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Second call for applications to the UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund

The UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund supports urban youth in developing countries. It aims to advance the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the Habitat Agenda by providing small grants of between USD 5,000 and USD 25,000 to youth-led projects piloting innovative approaches to employment, good governance, shelter and secure tenure. By undertaking research on best practises in youth-led development the fund also aims to create a greater awareness of the urgency to mainstream youth in development policies and strategies.

 

As you may know, the Fund was established at the request of member states at the UN-HABITAT Governing Council in April 2007 and officially launched at the 3rd World Urban Youth Forum in November 2008. The first call for applications was launched in March 2009 and more than 1100 applications were received from youth-led organizations in 86 countries. A total of 67 youth-led projects from 33 countries worth 960,000 USD were granted on 5 October 2010, a majority of the projects are related to youth employment and entrepreneurship.

 

The Fund provides a unique opportunity for youth-led organizations, as well as local authorities and government agencies working with them, to seek support to urban youth-led development initiatives. These initiatives may of course include programmes and projects that UN-HABITAT and its partners are engaged in.

 

Further information about the Fund, including application forms and guidelines, is available at www.unhabitat.org/youthfund in English, French and Spanish.

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