Banner GIA

The Global Inclusion Awards 2018

The Global Inclusion Awards 2018, a CYFI initiative, recognize and honor those who achieve greatness in furthering the Economic Citizenship of children and youth at the national, regional and international level. The Awardees demonstrate innovation in financial, social and livelihoods education, financial inclusion, and entrepreneurial support for children and youth.

Stay tuned for more information on dates and location for the 7th annual Global Inclusion Awards in 2018!

Award Categories and Applications

The Global Inclusion Awards 2018 consists of the following 7 award categories:

  1. CYFI Country Award
  2. Global Money Week Award
  3. Economic Citizenship Award
  4. Outstanding Youth Economic Citizenship Award
  5. Youth Entrepreneurship Country Pioneer Award
  6. Global Youth Entrepreneur Award
  7. CYFI Champion Award

For further information on the Global Inclusion Awards 2018, awards categories, criteria and eligibility, please download our Awards Note here.

The following 3 awards are open for applications from 22 February – 1 April 2018:


Economic Citizenship Award

This Award is open for applications.


Outstanding Youth Economic Citizenship Award

This Award is open for applications.

Light Blue

Global Youth Entrepreneur Award

This Award is open for applications.

Read Criteria here
Apply here

Read Criteria here
Apply here

Read Criteria here
Apply here


The following 4 awards are brought forward by the CYFI Secretariat:


CYFI Country Award

Nominations brought forward by the CYFI Secretariat


Global Money Week Award

Nominations brought forward by the CYFI Secretariat

Dark blue

Youth Entrepreneurship Country Pioneers Award

Nominations brought forward by the CYFI Secretariat

Read Criteria here Read Criteria here Read Criteria here

CYFI Champion Award

Nominations brought forward by the CYFI Secretariat

    Read Criteria here    

General Criteria

The Global Inclusion Awards 2018 focus on individuals and organizations operating at both the national and global level, that have excelled in the promotion of Economic Citizenship for children and youth. All applications submitted for the Global Inclusion Awards 2018 are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Good standing: Nominees must be of outstanding character and reputation.
  • Accountability: Nominees must demonstrate good governance and transparent financial management.
  • Creativity: Nominees must demonstrate creative use of resources to deliver innovative and flexible programs.
  • Partnership: Nominees must demonstrate that the spirit of effective collaboration and partnership is integrated into their activities.
  • Sustainability: Nominees must demonstrate how their work continues to impact young people going forward.
  • Track record: Nominees’ initiatives must be embedded in the community.
  • Impact: Nominees must demonstrate how needs were addressed and demonstrate that desired outcomes and impact was achieved.
  • Outreach: Nominees must demonstrate current and future outreach of initiatives.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Nominees must demonstrate how their funds are used most efficiently.

Specific evaluation criteria for each award category can be downloaded in ‘Read Criteria here’ as part of the Award Categories and Applications section.

For further information on the Global Inclusion Awards 2018, awards categories, criteria and eligibility, please download our Awards Note here.

Application Process

  • Nominations should be submitted online between 22 February – 1 April 2018, along with any supporting documents (e.g. newspaper articles, personal testimonies, reports, publications, photos).
  • Awards may be self-nominated or submitted on behalf of another individual, group, institution, or organization.
  • All applications submitted will be reviewed by the CYFI Secretariat. The Global Inclusion Awards Jury will select this year’s winners from the pre-selected finalists in April.
  • The Global Inclusion Awards 2018 finalists will be announced on the GIA website, social media and the CYFI April newsletter.
  • All submissions must be in English.

Timeline for Applicants

Awards Timeline

The Global Inclusion Awards Jury

Through their richly varied backgrounds, our jury members have years of professional experience as practitioners in the areas of finance, child welfare and/or non-profit development. The members of the jury have previously included:

  • Chair: Natascha Beinker is Deputy Head of Division “Cooperation with the private sector/sustainable economic policy” at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). She is German G20 GPFI Troika Co-Chair and Co-Chair for the GPFI SME Finance Sub-group.
    Natascha joined BMZ in 2002 and has since then held several responsibilities, including serving as the Head of Development Cooperation at the German embassy in Kenya. Before joining the ministry, she worked for Deutsche Post/ DHL and as business journalist. Natascha studied Economics and Political Science in Germany and Canada.
  • Jeroo Billimoria is a CYFI Board representative of the Jury, Jeroo is the founder of Child & Youth Finance International and several other innovative and award-winning NGOs. She is a Skoll awardee, and an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow. Jeroo is a globally respected speaker and advocate of economic empowerment for children, and her social and humanitarian work has reached the lives of millions of children around the world.
  • Tatiana Chopova has 20 years of investment, strategy consultancy and finance experience. Tatiana is currently a Managing Director in AlpInvest Partners’ and she is also pursuing a PhD in social psychology. Previously she worked at McKinsey & Company. (Moscow and Brussels) and Credit Suisse First Boston (London).
  • Ambassador Moushira Mahmoud Khattab, Ph.D is an Egyptian human rights activist, former politician & diplomat. She is Egypt’s candidate for UNESCO Director General and the country’s former Minister of Family & Population, Former Assistant Minister of Egypt to the Republic of South Africa, the Czech Republic and Slovakia as well serving in Egypt’s diplomatic missions in Australia, Hungary, Austria and the United Nations. She is also a human rights activist advocating the rights of children and women and the former Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child based at the UN Headquarters.
  • Flore-Anne Messy is the Head of the Financial Affairs Division of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). She is also Executive Secretary of the OECD International Network on Financial Education (INFE). Prior to the OECD she worked at Deloitte and Touche Tomatsu Audit Paris, in the insurance and banking field.
  • Lauren Young is the Personal Finance Editor at Thomson Reuters and works closely with both and other Thomson Reuters platforms.
  • Gert Jan van der Hoeven is the Founder and Managing Partner of H2 Equity Partners. Gert Jan is Chairman of the Investment Committee and has 25 years of investing experience. Before H2 Gert Jan has worked with McKinsey & Company.
  • Shaun Mundy is a consultant who specializes in issues of financial capability and regulation. He has worked with CGAP, the OECD, the World Bank, and many other leading international organizations.
  • Dr. Henrik Naujoks is a Director at Bain & Company and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Global Exchange for Social Investment.

Previous Awards Ceremonies

The 2017 Global Inclusion Awards ceremony was held in Berlin, Germany. Read the 2017 Global Inclusion Awards Report and read about our finalists here:

Awards Photo

Meet our winner of 2017

CYFI Global Inclusion Awards - Awards Report

From the first CYFI Awards Ceremony in Amsterdam in 2012, our celebration of the work of partners, stakeholders and active youth has evolved to become the Global Inclusion Awards. Read about our Awards winners and celebrations held in 2012 - 2017 below!

cover 2016 cover 2015 cover 2014 cover 2013 cover 2012

Stockholm, Sweden

Read the 2016 Awards Report here

London, UK

Read the 2015 Awards Booklet here

New York, US

Read the 2014 Awards Booklet here

Islanbul, Turkey

Read the 2013 Awards Booklet here

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Read the 2012 Awards Booklet here

Designed & developed by | Webfruit Development