The Japan Social Development Fund Award (JSDF) is a category of GDN's Global Development Awards Competition, which seeks to recognize innovative ideas in the implementation of development projects for vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in developing countries. Through the JSDF Award, GDN provides large grants to NGOs to support the replication and scaling-up of their development projects.
First Prize Winners of the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) are eligible to compete for a JSDF grant of up to US $200,000.
The Award is generously funded by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan, and has been an important part of GDN's outreach work since 2010. Currently, GDN supports development projects lead by four JSDF grantees in Cambodia, India and Kenya, focusing on education, rural development, youth and women's empowerment, and conservation and public health.
See our current and recent JSDF awardees and their projects:
Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development (CORD), India | 2016-2018
Village women farmers in conversation with staff and trainers on site. Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.
Footprint: Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh, India
Beneficiaries: 500 small and marginal farmers belonging to marginalized communities
Science of Life Studies (SOLS), Cambodia | 2016-2017
Project: Equal Opportunities for Education
Footprint: set-up 18 subsidized province centers in Cambodia
Beneficiaries: 5,605 young men and women
Sustainable Development for All (SDFA), Kenya | 2016-2017
Mwangabora lamps being distributed to women through community groups (Image: SDFA Kenya)
Footprint: 15 different villages spread across 3 counties in Kenya – Kitui, Makueni and Kakamega
Beneficiaries: 1,100 young men and women
Conservation Through Public Health | 2015-2017
Planning Meeting to Scale up the Integrated Conservation, Health and Community Development Model at Mount Elgon National Park, Kenya
Footprint: Three national parks in Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Uganda
Impulse NGO Network | 2013-2016
Vocational training for rehabilitation of trafficked victims, Myanmar
Project: Impulse Case Info Centre Myanmar
Footprint: India and Myanmar
Beneficiaries: 100,000 (including personnel from government departments, civil society stakeholders, media, and trafficked women and men)
Fundacion Paraguaya | 2012-2014
Entrepreneurship training for low income youth in Nicaragua
Footprint: Five schools in four countries – Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay
Beneficiaries: 1300 low-income youth