The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the African Union Commission (AUC) are joining forces to implement a programme of grants for Young African Leaders (AYWL) to develop the next generation of young African leaders and experts to serve African and the world.
The programme of grants aims to provide outstanding young African leaders with the leadership skills and experience necessary in order to contribute effectively to decision-making in public, private and multilateral institutions.
In line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the African Development Agenda for 2063, the association will be based on the “1 million by 2021” youth initiative by the African Union, which aims to connect 1 million young Africans with opportunities through education, employment, empowerment and participation. .
The grants programme for young African leaders is also in line with the YouthConnekt initiative from the UNDP, which supports young Africans with improving their business skills. Through the YouthConnekt initiative, the UNDP and the Tony Elumelu foundation recently launched an entrepreneurship programme aimed at 100,000 young people in Africa. This innovative programme of grants is another unique opportunity to involve young people in progress towards implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Africa.
The grants programme will begin with a cohort of 20 young women leaders in 2019. The aim is to train and advise various young experts from each African country, with financial support from UN member States, the African Union, private partners and development organisations, for 2021.
Those interested must apply for the grants programme through the UNDP employment portal via this link: bit.ly/2XAC5hp.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office