Wednesday, 23 March 2011

UN-HABITAT’s Urban Youth Fund 2011

The United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT) has launched the third round of funding for the UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund aimed at advancing the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the Habitat Agenda by supporting youth-led projects implemented in cities and towns of developing countries. The Fund has been established with the support of the Government of Norway.

The Fund seeks to provide assistance to youth-led NGOs to develop and implement projects that will contribute to sustainable urbanization in the developing world. Young persons in the age group of 15 and 32 years can apply to receive this support through legally registered organizations in developing countries. Persons above the age of 32 years can still take part in the projects demonstrating adult-youth partnerships. Involvement of girls and young women in decision-making at all levels of the organization is another important criterion.

An interesting feature of the Fund is that it can also support organizations that are legally not registered but fulfill other criteria set down in the application guidelines. Such an NGO needs to apply in partnership with a facilitating organization that will receive and manage the funding on its behalf.

Proposed projects should be implemented at the grassroots within a city or town with more than 10,000 inhabitants. The projects should promote youth participation in urban governance, pilot innovative approaches to adequate shelter and secure tenure for youth; promote entrepreneurship and employment for youth; and support the development of youth networks on sustainable urban development. The Fund can support projects of up to US $25,000 for a period of twelve months.

Applications have to be submitted online through the Urban Youth Fund System. The closing date for making the submission is 15 April 2011. For more information on how to apply Please Visit

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