UN-Habitat launches call for Urban Youth Fund applications


UN-Habitat has launched a call for applications for the 2013 Urban
Youth Fund!

The Fund
will provide grants to projects led by young people aged 15-32 years who
are piloting innovative approaches to employment, good urban governance,
shelter and secure tenure. Small development initiatives are eligible for
grants up to $25,000. These grants aim at promoting youth empowerment as the
solution for better urban governance.

Indeed, of the
one billion slum dwellers in the world today, it is estimated that more than
70% are under the age of 30. These young people have few resources available to
improve their own living. Interestingly though, there are many youth-led
initiatives in slums and squatter settlements around the world that require
support in their efforts to transform their communities. This has led
UN-Habitat to reconsider the youth as drivers for change. Through this Fund,
UN-Habitat embraces the belief that youth are a solution for sustainable urban

The agency
invites young people based in cities or towns from the developing world to
apply for grants from the Fund.

The application will open from
February 15th 2013 to April 15th 2013. More information and details are
available here.