Nominations are now invited for the 2016 Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards. Now in its 11th year, the awards recognize civil society activists and organisations for their excellence, innovation, and brave risk-taking. Is there an individual, organisation or donor in your country, city or community creating positive social change that everyone should know about? Nominate them now.
This year, nominations are open for Youth Activists, Individual Activists, Civil Society Organisations, and for the first time ever, they are opening nominations for donors under a new category: Brave Philanthropy.
The Innovation Awards are now part of the Be the Change campaign platform, which seeks to showcase and celebrate civil society activism and campaigns around the world. Led by CIVICUS through the Civic Space Initiative, Be the Change and the Innovation Awards highlight the importance of actively protecting global civic space.
The awards will recognise outstanding examples of civil society activism and campaigns that demonstrate innovative approaches; perseverance and creative responses to challenges; sound strategies; and measurable impact. One award will be conferred in each of the following categories.
- Youth Activist: An individual who has worked for positive social change and is younger than 30 on November 1, 2015.
- Individual Activist: An Individual who has worked for positive social change and is 30 years of age, or older, as of November 1, 2015.
- Civil Society Organisation: A registered non-profit organisation that has worked for positive social change and consists of two or more full-time employees.
- Brave Philanthropy (Donor): An individual or organisation that has provided financial support for an activist, organisation or campaign engaged in social change despite financial or other risk, public perception, or donor-norms.
Awards:- The two activist and organisation category winners will receive the following:
- Round trip airfare to International Civil Society Week(ICSW) in Bogotá, Columbia from 25-28 April 2016; with accommodation, the majority of meals and a daily stipend included, for the activist and organisation winners.
- Waived ICSW registration fees for all winners, including the Brave Philanthropy winner.
- A grant of $1500 for the activist and organisation winners.
- Award presented during our award ceremony.