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    Nothing About Us Without Us! Awards Laos

    ເຮົາຕ້ອງມີສ່ວນຮ່ວມ ໃນວຽກງານທີ່ກ່ຽວກັບເຮົາ  

    In light of the principle of “NOthing about us Without Us”  or NOW-Us!, Voice in Laos wishes to recognise inspiring inclusive initiatives from Laos that promote diversity and inclusion, and trigger the self-empowerment of rightsholder groups and communities through the NOthing about us Without Us! (NOW-Us!) Awards. 

     For this reason, NOW-Us Laos! is looking to honour ONGOING initiatives that are led by and have been fully developed by the rightsholder groups and/or communities themselves to promote/demand their inclusion in society. In particular, such initiatives should be creative, also about the promotion of:  

    • Improved access to (productive) resources (finance, land and water) and employment  
    • Improved access to social services, health and education in particular  
    • Improved spaces for political participation and citizen engagement  

     These initiatives should be led by one or more of the following groups and/or communities:  

    • People with disabilities  
    • Women facing exploitation, abuse, and/or violence  
    • Vulnerable youth and elderly  
    • Indigenous groups and/or ethnic minorities 
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people 

     Strong preference will be given to initiatives that are able to demonstrate credible instances of intersectionality with at least one or two other rightsholder groups, including youth/elderly and women as a cross-cutting component. 

     This is a localised version inspired by the global NOW–Us! Awards, a joint partnership between Voice and the Spindle. You can read more about it through this blog here https://voice.global/blog/the-now-us-awards-reflections/ and project details of one of the winning initiatives here https://voice.global/grantees/access-nigeria/#project for inspiration!   

     Who can apply?  

     In order to be eligible for NOW-Us Laos!, you and your initiative must fit ALL of the following criteria: 

    • Your organisation (a not-for-profit organisation, community-based organisation, self-help group or social enterprise) is Laos–based and legally registered as a local organisation (with a working bank account in your local currency).    
    • If you are not a registered organisation, please list a host institution that can serve as the legal and financial host for your initiative.   
    • Your organisation is fully led by individuals (staffing, governance, design and implementation) that belong to the very same rightsholder group that it serves and benefits.  
    • You have a track record on being inclusive in your ways of working.  
    • Your initiative is innovative and has the potential for impact. 

     *Current Voice grantees with ongoing projects cannot apply for the NOW-Us Awards. 

     What do we mean by…? 

    Inclusion – It is related to attitude, communication, accessibility & participation. It can be understood as a set of linked, 

    1. unending processes to do with the participation of individuals: the creation of settings, 2
    2. systems (procedures, policies, and laws) that encourage participation; and 
    3. by putting ‘inclusive’ values into action. 

    All three are about everyone rather than about a particular group. More on Inclusion can be found here 

    Innovativeness – Innovative approaches are sought in all key components of Voice. Being innovative means not only creating new ways of working but also creating spaces for improvement in every step of your work, which can entail different steps in different contexts. This implies flexibility, to allow for the implementation of new ideas. For instance, reaching out to groups that have never been reached before requires creativity and flexibility to respond to new ideas. 

     What happens if selected?  

    Only ten (10) shortlisted initiatives which meet the criteria above will be invited to attend a five (5) day innovation boot camp to be organised sometime in February 2022. The boot camp will be an opportunity to be bold and creative on what are the next steps for your initiative. This will be the time to imagine, design, and develop ways to expand, scale-up or experiment. It will also give you an opportunity to work with other like-minded innovation professionals. 

     At the end of the week, you will be participating in a celebration of inclusion where all applicants will be given the chance to enter the final stage by presenting their “final pitch” -live- in front of a jury! In the presence of Voice grantees and selected civil society organisations, including development partners and Embassies, the jury will announce the winner(s) of NOW-Us Laos! 

     First, second and third-ranked pitches win Voice Innovate and Learn grants worth 25,00015,000, and 10,000 EUR respectively to take home lessons learned and implement the next steps for their initiatives. 

     Lastly, if the pandemic situation will already allow by next year, the first-ranked group will also be invited to attend the Partos Innovation Festival in Amsterdam sometime in the last quarter of 2022 (all expenses will be covered). They will meet other NOW-Us! Awards winners from different countries, connect with other like-minded organisations, and make their voices heard in international development conversations on inclusion. Nothing About Us, Without Us! in action! 

