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Call for applications: Melbourne 2014 YouthForce (MYF) Pre-conference

MYFThe Melbourne 2014 Youth Pre-Conference is a joint initiative of the Melbourne Youth Force (MYF) and YEAH, the Australian-based partner supporting the local work of the MYF. Open to all young people attending AIDS2014, the Pre-Conference will focus on information sharing and skills building for young people around the political, scientific, economic and social context of HIV/AIDS.

The Pre-conference will offer a space where young people can network, learn from each other and participate in skill building workshops. It will also provide an orientation to the main conference for effective participation and advocacy. Young people aged up to 29 years are invited to apply to attend and present at the youth pre-conference, however please note that preference will be given to all ‘officially registered youth delegates aged 26 and under attending AIDS 2014’. 

For those that are coming to Melbourne for the first time or would like to meet more people MYF have developed a peer-support program to connect conference delegates. The peer-support program aims to enrich the conference experience by providing a local contact for international guests, facilitate affordable accommodation options and foster global and personal networking opportunities.

Facilitating the participation of young people at AIDS2014 and empowering them to be effective advocates for youth throughout the conference and beyond, the Youth Pre-Conference recognises that while young people are at greatest risk of new HIV infections, they have the aptitude, talent and drive to Step Up the Pace and work towards the end of this disease.

Join over 200 young people from around the world at the Victorian State Library from the 18th-19th July for two days of vibrant discussion and debate about the future of HIV/AIDS advocacy.

Sessions and workshops will include debates on the latest advances in scientific and social research, media training and problem solving. A guest panel of representatives from peak HIV/AIDS organisations will also address some of the most critical and contemporary HIV/AIDS issues, including the Post 2015 Development agenda.

The Youth Pre-Conference will not only serve as an engaging and insightful precursor to AIDS 2014, but will enable young HIV/AIDS activists to establish new and long lasting friendships over common goals. It aims to bridge the gap between different cultures, different experiences, and different organisations; allowing young people to come together as a united youth front at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this July.

The MYF Pre-Conference sub-committee is proud to be delivering this event with support from the State Library of Victoria.

Applications to join the Youth Pre-Conference close on the 9th of May 2014. Please refer to the FAQs for more details.

Interested? – apply here!

DEADLINE EXTENDED:The World Conference on Youth 2014 Applications

Official logo of World Youth Conference 2014 unveiled
Applications are now open to become a Youth Delegate at the World Conference on Youth in Colombo, Sri Lanka – May 6-10, 2014.


The World Conference on Youth 2014 (WCY) in Sri Lanka presents a unique opportunity for Member States, young people, and other relevant stakeholders to come together to discuss the role of youth in formulating the Post-2015 Development Agenda and  integrate the youth voice into the process.  Unlike previous intergovernmental youth conferences, where the ministerial portion and the youth portion where separate and distinct, the WCY in Sri Lanka hopes to produce a joint outcome document that represents a policy consensus between Governments and young people.  The legitimacy of this conference is rooted in the fact that the entire process is youth-guided.  The Government of Sri Lanka is collaborating with an International Youth Task Force (IYTF) that is composed of ten international members and ten Sri Lankan youth.  Together, the IYTF and the Government of Sri Lanka are setting the agenda of the conference, ensuring the diversity of youth participants, and preparing the consultation process.

 The recently agreed “Policies and programmes involving youth” (A/C.3/68/L.10.Rev.1) welcomed the conference hosted by Sri Lanka and “…urge[d] Member States and UN entities in consultation with youth-led organizations to explore new avenues to promote full, effective, structured, and sustainable participation of young people and youth-led organizations in relevant decision making processes including in designing and implementing policies, programmes and initiatives and in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda.”  This conference is the perfect moment to fulfill that call.

