JWH Initiative Supporting Young Environmental Leaders
What is the JWHI?
In order to promote lasting change towards a more sustainable world the environmental movement is in constant need of inspirational and skillful leadership. Young people working for environmental CSOs, especially in developing countries, often have few opportunities to develop leadership skills due to a lack of resources for schooling, training or practical learning. The Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Initiative creates opportunities for young people in the environmental sector in developing countries to unfold their full potential. By giving small grants to individuals to expand their knowledge, experience and training, the Initiative aims to strengthen environmental Civil Society Organisation's capacity and efficiency. The mission of the JWH Initiative is thus to provide an accessible and tailored small grant for education and training of individuals who are nominated by their organisation as potential future leaders.
Who is it for?
Young people who work or are affiliated with environmental CSO’s in developing countries and emerging economies who have shown potential for and interest in further developing their leadership. Candidates can come from anywhere except ‘advanced economies’. The definition of ‘young’ is not linked to a concrete age limit. However, preference will be given to young women and men under 35 of age. The nomination of young women and local community leaders is encouraged.
The candidates should have proof of an excellent track record in:
- fully embracing the idea of sustainable development;
- a strong background in working on environmental and sustainable development issues;
- showing potential and ambition towards becoming a leader in her/his field of work, such as being inspirational and a support to others, working with communities, being innovative and creative;
- committed to work on environmental and sustainable development issues in their country/region.
The candidate should be willing and have the potential to report on the development of their leadership capacities.
The grant can be applied to a wide range of activities, depending on the individuals’ need and interest. Most grantees use the funding for advancing either their knowledge and skills through studies, courses, training. or their expanding their experience through internships, exposure and exchange travels, participation in conferences, high level meetings etc. The candidate should have a clear idea of what it is that she/he intends to use the grant for before applying.
Individuals from these countries cannot participate: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States (IMF classification of ‘advanced economies’ 2011)
Who can nominate?
The participants cannot apply themselves. Environmental Civil Society Organisations and nominators working in these organizations identify suitable candidates within their organizations or networks and either themselves and/or in collaboration with the candidate, fill in the nominating form.
The nominator takes part of the responsibility for the participants’ genuineness and will co-sign the Memorandum of Understanding should the candidate be selected. Working very much on the basis of mutual trust and for reasons of accountability, program tends to give preference to working with organizations from our own network or affiliates. If the nominating organization does not have any previous links with the JWH Initiative and/or Both ENDS they might be asked to provide proof of their credibility and their commitment to working on issues of environmental sustainability.
How does it work?
There is one deadline per year, the 1st of September. By this date the filled out nominating forms will have to be sent should the candidate be considered for this round. Nomination forms can be found on the website and nominations can be made throughout the year. However, it should be noted that the nomination forms can be subject to change and it is important to use the latest version. About six weeks before each deadline a call will be posted online and a reminder send via email to interested parties. In order to qualify the nomination form will need to be completely filled out and a CV and a picture of the candidate provided. Each round 16 candidates will be selected.
The following grants are available per round:
- 10 grants of 2.500 Euro
- 4 grants of 5.000 Euro
- 2 grants of 7.000 Euro
In the nomination form, it should be clearly stated why the specific category is appropriate for the leadership development plan of the candidate. After the deadline, the Advisory Committee of the JWH Initiative will meet to select the most suitable candidates. The nominators and candidates should notice that the selection process can take up to six weeks after the deadline. Should the candidate be selected to become a participant in the JWH he/she will be asked to develop a detailed leadership development plan, budget and timeframe. This will be part of the Memorandum of Understanding which subsequently will be signed by the participant, the nominator and the JWH Initiative. Furthermore the participant will agree to regular reporting and timekeeping in order to receive the full grant.
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