12.12.2012 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Request for Proposals UNESCO Youth-led Initiatives Grant Scheme

UNESCO considers young men and women as key actors and partners to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue. With a firm belief on the potential of youth as a motor for social change, UNESCO aims to contribute to the empowerment of youth in Indonesia. UNESCO believes that participatory and strategic involvement of young people in outreach, volunteerism and bureaucracy can bridge the gap between the formal institutions and young women and men, including vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalized groups, filling a critical gap of unmet needs.

With this in mind, UNESCO Jakarta Office wants to contribute to youth empowerment and engagement of young women and men in their communities through support to youth-led initiatives.

If you are young and if you have an idea that can make a change in your community or in your country, we invite you to apply to UNESCO Youth-led Initiatives Grant Scheme. See the criteria and eligibility below:

Criteria for applicants:

Are you:

  • a leader, or emerging leader, currently working or volunteering in an youth organization?
  • willing to be heard in your community and willing to involve other young men and women like you in it?
  • between the age of 15 and 30?

Does your idea:

  • contribute to strengthen local youth organizations to be active participants in your community’s decision making process?
  • contribute to the social inclusion of vulnerable groups including people with disabilities, LGBTs, people with HIV, communities from rural or disadvantaged  areas?
  • contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development or intercultural dialogue?
  • aim to mobilize the youth in your community, encouraging them to play an active role in the society?

When considering candidates to be awarded with the grants, UNESCO will take into account the following:

  • a commitment to the values of UNESCO
  • experience on issues linked to youth
  • innovation
  • willingness to learn
  • commitment to follow-up activities

If interested, please, send the following documents to Mr Mikel Aguirre m.aguirre-idiaquez(at)unesco.org before the 28th of December 2012:

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Proposed idea/Action Plan including detailed budget (5 pages max.)
  • Backup letter from an NGO, local institution, University, etc. would be an asset

In the subject of the email, please write: Youth-led Initiatives Grant Scheme.

  • UNESCO will support the selected projects/action plans with up to 3.000 USD.
  • The selected projects/action plans should be implemented between January-September 2013
  • UNESCO will announce the awardees on the 17th of January 2013.



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