Suggested themes and cross cutting issues

The IYTF and the National Steering Committee, in addressing the overarching theme of the conference “Strengthening youth in decision making processes in the development and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda,” have suggested the following clusters of areas to help guide the discussions:


  1. Realizing equal access to quality Education
  2. Full Employment and Entrepreneurship
  3. Poverty Eradication and Food Security
  4. Promoting Healthy Lives and Access to Health
  5. Environmental Protection, Emergency Preparedness and Youth Centered Urbanization
  6. Realizing peace, reconciliation and ending violence
  7. Ensuring inclusive recreation, sports and cultures

Cross Cutting issues

  1. Achieving good governance and accountability
  2. Inclusive Youth Participation at all levels
  3. Youth Rights
  4. Globalization & Access to Information Led-Development (MOI)
  5. Ending systemic inequalities
  6. Gender Equality
  7. Empowering marginalized youth including Most at Risk Young People

Objectives of the World Conference on Youth 2014

  • To create an inclusive youth participation platform that enables young people to review the progress on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
  • To share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively contributing to the post-2015 development agenda and its implementation
  • To facilitate a process that increases awareness on and implementation of the World Programme for Action on Youth (WPAY)
  • To facilitate effective partnerships with youth, youth-led organisations and youth movements to further strengthen inclusive youth participation in the decision-making processes and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda
  • To contribute to the establishment of a permanent youth engagement mechanism that ensures consistent follow- up with young people and further boosts their participation and partnership in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda at national, regional and global levels.

Opportunities for Participation

Young people will constitute the core participants at the conference.  Out of the 1500 expected participants, 750 of them will be youth.  Regard will be given to gender, diversity of background, and region.150 delegate spots have been set aside for young people from the

For more information, visit more information on how
to apply.

Deadline: March 2nd, 2014

Call for applications: Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN!) Program 2014

youwinThe Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN!) program of the Federal Government of Nigeria is jointly implemented by the Federal Ministries of Finance, Youth Development, Communication Technology and Women Affairs and Social Development; with support from the World Bank, UK Department for International Development and the Organized Private Sector.


The aim of YouWiN! is to create jobs by encouraging Nigerian youth to employ others through innovation and enterprise. YouWiN! is implemented as an annual Business Plan Competition that culminates in the selection of 1,200 award winners in each cycle.

Federal Government of Nigeria wants you to WIN! YouWin program is not just like other Federal Government Programs where you need to know somebody to win. YouWin is real and people are winning based on merit. I know some close friends who do not know anybody in government and yet they won.

All you need to apply: be a Nigerian citizen aged between 18 – 45 years, have post secondary education, have a proposed business idea that will operate in Nigeria and employ Nigerians, thats all.

The accomplishments of the 1,200 YouWiN! awardees were celebrated at the Presidential Villa on April 12, 2012. YouWiN! Women was the second edition of the entrepreneurial scheme, which was designed for only female entrepreneurs aged 45 years or less.
YouWiN! 3 is the third edition which the application is on-going, it is seeking men and women entrepreneurs in Nigeria between the ages of 18 to 45 to apply.

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for the Business Plan Competition you must satisfy the following criteria

  • You must be a proven citizen of Nigeria no older than 45 years (proof of identity: International passport/Drivers License/National ID/Voters card required)
  • Your proposed venture must not entail the production or distribution of weapons, alcoholic beverages, tobacco or/and gambling, or any activities in contradiction with the Nigerian constitution
  • You must prepare an innovative business concept summary.
  • You must have a post-secondary school qualification
  • Your proposed business venture must be within the national borders of Nigeria, and with the intention of employing Nigerian citizens.


Step 1 – Check Your Eligibility

Check that you are qualified to apply. See “Who can apply?” above.

Step 2 – Register

Register here.

You will receive a confirmation email from YouWIN! with all the details you will need to log in.

If you have any trouble registering please click here to read our tips and troubleshooting advice, and if you still have problems after following this advice, please contact us.

Step 3 – Complete New Business Application

Once you have successfully registered you need to Log in and click the New Business Application button on the right hand-side. You can save your application form as you go along, and come back to it at any time. Once you are happy with your application use the Submit button on the form to send it to us. You can submit only ONE application.

