Get your nomination ready for the Holman Prize!

Nominations for the Holman Prize are less than two months away, so this is your advanced warning to get your ideas together!

The Holman Prize helps legally blind people from around their world in making their dreams a reality, and to demonstrate to the public that in an accessible world, blind people are capable of doing anything that their sighted peers can do.

Winners from last year include Ahmet Ustunel who is training to kayak Turkey’s Bosphorous Strait, completely solo; Penny Melville-Brown who is taking her YouTube baking show to six continents and Ojok Simon who is teaching his fellow Ugandan’s to become self-sustaining beekeepers.

The application process opens on 16th January, so get preparing your 90 second YouTube application video!

Visit the Holman Prize website to find out more!

Make your application for the Digital Imagination Challenge!

Unity Media is seeking applications for digital innovations that help break down barriers in the digital media world. The Digital Imagination Challenge is looking for initiatives, start-ups or organizations with ground-breaking ideas, and ideally those at an early stage, that help persons with disabilities to fully participate in the digital media world. There is 20,000 Euro prize money up for grabs, as well as a boot-camp in Berlin and a four-week training program. Visit the Unity Media website to find out more and to make your application by the 26th November deadline!

Last chance to join the Global Entrepreneurship Declaration!

The Global Entrepreneurship Declaration will be launched in the presence of UNIDO Officials, over 42 ministers and government representative, CEOs, investors, entrepreneurs and media in Vienna on November 24th 2017 during the UNIDO LDC (Least Developed Countries) Conference.

If you are a start-up, this is your final call to register and have a chance of being included in the official list within the Global Entrepreneurship Declaration.

A small number of start-ups working on challenges defined on the 1MillionStartups platform (contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals) will be selected and invited to take part in this event and present their business at the UNIDO HQ in Vienna.

Visit the 1MillionStartups platform to find out more and register your interest by the 15th November deadline!

Alternative Nobel Prize for Yetnebersh Nigussie

We want to say a massive congratulations to one of our dear partners, Yetnebersh Nigussie who has been awarded as a Laureate of the 2017 Right Livelihood Award, widely referred to as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. Yetnebersh is an Ethiopian lawyer working in the field of human rights, particularly inclusion of persons with disabilities. She is a winner of a Zero Project 2014 Innovative Practice and has been an inspirational speaker at the Zero Project Conferences in the preceding years. We want to say a huge congratulations for this well deserved accolade!

Read more about her incredible achievement and the work she had been involved with by visiting the Right Livelihood Award website.

Caroline Casey’s epic journey continues

Our dear friend Caroline Casey is now well into her incredible journey through Colombia in an effort to ignite a global conversation on inclusion. She has received great support along the campaign from those in Colombia, but just as importantly the #Valuable Tribe has been growing to join the cause across the globe. With less than one week to go until she reaches Bogota we wish Caroline and everyone involved in the campaign all the best! Continue to follow the latest on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the Valuable website.

Check out “This Ability” Online Newspaper

This Ability is an online disability awareness newspaper which publishes inspiring stories from around South Africa covering a vast range of topics and abilities. It aims to motivate and inspire persons with disabilities and their family and caregivers.

Run by a small, but dedicated team across South Africa, the newspaper shares stories that promote empowerment, innovation and inclusiveness.

You can read the latest issue by visiting the website, or you can read the stories directly on the web. You can also subscribe to make sure you do not miss any issues of the newspaper in the future.

Equitas winners at Disability Matters Asia Pacific event

Equitas, the Microfinance bank in India have been selected for best market place solution in the Disability Matters Asia Pacific event 2017.

Many congratulations to everyone involved in the project, that some may remember was selected for the Zero Project 2017 awards in the category of Innovative Employment Practices.

In case you need a re-fresh, the project identifies women who run small businesses and have a marginalised disabled background and offers microfinance solutions without collateral. Between 2008 and 2016 an incredible 14,000 women with disabilities received loans.

John Alex, Group Head-Social Initiatives at Equitas will be continuing to spread the word on this great project, by giving a talk on the model at the upcoming Annual SEEP Conference in October 2-4, 2017 at Arlington, USA.


An epic 1,000km challenge in Colombia to promote #Valuable

One of our closest partners and conference allies is heading off on a spectacular adventure to promote the #valuable campaign. On 4th September 2017 Caroline Casey, founder of Binc,will embark on a 1,000 kilometre horse adventure through Colombia to ignite a global conversation on inclusion, through the #valuable campaign.

Backed by global business leaders, #valuable calls on businesses to put disability own their boardroom agenda and will identify 10 game-changing business leaders to stand for the one billion people living with a disability worldwide, and champion the issue of disability around the globe.

Follow Caroline on her epic journey and join the conversation by visiting the #valuable website and social media channels; Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Johnson and Johnson’s GenH Challenge

Apply to the GenH Challenge with your everyday idea to change the trajectory of health.

The best ideas for the future of health can come from anyone, anywhere in the world. Pioneered by Johnson & Johnson, the GenH Challenge is a social innovation prize competition uniquely incentivizing global entrepreneurs, innovators, and people on the front lines of health to join forces and tackle some of the world’s toughest health challenges.

The GenH Challenge is founded on the belief that everyday ideas can transform the trajectory of health for humanity. The competition provides up to $250,000 in funding, plus other incentives, to support and champion the pioneers of ingenuity who will help the world achieve its healthiest generation – “GenH.”

To learn more or apply to the GenH Challenge, visit

EFC release publication on Institutional Philanthropy – A Focus on Disability

The European Foundation Centre has released a publication summarising and analysing how EFC members and other institutional philanthropy actors are engaging with the field of disability. The report provides an up-to-date picture of 34 philanthropic organisations active in the field of disability. The Zero Project is proud to have been one organisation contributing to this report.

The survey, which was carried out in the context of the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), focused on institutional philanthropy actors who are funding, supporting, advocating, and partnering to advance the situation of people with disabilities in Europe and beyond, including those with disabilities related to ageing.

The survey found that the organisations employed over 1,600 full-time-equivalent staff and spend around 155 Million Euro annually in the field of disability.

Read more about the other key findings, or view the full report by visiting the EFC website.