The Joke Waller-Hunter (JWH) Initiative


Founded in 2007

The JWH Initiative offers young environmental leaders in the developing world the opportunity to realise their full potential, and in doing so helps them to navigate a new, more sustainable path to development.


The initiative gives small grants to individuals from the global South, not to set up projects but rather to train them further, expanding their knowledge and experience. This in essence will lead to better management, governance, and regulation within environmental Civil Society Organisations (CSO), increasing their capacity and improving efficiency and effectiveness.


To learn more about the initiative, the nomination process and deadlines or download the nomination forms visit the JWHi website.


Joke Waller-Hunter (15 November 1946 – 14 October 2005) was a Dutch UN official and one of the most influential people in the world of international environmental action. She was the first UN Director for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, director of the OECD Environment Directorate and served as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


In 2005, the environmental sector sadly lost a very dedicated, courageous, and inspirational leader, however her legacy still lives on. On her passing, she left her estate to the capacity development of environmental organisations in developing countries. Having always kept an eye on Both ENDS throughout her illustrious career, Joke Waller-Hunter knew there was no better organisation in The Netherlands to deliver her vision. And so, since 2007 Both ENDS has managed the JWH Initiative. To-date this has directly changed the lives of over 130 grantees in more than 35 countries. To ‘meet’ some of our grantees, visit the JWHi website.


Over the last 25 plus years Both ENDS has developed a strong network in the global south. It is through this network of local partners that Both ENDS is able to identify and select young leaders who have an unwavering dedication to the environment and who’d otherwise remain out of sight. Young and talented people from indigenous communities, people with little formal education but great ambitions, and especially young women can now empower themselves thanks to Joke Waller-Hunter’s legacy.


Eva Schmitz coordinator



Each year the number of nominations increases, however Mrs. Waller Hunter’s legacy is finite and can not sustain the initiatives long-term vision and ambitions. To ensure the valuable work continues, Both Ends and the JWH Initiative are looking for supporters who share our commitment to investing in tomorrows environmental leaders today.


Please feel free to contact us on any of the raised issued, remarks or queries or should you have questions about the initiative.


For further information please also see:

-          Website

-          Information Sheet (pdf)

-          FAQ Sheet (pdf)


  • Small_Grants.png
  • _ParisProof_new.png
  • 160916_Nicaraguakanaalknop.png
  • 160916_palmolieknop.png
  • banner_jwhi2.png
  • banner_richforests.png
  • subscribe