» Call for Applications: Youth Civic Engagement Initiative in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone
12.09.2018 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

Call for Applications: Youth Civic Engagement Initiative in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone

The UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Abuja is calling young change makers to take active part in the ‘Youth Civic Engagement Initiative’. It is an opportunity to promote youth-led initiatives that provide innovative solutions to the challenges facing the world today and to promote youth participation in public debate, action and decision-making at local, national and regional levels.

Recognizing young people as active civic agents in their countries and communities, this Initiative is aligned with UNESCO’s commitment to advancing youth civic engagement, not only within established, traditional spaces and processes, but also through innovative, transformative action that are initiated by youth themselves. It also aspires to build bridges and initiate dialogue and cooperation among the different stakeholders affecting youth engagement in the project countries (government, parliament, civil society, youth, academia and development partners) in order to enable more effective policy and programme design and delivery on youth issues.

This call for applications is open to youth-led organizations in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. It welcomes applications from youth who have demonstrated experience and concrete achievements in promoting youth civic engagement in the areas of participation in decision-making, civic education, culture of peace, human rights, environmental protection, volunteerism, community dialogue and/or gender equality. The applicants will go through a competitive pre-selection phase to become an essential part of Youth Civic Engagement Initiative.

The selected applicants will be invited to an incubation workshop organized by UNESCO on 4-5 October 2018. Using the tools and information acquired during the workshop, selected youth will then conduct research whose objective will be to identify and report of specific youth civic engagement challenges (15 October – 15 November 2018). Following the research, the youth will move on to design project proposals for remedial action. Webinar sessions will be held (20-23 November 2018) for mentorship and support from UNESCO.

The winning proposal will be announced in December 2018 and will receive a 10,000 USD grant to implement the proposed solution starting from January 2019.

Youth-led organizations are invited to submit their applications to the UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office in Abuja, using the application form (below) and to be sent in PDF format to contest.abu(at)unesco.org, by 30 September 2018 the latest.

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