Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) Youth Leadership Program 2022

Deadline: April 1, 2022

Applications are open for the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) Youth Leadership Program 2022. The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) recognizes the potential of young people as agents of change and believes that young people can – and should – be engaged as key stakeholders to build more resilient and inclusive democracies and markets.

Building on CIPE’s previous experience in developing young people as future civic, political and business leaders, supporting youth advocacy campaigns and providing entrepreneurship training, the Youth Leadership Program CIPE is a five-month, non-residential program that aims to increase the visibility of economic issues. affecting young people as an essential part of post-pandemic recovery, and creating a platform for young people to amplify their voices and ideas.

The highlight of this program will be CIPE’s Virtual Youth Leadership Conference focusing on youth engagement in private enterprise and democracy, as well as the challenges that disproportionately affect young people and the proposed solutions. This event will serve as a venue for CIPE youth leaders to showcase the advocacy and research conducted during the program.

The theme for 2022 is Youth Engagement with Private Enterprise and Democracy.


  • Five applicants will be selected for the CIPE Youth Leadership Program and will be awarded up to US$2,500 to complete all required activities based on the scope of the proposed project and associated expenses.


Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application. Preference will be given to people from non-OECD countries.

Applicants must have:

  • Demonstrated interest or experience working on youth empowerment issues, with preference given to those focused on democracy, private sector/entrepreneurship or civic/political participation.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: politics, activism, entrepreneurship or research.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in collaboration with CIPE staff and other young leaders across different time zones.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Access to a reliable computer and internet connection allowing video participation in virtual workshops or conferences.

Required activities

  • Advocacy or research project
    • Conduct a local, national or regional project focused on advocacy, awareness raising or research under the sub-theme “Youth and Private Enterprise” or “Youth and Democracy”. Examples of what projects might involve include (but are not limited to):
    • A series of activities (in-person or virtual, depending on COVID-19 conditions) that directly contribute to a local, national or regional conversation. For example, multi-stakeholder workshops or roundtables to develop a platform or position on a proposed government action.
    • Organize an advocacy campaign to sensitize and equip community actors or policy makers with information on an important economic issue for young people in a given locality or country.
    • Develop a training module or instructional videos for young people to help them meet an identified challenge.
    • Map national and/or regional policies or proposals on employment, education or vocational training, and their potential consequences.
    • Map the network of national and regional groups and individuals working on youth empowerment issues, identify potential areas of collaboration and develop strategies for engagement and collective action.
    • Conduct secondary research and interviews with subject matter experts, private sector representatives and other stakeholders to obtain data and make recommendations for government or community actions to benefit youth in post-pandemic economic recovery.
  • Thought leadership and communication
    • Present (virtually) the work carried out during the program at the CIPE Youth Leadership Conference.
    • Submit a final report to CIPE, such as the final version of a scoping document outlining key findings and conclusions, or a detailed summary of activities and achievements during the program and impact assessment. Photos, videos and other multimedia are strongly encouraged.
    • Identify and participate in relevant events or conferences (virtually or in person) throughout the program.
    • Participate in monthly status calls with CIPE and other leaders to provide updates on the project.
    • Midway through the program, attend an internal meeting with CIPE staff to provide an overview of the project and share learnings.
    • Actively engage in the kick-off meeting with other leaders and contribute to the ongoing sharing of information on youth issues via a dedicated WhatsApp group and email.


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For more information, visit CIPE Youth Leadership Program.

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