Public Call: Are you an Influencer promoting positive social messaging?
Search for Common Ground is currently implementing a 15-month rapid response program, with support from the EU’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), to combat COVID-19 in a number of countries around the world. Through this program, Search is responsible for developing a digital coordination and learning platform for practitioners responding to pandemics in conflict-affected contexts, as well as a platform that showcases the work of influencers in these contexts that are contributing to positive change in their communities.
Throughout the world, influencers play a key role in the communications ecosystem within their community–often, the reach of these influencers is confined to their immediate contexts. The Influencers for Change network, seeks to identify and highlight a diversity of digital influencers who are making positive contributions to their societies in response to the pandemic. Through the development of this network, influencers in conflict-affected contexts will have the opportunity to showcase their work with a global audience, learn from and connect with their peers, and hone their messages to amplify the impact of their communications.
We need your help in identifying influencers around the world to showcase their work through the new platform. The platform will allow influencers to develop digital portfolios to showcase their work, participate in live discussions with other influencers, and access small grants to support their work.
What is an Influencer?
An Influencer is a person who has the potential to influence and affect the behaviours of other people because of their authority, knowledge, position, or relationship with their audience.
Why do they matter?
We understand that the messenger is often more important than the message itself. By working with influencers, we may be able to reach previously hard-to-reach communities, and we can incentivise positive social civil discourse.
Upon being identified to join Influencers for Change, influencers will become part of an exclusive community that is contributing to positive change at local and international levels.
Who is eligible?
Influencers from the following countries are eligible to join Influencers for Change: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palestine, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Yemen.
Benefits of engagement with the network include:
- Private, expert-facilitated discussions and learning exchanges
- The opportunity to create digital portfolios for Search dissemination, future use, and adaptation to context
- Access to small grants to support the influencers’ work
To apply, you can click on this link and complete the form. The deadline to submit is January 8, 2021.
Please email Emily Long (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or concerns.