Beneficiaries

  • On Action Connected, beneficiaries, supporters, NGOs and social businesses are equal partners.
  • Your ideas, opinions and feedback are what makes successful programs happen.
  • Your critical voice can also be what prompts a project design to be modified or changed to respond to real needs.
  • Once you create a profile, you can connect, exchange and influence an entire community that cares.
  • Your voice is also a critical component to a supporter's decision to back your project versus thousands of others.
Let your voice be heard and engage in social change!

Implementers
NGOs & Social Businesses

  • Join Action Connected to benefit from countless free services on our platform!
  • Participate in transforming the development sector and reforming the way people, organizations and corporations see and interact within the charity and social entrepreneurship world!
  • Creating a profile on Action Connected is simple and fast - once online you are a member of the only online platform that connects all three pillars, namely supporters, implementers and beneficiaries, of the charity and development world.
  • You can communicate directly with your potential partners and supporters and, unlike other sites, your beneficiaries can set up profiles to endorse your work. This builds trust, authenticity and confidence!
  • Use this interactive space as your free and personal project communication and marketing source!

Supporters

  • Once you create a profile on Action Connected you can immediately connect to every other user as well as to groups and causes that matter to you.
  • Engage in conversations, exchange ideas and opinions, discuss, influence and learn!
  • Get real time updates, check how the implementers and project you are supporting, perform.
  • Action Connected's online data analytics will also provide you with real-time statistics on how your contribution is leveraged for social impact.

Plan and execute a project to tackle one of the 17
Sustainable Development Goals demonstrating the
importance and impact of partnerships and win a
part fellowship plus flight and accomodation to attend
WorldMerit360 in the UK!

Following last year's success, Action Connected together with World Merit launches a
SDG-related challenge, catalysing ideas and forces of the youth to support our world's future
influencers and world changers! This year's Challenge topic is SDG17: "Partnerships for the
Goals ". The main assessment criterion is how the participation and involvement of all
stakeholders involved in the project, especially the beneficiaries, influence, change and
transform and project itself.

DOWNLOAD THE ONE-PAGER HERE

THE CHALLENGE

IDENTIFY

an issue related to
one of the 17 SDGs

DRAFT

a project plan
on World Merit

POST

your project
to Action Connected

ACHIEVE

support and funding
and win

WHAT YOU DO:

1. Identify an issue relatedon of the 17 SDGs.
Draft a project plan clearly demonstrating the importance of SDG 17:"Partnerships for the Goals".
Upload the plan on World Merit's platform
Discuss and improve your plan together with World Merit's network!

DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT PLAN TEMPLATE

2. The teams of World Merit and Action Connected will review your project plan and send you
feedback (one round).
Make sure to include this feedback in the final version of your project plan that you submit latest
by May, 1 2017.

3. On May, 19 2017 we will announce up to 10 finalists, which will move on to the second stage:
Post your project plan to Action Connected's platform by creating a profile and posting the
project.

4. Complete Action Connected's Project Cycle by identifying supporters, implementers and
beneficiaries (click here for more information).
Invite at least three beneficiaries and five supporters (they need to identify you / your project in
the field "Referred by" and connect with the project and everyone involved in it).
These users have to actively participate throughout the project cycle to demonstrate the
importance of partnerships.

5. Increase your chances of success by raising awareness of your idea and project, engaging
stakeholders, and spreading the word on social media!
Post a creative "Let's do it together!" picture related to your project with the hashtag
#GiveEngageChange online.

6. Secure at least 50% funding commitments for your project.

7. The winner needs to raise USD 1,000.00 (instead of USD 3,000.00) for the program fee. World
Merit
and Action Connected will help and support the winner to fundraise to attend Merit360.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Each of the applicants need to upload the project plan on World Merit's platform and process the
feedback received on their project proposals.

You also need to complete your profile and post your project on Action Connected's platform,
complete Action Connected's Project Cycle by connecting at least three beneficiaries and five
supporters.

Once online, you need to promote your project, including a "Let's do it together!" picture.

At least 50% funding commitment has to be secured for the project.

The first step is to become one of up to 10 finalists. In order to do this, make sure your project plan
is pitch perfect and to submit it early enough to be able to include the feedback that you will
receive from the teams of World Merit and Action Connected.

After deciding on the 10 finalists, the winner will be chosen based on complimentary criteria
which will be released to the finalists after May, 19 2017.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The winner of the "Let's do it together!"-Challenge will be the participant with the highest scores.
The winner will become Action Connected Ambassador and receive a part fellowship plus
flight and accommodation to join the WorldMerit360 in the UK.

WorldMerit360, organised by Action Connected's partner World Merit, is the most significant
opportunity to change the world for the better! Focusing on the United Nations Sustainable
Development Goals, young future leaders will develop a strategy to lead and inspire a global
community to take action and create change. The “Action Plan 003” will be presented to the United
Nations and implemented in communities all around the world.

The winner will also receive support from Action Connected for the rapid start-up of the project,
which will be shared with the larger World Merit community during WorldMerit360. The winner will
participate in the SDG17 group.

For any questions, feel free to email zita@worldmerit.com or info@actionconnected.com.

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