Aren’t you just dreaming of a more inclusive world, but are you actually creating one? The NOW-Us! (NOthing about us, Without Us) Award honours inspiring inclusive initiatives from Africa and Asia that trigger empowerment of otherwise excluded groups. Are you operating in one of these countries and giving a voice to groups that should be heard and included? Submit your initiative latest July 31st 2018 23.59 (CEST), to be one of the ten teams that get the opportunity to attend a week full of further empowerment and win up to 25.000 euro!

To provide a podium for southern frontrunners in inclusive development, The Spindle teamed up with the innovative grant facility Voice to launch the first edition of the NOW-Us! Award. Let’s make some room on the stage for southern initiatives that are taking inclusive approaches to catalyze change for the most marginalized and discriminated groups!

What are we looking for? Is your initiative eligible?

We are looking for African and Asian* initiatives that are directly led by one of the target groups, following the principle of Nothing About Us Without Us. This means that only initiatives, developed and led by one of the target groups for the benefit of those same target groups, can be submitted. The NOW-Us! Award is for initiatives that empower thus far unheard voices to express their view and demand their right to be heard and included. The target groups are:


    • 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 ethnic minorities


We are especially interested in initiatives supporting people that suffer from double or overlapping vulnerabilities. We look for inclusive initiatives that improve access to productive resources (finance, land and water) and employment, social services, health and education in particular and/or space for political participation. Initiatives from any type of organization are welcomed: movements, formal or informal, long established or pop-up initiatives.
* The applicant for the NOW Us! Award is an organization operating and based in an African or Asian ODA country in the range of least developed, other low income countries, and lower middle-income countries as listed here.

What’s to win?

The best ten initiatives – 2 persons per initiative – get the chance to come to the Netherlands in the second week of October 2018 and attend the ‘NOW-Us! week’, a week full of inspiring workshops, debates and unconference days preceding the Partos Innovation Festival. Bring your initiative to the next level and get the chance to connect with other inspiring innovators that work in the field of inclusive development cooperation.

Pitch your initiative on the 5th Partos Innovation Festival 2018 in Amsterdam on October 11th, where we celebrate and highlight innovative ideas in the field of development cooperation. Expect inspiring talks and follow sessions on new ways of working together, inclusion, digitalization & data, youth movements, activism, SDGs and storytelling.

Win the NOW-Us! Award 2018 in the presence of peers from around the world, a delegation of the most important Dutch NGOs and win a grant for the numbers 1,2 and 3 of respectively €25.000, €15.000 and €10.000.


Are you ready for this inclusive journey?

Before you apply, make sure you take a look at our eligibility criteria, the selection process, the jury criteria and the terms and conditions of the NOW-Us! Award. You can find them here. Let’s celebrate inclusion together!

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