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Call for Proposal: UNHCR Youth Initiative Fund 2019

UNHCR invites proposals for the Youth Initiative Fund 2019. Now its seventh year, the YIF was initiated by the Division of International Protection in Geneva to support community-based protection projects imagined, designed and led by young people.

Since 2014, the YIF has supported more than 100 youth-led projects globally that have addressed protection challenges including sexual and gender-based violence, peaceful coexistence, child protection, and psychosocial well-being.

The YIF is unique in that it targets and builds upon the existing capacities and capabilities of young people, rather than focusing on vulnerabilities. The YIF creates an enabling environment that provides young people with space and support necessary to become active protection actors within their communities and helps them build life skills that strengthen resilience. This is achieved through the realization of three main objectives:

Participation : Young people have genuine opportunities for community participation and opportunities to affect decision-making processes, especially in the area of protection;

Empowerment : Young people learn about project management, use their initiative, evaluate options, learn to make informed decisions and choices, developing and enhancing leadership skills;

Innovation : Young people develop innovative, youth-appropriate protection solutions to addressing personal, group and community challenges.

With the Global Compact on Refugees, States and partners will develop and adopt a new “whole-of-society approach” to working with refugees through the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework. The whole-of-society approach, which closely aligns with that of the Youth Initiative Fund (YIF), further embeds UNHCR’s unique community based and participatory models of working with refugee, asylum-seeker, returnee, IDP and the stateless populations. The young people from these populations are diverse, creative and dynamic. Over the last six years, the Youth Initiative Fund has highlighted time and again – through its unique approach of youth-led protection projects – that when provided with support, training and resources, young people can be creative problem solvers, and are able to design, lead and implement successful projects that benefit, not only themselves but their entire communities.

Location: Online


The maximum funding allocation per project is US$ 10,000.


-Projects that have been previously funded may apply but must demonstrate how continued funding will add value to their current project.

-Proposals can be submitted in English or French.

Eligible Regions: Open for All.


-There are 2 forms and one log frame to be completed.

-The youth group/s should develop the main proposal and a basic log frame, based on the template and guidance provided.

-The participating office should then complete the online submission form and attach the forms
completed by young people, as well as a photo of the process and any other supporting

-Countries with multiple operations may submit more than one proposal.

-Each project proposal submission should contain a complete set of documents – two forms and a
log frame – one to be submitted by UNHCR online with the proposal and the log frame to be

For more information, please visit the official link.

Application Deadline: December 3, 2018.

Application Process