[INFO] CIVICUS: Nominations for the 2016 Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards are NOW OPEN!


Nominations for the 2016 Nelson Mandela –
Graça Machel Innovation Awards
are NOW OPEN! 


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, we are opening nominations for donors under a new category: Brave Philanthropy.

We want to hear from you about individuals and organisations that have inspired you through their activities that promote 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, including self-nominations, today by clicking NOMINATE and tell us who you think should receive the 2016 Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards. Nominations close on 17 January 2016.

The winners from the categories of Youth Activist, Individual Activist, and Civil Society Organisation will receive a $1 500 cash prize and a fully-funded trip to attend International Civil Society Week in Bogotá, Colombia from 25-28 April 2016 to receive their award. The winner of the Brave Philanthropy category will have the fees for International Civil Society Week waived. All shortlisted and winning nominations will be promoted through the CIVICUS network and gain exposure.


  • Visit our 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!

Should you have any questions or require further information before making your decision, please feel free to contact us at bethechange@civicus.org and we will happily respond to your enquiries.

Thank you for taking the time to support the 2016 Nelson Mandela – Graça Machel Innovation Awards!

CIVICUS Awards Team