GREYCELLS PARTNER OF THE KOFI ANNAN FOUNDATION”CHANGEMAKERS” INITIATIVE

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. 

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 and highly values originality and the expected real impact of the initiatives.

Once the selection has been made, each one of the 12 selected Changemakers is matched with a Greycells member, who acts as Mentor. In the design and the presentation of the projects, as well as the utilisation of the seed financing provided by the KAF, each Changemaker is supported by a Greycells Mentor, through online regular meetings and in Geneva, during the in-presence segment of the Programme.

The Changemakers’ cohort 2021 was a successful pilot experience for both Greycells’ Mentors and these inspiring young changemakers.

Mohan Panicker is the focal point and overall coordinator for Greycells. If you have any questions or suggestions, please use the form at the bottom of this page.

Mohan Panicker is the focal point and overall coordinator for Greycells. If you have any questions or suggestions, please use the form at the bottom of this page.

Discover below the partnerships created in the 2021 cohort and

brief facts about the topic addressed in each of them.