Click here to start registration

YouWiN 3 business plan competition deadline has been extended to 14th February, 2014

For more information,visit: YouWIN Website

Training Opportunity: “Policy Change, Youth, and the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning

ifp 2013
Attention young people, specifically those who are attending the
International Conference on Family Planning, and anyone else who may be

On October 17, Population Reference Bureau is offering part one of an
online training for young people so that they may better affect policy
change as participants of the International Conference on Family Planning!

This training is targeted to young people who are already planning to
attend the conference, but is open to all who are interested!

Go here to register:

P-A-R-T-I-C-I-P-A-T-E: Consultations on the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum!

unescoEmployability, Democracy and Sustainable Communities on top of the survey on the thematic agenda of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum

For the first time in its 14-year history, the UNESCO Youth Forum is designed with young people. Through a series of online surveys and consultations, young women and men in all regions of the world can decide on the Forum’s thematic agenda, preparatory process, format and overall programme.

An integral part of UNESCO’s General Conference, the Youth Forum is a unique space allowing youth delegates from across the world to share their experiences, exchange ideas and submit their proposals to representatives of 195 UNESCO Member States, thereby contributing to the global debate on UNESCO’s strategic orientations on youth.

Phase 1 of the online consultation was successfully concluded allowing youth to identify the Forum’s thematic agenda!

From 14 to 24 February 2013, 1,895 young women and men across the world responded to the online Survey on the theme of the Forum, selecting two priority thematic areas between the 7 themes suggested.

Employability & Democracy and sustainable communities were the top two choices with respectively 515 respondents for the first one (majority in Europe and North America and in Africa) and 512 respondents for the second one (majority in the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean).

All detailed results of this survey will be available soon on this website!

It is now time to launch Phase 2! Participate by filling in the questionnaire available at the following link:

From 13 March to 9 April 2013 you, women and men between 15 and 35 years old, will be able to contribute to:

  • Formulating the main theme of the Forum which should combine both thematic areas: Employability & Democracy and sustainable communities, in a more youth-friendly language.
  • Identifying innovative modalities of the Forum on the format (plenaries, thematic debates, working groups, capacity-building sessions, etc.) as well as on the outcome (recommendations, action projects, roadmap, network building, etc.).


For more information on the:


–       UNESCO Youth Forum:

–       7th UNESCO Youth Forum (October 2011):

The UNESCO Youth Programme

Call for Entries:The Etisalat Prize for Innovation – Win up to $35,000

The Etisalat Prize for Innovation seeks to highlight the facilitation and promotion of Mobile Broadband in Africa. The prize will be awarded in 2 categories; a first prize for the most innovative product or service launched in the last 12 months and a second award will go to the most innovative idea for driving or facilitating mobile broadband use in Africa.

Entries will need to show demonstrable impact on broadband usage, and impressive uptake from customers. Etisalat believes innovation should go beyond improvements in existing products and services, and instead have real valuable social or economic impact to customers. In support of this belief, Etisalat is proud to announce the first edition of this prize encouraging and celebrating valuable innovation in the African market.

The prize will be awarded in 2 subcategories with a prize for the most innovative product or service launched in the last 12 months and a second prize for the most innovative idea for driving or facilitating mobile broadband use in Africa.

How to Enter:
The Etisalat Prize for Innovation will recognize the most innovative mobile Broadband product, service or idea that provides a significant utility to African mobile users and can demonstrate a valuable social or economic impact on customers.

Submissions extended till September 13th 2012

Click here to apply:


P-A-R-T-I-C-I-P-A-T-E:e-Discussion on ‘Youth Engagement in the U.N. System’

The Global Youth Help Desk (GYHD) ( is hosting an eDiscussion on an issue of great importance to youth—youth engagement in the United Nations (UN). Now you can add your voice to the debate on whether youth should have a greater say in the UN system–all you have to do is register on the eDiscussion pagehere.

The United Nations declared the year starting on August 12, 2010 as the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding. With a considerable increase in youth awareness and participation, the United Nations recognized the unique role that the youth play in development. As a result, The United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) –also a member of the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development– was given the responsibility of exploring ways and means of enhancing youth involvement in the UN system itself.

