The MY DATA initiative is pleased to share an important opportunity announced by CIVICUS, the Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator. The Accelerator is an innovative, youth-led and multi-partner programme, and its launch is a direct response to the challenges young people face in accessing sufficient and appropriate resources to meaningfully engage in development decisions and activities that affect their communities.

The Accelerator will particularly support promising youth advocates who are using data in innovative ways to address Global Goals 1-6 -- local development challenges related to poverty, hunger, health and well-being, education, gender equality and water and sanitation. These youth-led initiatives should relate to:

  • Data sourcing & Accountability: Initiatives that gather community views and experiences and/or crowdsourced data related to the specific development issue you’re working on.

  • Data translation & Storytelling: Initiatives and campaigns that translate existing development data into stories that showcase progress and encourage leaders across sectors to act.

The applications for the Accelerator are closing soon. If you and your organisation are interested in this opportunity, please see the timeline provided below, read more on the Accelerator’s website, and make sure you apply on time at https://tinyurl.com/SDGAccelerator!

Important Dates

·Applications open: 26 September 2018

·Applications close: 31 October 2018

·Finalists announced: 30 November 2018

·Virtual orientation (mandatory): December 2018

·Workshop in Arusha, Tanzania (mandatory): 21-25 January 2019 


The MY DATA Initiative is an informal network of government, business, civil society, and academic partners working to directly engage and mobilize youth in data generation, advocacy, and leadership to advance sustainable development in Africa and beyond by 2030. This multi-sector network will facilitate the creation of a community of practice around mobilizing youth on data for sustainable development through: (i) regular exchange of knowledge and best practices; (ii) exploration of new and emerging collaborations for youth data engagement; (iii) development and dissemination of community resources, knowledge, and expertise. The MY DATA initiative is managed by SDSN Youth in collaboration with U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD)