ILO’s Youth Employment Network’s Project Impact Competition for Youth

The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Youth Employment Network (YEN) and Making Cents International have partnered to launch the Project Impact! competition to draw out the lessons learned that youth employment practitioners have experienced in the field. The result of the competition will be a series of Smart Notes published on the YEN Marketplace website.

A Smart Note is a short publication summarizing a successful project or approach and explaining why it was so successful. The winners of the Project Impact! competition will be asked to produce a Smart Note based on their entry to be published by YEN and our partners.

How Does the Competition Work?

  • Entries are submitted under a chosen theme for the competition
  • YEN screens the entries to ensure that only qualifying entries are posted on the Marketplace
  • Marketplace members can discuss the projects and vote on their favourites
  • The judges panel scores the entries and makes their final decision
  • YEN and its partners verify the claims of winning organisations, which may include site visits or reference checks
  • The winning applicants are informed and the final Smart Notes are submitted
  • The winning Smart Notes are published and the awards are presented

What topics can the Smart Note cover?

The competition entry should highlight a specific approach that has had significant impact on the labour outcomes of young people. Applications must fit into one of the following categories:

  • Workforce Development
  • Adolescent Girls and Young Women
  • Youth-Inclusive Financial Services and Financial Capabilities
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Impact Assessment
  • Youth Enterprise Development

The cross-cutting theme for the competition is rural youth and increasing opportunities in rural areas. This focus is closely aligned to the theme of the 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Young people are discovering new ways of participating in rural markets, from employing technology to enhance agricultural productivity to applying their service skills in the tourism sector.

The deadline to enter is June 14, 2013 at 23:59 GMT. For more information, visit this link.

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  1. Asiimwe Patrick Gareeba says:

    Bravo for this great work to improve the lives of the most vulnerable populations. Am the Program Manager for a young organisation called The Good Samaritans Uganda, in Uganda and we are implementing activities that aim at empowerement of youth and women to reduce their vulnerability and become self reliant. We also implement programs of human rights targeting women to sensitise them about their rights so that they are not victims of domestic violence which is the common form human rights violation among the rural women. We are working with community based volunteers who are selected by communities, However, we have the challenge of funds and would like to partner with you in addressing the challenges faced by this vulnerable population.
    God bless you.

  2. josphine Biwott says:

    Advocacy For Change Foundation Is an organisation that work directly with youths,women and community to address their challenges.How can we participate in the execreice pls send us the email adress to enable the youths participate in this competition.