The winners of the 2013 Urban Youth Fund were announced on the occasion of this year’s World Habitat Day marked on Monday 7th October 2013.
A total of 24 projects made the grade getting a combined total of USD 513, 024 and will have monies disbursed to them to upscale their work in the communities in Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean regions.
Some of those who benefitted include: The Role of Youth in Accountable leadership and in Devolved Government project which aims to utilize scorecards to monitor and evaluate the newly elected government in Kenya, while the Demystifying devolution project focused on youth use of to educate youth on good governance and responsibility. The Urban agriculture practice and implication of solid waste management, Strengthening Community Resilience through Youth-driven Promotion of Safer Shelter and Settlement, and the Youth Knowledge in Action for Climate Change Adaptation are projects’ respectively that aim to tackle waste management, housing rights, vocational training and micro-finance, climate change education and capacity building issues within the urban setting. Particularly encouraging are the many projects that combine different urban development issues and engage with local governments, the private sector and other actors to ensure the long-term sustainability of the projects.
Annually, the Urban Youth Fund gives youth led projects worldwide an opportunity to materialize their innovate ideas towards urbanization with the aim of indulging the youth in the UN-Habitat mandate. This year, by the deadline of 15 April 2013, 8,449 applications from youth-led
organizations in 129 countries had been received by the fund, Africa and Asia pacific/Arab regions yielded the largest number of successful applicants. Applications received went through a rigorous evaluation process, including a check of eligibility, a quality assessment, shortlisting, vetting by Habitat Programme Managers and a final selection of projects by the steering committee.