Generation Unlimited launches "Youth Challenge 2020" in Tajikistan

Calling on young Tajik innovators to design solutions to improve education, employment and civic empowerment.

03 February 2020
girls i the Lab
UNICEF Tajikistan/2019/S.Sharipov

Dushanbe, 1st February 2020. Today UNICEF Tajikistan and UNDP launch a Youth Challenge to develop projects aimed at creating an environment for girls and adolescents with disabilities to access skills and knowledge, opportunities and competencies to succeed in life and work. This initiative is co-organized and co-hosted globally by Generation Unlimited partners in Tajikistan - UNICEF, UNDP Tajikistan and the Committee for Youth Affairs and Sports under the Government of Tajikistan. Primary aim of the challenge is to inspire young people with brilliant ideas, but without the resources to bring them to life. 

 Organizers encourage young people who are 15 to 24 years old who want to find innovative solutions to the issues and turn them to social projects. Interested participants are asked to form a team and come together with ideas to answer the questions below:

  • How to provide girls with skills and knowledge for life and work;
  • How to create an enabling environment for development of adolescents with disabilities? 

Successful applicants will be invited to take part in design workshops. Following these workshops, the five most promising solutions from each country will be selected and support and mentoring will be provided with mentoring to support the projects’ implementation. Then, in June 2020, the most promising solutions from each country will be submitted to a global judging process. These projects will receive further funding of up to $20,000, along with a tailored global incubation programme from Generation Unlimited partners to support them to scale.

Young people who are interested to participate need to create a team of 3 to 5 people and fill out an application form on an official website of the contest – 

The most promising ideas will contribute to the success of Generation Unlimited, an ambitious multi-sector public-private global partnership meant to meet the urgent needs for expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people on an unprecedented scale.

With 1.8 billion young people in the world, Generation Unlimited, is a dynamic global partnership that draws on the expertise of young people, representatives from governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector and civil society to inspire urgent investment in education, skills training, and empowerment for the rapidly growing global population of adolescents and young people.

Notes to Editors:

Generation Unlimited is global partnership working to prepare young people to become productive and engaged citizens. It connects secondary-age education and training to employment and entrepreneurship, empowering every young person to thrive in the world of work.

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.


Media Contacts

Shuhratjon Sharipov
Communications Officer
UNICEF Tajikistan
Tel: +992 939144010
Tel: +992 907437588


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. UNICEF operates in Tajikistan since 1993. 

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