In collaboration with the GYHD, a UN-Habitat initiative developed in collaboration with partners, to provide up-to-date information on urban youth issues, regionally and globally, UN-HABITAT is organizing a series of online discussions and debates on matters pertaining to youth involvement and development in the United Nations system. The discussions and debates will explore the creation of a frame work to facilitate youth engagement as well as potential challenges in the implementation of such a vast project. The first event in the series of debates is a general discussion pertaining to youth awareness, participation and development over the course of the International Year of Youth.

To inform this first discussion, the GYHD has prepared a report that lays out the various possible ways to involve youth in the UN system.

To read more about the eDiscussion on youth engagement at the United Nations, click The Youth Factsheet

To register and participate in the e-discussion,visit Here

ASPMP to host #NYSCReforms Project in Calabar!

For more than 38 years, the National Youth Service Corps has deployed more than One million youth graduates across Nigeria in an effort to promote National integration, cross culture, mutual understanding and service amongst Nigerian youth.


Since inception, the decree setting up the National Youth Service Corps has only once been modified through decree 51 of June 1993.


Nigeria’s current challenges of unemployment, poverty, infrastructural challenges and recent violence in parts of Nigeria has made it important to embark on a reform of the NYSC scheme to reposition it to effectively respond to these challenges and contribute to Nation building.

The NYSC reforms and Advocacy is embarking on a massive awareness, consultation, lobby and advocacy to ensure that a reform of the NYSC process is undertaken by Government and that such reforms benefit the young people that will take part in the scheme.

To this end, The AfterSchool Peer Mentoring Project in Collaboration with Digital Peers International with support from the World Bank is organizing a physical Consultative Forum on the Reforms of The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The objective of this project is to engage young people in the process of redefining the NYSC scheme in Nigeria towards repositioning it to act as a platform for capacity building, National integration and service to the Nation.

Pre-register to attend the event, Text/call Nsa 08072024882 to express your interest in participation.

The event details are:

Date: December 14th, 2011

Time: 9.00 a.m.

Venue: Sumez Hall, #10 Grace Edet Crescent, Off Marian Road by Herty Plaza/Total Filling Station , Calabar

For Further Inquiries , please call: Donald 08062625576, Nsa – 08072024882

Youth Program Officer Vacancy at OSIWA!


OSIWA/Youth Initiative Program Officer

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations, starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition from communism. Our activities have grown to encompass the United States and more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Each Foundation relies on the expertise of boards composed of eminent citizens who determine individual agendas based on local priorities.

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is an advocacy and grant making foundation that forms part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA is based in Dakar, Senegal and works to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation. It has offices in Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown and Conakry.

The Open Society Youth Initiative (OSYI) supports young people in their efforts to be agents of positive change and advocates for the full and effective participation of all young people in the political, social and cultural life of their communities. The Youth Initiative operates globally to identify opportunities and threats to open society values that are particularly relevant to young people making the transition from childhood to adulthood. While primarily focused on empowering youth directly through its operating and grant-making programs, the Youth Initiative is also exploring how it might develop a role in advocating for the adoption of sound national and international youth policies on behalf of youth.

The Youth Initiative grew out of the OSF Network Debate Program (NDP), which operates in over 40 countries. To ensure the continued success of the Debate Program and support its work in closed societies, OSF has helped establish the International Debate Education Associations, which promotes discussion and dialogue around the world. Both associations work to sustain the network created by OSF. For more information on these organizations, see In 2011, the Youth Initiative will be launching a Debate and Global Civics Initiative, aimed at ensuring that undergraduates become committed to consider global issues from points of view other than their own and debate the rights and responsibilities they have to others.

