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One Young World Conference Recruiting Youth Leaders

Hi Correspondents!

One Young World Leadership Conference is recruiting youth around the world for their next event in Switzerland this year. Last year, Sunita Basnet and Gifty Pearl Abenaab, both VOF 2009 Correspondents, represented their countries--do you think you could do the same? If you were born in 1985 or later, you can apply! Go to to find out more.

If you have questions about the conference, I'd suggest you get in touch with Sunita and Gifty through PulseWire. They are also both a part of the Voices of Our Future Correspondents Network.

One Young World is the premier global forum for young people of leadership calibre. Its purpose is to connect and bring together the youngest and brightest and to ensure that their concerns, opinions and solutions are heard and taken into account by those in power, whether in government, business or any other sector.

Kind regards,



sunita.basnet's picture

Thank you reachel

Dear Rachael,
Thank you for posting this information. I have receive several email regarding sponsorship from many friends so I think to include some of the sponsorship basic information from One Young World.
Here is what One Young World has to say:
"Explanation on Financial Aid

We appreciate that sponsorship is a tricky issue for many delegates, especially those from the developing world. Since we are a not-for-profit ourselves, we don't have the resources in our own organisation to sponsor delegates. So instead, we've developed an array of resources for you to utilise in the search for sponsorship.

Provided you've obviously taken care in your application and fulfil the criteria of active participation, we’re happy to help you out with some fundraising materials. We’ll send you a letter template for you to fill in your particulars and approach businesses, NGOs, Universities etc. with, showing that we endorse your candidature. Last year, delegates managed to get sponsorship from all the above sources, as well as foundations, media companies, and others. You can feel free to use any of the materials from or our Flickr stream, as well as our new e-brochure to help explain One Young World; check it out at:

Since the inaugural summit was based around the 6 plenary sessions (which the 2nd summit will likely build on), it may be worth aligning any businesses you approach with the content from those plenary sessions. For example, if you approach a bank for sponsorship, stress the Global business plenary and involvement of Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus, if you're approaching, say, a Mining company, use the environmental plenary to stress the public's demand for positive action and transparency from them.

Even if you foresee difficulties in raising the full summit fee, we urge you to persist in your efforts. There were many cases last year of delegates raising some of the necessary funding, and us being able to "top up" the remainder (via sponsorships pledged from businesses and individuals) having been convinced of their quality and their commitment towards attendance. This allowed for the equivalent of one delegate fee in sponsorship from 3rd parties to go towards securing the attendance of two, or in one case even three delegates.


There would not generally be any information from our side on matters of sponsorship for candidates until any agreements regarding the sponsorship had been finalised. This is because we

1.Don't want to get delegates' hopes up in case it initially appears they might get sponsored, but the sponsors then change their minds or decide to sponsor somebody else instead
2.Don't want to encourage our candidates to stop their fundraising and sponsorship efforts, in case a situation as above happens, and
3.We ourselves can never know which of the delegates we recommend for sponsorship might ultimately get sponsored. We don't know until the sponsors do, and we can't favour one candidate above another - once they've been earmarked to become delegates, they should all have an equal chance.
Last time I did fundraising from friends and family. If you want to know how I did, Please feel free to send me an email.
Thank you.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture


Thank you for this helpful information Sunita!



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Sarvina's picture

Thank you for this info! The

Thank you for this info! The first I dint know how to get started in this OYW but after reading sister's notes so now I get the points and I will try to do it. I really wish to join it!



Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

Thais Moraes's picture

Thank you

Thank you, Rachael and Sunita. The information was very helpful. Gifty Pearl also told me she contacted development agencies in her country as well as UN organs and the government.

I am going to try and do the same. If you have any extra ideas, please share! I would love to attend this conference, but I'm not getting much feedback from the potential sponsors I have been contacting.

All the best!

Thaís Moraes

Thais Moraes's picture


I think I am going to post a topic on the section NEED of the Resource Exchange. Maybe someone comes up with something! What do you think?

Thaís Moraes

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture


Great idea Thais, go ahead!


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