Africa Youth Conference 2018 SDG Challenge


Africa Youth Conference 2018 kicks off today in Nairobi up until Oct 25th. The event is organized by UN Women and partners, like UNDP with the purpose to support youth entrepreneurship and facilitate knowledge management and exchange.

The theme of this year’s conference is: Unleashing the Potential of Youth in Africa – Prioritizing Investment in Youth Development in the Post-2015 Agenda.

Successful applicants will get to showcase their work, share ideas and experiences at Africa Youth Conference 2018. Also on the table will be grant financing for the most innovative ideas or projects.

Preference is given to ideas that address challenges under SDG 1 (poverty), SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 8 (employment) and SDG 9 (industry, infrastructure). The solutions should also be replicable and scalable.

The grant will be awarded at the Africa Youth Conference 2018. It follows the open innovation challenge of YAS! Youth for Africa and SDGs, which is an initiative by UNDP and Accenture. Idea stage solutions will receive a seed grant of sh.500,000 ($5,000). Those looking to scale will receive a growth grant of sh.1 million ($10,000).

Applicants not selected for the grant still get an opportunity to exhibit their work at the ongoing Conference. The SDG challenge is open to Africans between the ages of 15 and 35.