GoalKeepers Youth Action Accelerator

GoalKeepers Youth Action Accelerator

2019 is kicking off with an exciting, innovative, youth-led and multi-partner programme called the Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator! The launch of the Accelerator is a direct response to the challenges young people face in accessing sufficient and appropriate resources to meaningfully engage in development decisions and activities that affect their communities.

The Accelerator will support promising youth advocates who are using data in innovative ways to address Global Goals 1-6 — local development challenges related to poverty, hunger, health and well-being, education, gender equality and water and sanitation.

These youth-led initiatives should relate to:

  • Data sourcing & Accountability: Initiatives that gather community views and experiences and/or crowdsourced data related to the specific development issue you’re working on. For example: 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. For example: Stories for Advocacy

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


Proposal Criteria

Your idea should fulfil the following criteria:

  • The idea contributes to driving progress towards Global Goals 1-6   ending poverty, eliminating hunger and/or promoting health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, and/or access to clean water and sanitation.
  • The idea focuses on the national or subnational (i.e. local) level.
  • The Accelerator will serve your long-term strategy.
  • The idea has been tested and is ready for acceleration.
  • The idea focuses on (1) data sourcing and accountability (e.g. initiatives that collect community feedback to gauge how people perceive progress over time and/or crowdsource quantitative data on how much progress is being made on specific indicators) and/or (2) data translation and storytelling (e.g. storytelling initiatives and campaigns that translate development data for advocacy efforts with leaders across sectors).

Applicant Criteria

We’re looking for young advocates from all walks of life with proven determination and experience. You’re an ideal candidate if you:

  • Are an experienced social activist, researcher, campaigner, technologist, scientist or change agent.
  • Are committed and ready to advance and accelerate the progress of a successful idea now and in the longer-term.
  • Are passionate about solving local development issues, no matter what it takes

You (the applicant) should fulfil the following criteria:

  • You are a young person (age 18-35 as of 1 January  2019) or represent a youth-ledorganisation.
  • You or your organisation are affiliated with one of the following partners:
    • Action for Sustainable Development
    • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Goalkeepers Community
    • George W. Bush Institute
    • Obama Foundation
    • Restless Development
    • *If you’re not affiliated with any of these organisations, you can sign-up to become a CIVICUS member here.

    You work in your community to enhance local development in Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East (with priority given to Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia).

  • You are able to dedicate up to 50% of your time to Accelerator-related activities from January to December 2019, including a 5-day workshop in Arusha, Tanzania, from 21-25 January 2019, and twice-monthly online calls.
  • You have the capacity to deliver on your proposed idea/plan.
  • You can share your expertise and knowledge with other participants, and bring learnings or synergies back to your organisation/community.
  • If you are applying as an organisation, you must demonstrate alignment between your organisation mission and the initiative.
  • If you are applying as an organisation, the governance structure of your organisation must approve your application.

Assessment Criteria

  • Relevance to the Accelerator’s themes, i.e. data sourcing and accountability and/or data translation and storytelling
  • Feasibility, viability, and coherence of the idea
  • Impact and scaling potential in the near-term
  • Innovation, with a focus on creative ideas for generating and using citizen generated data
  • Proven experience and understanding of the problem
  • Soundness of budget and implementation plan
  • Clearly articulated link between Accelerator support and the initiative’s success
  • Human resource capacity

Download pdf version of Eligibility Criteria & FAQs


  • Applications open: 26 September 2018
  • Applications close: 31 October 2018
  • Finalists announced: 30 November 2018
  • Virtual orientation (mandatory): December 2018
  • Workshop in Arusha, Tanzania (mandatory): 21-25 January 2019

If you are selected, you will also have the opportunity to engage in additional networking opportunities to increase the visibility of your initiative, build local and global solidarity and mobilise funds.


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