groups or initiatives that have an annual budget below 200.000 euros. Mama Cash does not prioritise providing financial support to larger groups. As a result, among its grantee-partners in the thematic portfolios you will find only very few groups that have annual budgets over 200.000 euros.

Funding Information

  • Resilience Fund grants vary in size, but the range is typically between €5,000 to €50,000 per year, with an average grant size of about €35,000.

Mama Cash supports groups and initiatives that:

  • Work from a feminist, women’s, girl’s, trans and/or intersex rights perspective;
  • Are self-led by the women, girls, trans people and/or intersex people they serve;
  • Have the promotion of women’s, girls’, trans people’s and/or intersex people’s human rightsas their primary mission, and not just as the focus of part of their programmes;
  • Push for structural and fundamental change;
  • Focus on issues that are under-addressed and/or contested;

Eligibility Criteria

  • Mama Cash will be open to all applications from self-led feminist organisations and initiatives – without thematic or geographic restrictions.

For more information, visit Mama Cash.

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