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AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens

Posted by | 02/07/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020, Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020

AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens

AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens

Solving Global Crises Requires Young Global Citizens | Deadline for Applications: 28 July

Pandemic. Climate crisis. The need for young global citizens has never been greater. They are driving the changes urgently required to address and solve our shared challenges.

This annual AFS Prize will recognize one extraordinary young person for their commitment to improving the global community with a US$10,000 cash prize, participation at the AFS Global Conference, international recognition and membership in the AFS community of young and active global citizens.

Applications for the 2020 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens are welcome until 28 July 2020.

Who can win this prize?

The AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens will recognize one young person for their commitment to improving the global community and whose actions contribute to a more just, peaceful, and tolerant world.

The Prize will be awarded to an individual who:

  • Is no older than 30 years old by October 22, 2020.
  • Is in charge of a project that is currently running or has been completed between January 2018 and January 2020. Both must have already demonstrated success in achieving their stated goals.
  • Demonstrates how their project is successfully addressing a pressing global issue, tackling one or more of the challenges outlined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and what this translates into in real-life impacts.
  • Shows how their project successfully engages others outside their own community/culture and how this aspect is crucial to advancing their work. Projects must rely on intercultural understanding and global competence.
  • Articulates how their initiative has significant potential to be scaled up and extended.#

2019 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens Winner

Luisa Fernanda Romero Munoz, co-founder of Get Up And Go Colombia, won the first-ever AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens in 2019 for advancing peacebuilding in her home country by converting former Colombian armed conflict zones into cultural tourism destinations.

This work directly addresses UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG #1: No Poverty.

Get Up And Go Colombia has impacted more than 20,000 people by helping residents develop transferable employment skills by learning English and working as tour guides, and supporting local businesses.

Get Up and Go Columbia partners with government agencies reintegrating former combatants and providing support services for victims of the armed conflict.

Candidates who fit the criteria can apply for the 2020 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens by filling in the application form and submitting it before the deadline. Only one application (focused on one project) per person will be considered.


United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

The United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery is currently receiving applications until 1st March 2020

The Secretariat of the United Nations Voluntary Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery (UNVFCFS) is pleased to announce that the Fund will accept requests for funding from 15 January to 1 March
2020, for regular grants that will be used between 1 January and 31 December 2021. Project applications
received after the deadline will not be considered.

Grants may only be awarded to organizations for projects that provide direct assistance to victims of
contemporary forms of slavery and their family members. Such assistance may be in the form of
medical, psychological, legal, social or humanitarian assistance, including vocational training and
shelter homes. Applications from all regions will be accepted. All applications should be submitted in
English, French or Spanish.

Only applications that strictly comply with the Guidelines of the Fund will be considered. Please refer
to the Guidelines when drafting and before submitting the application (available here:
As a general rule, project applications should range between USD 15,000 and USD 30,000.
Applications will be reviewed in a competitive manner taking into account the merit of the proposal,
needs it addresses, income available to the Fund, and if applicable, number of years of continuous
support received from the Fund.

Projects for direct assistance to victims shall be supported on a yearly basis for a maximum of five
years, subject to a satisfactory evaluation of the project and availability of funds. After that, in the
following year, no application will be accepted from the organization in relation to a project in the same
country of implementation.

How to apply?

Applications should be submitted through the on-line grants management system (GMS). Please follow
this link: After logging into the GMS, enter into the 25
the Session.

We encourage applicants to refer to the user’s manual available on the GMS main page to assist
organizations in submitting their application through the system (available here:

To report technical problems or request additional assistance while completing the application,
applicants should address the Secretariat by email:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to secure sufficient time to complete the application prior to the
expiration of the deadline. In particular, new applicants are advised to complete the registration process
early to allow sufficient time to work on the application.

Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis until 1 March 2020.


For 2021, priority will be given to project applications contributing to the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) Target 8.7 “Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate
forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and
elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers,
and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.” In particular, projects assisting victims of slavery
in the context of supply and value chains, and in conflict and humanitarian settings, will be

National and local organizations are encouraged to apply for grants directly to the Fund, rather
than through their international partners. First-time applicants are also encouraged to apply.

List of grants awarded in 2020:

For organizations that have projects funded by the UNVFCFS in 2019:

Financial and narrative reports on the use of 2019 grants should be submitted through the online grants system between 15 January and 1 March 2020.