     However, if Covid-19 restrictions still persist by this time, other alternatives will be considered, such as regional or inter-country learning exchanges. This will be finalised upon discussion and planning with the NOW-Us! Awards Organiser in Laos.  

    • About

      Nothing About Us Without Us! Awards Laos

      ເຮົາຕ້ອງມີສ່ວນຮ່ວມ ໃນວຽກງານທີ່ກ່ຽວກັບເຮົາ  

      In light of the principle of “NOthing about us Without Us”  or NOW-Us!, Voice in Laos wishes to recognise inspiring inclusive initiatives from Laos that promote diversity and inclusion, and trigger the self-empowerment of rightsholder groups and communities through the NOthing about us Without Us! (NOW-Us!) Awards. 

       For this reason, NOW-Us Laos! is looking to honour ONGOING initiatives that are led by and have been fully developed by the rightsholder groups and/or communities themselves to promote/demand their inclusion in society. In particular, such initiatives should be creative, also about the promotion of:  

      • Improved access to (productive) resources (finance, land and water) and employment  
      • Improved access to social services, health and education in particular  
      • Improved spaces for political participation and citizen engagement  

       These initiatives should be led by one or more of the following groups and/or communities:  

      • People with disabilities  
      • Women facing exploitation, abuse, and/or violence  
      • Vulnerable youth and elderly  
      • Indigenous groups and/or ethnic minorities 
      • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people 

       Strong preference will be given to initiatives that are able to demonstrate credible instances of intersectionality with at least one or two other rightsholder groups, including youth/elderly and women as a cross-cutting component. 

       This is a localised version inspired by the global NOW–Us! Awards, a joint partnership between Voice and the Spindle. You can read more about it through this blog here https://voice.global/blog/the-now-us-awards-reflections/ and project details of one of the winning initiatives here https://voice.global/grantees/access-nigeria/#project for inspiration!   

       Who can apply?  

       In order to be eligible for NOW-Us Laos!, you and your initiative must fit ALL of the following criteria: 

      • Your organisation (a not-for-profit organisation, community-based organisation, self-help group or social enterprise) is Laos–based and legally registered as a local organisation (with a working bank account in your local currency).    
      • If you are not a registered organisation, please list a host institution that can serve as the legal and financial host for your initiative.   
      • Your organisation is fully led by individuals (staffing, governance, design and implementation) that belong to the very same rightsholder group that it serves and benefits.  
      • You have a track record on being inclusive in your ways of working.  
      • Your initiative is innovative and has the potential for impact. 

       *Current Voice grantees with ongoing projects cannot apply for the NOW-Us Awards. 

       What do we mean by…? 

      Inclusion – It is related to attitude, communication, accessibility & participation. It can be understood as a set of linked, 

      1. unending processes to do with the participation of individuals: the creation of settings, 2
      2. systems (procedures, policies, and laws) that encourage participation; and 
      3. by putting ‘inclusive’ values into action. 

      All three are about everyone rather than about a particular group. More on Inclusion can be found here 

      Innovativeness – Innovative approaches are sought in all key components of Voice. Being innovative means not only creating new ways of working but also creating spaces for improvement in every step of your work, which can entail different steps in different contexts. This implies flexibility, to allow for the implementation of new ideas. For instance, reaching out to groups that have never been reached before requires creativity and flexibility to respond to new ideas. 

       What happens if selected?  

      Only ten (10) shortlisted initiatives which meet the criteria above will be invited to attend a five (5) day innovation boot camp to be organised sometime in February 2022. The boot camp will be an opportunity to be bold and creative on what are the next steps for your initiative. This will be the time to imagine, design, and develop ways to expand, scale-up or experiment. It will also give you an opportunity to work with other like-minded innovation professionals. 

       At the end of the week, you will be participating in a celebration of inclusion where all applicants will be given the chance to enter the final stage by presenting their “final pitch” -live- in front of a jury! In the presence of Voice grantees and selected civil society organisations, including development partners and Embassies, the jury will announce the winner(s) of NOW-Us Laos! 

       First, second and third-ranked pitches win Voice Innovate and Learn grants worth 25,00015,000, and 10,000 EUR respectively to take home lessons learned and implement the next steps for their initiatives. 