While efforts to promote debate continue, the Open Society Youth Initiative also operates more broadly. It encourages members of the network of organizations associated to the Open Society Foundations to include youth as partners in their work and assists them in doing so. It sponsors an annual conference for staff of the Open Society Foundations and young activists to share skills and project ideas. The Open Society Youth Initiative’s Youth Action Fund (YAF) is a small grants program that supports projects proposed by individual young people who are interested in contributing to their communities and engaging their peers on open society issues. It is currently running in the Baltics, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda, Moldova, Thailand and Serbia. For more on the Open Society Youth Initiative, visit

The Open Society Foundations Scholarship Programs mobilize students and scholars by providing support for fellowships, scholarships, and related activities that empower individuals throughout the world to improve the social, political, and intellectual environments of their home communities. In summer 2012, the Scholarship Programs will launch the Undergraduate Mobility Initiative within Sub-Saharan Africa to offer short-term scholarships (one semester to one academic year) at 2-3 host universities for up to 20 students annually. This initiative aims to foster intra-continental mobility, strengthen African identity and promote respect for diversity among young generations. This Initiative is administered by a Program Director out of New York

OSIWA and the Open Society Youth Initiative seeks a dynamic individual as a Program Officer based in Dakar, Senegal to help it expand its youth programme in West Africa and ensure that issues relating to youth are integrated in all the programs of OSIWA. Additionally, the Program Officer will dedicate a percentage of his/ her time working in partnership with the NY Program Director to help coordinate Scholarship Programs’ Undergraduate Mobility Initiative.


Program Support:

 Work closely with OSIWA thematic and country programs and the Youth Initiative to develop and implement regional youth strategy and implement the same;

 Support the work of the Open Society Scholarships and Higher Education Support programs, and other programs as needed;

 Establish relationships with tertiary education institutions, particularly colleges and universities with undergraduate students;

 Assist in tailoring Youth Initiative programming specifically for francophone countries;

 Assist in the implementation of the Youth Initiative Global Debates;

 Identify synergies and build relationships with partner organizations in west Africa;

 Attend meetings and events relevant to the program and share insights with colleagues;

 Maintain a flow of information with OSF network colleagues;

 Assist with special research projects, on-going programmatic needs and grant-making portfolio;

 Represent OSIWA, Youth Initiative and Scholarship Programs to outside entities as needed;

 Represent the YI in regional donor forums, other international meetings as needed as well as OSF internal meetings;

Administrative work

Perform all administrative tasks related to the program, including but not limited to:

 Organize OSIWA, YI, and Scholarship Programs’events such as meetings, workshops and orientation programs;

 Assist with the logistics and preparation of presentations for conferences and meetings, particularly those that gather fellows of the Undergraduate Mobility Initiative;

 Initiate and develop publications by OSIWA and YI;

 Provide support for dissemination of Program activities and outcomes;

 Provide regular updates on program implementation for inclusion on the OSIWA and YI web sites;

 Integrate the OSIWA and OSF organizational values into the performance of duties and tasks on a daily basis and participate in in-house working groups designed to uphold the values and foster healthy inter-office communication;

Grants Management:

 Perform site visits, monitor and evaluate grantee activities;

 Work closely with OSIWA’s grants management and financial Units;


 As assigned by the OSIWA Executive Director and Director Youth Initiative.

Qualifications and Experience:

 Graduate degree in relevant field;

 Minimum of five years relevant work experience in program development and management;

 Knowledge of the major discourses in Africa, especially the West African sub-region;

 Excellent written and oral French and English required;

 Exceptional analytic capacity; Flexibility and willingness to work as a team member and independently, with a high level of self-motivation;

 Ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced working environment;

 Ability to maintain strict confidentiality;

 Attentiveness to detail and ability to work well under pressure;

 Ability to travel locally and internationally;

 Computer skills including the ability to operate spreadsheets and word processing programs at a highly proficient level;

 Extensive computer skills and high comfort level with computer research, database management;

 Excellent oral and written communication and analytic skills;

 Excellent coordination, networking and facilitation skills;

 High level of self-motivation and ability to work both independently and with others;

 Ability to operate in a difficult working environment;

 Sensitivity to diversity.

Salary: Commensurate with experience with full benefits.

Start Date: 1st February 2012

To Apply: send resume (in English), cover letter, brief writing sample and salary requirements, by 4th January 2012 to:

Note: Due to the number of applications we receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted by OSIWA.

No phone calls, please. The Open Society Foundations are an Equal Opportunity Employer.