Project applicationsfrom an organization that has overdue reports will not be considered. An organization that has failed to submit, by the set deadline, satisfactory financial and
narrative reports

Sadhu T.L. Vaswani/Indian Association of Ghana Endowment Fund

Sadhu T.L. Vaswani/Indian Association of Ghana Endowment Fund

Do you need financial support for your studies in Ghana? Are you currently enrolled as a student in the University of Ghana?  If yes, then you can apply to the Sadhu T.L. Vaswani/Indian Association of Ghana Endowment Fund which is provided by the University of Ghana.

Application forms for the above awards are available here.

Eligibility – Awards are open to needy and deserving students of the University in the fourth year of their programmes (currently in Level 400) with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 in the following areas:

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Medicine

Completed application forms accompanied by an official transcript, should be returned to:

The Admissions Officer

Registrar’s Offices

University of Ghana Legon

Closing Date: January 31, 2020


Request for Proposals for EdTech Innovators at Mastercard Foundation

Request for Proposals for EdTech Innovators

Does your educational technology (EdTech) product have the potential to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Africa and ensure young people have the skills they need to succeed?

The Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT (the Centre) is seeking innovative growth-stage businesses to submit their solutions through our Request for Proposals (RFP) for an opportunity to scale their ventures and improve access to quality education.

Specifically, we are looking for solutions that:   

  • Enhance and increase accessibility and affordability of professional development for in-service school teachers, which also minimise their out-of-classroom time.
  • Create and deliver enriched learning content that improves quality, relevance and accessibility to both in-school and out-of-school secondary school learners.

We’ve launched the Centre so we can work closely with EdTech entrepreneurs, African governments, and other stakeholders across the continent to support innovative solutions to improve the quality, accessibility and relevance of education in Africa.

We want to hear from you if your growth-stage EdTech company meets the following criteria:

  • You lead a registered company that is now post-product with the potential to scale (typically in operations for two years or longer);
  • Your company is majority African-led and/or owned;
  • A for-profit or non-for-profit operating model is in place;
  • The company is already operating in, or interested in moving into, the education market in Africa;
  • The company’s product specifically addresses (A) the professional development of teachers and/or (B) the need for enriched and accessible learning content for learners

If your company is eligible to apply, it’s time to act. Make sure you’re familiar with the below cut-off dates and don’t miss your opportunity to tell us about your innovation.

The first Request for Proposals (RFP) announced and Online Application Form opens 21 October 2019
Deadline to submit Online Application Form 21 November 2019
Selected applicants are notified to move on to Phase B of the application process 29 November 2019
Full proposal and project plan submitted 2 December 2019
Final selection of applicants announced 16 December 2019


 The Centre’s Support Package:

The Mastercard Foundation has designed a support package that will enable selected businesses to increase their reach, sustainability and impact. The Centre will partner with selected EdTech companies for a 12-month journey of support.

Selected EdTech companies can expect to receive support in the following areas:

  • Building relationships and increasing collaboration with the public sector (e.g. Ministries of Education across Africa) – thereby increasing the likelihood of the solutions’ sustainability and scale in Africa
  • Validating your solution with the potential to pilot in school networks throughout our anchor countries – Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Ghana
  • Business growth and development support through coaching, access to workshops and seminars, and collaboration on business plans
  • Customized mentorship by experts in the areas identified as most pressing within the selected companies (e.g. technology, strategy, professional and personal development, and more)
  • Financial support to assist with the operational costs associated with each solution’s scaling and expansion – the main objectives of the Centre

 We’re counting on you – the entrepreneurs who have been on-the-ground and understand the most serious challenges better than most – to change the trajectory of education in Africa.

With the support of the Centre and our network of public and private stakeholders, we hope to help you scale your solution and get it in the hands of the learners and teachers who need it most.

Foundation Suez Funding for Access to Essential Services

Fondation SUEZ seeks to combat exclusion by favoring inclusion, living conditions and autonomy of persons via access to essential services, social insertion and social harmony.

The Fondation SUEZ supports concrete actions in favor of:

  • Access to essential services (water, sanitation and waste) for disadvantaged populations in developing countries;
  • The insertion of vulnerable populations thanks to employment and training in France;
  • Social harmony through education, culture and sport, in France.

Applications follow a three-stage selection process:

1. Pre-selection

The Fondation team examines applications according to a set of technical, financial, geographical, operational, time- and governance-related criteria…

2. Assessment

The applications selected are transferred for the opinion of 4 experts, members of Group personnel, who, on a voluntary basis, use their expertise to assess the projects in keeping with project eligibility criteria (see above).

3. Decision

Preselected projects are submitted to the Fondation’s decision-making bodies for selection and final approval. These bodies, then vote on whether or not to provide financing and/ or expertise to support a project. A partnership agreement is then signed, and a referent is appointed among the people having assessed the project. He or she participates in project monitoring alongside the Foundation team (reports, meetings, assessment mission

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