2016 Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards for Civil Society Organizations/Activists ( Fully Funded to Bogotá, Columbia & $1,500 USD Grant)

Nomination Deadline:17 January 2016
The 2016 Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards is celebrating the 11th year of awarding civil society activists and organisations for their excellence, innovation, and brave risk-taking.

Nominations are now open for Youth Activists, Individual Activists, Civil Society Organisations, and for the first time ever, the award is opening nominations for donors under a new category: Brave Philanthropy.

Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards want to hear about individuals, organisations, and donors that have inspired you through their activities promoting positive social change.

Is there an activist, organisation or donor in your country, city or community that everyone should know about? We want to celebrate them!

Submit your nominations (you can also nominate yourself or your organisation) today by clicking on the NOMINATE button below and tell us who you think should receive a Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Award.


    • Round trip airfare to International Civil Society Week (ICSW) in Bogotá, Columbia from 25-28 April 2016; with accommodation, the majority of meals and a daily stipend included, for the activist and organisation winners.
    • Waived ICSW registration fees for all winners, including the Brave Philanthropy winner.
    • A grant of $1500 for the activist and organisation winners.
    • Award presented during our award ceremony.


  • The winners will be notified in the last week of February 2016.
  • All eligible nominees will be posted in the Nomination Gallery where YOU will be able to endorse the candidates that you support in each category!
  • Nominees will be evaluated by our panel of judges, and the shortlisted five candidates in each category will be announced on 1 February 2016
  • All shortlisted candidates will receive widespread visibility through our CIVICUS social media channels, and the opportunity for even more endorsements from the public.


  • Visit the Awards website and choose whether your nominee fits the criteria for Youth Activist, Individual Activist, Civil Society Organisation or Brave Philanthropy. Terms and Conditions for each category and details about the award process are available here.
  • Fill in the required information about the nominee online explaining why you think they should win. Please note the character limit in each section. 
  • Once you are finished providing the required information, click SUBMIT and the posting will be available online within a few days.
  • Be sure to endorse and share your nomination through your social media channels!

E-Mail: [email protected]  or  [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards



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