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Acumen Fellowship in West Africa

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted June 20, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on July 19, 2021
Acumen West Africa Fellowship poster
Acumen West Africa Fellowship poster

Applications are open for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and organization-builders from both public and private sectors model a new type of leadership grounded in hope and dignity.

The Acumen Fellowship is an intensive leadership development program for individuals who are building the solutions to tackle the toughest problems of their time.

The Acumen West Africa Fellows Program brings together exceptional leaders from across West Africa (Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia) who are daring to embrace the difficult journey of social change.

Over the course of the year, the Fellows will come together to learn with–and from–each other. As a deeply bonded cohort, they will engage with a curriculum that is based on practical skills and character, geared towards action and grounded in the value of moral leadership.

After they finish the first year of the Fellowship, the Fellows join their global community of more than 800 Fellows.

Each year, the Acumen Fellowship in West Africa selects ~20 Fellows from across sectors, countries, and backgrounds who are tackling issues of poverty and injustice - and equips them with the practices and community needed to deepen and sustain their impact.

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The Acumen Fellowship Program in West Africa exists to empower role models who are tackling issues of poverty and injustice in West Africa.

The Fellowship has 3 objectives:
a) To amplify new voices who have a deep understanding of the challenges being faced by their people and the region.
b) To build a diverse community of thinkers and doers that drives change across sectors, disciplines, and geographies.
c) To develop leaders with the capacity to work across lines of difference.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Emerging leaders from diverse cultural, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and who are tackling problems of poverty or injustice in early- stage social ventures, non-governmental organizations, government, community-based organizations or the private sector.
2. Individuals who are currently leading, or are an integral part of building an organization or initiative that exists to eradicate poverty and are actively changing the systems they operate in.
3. They work full-time on this initiative and typically fall in one of the following trajectories:
a) Social entrepreneurs who have launched or lead their own social change initiatives (non-profit or for-profit);
b) Social intrapreneurs who are running a social change initiative within an existing organization (private or public sector);
c) Organizational builders who are an integral part of building a social change organization, but do not play a founding role.

There are no specific academic prerequisites.

There is neither a minimum age requirement nor a maximum age cut off.

The Fellowship begins with a year-long fully-funded leadership programme, where Fellows remain in their role while taking part in a series of immersive seminars, workshops, and group practice. This is where practical skills meet moral imagination - and the programme is designed to equip Fellows with the tools, mindset, and community to tackle poverty and injustice in their communities.

After the first year, Fellows become part of Acumen’s global community of social innovators - committed to lifelong learning, collaboration and accompaniment as they build a world based on dignity.

The next West Africa Fellowship runs from January 2022 to December 2022.

Applications close 20 July 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jun 20
Jun 20

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed calls that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Jun 21
Jun 21

Thanks, Ana. Sounds great!