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Call for applications: Social Entrepreneurs Initiatives Global & MENA

The International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) and Transparency International today announced the launch of two initiatives to support innovative ideas from citizens to boost transparency, accountability and the fight against corruption in their communities: Social Entrepreneurs Initiative Global 2014 and the Social Entrepreneurs Initiative for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The IACC Social Entrepreneurs’ Initiative (SEI) aims to support innovative ideas from all members of society to stop the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery in their communities, promoting citizen engagement and enabling citizens to take an active role in becoming change makers in their own societies. It is based on the premise that innovative ideas and fresh thinking are necessary if we want to create a world free of corruption.

In March this year the IACC and TI ran a Social Entrepreneurs for West Africa competition, whose theme was “Corruption in Education.” The three winners of this competition are currently creating an SMS reporting system to tackle corruption in schools; building a data visualisation platform to increase education budget transparency; and directing a series of anti-corruption documentaries for school children. More information on other ongoing projects can be found here.

Eligibility criteria:

SEI Global 2014

The SEI Global 2014 competition will be the second global SEI competition and follows on from the success of the initiative that was run in 2012 and is still ongoing. Read more about the ongoing projects from the first Global Initiative here.

  • Anyone with an innovative idea to increase transparency and integrity in their society is welcome to submit a proposal to the Global competition.
  • Applications should be in English.
  • For more information and to apply, click here.

SEI for the MENA Region

Citizens of the MENA region can apply to the Social Entrepreneurs Initiative for MENA. This is the first time that this competition is being run.

  • Participants must be both a national of the MENA region and based in one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the UAE and Yemen.
  • The proposed projects must have direct impact in at least one of these countries.
  • Applications are preferred in English but proposals in Arabic are also welcome.
  • For more information and to apply, click here.


  • Three winners from each category will receive seed funding for their idea, each worth 5000 Euros towards the implementation of your project.
  • The individuals behind the winning projects will join the SEI network, with each of the projects featured on the IACC SEI page.
  • The winners will be sponsored to participate in the next edition of the International Anti-Corruption Conference.

The deadline for both competitions is the 15th October 2014.

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