       Lastly, if the pandemic situation will already allow by next year, the first-ranked group will also be invited to attend the Partos Innovation Festival in Amsterdam sometime in the last quarter of 2022 (all expenses will be covered). They will meet other NOW-Us! Awards winners from different countries, connect with other like-minded organisations, and make their voices heard in international development conversations on inclusion. Nothing About Us, Without Us! in action! 

       However, if Covid-19 restrictions still persist by this time, other alternatives will be considered, such as regional or inter-country learning exchanges. This will be finalised upon discussion and planning with the NOW-Us! Awards Organiser in Laos.  

    • How to apply?

      HOW TO APPLY 

      Please follow these steps: 

       

      1. Submit the application of your pitch of creative ideas via the  Online Application System   (English)  or the Online Application System in Lao not later than 31 December 2021, 17.00 [Laos Time]. We also accept applications written in Lao language – ພາສາລາວ or using different media (e.g. videos, audio recordings, drawings, photos, etc.) as long as it tells us what your ongoing inclusive initiative is about. 

      Please Note: Only selected ideas will be selected for the next round. 

       

      What’s to win?  

      • The 10 shortlisted initiatives win a 5-day trip for persons (which has to be a gender-balanced team) to participate in the Innovation Bootcamp (travel expenses and stay are covered by Voice). Location to be announced in the future. 
      • The 10 shortlisted initiatives will attend the awards ceremony, where their projects will be celebrated and they can connect with other like-minded organisations and make their voices heard in international development conversations on inclusion.   
      • The numbers 1, 2, and 3 winners will be offered a small Voice grant (worth € 25.000, € 15.000, and € 10.000, respectively) to take home the lessons learned from the innovation week and implement their proposed idea. 
         
      • Winner 1 will be invited to participate in the week-long Partos Innovation Festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on October 2022, or in regional or inter-country learning exchanges. All travel expenses and stay are covered by Voice). 

      In case of any questions, kindly email: Laos@voice.global and CC’ NowUsLaos@rda.org.la  

       TIMEFRAME: 

      • Ideas Review + Shortlists Announcement: January 2022   
      • 1st Booth Camp: February 2022  
      • Final Pitch Live in front of Jury and Awards Ceremony: Feb – Mar 2022 
      • Fully proposal development: March – April 2022 
      • Selection panel meeting: April 2022 
      • Contracting: May 2022  
      • Project Starts: June 2022  
      • Project Ending date: maximum to 31 December 2023 
      • Project Duration: 19 Months 
  • How to apply?

    HOW TO APPLY 

    Please follow these steps: 

     

    1. Submit the application of your pitch of creative ideas via the  Online Application System   (English)  or the Online Application System in Lao not later than 31 December 2021, 17.00 [Laos Time]. We also accept applications written in Lao language – ພາສາລາວ or using different media (e.g. videos, audio recordings, drawings, photos, etc.) as long as it tells us what your ongoing inclusive initiative is about. 

    Please Note: Only selected ideas will be selected for the next round. 

     

    What’s to win?  

    • The 10 shortlisted initiatives win a 5-day trip for persons (which has to be a gender-balanced team) to participate in the Innovation Bootcamp (travel expenses and stay are covered by Voice). Location to be announced in the future. 
    • The 10 shortlisted initiatives will attend the awards ceremony, where their projects will be celebrated and they can connect with other like-minded organisations and make their voices heard in international development conversations on inclusion.   
    • The numbers 1, 2, and 3 winners will be offered a small Voice grant (worth € 25.000, € 15.000, and € 10.000, respectively) to take home the lessons learned from the innovation week and implement their proposed idea. 
       
    • Winner 1 will be invited to participate in the week-long Partos Innovation Festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on October 2022, or in regional or inter-country learning exchanges. All travel expenses and stay are covered by Voice). 

    In case of any questions, kindly email: Laos@voice.global and CC’ NowUsLaos@rda.org.la  

     TIMEFRAME: 

    • Ideas Review + Shortlists Announcement: January 2022   
    • 1st Booth Camp: February 2022  
    • Final Pitch Live in front of Jury and Awards Ceremony: Feb – Mar 2022 
    • Fully proposal development: March – April 2022 
    • Selection panel meeting: April 2022 
    • Contracting: May 2022  
    • Project Starts: June 2022  
    • Project Ending date: maximum to 31 December 2023 
    • Project Duration: 19 Months 

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