The Transformative Partnership Award
recognizes and celebrates exceptional multi-stakeholder Partnerships

Partnership approaches continue to find too little application and attention. As a rule, partnership prizes are still awarded purely for results, instead of for the development of quality processes and methods towards sustainable results. Events that are difficult to predict, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, show us that process and system skills for partnerships are a key competence that strengthens resilience, and that shows sustainable solutions to the complex goals of the 2030 Agenda.

The CLI would like to fill this gap, and for this reason has launched its Transformative Partnership Award.

Apply for the Transformative Partnership Award

It is free and a simple process via CLI's online academy

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What the award recognizes

The winning institution/organization demonstrates that their partnership successfully contributed to transformative change related to sustainability, meeting several or all of the following criteria:

Award prizes

The CLI Transformative Partnership Award will hand out main prizes for the first three places:

First place will receive an amount of €10,000 as a contribution to their own funds. This amount should support a partnership initiative or can be used for capacity building.

Second place can select a project staff member or project partner to participate in the Collective Leadership Institute’s online certification program free of charge. This online certification leads the participant to be an expert in Collective Leadership and makes them a changemaker and supporter for the group and the project.

Third place may choose a project staff member or project partner to attend one Collective Leadership Institute online/hybrid training of their choice at no cost, strengthening the project where it is needed most.

All shortlisted nominees will receive recognition in the form of a digital badge for their contribution. They will also be featured in our award campaigns and given the opportunity to network with other nominated projects to expand their network and benefit from the community.

For the upcoming award, one representative of all three winning partnerships respectively will also be invited to the award ceremony in Potsdam on April 19, 2024, for the kick-off event of the Transformation Literacy Conference 2024.

Process and deadlines

Application phase

until the 31 August 2023, 23.59 CEST
Organizations can apply for the 2023 award via the CLI’s online academy here.

Evaluation phase

until the 31 December 2023, 23.59 CET
After the review of all applications, selected organizations will be invited to submit more detailed descriptions of their partnerships for a panel of experts (announcement coming soon) to make their decision.

Award ceremony

on 19 April 2024, Potsdam (Germany)
One representative of each of the three prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony as the highlight of the kick-off event of the Transformation Literacy Conference 2024

Apply for the Transformative Partnership Award

It is free and a simple process via CLI's online academy

start application
A video guide on: how to apply for the Award?
Transformative Partnership Award - info session documentation

On 12 July, CLI held and info session on how to apply for CLI's Transformative Partnership Award. If you have not had the chance to participate, you can download the presentation here.

Download the presentation

Troubles submitting your project? Here is a short step by step technical guide here.
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You find more about the Terms and Conditions here.


Who can apply?
Every organization or institution with not-for-profit or charitable status, that meet the award conditions.

What are the fees of a submission?
There is no fee to apply or be a finalist for the Transformative Partnership Award.

How can I apply?
Click here to go to our online Academy. Here you must click on “Start the Course” to begin the nomination process. Detailed instructions can be found here.

What language should the nomination be written in?
All information has to be submitted in English or German. Supporting documents may also be in French or Spanish.

When is the closing date for applications?
The application deadline for the Transformative Partnership Award 2024 is 31 August 2023, 23:59 CET.
The last day to enter submissions is 31 August – so don’t wait to apply!

How many projects can I submit an application for?
You can put in as many as you like! But you can submit each project only once.

I submitted my application; can I make some edits?
Unfortunately, you can’t make any changes to your application once it’s submitted. However, if something important is missing or needs to be updated after you uploaded your application, please contact the CLI office at

Who is in the panel?
The panel experts will be announced in September 2023. It is formed of CLI and independent third parties with expertise in the fields of multi stakeholder partnerships and sustainable collaboration.

Will the Award be on an annual basis?

The Transformative Partnership Award 2024 is the first edition. It is CLI’s plan to make it an annual event along with the annual Transformation Literacy Conference week in April each year.

Material Rights
Submitted projects must be original and may not infringe on the rights of a third party. Projects failing these requirements will be excluded from The Transformative Partnership Award. More information to the Terms and Condition will be found here and during the application process.

Apply for the Transformative Partnership Award

It is free and a simple process via CLI's online academy

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Projects 2024

Stage 1 (eligible projects):

In the following list you can see projects for the 2024 Award that made it through the eligibility check (registration is closed, full list as of 1 September 2023):

Appliying Organisation Partnership Project Place/Country/Region
Kajulu Hills Eco-villages African Indigenous Ecosystems Restoration Project Kenya
People Power Volunteers for Reform – Caraga Oplan Tabang Ginikanan (Oplan Help Parents) Philippines
AQC Association pour l’Assurance Qualité des Fabricants de Bracelets Cuir Association for Quality Assurance of Leather Bracelets Manufacturers Switzerland
Fundusz Partnerstwa Partnership Academy for community leaders Poland
Bike for Good Switch Up United Kingdom
GEMRICIK Waste Bank Cihampelas Mandiri Indonesia
Centre for Coastal Environmental Conservation Sundarban conservation Bangladesh
NABU Bridge to Literacy Program United States
Land for Life Land for Life District Multi-Stakeholder Platform Sierra Leone
DyTAES Dynamic for an Agroecological Transition in Senegal Senegal
Charlene’s Project Kiryandongo Cluster Project United Kingdom
National Young Farmers Coalition One Million Acres for the Future United States
Leapfrog Digital Literacy for School Teachers in Bukedea Germany
GPSNR Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber Singapore
Circular Regions – Locals.Global Circular Economy Coalition Norway
Dream a Dream Project Sampoorna India
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development, REFORM United in Diversity Palestine
Associação Fazer Avançar Speak Network Portugal
Play Africa Play Africa South Africa
Leadership Eastside Leadership Eastside United States
AGUA SUSTENTABLE Mujeres Unidas en Defensa del Agua Bolivia

Stage 2 (shortlisted projects):

Here you will find more information on those eligible projects that made it to the shortlist 2024 (updates in September 2023 earliest).

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