The Africa Climate Mobility Initiative (ACMI) Youth Forum, in collaboration with the Global Centre for Climate Mobility (GCCM) Solutions Lab, is announcing a funding opportunity for youth-led climate mobility projects in Africa. This initiative aims to address the challenges of climate-induced migration and forced displacement in the African context. Here’s a summary of the key information:
Background: Climate mobility, which includes climate-induced migration and forced displacement, is an increasingly pressing issue in Africa. Despite being responsible for less than 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions, Africa bears a disproportionate burden of climate change impacts, including floods, droughts, landslides, and heatwaves. In 2022, the ACMI Youth Forum was established to empower African youth to tackle these challenges and ensure their meaningful participation in climate policy and practice.
Funding Opportunity: The ACMI Youth Forum and GCCM Solutions Lab are offering up to $5,000 in funding per project to support innovative climate mobility solutions developed by youth in Africa. The funding arrangement is designed by the youth, for the youth, with support from the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The goal is to harness the potential of young people and eliminate barriers to access climate finance, enabling them to create innovative solutions for climate resilience.
- Applicants must be individuals or youth-led organizations and groups, with the majority of members between the ages of 18 and 35.
- Collaboration with a registered youth organization is recommended for unregistered groups.
- Applications from other marginalized groups, including disabled individuals, are welcome.
- Applicants must be from Africa, including migrant and displaced youth living in Africa or those born in Africa.
Thematic Areas: Projects should align with at least one of the following thematic areas:
- Addressing loss and damage
- Climate literacy in disaster-prone and vulnerable communities
- Storytelling and art for climate awareness
- Ecosystem restoration in disaster-prone areas
- Green jobs in vulnerable communities, including internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees, migrants, and youth
- Policy and advocacy
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should complete the online application form, providing detailed project information, objectives, and alignment with the fund’s criteria. Required documents include a project budget, implementation plan, and any additional supporting materials.
Selection Criteria: Projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Relevance to climate resilience in disaster-prone areas and addressing the challenges faced by climate migrants and displaced communities.
- Innovation and creativity in addressing climate-induced migration and forced displacement.
- Active involvement of youth (ages 18-35) in policy and practice, aiming to empower young people.
- Alignment with the specified thematic areas.
- Realistic feasibility and sustainability within the allocated budget and timeline.
- Collaboration and partnerships, with unregistered organizations encouraged to work with registered youth organizations.
- Potential impact and scalability, including the ability to replicate projects in other regions.
- A clear monitoring and evaluation plan with verification and reporting mechanisms.
Youth Volunteer Selection Committee: Applications will be reviewed by a Youth Volunteer Selection Committee. Those interested in supporting youth engagement can apply to be part of the committee. Please note that your project will not be considered for funding if you apply to be part of the committee.
To access the application and learn more, you can visit the provided link: ACMI Application
The deadline to submit your application is 30 October 2023, 23:59 East Africa Time (EAT). This funding opportunity seeks to empower African youth to address climate mobility challenges and contribute to climate resilience in the region.