The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), organized a capacity-building training for the recipient organizations of the fourth edition of the Youth Solidarity Fund (YSF) in Addis Ababa from October 24-28, 2016. The training was held at the UN Economic Commission for Africa in the Ethiopian capital.
Participants of this year’s training, aged between 22 and 35 years old, represented organizations based in Africa and Asia. They took part in interactive modules focused on gender mainstreaming, monitoring and evaluation, organizational development, fundraising and communicating about results. The modules were designed to stimulate reflection on each of the projects from different angles. It was also useful in strengthening the development and sustainability of the recipient organizations.
Another key objective of the training was to stimulate intercultural collaboration, learning and solidarity among YSF recipients. As young leaders in their communities, the opportunity to meet and work with other young people working on similar issues in different contexts was a source of inspiration and motivation.
The YSF supports youth-led organizations that foster peaceful and inclusive societies by providing them with direct funding to implement projects promoting intercultural and interfaith dialogue. In addition to funding, the YSF strives to offer technical support and capacity building, with a view to further promote the development of youth-led organizations. Prior to Addis Ababa, UNAOC has organized trainings for previous YSF cohorts and alumni in Strasbourg (2009), Nairobi (2010), Casablanca (2013) and Istanbul (2014).