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How the competition works


Who can enter?

The 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize competition is open to non-profit organizations, social enterprises, and public institutions from all around the world.

Organizations that partner directly with Namati are not eligible for the prize.


What kind of projects can win?

We are looking for grassroots legal empowerment projects that demonstrate outstanding innovation, impact, and/or sustainability.

Legal empowerment means giving people the power to know, use, and shape the laws that affect them. Eligible projects might use a community paralegal approach or they may be providing legal education and basic rights awareness. The key is that they are putting the power of law in people’s hands in order to tackle poverty, injustice, or other social problems.  

Projects that are restricted to one part of an organization’s overall work will also be considered.


What do the winners receive?

Each of the three winners of the 2019 competition will receive $10,000 USD cash and will be honored at a ceremony during the U.N High-Level Political Forum in New York, all expenses paid. The event will take place in mid-July 2019.

Please note that if a representative of the winning organization cannot attend the event in New York for any reason, the trip will be forfeited. No cash or travel voucher will be provided in lieu of the trip nor will a change of dates be permitted. However, the organization will still receive the $10,000 USD cash prize.


Does entering the competition cost money?

No, there is no fee associated with the prize.


Can I nominate an organization?

The nomination period is now closed.


What are the application requirements and selection process?

There are three stages in selecting the Grassroots Justice Prize winners.

Stage One: Submission of Applications

Complete and submit the online application form by Sunday, March 24th at 23:59 GMT.

Note: Nominations must be received no later than Friday, February 22nd. 

Stage Two: Shortlisting

Namati and the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize judging panel—comprised of notable legal empowerment practitioners and academics—will shortlist the most promising entries. All shortlisted applicants will be contacted and may be asked to provide more information.

Stage Three: Results

The 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize judging panel will select the winners of the three main $10,000 USD prizes. The winners will be publicly announced in July 2019.

The judges will create a shortlist of applicants for a fourth prize of a yet-undetermined amount. The winner of this prize will be decided by a public vote, to be held in April-May 2019.

For full conditions and rules for the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize, click here.


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