Nairobi 13 October 2014—On the occasion marking this year’s World Habitat Day, UN-Habitat has announced the 2014 winners of the Urban Youth Fund.

A total of 22 youth-led organizations from 18 countries have been selected for the Urban Youth Fund program in 2014. The projects will receive financial support as well as training and capacity building and follow-up throughout the duration of the project.

The selected initiatives include: land reforms for the indigenous people of Chile; the support of youth living with disabilities in Egypt; waste management; housing rights; vocational training and micro-finance; and climate change education and capacity building.  Especially impressive are the projects that combine different urban development issues and engage with local governments, the private sector and other actors to ensure the long-term sustainability of the projects.  Through the involvement of regional offices in the selection process, UN-Habitat hopes to develop closer synergies this year between the Urban Youth fund and its overall work program.

The India Youth Fund Window is a partnership between UN-Habitat and the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation (NSF) under the Global Urban Youth Fund.  The funding window aims to advance youth empowerment in India. 

This year the Fund received applications from youth-led organizations in 91 countries. Applications received went through a thorough competitive evaluation process, including a check of eligibility, a quality assessment, shortlisting, vetting by Habitat Program Managers and a final selection of projects by the Steering Committee.  The selected projects were then approved by the Advisory Committee. The winners for the 2014 Urban Youth Fund award represent a diverse and talented display of work from global youth.

Notably, the Fund has grown to encompass new geographic locations, including the Maldives and post- conflict areas, such as Somalia where youth will implement a project encouraging participation gearing towards sustainable development. These proposed projects are envisioned to provide solutions to socio-economic issues that face young people with an aim to provide employment for and increase the participation of young people in urban governance, urban agriculture and climate change.

All of the beneficiaries have also ensured equal participation of young men and women in their projects, as well as impact on gender responsiveness. This will be followed by continuous training to the youth groups on implementation with the aim of ensuring that the intended project goals and objectives are met

Below is a list of projects of 2014 Urban Youth Fund winners.

List of winners:

Africa Region


Organization Name


French Speaking Countries




Demain La Vie


Fikambanan'ny Ambanivohitra Miasa iray Aina


Cercle des Jeunes Femmes du Kivu


Gender related projects



Walta Mothers Children Health Care Organization 


Young African Refugees for Integral Development


Other Projects

Social Care Youth Initiative



Asia Pacific region

Organization Name


Gender-related project

Center for Supporting Sustainable Development of


Other projects



Model Community Development Society


Transparency Maldives


Joshua Welfare Organization


Institute for Future



Latin America Projects

Description of project

Organization Name


Gender  related project

Asociación Colectivo Mujeres Constructoras de Condega


Other projects




Corporación de Profesionales Construyendo Ciudadanía






Desarrollo Juvenil del Norte, A.C



Arab States

Organization Name


Healthy Egyptians Association for development


Karama Organization for Women and Children Development 





India Window

Name or Organization


Science for society


People for parity foundation


Integrated people’s service society (IPSS)

Kallapuram Tamil Nadu,

Sun shine and health and social welfare society

New Delhi 

Fresh & local


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