Submissions sought from youth in Timor-Leste for two global youth innovation challenges

Submissions sought from youth in Timor-Leste for two global youth innovation challenges

01 October 2019

The Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge and the Youth Co:Lab Innovation Challenge provide platforms for young people to showcase innovative solutions to real-world concerns and take part in national and regional competitions.

DILI, Timor-Leste, 30 September 2019 – Two global initiatives that support innovation by youth - the Generation Unlimited (GenU) Youth Challenge and Youth Co:Lab Innovation Challenge – will launch today in Timor-Leste. The launch of the two initiatives will provide youth in Timor-Leste with the chance to showcase their innovative ideas and vie for a chance to take part in national and regional competitions.

Application details and criteria will be transmitted to youth across Timor-Leste using existing youth engagement platforms supported by UNDP, UNICEF and Plan International, and at today’s launch event in Dili. 

According to eligibility guidelines, young people between the ages of 14 and 24 may submit ideas that have the potential to drive progress and development across Timor-Leste under one or both of the challenges. These ideas could include solutions for improving education, employment and civic engagement, as well as building climate-smart job and livelihood opportunities across agriculture, tourism, waste management/circular economy, and renewable energy.

Successful Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge applicants will be invited to take part in design workshops in Dili in October. Following these workshops, the five most promising ideas will be selected and awarded USD$1,000 each in funding and provided with mentoring to support the projects’ implementation. In June 2020, the most promising solutions from each country participating in the challenge will be submitted to a global judging process, with successful projects receiving funding of up to $20,000, and support by Generation Unlimited partners to scale up solutions.

Successful Youth Co:Lab applicants will attend a series of capacity-building workshops in October in Dili and pitch their ideas to partners in November 2019. The selected applicants will be awarded around US$2,000 in travel costs to present their proposed solutions to other youth and partners at a regional event to be held in Malaysia in April 2020. Successful participants or groups will then receive mentoring and incubation support through UNDP’s Springboard Programme, which will allow them to implement and scale up their ideas. 
Generation Unlimited: 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. For more information on Generation Unlimited, visit

Youth Co:Lab: Co-created in 2017 by UNDP and the Citi Foundation, Youth Co:Lab aims to establish a common agenda for countries in the Asia-Pacific region to empower and invest in youth, so they can accel¬erate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, social innovation and entre¬preneurship. For more information on the Youth Co:Lab, visit

UNICEF: UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

UNDP: 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.

Plan International: Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and are now active in more than 75 countries.

For more information, please contact:

Rukshan Ratnam, UNICEF: (English enquiries).

Felisberta Moniz da Silva, UNDP: (Tetum enquiries).


Media contacts

Tapuwa Loreen Mutseyekwa
Advocacy and Communication Specialist
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +67077231103
Tel: +670 331 1297, Extension: 1820
Antonio Gomes
Communication Officer (Tetum)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +670 7723 2441
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1821


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