Call for the IDB-ILO Youth Green Skills Accelerator Challenge

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) invite youth-led organisations, networks or coalitions to come up with new and innovative ideas and solutions to support a just transition towards economies and societies environmentally sustainable for all.

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) recognize the leadership that young people have shown in the fight against climate change and their key role in driving climate innovation, especially in the context of the jobs crisis induced by COVID-19. To help young people further translate their activism, engagement and creativity into action, the two organizations have designed the Youth Green Skills Accelerator Challenge Call, with the overriding aim of promoting youth participation and skills for young people. green jobs for a just transition.

Application fields

Building on the infrastructure and experience of the ILO Skills Innovation Fund, the Youth Green Skills Accelerator Challenge call seeks solutions that contribute to one or more of the fields of application:

  • Improve or requalify young people for their effective participation in the processes of developing green policies for a just transition;
  • Ensure peer-to-peer learning on just transitions and strengthen youth coalitions on the subject;
  • Create or improve training programs to equip young people with the technical and human skills necessary for the green transition in a given sector / for a given profession;
  • Mainstream climate change into existing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs and education programs for young people;
  • Improve access to green skills acquisition and recognition opportunities for marginalized youth;
  • Support green skills trainers and training providers to become agents of a just transition for young people; and
  • Translate job creation, entrepreneurship or business ideas into solutions that accelerate youth upskilling or reskilling for a just transition in communities.

Up to 10 finalists will receive one-week mentoring and training to improve their projects. After the period, 3 winners will be selected during the online pitch event and will receive the following support:

  • Financial aid: The top three ideas will receive $50,000; $30,000; and $20,000 respectively, to implement the proposed solution.
  • Technical support via an online Innovation Lab: Participation in the Innovation Lab: Through boot camps and remote mentoring, winning proposals will receive technical support to transform, refine, develop and pilot their ideas. The duration of the laboratory is between three and six months, depending on the stage of development of the solution.
  • Global visibility: Winning proposals will receive support to publicize their ideas and solutions, including an invitation to attend COP 27, where they will showcase their projects; press articles in the media, videos, among others.
  • Access to a network of skills innovators: Winners and shortlisted entries will join the ILO Skills Innovation Network. They will be informed of the latest advances in innovation and skills development and will have access to tools, resources and knowledge sharing events that they can use to create new ideas and solutions.
Eligibility criteria
  • All youth-led organisations, networks or coalitions with contractual and registered capacity that have been in existence for at least two calendar years prior to the call deadline.
  • The candidate must be registered in the common member states of the IDB and the ILO.
  • Organizations, networks or coalitions include government agencies, employers’ and workers’ organizations, cooperatives, education and training institutions (including schools, training providers and universities), NGOs and civil society organizations, as well as other educational and research institutions.
  • They accept ideas and solutions at any stage of development. These may be early-stage or more advanced-stage innovations. These can be ideas for improving, extending and/or promoting a solution that has already been implemented.
  • They can be the idea of ​​a single organization or involve a joint collaborative effort of different actors, such as governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations. In case of teamwork, a project manager should be identified to coordinate the activities and report to the IDB and the ILO.

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