Thursday, April 12, 2012

Project Inspire 2012 - 5 Minutes to Change the World

Malawians NGO's and individuals (18-35 year olds) have a chance to win a US$25,000 grant and fund a program which will benefit women and girls in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa. All you have to do is submit a 5 minute world changing idea to take part in this Project Inspire. You can get more details from their website or read below:

Project Inspire is a joint initiative by MasterCard Worldwide and the Singapore Committee for UN Women, which aims to bring together young people across the world to share their life-changing ideas and fulfil their visions of a better world for disadvantaged women and children in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

This is the second time MasterCard and the Singapore Committee for UN Women are joining hands to launch Project Inspire.

As with last year’s iteration, this year-long digital and social media-driven initiative serves as a worldwide platform for 18-35 year-olds, offering them the chance to make their ideas a reality in an effort to empower disadvantaged women and girls in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

The grand prize winner of this year’s Project Inspire will win a US$25,000 grant to fulfill their visions and create sustainable impact in the lives of women and girls.

Here is a step by step guide:

Step 1: Find out more about Project Inspire and check out the instructions and criteria for submission of entries:

Project Inspire presents 18-35 year olds with a 5-minute platform to pitch their inspired idea to the world and win a US$25,000 grant. The grant must show creativity and sustainable impact in the lives of women and girls across Asia, Pacific, the Middle East or Africa through entrepreneurship. To qualify for the US$25,000 grant, the project must meet the following requirements:

- The program must enable disadvantaged women and girls to attain sustained livelihood through entrepreneurship

- Must be an existing women’s empowerment program

- Beneficiaries must be women or girls in Asia/Pacific, Middle East or Africa

- The winner(s) of this competition will have to commence the fieldwork by 1 December 2012

- The project is designed to be implemented with a US$25,000 budget

Step 2: Form a team of up to three members (individual entries are also allowed) and get started on your pitch!

Entries should be submitted in the form of a (maximum) 5-minute video or a (maximum) 2-page A4-sized proposal.

Video entries are to be uploaded on any public video-sharing sites, such as YouTube or Vimeo. Links to the videos must be provided on the submission e-form.

Submissions, either video OR written, must be made in English.

Each proposal should address the following questions:

What is your inspirational idea?

How will your project change the lives of women and girls in the short and long term?

How will you/your team carry out the project?

How will you spend the US$25,000 grant to carry out the project?

How will you measure the success of the project?

Submissions should be accompanied by information on the existing program, biographies of the team members and any supporting materials (e.g. website, social media channels, media clippings, past awards)

Step 3: Deadline for all submissions is 30 June 2012.

For submissions and enquiries pertaining to submissions, please send an email to

Step 4: Up to 10 shortlisted projects will be announced by the end of July 2012. Finalists will be notified via email