Call for applications – African Climate Mobility Youth Solutions- Are you aged 18-35, from Africa, and have a climate mobility solution that you are working on? Apply for the opportunity to receive up to $5,000 to support your work over one year.
Deadline to submit your application: 30 October 2023, 23:59 EAT
Climate mobility, climate-induced migration and forced displacement, is growing concern in Africa. Despite contributing less than 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions, Africa suffers disproportionately from the effects of climate change, including floods, droughts, landslides, and heatwaves. In 2022, the Africa Climate Mobility Initiative (ACMI), in partnership with organizations such as the UNICEF, AU, YOUNGO, MYCP and RESILIENT40 launched the ACMI Youth Forum to empower youth to address these challenges and ensure meaningful youth inclusion in policy and practice. The mission of the Youth Forum is to provide a platform for youth to address climate mobility and the challenges faced by climate migrants and displaced communities in Africa.
Now, the ACMI Youth Forum and the Global Centre for Climate Mobility (GCCM) Solutions Lab are launching a call for applications for youth-led climate mobility solutions/projects from Africa to receive funding of up to $5,000 per project. With funding support from the Robert Bosch Stiftung this new funding arrangement for youth-led climate mobility solutions/projects has been designed by the youth for the youth. We believe in harnessing the potential of young people and breaking the barriers to African youth access to climate finance, to create innovative solutions that promote climate resilience to enable people positive adaptation journeys amidst the climate crisis.
What Are We Looking For?
We are seeking passionate and dedicated youth organizations, groups, and individuals with innovative projects that focus on climate resilience in disaster-prone areas to address both rapid and slow onset climate events. We are interested in projects that address the needs of climate migrants and individuals displaced by climate change (people on the move), refugees and those at risk of displacement. The solutions/proposals should align with at least one of the following thematic areas:
- Addressing loss and damage
- Climate literacy in disaster prone and vulnerable communities
- Storytelling and art for climate awareness
- Ecosystem restoration in disaster prone areas
- Green jobs in vulnerable communities and for IDPs, refugees, migrants, and youth
- Policy and advocacy
Who Can Apply?
We encourage applications from individuals or youth-led organizations and groups where the majority of members are between the ages of 18 and 35. If you are an individual or group without a registered organization, we recommend collaborating with a registered youth organization to submit your proposal. We also welcome applications from other marginalized groups, including disabled individuals. Up to 5 projects will be selected through this process.
REMINDER: To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 18-35 years on the application deadline date to be considered. Also, please note that you must be from Africa in order to be considered. Migrant and displaced youth living in Africa or who were born in Africa are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply?
Fill out the online application form below, providing detailed information about your project, its objectives, and its alignment with the fund’s criteria. Attach the required documents, including a project budget, implementation plan, and any additional supporting materials.
- Relevance to Climate Resilience: Proposals should clearly demonstrate a strong focus on climate resilience in disaster-prone areas and address the challenges faced by climate migrants (people on the move), displaced communities, refugees, and individuals at risk of displacement.
- Innovation and Creativity: Projects should showcase innovative and creative approaches to addressing climate-induced migration and forced displacements in Africa.
- Youth Inclusion and Empowerment: The proposals should actively involve youth-led organizations, groups, or individuals between the ages of 18 and 35. They should demonstrate a commitment to meaningful youth inclusion in policy and practice, empowering young people to be changemakers in addressing climate mobility challenges.
- Alignment with Thematic Areas: The proposed solutions should align with at least one of the specified thematic areas. The proposals should clearly outline how they contribute to the chosen thematic area(s).
- Feasibility and Sustainability: The projects should be realistic and feasible within the allocated budget and timeline.
- Collaboration and Partnerships: Proposals from youth-led organizations and individuals both register and not (unregistered organization are encouraged to collaborate with registered youth organizations).
- Impact and Scalability: The proposals should have a clear impact pathway, demonstrating the potential to make a positive difference in the lives of climate migrants, displaced communities, and vulnerable populations. Additionally, the projects should have the potential for scalability and replication in other regions or contexts, amplifying their impact.
- Monitoring and Evaluation: Applicants should clearly show the means of verification for outputs, as well as impact indicators for outcomes. A clear reporting plan should be outlined, including regular progress updates and a final project report.
Youth Volunteer Selection Committee
You can apply to be part of the Selection Committee here: https://bit.ly/Volunteer-SC-ACMI
(Please note that your project will not be considered for selection for funding if you apply to be part of the Committee)
All applications can be viewed here (kindly note that only the answers to the following questions will be displayed: Organization Name, Website of Organization, Name of the project/solution, What is your project/solution?, What is the motivation or vision of the team?, First Name – Team Member 1, Last Name – Team Member 1: https://bit.ly/ACMI-Applications-Received