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Call for Catalyst 2030 Awards 2023 Nominations

Who is best at helping social innovators to change the world? Who is best at supporting the communities we serve?

The third Catalyst 2030 Awards will be held towards the end of 2023. We are asking you to support us in accelerating systems change by celebrating those who do it well. Please nominate the funder(s), governments, bi/multilaterals, philanthropists or corporates you most admire for a Catalyst 2030 Award.

The current ecosystem seldom facilitates effective collaboration between social entrepreneurs and potential partners. This remains one of the biggest challenges for the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Improving this collaboration is a central objective of the Catalyst 2030 community.

The Catalyst Awards are a means of celebrating key supporters on our journey towards achieving the SDGs through bottom-up collaborations. By shining a light on the donors/stakeholders who support social innovation and entrepreneurship, we hope to redefine best practices and inspire others to follow their example. This will help to accelerate systems change while challenging current power dynamics.

To be part of the change you want to see, please nominate those who have helped you in your journey, or whom you have seen collaborate most effectively with other social entrepreneurs.

Award Categories

There are four categories in which we seek inspiring awardees:

(1) Governments │ Nomination Form with the judging criteria here 
(2) Corporates │ Nomination Form with the judging criteria here 
(3) Bilaterals & Multilaterals │ Nomination Form with the judging criteria here 
(4) Donors │ Nomination Form with the judging criteria here 

Overall Awards Criteria

The overall criteria for the Awards were developed from the collective expertise of Catalyst 2030 members. For each Awards category there are also specific criteria to consider. These are based on recommendations in the reports published by Catalyst 2030: Embracing Complexity, Catalysing Collaborations, New Allies, and An Investigation into Financing Transformation. Learn more here. In addition, the General Ethical Framework was developed and is available here.
When nominating, please be aware that:

● Everyone can submit nominations, but Catalyst 2030 members choose the finalists.
● You do not have to submit nominations for every category.  
● You may submit more than one nomination per category.
● Your nominee should be aligned with Catalyst 2030’s values.  
● Your nominee should treat social entrepreneurs with respect, encourage diversity, promote collaboration and support systems change.
● This award is only open to donors, philanthropists, governments, bi-/multilateral organisations or corporates that have been working closely with social entrepreneurs, towards the SDGs and systems change. Catalyst members are not eligible. 
● Catalyst 2030 Awards winners from 2021 and 2022 may not be renominated. However, 2021 and 2022 Awards finalists are eligible.
● All nominations are treated in the strictest confidence. 
Your nomination cannot be processed unless all the questions are fully answered.

Please note, when filling out the form:

● You can preview and edit your answers even after completing the form. However, once you click ‘done’ you are no longer able to revise your answers.
● You cannot print a record of your answer after you complete the form, but you can email to to receive a pdf file of your submitted form.
Nominations are open from 23 March

Nominations will be assessed by an independent jury, who will draw up a shortlist. In the spirit of Catalyst 2030’s commitment to bottom-up democratic participation, there will be a confidential vote by members to select the winner in each category from the shortlist developed by the judges. Please refer to the Catalyst 2030 Awards website here for more information about the process. After we receive a nomination form from you, you may hear back from us with additional questions.

You may consult your colleagues or others before nominating. As the timeline below indicates, the nomination process is now open. 

Awards Committee

Awards Committee Co-chairs: Sohini Bhattacharya and Matthew Bishop 
Awards Committee Members: Cherry Achando, Nwando Ajene, Winifred Awinpoya Atanga, Lorelle Bell, Jeroo Billimoria, Leigh-Ann Dewing, Kim Normand Dobrin, Colin McElwee, Emily Kasriel, Liina Liblik, Matthew Patten, Kristine Pearson, Bobby Smith, Bram van Eijk, Karen Vollaire
Awards Criteria Supported by: Andrea Coleman, Rana Dajani, Rebecca Dray, Valeria Duflot, Fredrik Galtung, Avary Kent, Eva Marszewski, Dan Viederman  

Catalyst 2030 Awards 2023 Timeline

From 23 March: Nominations Open
2 June - July: Due Diligence
July - 10 September: Awards Reviews, Voting & Selection
11-17 September: Finalists Contacted
18 September - 6 November: Finalists Stories
8 November: Awards Ceremony 2023
PART 1: About the Nominator

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* 1. Please enter your contact information below

PART 2: About the Nominee: Who are you nominating?

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* 5. Please enter the nominee contact information below

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* 8. Website of the Nominee
Please add the URL link of the Nominee’s organisation below:

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* 9. Please enter the details of the point of contact in the bi/multilateral that you are nominating. Who can we get in touch with regarding the nominee?

