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Offer: UN Habitat Youth Fund

The UN-HABITAT Urban Youth Fund supports urban youth in developing countries with the aim of advancing the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the Habitat Agenda.

Globally, 85 percent of the world’s young people live in developing countries. An increasing number of these young people are growing up in cities. In many cities on the African continent, more than 70 per cent of inhabitants are under the age of 30. Young people, especially girls and women, are the most vulnerable to social problems caused by unemployment and poverty. With more than 200 million youth living in poverty globally, there is a clear need to meaningfully engage and support youth.

UN-HABITAT, which regards youth as a major force for a better world, supports young people in the drive to alleviate poverty. The Habitat Agenda commits governments and UN-HABITAT to work in partnership with youth and empower them to participate in decision-making in order to improve urban livelihoods and develop sustainable human settlements.

Non-governmental or community-based non-profit organizations led by young people aged 15-32 years can apply for the fund. The organizations must be based in cities or towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants, have been registered for at least one year and have a valid bank account.

Small, youth-led projects can receive grants of up to US$ 5,000. Larger projects may receive grants of up to US$ 25,000.

The deadline for applications, which can be submitted in English, French, or Spanish, is April 15 2010.

Contact--
African and Arab States: youthfund@unhabitat.org
Latin-America and the Caribbean: youthfund@onuhabitat.org
Asia and the Pacific: youthfund@esocialsciences.com

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