The Centre of Excellence for Gender-smart Solutions shares opportunities on relevant capacity building efforts that aim to raise awareness on the value and good practice approaches of gender equality, such as leadership training and scholarship opportunities among others.

Introduction to Gender and Disaster Risk Management (e-learning course)

World Bank Open Learning Campus



An e-learning course to help you understand how your disaster risk management (DRM) projects can equally benefit women and men by addressing: – The concept of gender, and how gender roles can affect women and men’s risk and resilience to natural hazards; – How women and men manage, respond and experience disasters differently due to gender roles and gender inequalities; – How these differences should be addressed in DRM projects to ensure that women and men benefit equally from them; – Approaches to better design projects to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment and; – Case studies that show how gender equality and women’s empowerment look in practice.

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UNFPA Safeguard Young People Programme: Climate HackLab 2021 Campaign for East and Southern Africa


United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Innovation competition



31 July 2021


On the 17th May 2021, UNFPA East and Southern Africa, under the auspices of the Safeguard Young People Programme launched the ‘Climate HackLab’ project, which aims to empower young people and offer them the opportunity to be game changers and drivers of a sustainable green future.

Through the UNFPA Climate HackLab project, young people are expected to come up with smart innovations that will help build resilience during times of adverse climate events in their communities.

This exciting innovation project seeks to solicit proposal submissions addressing the impact of climate change on women, girls and young people in the following areas:

  1. Any idea or innovative solution that supports the empowerment and/or adaptive capacity of women, girls, young people or marginalized groups in hotspot areas affected by climate change.
  2. Any idea or innovative solution that promotes the involvement of young people, women, and marginalized groups in programme design to help in the delivery of sexual and reproductive health and rights issues in climate change-affected areas.
  3. Any idea or innovative solution that promotes access to health services, including sexual and reproductive health services.
  4. Any idea or innovation that promotes the protection of women, girls, and young people from harmful practices such as child marriage, early marriage, and gender-based violence.
  5. Any idea or innovation that promotes protection systems to prevent and minimize acts of violence, such as sexual exploitation and gender-based violence in emergency settings.
  6. Any idea or innovation tools that promote knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender and climate change issues.
  7. Any idea or innovation tools that promote the achievement of the programme areas of work as stated in the UNFPA climate change value proposition.
  8. Any idea or innovation that promotes access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender, and climate change information in hotspot areas (humanitarian settings, flooding, or any other early warning system/tools).

Each of the identified innovation solutions must, as far as possible, have a common identity that includes:

  1. Supporting communities or systems resilience;
  2. Being led by women and/or girls and/or youth and/or marginalized groups;
  3. Creating jobs for youth and women;
  4. Being commercially viable;
  5. Being scalable and adaptable to different country and community contexts.

Two winners will emerge from the challenge. Each winner will receive $10000 in seed money and business  support services. The two winners will be matched with a business incubation/acceleration partner to support the business growth.


More information: https://esaro.unfpa.org/en/news/young-people-game-changers-sustainable-green-future


(closed) A2ii and InsuResilience Scholarship Opportunity (scholarship)

InsuResilience Global Partnership /A2ii /Womens World Banking





Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii) together with InsuResilience Global Partnership are once again jointly sponsoring the participation of an insurance supervisor and a high potential woman from their authorities in the Leadership and Diversity Program for Regulators , taught by Women’s World Banking and faculty from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. The program is intended to support insurance supervisors and regulators in developing policies that close the gender gap in inclusive insurance and in developing women’s leadership capacity in regulatory organizations.


Description of the training

The virtual, 16-week global leadership program, taught by Women’s World Banking and faculty from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, brings together senior officials from central banks and other regulatory agencies and high-potential women from their respective institutions.

The participating regulator will nominate a team of a senior official and a high potential woman official from the agency. During the program, the senior official identifies a policy initiative to sponsor at their institution related to serving the women’s market and will work with their high-potential woman leader to implement it, while simultaneously supporting her professional development during and after the program.

The program involves a series of interactive live online sessions, individual and group assignments, peer action learning and expert consultation opportunities. Each senior official identifies a policy initiative to advance women’s financial inclusion.

Please note that the program is in English .

The virtual program begins in April 2021. The details on the course are accessible here


What will participants gain?

