Youth Leadership Programme 3
YLP3 Regional Forum in Cairo on December 2-3
UNDP Arab States launched the Youth Leadership Programme ﴾YLP﴿ in 2015. It begun with YLP 1 (2015), proceeded with YLP 2 (2016) and now the UNDP Arab States is launching YLP3.
YLP’s mission is to invest in young women and men across the region to unleash their potential to become social innovators, leaders and a powerful force for change in their communities, countries and the region at large. This goal has the potential of being achieved through supporting innovative approaches to sustainable development challenges, specifically focusing on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Youth participating in this programme receive ongoing support for their ideas, helping their communities throughout the year. For example, YLP2 incorporated various social innovation methodologies, most notably design thinking, as well as several project design and business modelling tools. The main goal being: helping youth develop effective and sustainable solutions to address development challenges. Furthermore, the programme also provided them with ongoing technical support through a series of interactive hands-on learning workshops and targeted mentoring.
YLP3 aims to support and empower young change-makers, both women and men, in order to design and implement innovative, impactful and sustainable development solutions, whether these be: social enterprises, nonprofit organisations, NGOs, initiatives, or campaigns.
The main objective of the regional forum is to support participating youth to refine their innovative solutions and help them prepare for implementation and ultimately scaling up of their solutions. Specifically, the YLP3 regional forum will:
1. Expand the knowledge of participating youth in areas related to sustainable development, leadership and social innovation,
2. Introduce a variety of new and emerging technologies for supporting social innovations and enterprises,
3. Develop the skills of participating youth to identify and forge partnerships needed to implement their solutions, and,
4. Introduce strategies for youth to access finance for their innovative solutions.
In addition, the regional forum will be an opportunity for participating youth to expand their network of young leaders, innovators and changemakers around the region, in order to exchange knowledge, stories, resources and skills.
By enabling and empowering youth to contribute to achievement of national, regional and global sustainable development agendas, YLP3 looks to contribute to the overall knowledge-based economic transformation taking place across the region.
Fourteen countries across the Arab Region are participating, with UNDP Country Offices hosting national activities for over 1,000 youth that offer their YLP3 participants opportunities to learn about and access i) technical knowledge, ii) partnerships, iii) technology and iv) finance needed to accelerate their solutions.
Following the regional event, YLP3 will continue its efforts to mobilize resources to provide access to mentoring services, technical expertise, networking and financing opportunities to all the participating youth from the national and regional events. Youth who participate in the regional forum are expected to share their learnings with national-level YLP3 participants. In this way, YLP3 aims to create a snowball effect, as youth help other youth, their communities, and their nations, potentially impacting thousands of people in the Arab world.
Five young women and men from each participating country will be identified by their respective UNDP Country Offices to attend the regional forum. UNDP will encourage the participation of young women to ensure their voices are heard and their needs are properly addressed. In addition, young leaders from the region as well as youth experts from around the world will be invited. UNDP staff from the Regional Hub and Country Offices, as well as representatives from other UN agencies, will also be present. High-level participation could include Arab Youth Ministers, UNDP Regional Director and the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on youth. UNDP will strive to have a diverse group in terms of :education, interest, experience, socioeconomic background and gender.
Eligibility to apply for YLP3
Young women and men 19–29 of age who are social activists, entrepreneurs, leaders, change makers
Special focus on disadvantaged young women and men
Demonstrates interest in social work, gender equality and women’s empowerment topics
Demonstrates capacity to advocate for social change and extensive social network
Applicants should have a well-developed solution in the form of an early-stage prototype.
YLP3 in Bahrain
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bahrain organized the Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) for the first time in Bahrain for a period of three consecutive months from August to November, and was also part of Youth City 2030 at the International Exhibition and Conventions Centre. The final session was held at the United Nations House in Hoora, where the finalists of social innovation solutions presented their projects to a panel of judges. The Youth Leadership Programme was held in partnership with Microsoft and Bahrain Development Bank. During the course of YLP, ideas and innovative solutions were exchanged between the youth and discussions on how to tie them to the SDGs took place. The final projects that will be going to the regional workshop are iTadweer, Kashkool, Sahel Ramps, and EcoArt. These projects address a range of topics including the environment, disability, poverty, and economic growth.
YLP3 in Lebanon
YLP3 in Jordan
YLP3 in Morocco
YLP3 in Tunisia
YLP3 in United Arab Emirates
On 14 November, UNDP Country Office carried out the final assessment of prototypes developed by the Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) 3 participants.
During this gathering, the YLP 3 participants took the opportunity to present their prototypes to the expert panel for the last time before the selection of the finalists who would represent the country in the regional YLP3 workshop. It was an interactive event, comprising presentations of the prototypes followed by constructive feedback by the experts. More