World Justice Challenge 2022: Building More Just Communities ($20,000 prize)

World Justice Challenge 2022: Building More Just Communities ($20,000 prize)

Deadline: December 14, 2021

Applications are open for the World Justice Challenge 2022. The World Justice Challenge is a global competition conducted by the World Justice Project (WJP) to identify, recognize, and promote good practices and high-impact projects and policies that protect and advance the rule of law.

This year’s Challenge, “Building More Just Communities,” is dedicated to addressing structural inequities and governance weaknesses exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. WJP invites entries that strengthen the foundational elements of the rule of law, support a just recovery from COVID-19, and tackle the root causes of societies’ persistent inability to deliver a dignified life for all.


  • Cash awards of $20,000 USD will go to five initiatives that show demonstrable results and promising prospects for future progress and replication/scaling.


  • Initiatives addressing at least one of the following Challenge themes, as they relate to addressing structural inequities and fundamental barriers on the path to a just COVID-19 recovery, are eligible to apply:
    • Access to Justice for All
    • Anti-Corruption and Open Government
    • Equal Rights and Non-Discrimination
  • The competition is multidisciplinary and open to organizations worldwide, including, but not limited to: non-profits; social entrepreneurs; media; national and multilateral government agencies; local government bodies; businesses/private sector enterprises; bar associations; and law firms from any country or territory in the world.
  • Applicants may submit no more than two entries.
  • Collaborative entries among several organizations are welcome.
  • Entries must be submitted in English.

Evaluation Criteria

Entries will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Impact: the initiative has demonstrably made a material contribution to improving an important justice problem in one or more of the thematic categories above
  • Sustainability: the initiative demonstrates the potential for sustained operation over time
  • Scaling/Replicability: the initiative demonstrates potential for expansion in its current context and/or replication in other contexts (e.g. other geographies, populations or sectors)


Applications are due December 14, 2021 by 11:59 PM EST.

Note that the World Justice Challenge is a one-time prize to recognize effective projects and policies already in progress and is not a grantmaking program for new initiatives on the drawing board. Applications seeking funding for future initiatives will not be considered.

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For more information, visit World Justice Challenge.