Swedish Institute (SI) Leader Lab 2023 (fully funded)

Deadline: 30 November 2022

Deadline: 30 November 2022

Wishing to improve as a leader, expand the advocacy work of your organization, and ore so share knowledge with a network of motivating peers, submit an application for Swedish Institute (SI) Leader Lab 2023

The curriculum combines regular coaching help with online workshops conducted in both regional and cross-regional learning groups. All 90 program participants will assemble in Stockholm in May for a jam-packed week of on-site learning that will deepen the learning and improve teamwork.

The purpose of Swedish Institute (SI) Leader Lab 2023 is to increase civil society organizations’ capacity to lead effective advocacy efforts related to Sustainable Development Goal 16. (Promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies). The program gathers significant civil society leaders who are receptive to cutting-edge approaches and new technological advancements. The network offers the participants extensive feedback from numerous areas in the subject and is made up of peers from across several sub-sectors in civil society.

There are three parallel programmes with an equal number of participants from three regions:

  • 30 participants from South Asia
  • 30 participants from the Middle East and North Africa
  • 30 participants from Eastern Europe


  • Personal leadership insights: How to lead others and yourself via improved self-awareness and comprehension of group dynamics.
  • A greater ability for team leaders and managers in your organization.
  • A greater ability for your organization to drive and carry out successful advocacy activity.
  • the opportunity to inspire one another and exchange experiences on shared difficulties while exchanging knowledge and building expertise in a network of experts

The following prerequisites must be satisfied by applicants to SI Leader Lab (and may change):

  • Have a leading position in a civil society organisation or network working toward Sustainable Development Goal 16, within the 2030 Agenda. This can, for example, be an organisation working within such areas as peace and security, equality and inclusion, transparency and anti-corruption, accountability, and access to free information and media integrity.
  • Work with a team in which they have a leadership role (formal or informal).
  • Age between 25 and 45 years old (born 1977 to 1998).
  • Have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English.
  • Be a citizen of Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine or Yemen.
  • Be available to participate in all parts of the programme.
  • Prepared to implement tools, competencies and knowledge they gain from the programme in their team and organisation.
  • Submission period for applications: 1 – 30 November 2022
  • Selection period: 16 – 21 December 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: 16 January 2023
  • Online workshops and coaching: Mid-February – April 2023
  • Onsite sessions in Stockholm (3 regions, 90+ participants): 2 – 10 May 2023 (incl. travel days)  
  • Programme wrap up, online: Early June 2023 

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