2019 and 2020 Scale-up Projects

SADA’s Women Cooperative

Sustainable Cities Program

Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative

The Abidjan Principles on the Right to Education

Youth Assemblies

Rapid Response Mechanism for Higher Education in Emergencies

Principles for Inclusive Peace

Model Drug Law

Global High Seas Treaty

Festival à Sahel Ouvert

The World Benchmarking Alliance

Ranking Digital Rights

Kumekucha: It’s a New Dawn

International Gender Champions

Label européen sur le partage de la valeur

Digital Democracy Charter

Leveraging Visual and Statistical Argument to Combat Torture

Climate Resilient Zero-Budget Natural Farming in Andhra Pradesh

Antarctica 2020

AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub

Projects selected to receive one year
of support in 2020

Festival à Sahel
Association Globe


The project Festival à Sahel Ouvert aims to use culture to foster economic development in Mboumba. It creates a festival around theatre, music, dance, and cinema to enhance the appropriation of the cultural heritage of the population and the associated economic opportunities.



Global High
Seas Treaty
High Seas Alliance (HSA)


The goal of the High Seas Alliance is to support an effective framework that allows for the successful management and conservation of biodiversity in the high seas. This would have benefits, not just for livelihoods and species in the high seas, but for citizens and ecosystems around the world, while also demonstrating that multilateralism and the rule of law can still work for the greater good.

Model Drug
Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP)


The project targets national policy makers, key civil society organizations, and journalists to significantly and sustainably strengthen the capacity for improved drug laws in West Africa and beyond. Given significant similarities, a replication for Eastern and Southern Africa where countries are affected by a heroin trafficking route is planned.


Principles for
Inclusive Peace


After identifying some of the fundamental challenges to current peace processes, there is a need to re-think the way these processes are conceived and structured. This project aims to commence a global participatory process that will establish a new normative framework with standards to guide inclusive and effective peace processes.





Rapid Response Mechanism for Higher Education in Emergencies
Global Platform for Syrian Students


The Rapid Response Mechanism for Higher Education in Emergencies (RRM) is a multi-stakeholder project in the making, aimed at providing more, better, and faster academic opportunities for students who are either in vulnerable situations or face humanitarian emergencies created by conflicts and natural disasters.





SADA’s Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), International Labour Organization (ILO)


 SADA Women’s Cooperative aims to strengthen the resilience of refugee and local women. Powered by Turkish, Syrian and Afghan women, the cooperative is an inclusive business initiative, providing a collective income generation mechanism for refugee and Turkish women. Based in a Turkish city on the Syrian border, the cooperative fosters social cohesion through its inclusive and democratic business model, run by refugee and Turkish women in a democratic manner.

Sustainable Cities
Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI)


The Sustainable Cities Program was created in 2011 spurred by the initiative of organized civil society. The aim is to contribute to the sustainability of Brazilian cities and to improve the quality of life and the well-being of the population in general. The main focus is to assist public managers with urban planning tools and methodologies to adopt a systemic and integrated approach of territory.

The Abidjan Principles on the Right to Education
A secretariat comprised of 5 organizations


The Abidjan Principles project compiles and interprets existing human rights law and standards in order to provide guidance on how to put them into practice, in the context of the rapid expansion of private sector involvement in education.



Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative


Launched in 2013, the Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) aims to position the Graduation approach as a key driver to end poverty in all its forms. The UPGI team provides technical expertise to governments and other NGOs to enable adoption of quality Graduation programs, and advocates for a global shift in priority toward the ultra-poor in policy-making arenas. 

Youth Assemblies
The Oslo Center


The Youth Assemblies is a youth initiative from Mombasa, Kenya. It engages youth who felt excluded from society and that their voices were not heard. The project raises their voice and helps them take their place in society, thereby building and encouraging a culture of democracy and helping to hold the government and stakeholders accountable to the youth population.

Projects selected to receive one year
of support in 2019

Antarctica 2020
Ocean Unite,
The Pew Charitable Trusts,
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition


The project is led by a diverse group of high-level influencers from the world of sports, politics, business, media and science, to build support for protecting more than seven million square kilometers of Antarctic waters by 2020.

Youth Cooperation Hub
African Union,
European Union


The AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub is a platform where African & European Youth think and act together. Launched in October 2018, the Hub is about turning some of those ideas into reality, piloting them on a small scale but with maximum impact, visibility and result-evidence.

Climate Resilient Zero-Budget Natural Farming
of Andhra Pradesh


Climate Resilient Zero-Budget Natural Farming in Andhra Pradesh (ZBNF) enables farmers to improve soil fertility, reduce costs and risks drastically, reduce irrigation requirement, and increase yields on a large scale while preserving the quality of the production.

Digital Democracy


Digital Democracy Charter aims to design a public policy response to steer technological development back towards serving the wellbeing of democratic societies.

International Gender
International Gender Champions


The project is a leadership network of female and male decision makers from civil society, international organizations and member states committed to achieve gender equality in their activities.

It's a New Dawn
Green String Network


This community-led social healing program addresses symptoms of trauma, guides discussions on violent extremism, forgiveness and reconciliation, and deconstructs entrenched cycles of violence at community and societal levels.

Label européen sur le
partage de la valeur


The project proposes the establishment of a European indicator to give the possibility to the citizen-consumer to make their purchase decisions based on the suppliers and the brands that participate to a project for a more inclusive and fair society.

Leveraging Visual and Statistical Argument to Combat Torture
World Justice Project


The project aims to end the use of torture as an investigative tool and to motivate new effective torture prevention measures.

Digital Rights
New America


With a community of international partners, this project works to establish common standards for evaluating and benchmarking the world’s most powerful internet, mobile and telecommunications companies on their commitments and policies affecting users’ expression and privacy.

The World Benchmarking Alliance


By supporting the private sector in its role to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the World Benchmarking Alliance helps companies moving from aspiration to achievement.

Scaling up projects


The Paris Peace Forum is an incubator that advances the most promising governance projects.

It scales up global governance projects to demonstrate that it is still possible to improve the collective response to global challenges in a deteriorated international environment.


10 projects are selected among 100+ showcased at the annual event to benefit from a one-year support.

These projects present the highest potential of development while tackling crucial global governance issues at the same time.  


These projects are selected by a jury composed of members of both the Scale-up Committee and the Selection Committee applying the following criteria: Quality of the project; importance and relevance of the project to current global governance issues; feasibility of the project or its potential for progress; level of actual support as well as diversity of origin and of organization.


All year round, these projects benefit from customized support for their advocacy, communication or organizational development activities. The results will be assessed during the next edition. 

This support is implemented by a Scale-up Committee composed of eleven experienced and influential personalities in their field of activity.


Download the 2019 Scale-up Committee Progress Report

Scale-up Committee

Director, Directorate General for
International and Development at the
European Commission (DG DEVCO)
Program Director,
World Bank Group
Kathrin LORENZ
Head of the Governance and
Conflict Department, GIZ
Co-director of the Economic Justice Program,
Open Society Foundations
Advisor to the President of the
Paris Peace Forum
Senior Director, EU Government Affairs,
Deputy Chief Executive Officer,
Open Government Partnership
Youth Team Leader, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Founder of NGO SheSays
Senior Advisor and Team Leader for social,
human rights, humanitarian and cultural issues,
Office of the President of the
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

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