On the occasion of the International Youth Day, celebrated on 12 August 2010, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) announced the grantees receiving the grant awards under the Urban Youth Fund call for proposals.
The Urban Youth Fund established by UN-HABITAT in 2008 provides funding support to to mobilize young people for advocating for youth-related policy formulation; support governmental and non-governmental agencies to respond to youth concerns; support youth information networks; implement new ideas on employment, governance, adequate shelter and secure tenure; share best practices; promote vocation training for entrepreneurship and employment; and promote gender mainstreaming in all urban youth matters.
Prior to April 2010, the agency published a call for proposals for innovative projects focused on youths from youth-led organizations. The Fund has now announced the organizations which have been awarded the grants under this call. There were a total of 1500 proposals from 85 countries and 51 projects were finally selected for the grants. India, Kenya and Zimbabwe comprised the largest number of successful applicants.
Some of these projects include:
A Sierra Leonean group providing vocational training for disabled youth
A Palestinian forum setting up youth councils to influence the local government
A Zimbabwean youth network empowering young slum dwellers to advocate for secure land tenure
A Haitian organization establishing an ICT training centre for youth
An Indian youth group seeking to hold the local government accountable through young citizens’ media.