Call for Applications Award 2020


„Partnerships in Times of Crisis“

The bridge-it! One World Award for South-North partnership projects

Application till the 17.11.2020

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
Maya Angelou, poet and activist

You are Change Agents in a South-North partnership project or in a student company? You raise questions to the future, have a future-oriented project and/or a vision? You want to shape the future together with other Change Agents and be part of a network of committed people?

Given the specific situation, this year, for the first time, we are not (only) looking for success stories, but your approach in these confusing times. Is your partnership also in crisis? Tell us about your problems and how you dealt with them, even a perceived failure can be very instructive and deserves a prize. Or have you found ways to continue in these times? Could your actions perhaps be a model for other groups? Then join in!

Then apply for the 2020’s bridge-it! One World Award for partnership projects 2020 by the 17.11.2020. Get to be part of the 2021’s Change-Agents Conference and win a price money with a total value of 1500€!

Whether tree planting campaign with your partners, joint cultivation and distribution of Fair Trade articles or a collaborative tackling of the microplastics issue. We are keen to get to know your project and find out what kind of forward-looking vision it bears. We want to know how you got through the year with all its difficulties – and want to hear about your learnings and take-aways.

Our jury members will meet on 7 December and select the Top10 project groups from among all applications. These will get an exclusive invitation to our Change-Agents Conference in spring 2021 near Berlin.  The Top3 will receive a prize money in a total amount of 1500€.

*** This year again: The bridge-it! Senior Award 2020

This year, for the second time, we are attributing our bridge-it! Senior Award to a South-North tandem of project supervisors or project-carrying teachers. As Change Agents, this gives you the opportunity to appreciate the outstanding commitment of your project supervisors/teachers.

To this end, you can nominate a tandem together with your partners from your partner country: respectively one supervisor from the partner country and one from Germany. 

The application process for the bridge-it! Senior Award is quite simple. You just nominate your project leaders here or on our website and our jury will select the second Senior Award recipients from among the nominations.


We look forward to your online application on

Your projects are proof that: Together we can change the world!


What you have to do for the application

It is important to the jury that your application focuses on concrete activities from 2019/2020: be it a joint theater play, activities of your student company, a student calendar, videos. We do not assess the type of action per se, but how you implement it. In the categories below you can gather what the jury is interested in. Please give us as many concrete examples from your everyday project life as possible!

For the structure and content of your application you can use the following questions as guidelines. Please keep the answers as short as possible. Your application should not be longer than two to three pages.


Your application

To apply, you first have to create a profile for your group. You can do this immediately, even if you discuss the tasks in the course of the next weeks.

The application form will be saved in the profile, so you could save it incomplete, log in again later and edit it further.

For the application for the bridge-it! award 2020 we have compiled a few questions for you. Four categories have been created to this end:

  • The project approach
  • The parties involved
  • Experiencing, understanding, evaluating and acting with regard to sustainable development in Germany and in the respective partner country
  • Presentation of the application

As soon as your group created a profile, you get access to the criteria and the corresponding questions.

Now it’s your turn: We are looking forward to your applications!

Background / Terminology

The world is subject to increasingly rapid processes of change. Intensifying globalization, the Internet, Facebook & Co. are indeed bringing the world ever closer together, but at the same time we are moving further apart from each other and the global challenges for all of us are growing: the gap between rich and poor is widening, the destruction of life’s natural foundations as well as climate change are progressing, making it drastically clear to us that we urgently need to change our ways of life and behaviours.

 „Global Learning“ and „Education to Sustainable Development“…

„… refer for us to the fact of learning with you in the age of globalization. We take a close look at global interrelations: What is our role and responsibility in the world society? Critically and optimistically we develop forward-looking visions of a just and peaceful world in which natural resources are preserved. This way we jointly discover possibilities to shape globalization now in a just manner.“ (EPIZ Reutlingen)

Global South/ Global North

The term Global South refers to a social, political and economic location that is being disadvantaged in the global system. The Global North, on the other hand, designates a privileged location where advantages are being benefited from. The classification is based on the distinct experiences with colonialism and exploitation, the ones being exploited while the others profiting. The classification along South and North is also meant geographically, but not solely. With the pair of terms Global North/Global South an attempt is made at identifying different positions in a global context, without using evaluative denominations such as „developed“, „developing“ or „third world“. (Glokal e.V.)

Global Development Goals

The United Nations wants to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty throughout the world by 2030. The UN General Assembly has adopted the so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is about nothing less than changing the world – as the United Nations says. The Sustainable Development Goals outline the way to achieve this. There are 17 of them, with a proud 169 sub-goals: including the eradication of poverty, hunger and the climate transition. In addition, there is a commitment to education, environmental protection and peaceful societies. The international community wants to achieve these goals by 2030, and the member states agreed to make a corresponding voluntary commitment at their summit in New York in 2016. The new catalogue builds upon the Millennium Development Goals from 2000. Although not all of them have been achieved, they made it nevertheless possible to halve extreme poverty in the world.