About the Award

The Japan Social Development Fund Award (JSDF) addresses the objective of providing assistance to exceptionally marginalized and disadvantaged groups by supporting innovative development projects in developing countries. The Award is funded by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan and administered by the Global Development Network.  The JSDF Award is one of the three categories of the Global Development Awards Competition, a unique competition launched in the year 2000 with the support of the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan. The competition seeks to recognize innovative ideas in the implementation of development projects for marginalized and disadvantaged populations.

The JSDF Award, managed by GDN commenced in 2010. It is linked to the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) that funds innovative social development implementation in developing countries. The first prize winner of the MIDP Award is eligible to apply for the JSDF Award of USD 200,000.


Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development (CORD) (2016-2018)












Village women farmers in conversation with staff and trainers on site. Kangra, Humachal Pradesh. 

Science of Life Studies (SOLS), Cambodia (2016-2017)

Sustainable Development for All (SDFA), Kenya (2016-2017)

Conservation Through Public Health (2015-2017)

Planning Meeting to Scale up the Integrated Conservation, Health and
Community Development Model at Mount Elgon National Park, Kenya

Impulse NGO Network (2013-2016)

Vocational training for rehabilitation of trafficked victims, Myanmar

  • Project: Impulse Case Info Centre Myanmar
  • Footprint: India and Myanmar
  • Beneficiaries: 100,000 (including personnel from government departments, civil society stakeholders, media, trafficked women and men and wider community)

Fundacion Paraguaya (2012-2014)

Entrepreneurship training for low income youth in Nicaragua


For more information, please contact Mansoor Ali Sait, Grants Manager.

Funded by

Ministry of Finance,
Government of Japan