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  Rise Up, an international nonprofit which works to advance equity and justice in education, health, and the distribution of economic opportunities, is inviting civil society leaders in Nigeria to apply for a place in its accelerator program. Through this initiative, Rise Up aims to equip emerging players in the country’s civil space to drive positive change in the domains within which they operate, specifically in its primary areas of concern.
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By its stated objectives, the organization seeks applications from visionary leaders aged between 18 and 60 from the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa State, and Kaduna State. Persons selected will join an existing network of change makers who are pushing for policies and legislation that enable positive transformation in key areas of socio-economic life.
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About 25 civil society leaders selected to take part in Rise Up’s accelerator will benefit from it in the following ways:
  • Stand a chance of receiving grants for their organizations
  • Be supported to improve their advocacy and become more effective at what they do
  • Become a part of a broad network of change makers advocating laws and policies that drive equality in access to economic opportunities

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This program is open to persons who meet the following criteria:
  • Must be a civil society leader aged between 18 and 60 years
  • Currently work in the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna State, or Nasarawa State
  • Work with marginalized groups, especially women and girls with disabilities, ethnic or religious minorities, and other socially and economically excluded communities
  • Work in an administrative role or have decision-making power at organizations in media, civil society, nonprofit, or government-linked setup
  • Legally registered and set up to receive international grants
  • Have approval of their organization’s leadership to participate in the accelerator, and be able to take part in in-person training between March 3 and 9, 2024.
Applications will remain open until November 26, 2023. If you would like to apply for this opportunity, you can do so HERE. Featured Image Source: Mucuruzi
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This article was first published on 30th October 2023 and updated on November 3rd, 2023 at 11:27 pm


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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