The NOW-Us! Awards 2019

Deadline: 30 June 2019
Open to: people that are part of an organisation/group/initiative that has long fought for inclusion and diversity
Benefits: the numbers 1, 2 and 3 win a Voice grant (worth EUR 25.000, EUR 15.000, and EUR 10.000, respectively)


It’s that time of the year again! In its second edition, The Spindle organises the NOW-Us! (NOthing about us Without Us) Award which honours inclusive initiatives from Africa and Asia, triggering empowerment of otherwise excluded groups. This award is a partnership between Partos, The Spindle and Voice to celebrate inclusion as part of the Annual Partos Innovation Festival.


The NOW-Us! Award accepts initiatives from organizations that are led by, and have been fully developed by, the groups or communities themselves to promote their inclusion in society. In particular, these initiatives should promote one or more of the following themes:

  • Improved access to (productive) resources (finance, land and water) and employment;
  • Improved access to social services, health and education in particular;
  • Spaces for political participation.


  • The 10 shortlisted initiatives win a 5-day trip for 2 persons to the Netherlands to participate in the NOW-Us! Innovation boot camp from 7-12 October (travel expenses and stay are covered by the NOW-Us! Award). Per team, we have a place in the NOW-Us! week for one of each gender;
  • The 10 shortlisted initiatives win tickets to the Partos Innovation festival, where their projects are celebrated and they can connect with other like-minded organisations and make their voices heard in international development conversations on inclusion. Nothing about us, without us! in action;
  • The numbers 1, 2 and 3 win a Voice grant (worth EUR 25.000, EUR  15.000, and EUR 10.000, respectively) to take home the lessons learned of the NOW-Us! week and implement the proposed initiative.

How to apply?  

In order to apply, please click here.

For more information, please visit the official web page.