In June 2021, through an agreement with the Kofi Annan Foundation, Greycells became a partner in the “Changemakers” initiative that connects 12 young people from around the world who have initiated activities linked to the knowledge, support, and implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals with experienced practitioners and leaders.

This initiative of the Kofi Annan Foundation coincides perfectly with the initiative launched by Greycells in 2018 to foster intergenerational dialogues linked to development issues and allows its members to share their vast experience in favour of young people committed to change for a better world. In March 2023 the Kofi Annan Foundation and Greycells renewed their agreement and enhanced their collaboration based on the two previous years’ experience.

The initiative is supported by Ambassador Jenö Staehelin’s Foundation and other private donors and, in addition to Greycells, by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the International Telecommunications Union and the Geneva Welcome Centre (CAGI).

Greycells plays a significant role in the initiative as it is actively involved in the (difficult) selection of the 12 young people from the vast number of applicants. Greycells advocates a thematic and geographical balance, gender balance and highly values originality and the expected real impact of the initiatives.

Watch and listen to Junbert T Pabon, a Scout from the Philippines and 2021 Kofi Annan Changemaker, speak to the United Nations General Assembly. Junbert’s experience comes from his own community service, helping bring better conditions, joy and hope to children and young people in juvenile detention. For that project, he was awarded as a Messengers of Peace Hero last year!

(Click the image to watch the film)

Watch the presentation clip of the Kofi Annan Changemakers initative

Discover the talented KAF Changemakers from different cohorts and their projects around the world.


Please click on the image to access information about the 2021 cohort.


Please click on the image to access information about the 2022 cohort.


What’s new? Soon you will be able to discover in this newsletter the quarterly progress of projects from all KAF Changemakers cohorts.

(Kofi Annan Foundation Changemakers Alumni Only)

Do not miss the presentation by Esther Guluma on the vertues and
limitations of the Log Frame and Theory of Change tools to enhance your project!

Mohan Panicker serves as the focal point and overall coordinator for Greycells’ mentors, as well as the focal point for the Kofi Annan Foundation’s Changemakers’ initiative. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to use the following form.

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