The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) invite youth-led organizations, networks or coalitions to the Youth Green Accelerator Challenge. Interested participants should propose new and innovative ideas and solutions to support a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies. Applicants should be youth aged 18 to 35 years old with contractual and registered capacity in IsDB-ILO common member states, which includes Uganda.

The Youth Green Accelerator Challenge seeks solutions that contribute to one or more of the following:

  • Upskilling or reskilling youth for their effective participation in the green policy-making process
  • Ensuring peer-to-peer learning on just transitions and strengthening youth coalitions on the subject
  • Creating or improving training programmes to equip youth with the technical and soft skills required for the green transition in a given sector / for a given occupation
  • Mainstreaming climate change into existing Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET)  and education curricula and programmes for youth
  • improving access to opportunities for green skills acquisition and recognition for marginalized youth
  • Supporting green skills trainers and training providers in becoming agents of a just transition for youth
  • Translating employment creation, entrepreneurship, or business ideas into solutions that accelerate upskilling or reskilling of youth

Successful participants in the Challenge will benefit from the following;

  • Financial support: The top three ideas will be awarded USD 50 000, USD 30 000, and USD 20 000, respectively, to implement the proposed solution.
  • Technical support through an online Innovation Lab: Through boot camps and remote mentoring, the winning proposals will receive technical support to turn, refine, develop, and pilot their ideas. The duration of the lab is between three and six months, depending on the stage of development of the solution.
  • Global visibility: The winning proposals will receive support to raise awareness of their ideas and solutions, including an invitation to attend COP 27, where they will present their projects, press articles in the media, and videos.
  • Access to a network of skills innovators: The winners and shortlisted entries will join the ILO Skills Innovation Network. They will be updated on the latest advances in innovation and skills development and get access to tools, resources, and knowledge-sharing events that they can use to build new ideas and solutions

To apply for the Challenge, visit: Youth Green Challenge Applications