Underemployment and the lack of employment opportunities for young people is considered as one of the most significant socio-economic and security challenges we face. The consequences for young people to build a prosperous future are far-reaching, but wider communities can also suffer from the possible effects of high levels of youth unemployment; namely poverty, violent extremism, political instability, drugs and crime. The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) prioritises improving young people’s prospects in a number of developing countries and fragile states by supporting local entrepreneurs and job creation. The MFA will collaborate with One Young World to provide scholarships for 50 delegates to participate in One Young World Munich 2020.
The focus of this scholarship is around creating youth employment opportunities for prosperous and peaceful societies. The initiative will have the following objectives:
- Empowering young leaders to create sustainable job opportunities in selected regions.
- Leveraging the potential of young people as widely as possible for job creation and highlight their potential as a solution to fostering prosperous and peaceful societies.
- Raising awareness of youth unemployment opportunities and sharing best practice.
- Aged 18 – 34 by date of the pre-programme and One Young World Summit 2020: 12-17 October.
- Demonstrate active engagement in the fields of youth employment and job creation, either as entrepreneurs or in a similar role
- Nationals and residents in one of the following countries:
- Algeria, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Senegal, Sudan, South Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda
- A working understanding of English. Both the One Young World Summit and the pre-Summit programme will be in English.