For the fifth year in a row, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) invites young people based in cities or towns from the developing world – engaged in innovative projects to employment, good urban governance, shelter and secure tenure – to apply for the UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund, consisting of grants of up to US$25,000. The application process is open from 15 February to 15 April 2013.
To qualify for a grant, the project in question must be led by young people aged 15-32, and be based in cities or towns in developing countries. As the Fund aims to promote youth empowerment as the solution for better urban governance, grants will be targeted to the young people who need assistance the most, particularly disadvantaged youth in urban slums.
Projects promoting gender equality, or involving partnerships with the government, the private sector or civil society are especially encouraged.
For more information regarding the 2013 call for applications, visit: www.unhabitat.org/youthfund.
This initiative sprang from the 21st session of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council in 2007 and has so far awarded grants to 214 projects led by young people from all over the world. Many of the project ideas have been aimed at alleviating poverty, improving employment opportunities, improving the environment and increasing youth participation in decision-making. The fund promotes the poverty-reduction aims of the Millennium Development Goals, and the Habitat Agenda for better, more sustainable and equitable towns and cities throughout the developing world.