PART 3: Bilaterals and Multilaterals Judging Criteria
The Bilaterals and Multilaterals Judging Criteria can be found here and below:

About the Award

This award celebrates teams or project units within bilateral/multilateral donor organisations that have deployed capital to support project(s) or initiative(s) to achieve systems change. Within this award, there are four sub-categories that inform the final award, leveraging the Catalyst 2030 Funder Diagnostic Survey. These categories were informed by the Embracing Complexity Report. This award is the first of its kind to focus on the funding of systems change entrepreneurs.

Since multilaterals and bilaterals can be confusing, here is an accepted definition of the two categories:

● Multilaterals: Multilateral organisations obtain their funding from multiple governments and spend it on initiatives in various countries. Some examples include: WHO, UNICEF, UN Women, UNDP, African Development Bank and World Bank.
● Bilaterals: Bilateral organisations receive funding from the governments in their home countries and use the funding to aid developing countries. For example: NORAD, SIDA, FCDO, DANIDA, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), USAID, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trend (DFAT), Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and so on.
Three sub-categories of Bilaterals and Multilaterals Award Category

1. Leader in Learning: Embrace a Systems Mindset
Demonstrate public promotion of lessons learned in supporting systems change. Embrace failure as a learning process and fund research to support learning and better practices for systems change.

2. Leader in Trust: Support evolving paths to systems change, prepare for long-term engagement
Provide multi-year unrestricted funding. Take time to build trust with their grantees, including through regular honest and respectful discussions and/or simplify and right-size the application and reporting effort. Nudge governments to adopt systems change approaches and/or partner with system change leaders to adopt policies that focus on systems change

3. Leader in Partnership: Work in true partnership
Acknowledge and work against power dynamics, demonstrating an approach that is relational over transactional. Listen to what systems change leaders need and provide targeted financial and non-financial support in an effort to co-create the desired impact. Coordinate and support building strong networks with other system stakeholders and/or leave the leading role to systems change leaders. This includes support for collaboration infrastructure – for example funding for coordination facilities, funding for the overheads associated with collaboration, sharing learnings from the systems change work of proximate leaders with government and other stakeholders.
Award Specific Criteria

The criteria are crafted from the questions in the Funder Diagnostic survey. The goal for these criteria is to allow for a quantitative evaluation of nominations. This will also drive additional responses to the funder diagnostic survey, supporting us to have enough responses to be able to conduct analysis. Each of the criteria below are crafted as multiple choice questions, to allow for clear scores with weights ascribed to each of them.

Leader in Learning
  1. How does the nominee respond to failure to achieve expected outputs or outcomes?
  2. To what extent do they use practices that help them navigate the complexity of systems change (e.g. intentionally conducting and learning from experiments)?
Leader in Trust
  1. Do they include social change organisations and/or social entrepreneurs in design/ oversight of the work and consider them equal partners from planning to implementation?
  2. On average, what portion of their annual financial contribution is granted/invested without project or programme restrictions? (Include general support grants/investments to entire organisations, or to specific initiatives within large institutions.)
  3. How transparent are they about project selection, financing and implementation. How burdensome are reporting processes?
Leader in Partnership
  1. To what extent are citizen engagement and oversight central components of their approach to systems change? 
  2. To what extent do they allow their strategy to be influenced by grantees/investees?
  3.  After a grant/investment has been made, to what extent are they open to grantees/investees making changes to their original plan?
  4. When choosing an initiative to support, how much uncertainty are they typically comfortable with?
  5.  To what extent do they support grantees/investees in building their capacities (e.g. leadership coaching, strategic planning)?
  6. To what extent do they enable coordination among grantees/investees or with other stakeholders (e.g. business, government, media)?
  7. To what extent do they support grantees/investees that weave together partnerships, coalitions, networks or movements within a system?
PART 4: Bilaterals and Multilaterals Nomination

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* 10. Nominee’s Profile Summary
Please include a brief summary that gives a good overview of the Nominee’s profile. Who are they? What do they do? What is their role? (max 150 words)

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* 11. Please choose all that apply.
The Bilateral and/or Multilateral:

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* 12. Nominee’s Description. Please explain why your nominee fits the criteria selected above. (max 250 words)

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* 13. Are there any additional details that apply to your nominee that are not listed above? Please explain what else makes this nominee exceptional. (max 150 words) (max 150 words)

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* 14. In what ways does this Bilateral/Multilateral stand out? (Optional) (max 150 words)

Catalyst 2030 Awards 2023 
Bilaterals and Multilaterals Nomination Form 

Please note. 

Your nomination cannot be processed unless all the questions are fully answered.
● You can preview and edit your answers even after completing the form. However, once you click ‘done’ you are no longer able to revise your answers. Once you click 'done' we have received your nomination form.
● You cannot print a record of your answer after you complete the form, but you can email to to receive a pdf file of your submitted form.

Thank you for taking the time to complete a nomination for the Catalyst 2030 Awards 2023. Please see Awards website here to follow upcoming news and updates. 

Thank you very much,
Catalyst 2030
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