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UN-Habitat's "Urban Youth Fund"

UN-Habitat is a United Nations program. One of UN-Habitat's many urban initiatives is the "Urban Youth Fund." "The UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund makes grants for and develops the capacity of urban youth-led organizations implementing community projects which contribute to sustainable urbanization and economic prosperity. The Fund supports over 200 youth-led projects in at least 50 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America."

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Who is UN-Habitat:
"UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. "

http://unhabitat.org

"Youth" Urban Theme:
One of UN-Habitat's  "urban themes" is "Youth." Other urban themes: "legislation, mobility, housing & slum upgrading, safety, climate change, gender, planning & design, economy, reconstruction, resilience, water & sanitation, land, energy "

Urban Youth Fund:

http://unhabitat.org/urban-initiatives/urban-youth-fund/
"The UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund makes grants for and develops the capacity of urban youth-led organizations implementing community projects which contribute to sustainable urbanization and economic prosperity. The Fund supports over 200 youth-led projects in at least 50 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The objective of the model project is to strengthen the capacities of international, national, and city authorities and youth groups. These groups will then be better equipped to improve youth employment and living conditions, to reduce vulnerabilities and, consequently, contribute towards overall national development. The project will assist youth-led organizations to initiate and manage projects and will educate these groups about effective practices in youth-led development projects (including fundraising). It also aims to increase awareness amongst policy makers and donors of the need to mainstream youth in development policies and strategies.

At the national (client) level, when a request is received, UN-Habitat facilitates the establishment of an Urban Youth Fund at the national or city level as well as the transparent selection of beneficiary youth groups. Selected youth groups then receive intensive training in project management, including financial management and monitoring and evaluation in order to ensure successful project implementation.

Through the youth-led “laboratory” projects such as the UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund, the agency is increasing opportunities for the urban youth in developing countries to improve living conditions for themselves and their communities."

I think this may be a related UN-Habitat "Youth Fund" initiative:
Article dated July 22, 2014:
"Nigeria to work with UN-Habitat to promote youth empowerment"
http://unhabitat.org/nigeria-to-work-with-un-habitat-to-promote-youth-empowerment/

December 13, 2013 UN newsletter announcing the Urban Youth Fund:
http://www.un.org/youthenvoy/opportunities/un-habitat-announces-new-youth-mentor-program/
"The UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund is dedicated to empowering global youth by providing grants and capacity building to selected organizations in developing countries. Yearly, more than 8,000 youth-led organizations apply for a grant of up to $25,000. Approximately 40 organizations were selected this year to receive a grant, training and ongoing support. These youth-led groups span various sectors, from technology and agriculture to governance, education and poverty reduction.

This is a unique opportunity for grassroots, experts and consultants to work with top youth groups globally, and take youth empowerment to the next level. As a mentor you will be an official part of our UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund community, with access to a global network of emerging youth leaders."

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Separate, but appears to be related:
Urban Youth Research Network:
http://www.urbangateway.org/urbanyouth
"This is a platform for shaping the global agenda on urbanization and youth, and better informing programs that are developed in and for cities with regards to youth. The Network allows for formalized cooperation and interaction between UN-HABITAT and other interested parties such as researchers and academia, and serves as the portal for insights into the latest developments within research on youth and urbanization. The Urban Youth Research Network thus helps promote an understanding of urban youth challenges and opportunities, both internally within UN-HABITAT as well as externally among partners."
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Another related UN-Habitat urban theme is "Gender." Gender relates to the empowerment of women. Check that out here:
http://unhabitat.org/urban-themes/gendergender/

 

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Great to see you exploring initiatives which are addressing our challenge topic in the developing world, Leigh!