With expertise from Women’s World Banking and Oxford Said Business School’s world-class faculty, participants will gain:

  • Leadership Skills: Learn core skills such as change management, influence, emotional intelligence, and unconscious bias.
  • Women’s Financial Inclusion Knowledge:Understand global challenges and best practices in gender-inclusive policy design and execution.
  • A Global Network:Engage in an action learning methodology that leverages peer-to-peer learning and support.


Eligibility criteria


  • Senior officials from central banks and other regulatory agencies in emerging markets
  • Member of executive/senior management team or leads a regulatory division



  • Mid-level professional, 5-10 years of experience
  • Eligible for promotion to the next level of leadership or for broadening their role significantly
  • Has demonstrated the ability to lead people in the organisation
  • Motivated to take on new leadership challenges and opportunities
  • Teams’ managers preferred but not required



Commitment to:

  • Advance an inclusive policy initiative
  • Cultivate and foster an active sponsorship relationship
  • Active participation in online sessions
  • Peer learning
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English


Key requirements for obtaining the scholarship:

  • The applicant insurance regulators need to nominate up to one to two Senior personnel (e.g. directors, deputy directors, senior regulators etc.) and one to two high potential women leaders from their Organisation.
  • Preference would be provided to countries from the Vulnerable 20 (V20) Group.
  • Commitment to the development of gender-inclusive policy for inclusive insurance in their jurisdiction.
  • Ability to commit to a 16-week long program with multiple virtual touch points.
  • Willing to engage and contribute to the InsuResilience Global Partnership and A2ii Annual Report on progress including overall feedback on participation of the course.


What the sponsorship covers:

The joint A2ii-InsuResilience Global Partnership Secretariat scholarship will cover the program fee for the duration of the Leadership Program, including tuition and one-on-one advisory support for two participants per institution (senior official and high-potential woman leader).

Additionally, there may be opportunity  to access customised, one on one coaching for policy implementation after the successful completion of the program.



Please send your completed application form and your motivation letter (max. 1 page in which you also describe the policy initiative to advance women’s access to insurance that you intend to work on) to secretariat@a2ii.org and secretariat@insuresilience.org with the subject line: “Scholarship: Leadership and Diversity Program for Regulators” by the 12th of March 2021. Please note that the application must be fully completed by the senior regulator requesting admission to the program and include the name of the high-potential woman leader they are sponsoring.

A2ii and the InsuResilience Global Partnership would like to thank The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) for their support in making these sponsorships possible.

We thank our core funders, the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands (DGIS), for their continued support to our mission.

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(closed) Human Impacts Institute: Nominate a Climate sHero (award)


Human Impacts Institute







The Human Impacts Institute, together with the Tenure Facility and the Ford Foundation, want your help in amplifying the stories of frontline indigenous and local communities, with a particular focus on womxn and youth, from the global south who can inspire a ‘new normal’, championing resilience and equality in the face of the climate crisis.  

Our ”Climate Crossroads” series will showcase how traditional knowledge can help us redefine how we interpret our relationship with nature and each other, through freshly commissioned works of art. Ten leaders will be selected to highlight what we can learn about resilience, cooperation and interconnectedness as we move towards a post-pandemic world, and their stories will be turned into powerful and moving works of sound and animation.

Selected participants will receive :

  • Recognition internationally as a community and climate leader

  • Your knowledge, story, and initiatives represented in a multi-city, virtual platform

  • Access to a network of diverse climate leaders

  • One-of-a-kind digital illustration of yourself by an Indigenous artist

  • Inclusion of your story in physical and virtual exhibits around the world

  • Honorarium of USD$400 upon completion of the project

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(closed) UN Global Climate Actions Awards 2021 (award)

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change




Applications close 30th April 2021

Organizations, businesses, universities, governments and others taking bold leadership on climate change can nominate their work for a special 10th anniversary edition of the UN Global Climate Action Awards.

The annual award programme, run by United Nations Climate Change since 2011, recognizes the world’s most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of action to tackle climate change.

This year’s award will showcase people and projects taking bold and effective climate action in the areas of climate neutrality, innovative climate finance and climate leadership. You may notice that there is no Women for Results pillar, this is because gender considerations and women’s leadership will be a cross-cutting criteria for all three pillars.

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