Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator 370 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




CIVICUS is inviting youth advocates who are using data in innovative ways to address Global Goals 1 to 6, to apply for the Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator, which is a 12-month pilot program for youth advocates who understand what it takes to create lasting social change in their communities. The Accelerator supports young people from youth-led organizations to generate and use data from their communities to improve accountability in local development initiatives related to poverty, hunger, health and well-being, education, gender equality and clean water and sanitation. Selected youth participants have to attend an online orientation in December 2018 and a mandatory workshop in Arusha, Tanzania that will take place from 21 to 25 January 2019.

Only initiatives relating to the following areas will be considered for support:

  • Data sourcing & Accountability: Initiatives that gather community views and experiences and/or crowdsourced data relating to the specific development issue the youths are working on, e.g. Float Beijing Citizen Generated Data Quality
  • Data translation & Storytelling: Initiatives and campaigns that translate existing development data into stories that showcase progress and encourage leaders across sectors to act, e.g. Stories for Advocacy

One lead focal person from each youth-led organisation will participate in the year-long Accelerator.


Chosen Accelerator participants will receive funding, technical and networking support, valued at up to US$30,000.

In addition to facilitating connections with CIVICUS members and partners nationally and locally, Accelerator participants will have the opportunity to engage in international networking opportunities to build global solidarity and further create visibility and obtain funds for their initiatives.

Detailed offerings include:

  • Hands-on guidance to refine and finalise the project proposal into a comprehensive implementation plan;
  • Tailored training and resources to help Accelerator participants build the skills needed to implement the initiative;
  • Ongoing, regular support with Accelerator project implementation, including support with measuring citizen-based data collection and analysis with a mentor or technical advisor;
  • Becoming part of an active community of youth and non-youth organisations working on citizen-driven data sourcing and accountability approaches and data analysis and storytelling focused on peer-to-peer learning and problem solving; and
  • Promotion of the Accelerator participant’s work to a global audience via case studies, blog posts and learning resources.


Applicants must be youths aged 18 to 35, from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East who could either apply as individuals or as representatives of youth led organisations working in their communities to enhance local development. Priority would be given to applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Applicants should be people who want to increase youth representation and influence in development decisions in their communities and who want to generate and use data to improve accountability for local development.

Submitted ideas must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Contribute to driving progress towards Global Goals 1-6, namely, ending poverty, eliminating hunger and/or promoting health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, and/or access to clean water and sanitation.
  • Focus on the national or subnational (i.e. local) level.
  • Have been tested and are ready for acceleration.
  • Focus on data sourcing and accountability and/or data translation and storytelling.
  • The Accelerator will serve the long-term strategy of the initiative.

Proposals will be evaluated on the soundness of the budget and implementation plan, whether there is a clear link between Accelerator support and the initiative’s success and the human resource capacity.


Applications are to be done online by 31 October 2018.

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