UNDP Africa YouthConnekt Sahel Forum: Sahel Innovate Challenge 2021

UNDP Africa YouthConnekt Sahel Forum: Sahel Innovate Challenge 2021

Deadline: November 21, 2021

Applications are open for the UNDP Africa YouthConnekt Sahel Forum: Sahel Innovate Challenge 2021. They are searching for 20 exceptional youth from the Sahel Region who will win an opportunity to pitch their innovative solutions to a panel of judges at the YouthConnekt Sahel Forum.

The Sahel Innovate Challenge is a flagship initiative of the YouthConnekt Sahel Forum designed to promote and showcase the innovation and resilience of young Sahelians driving the region’s transformation. It fosters an association of creativity and innovation with the region, shifting from the overemphasized conflict and poverty-stricken narrative.


Selected applicants will receive:

  • An opportunity to pitch their solution to business leaders and a panel of judges.
  • Fully funded participation at the forum.


You are eligible if you:

  • Are 35 or younger
  • Have a demonstrable and tested innovative solution (including the number of people impacted) in the Sahel region in any of the following challenge tracks:
    • Digital Transformation
    • COVID-19 Response and Recovery
    • Health
    • Education
    • Peace and Security
    • Cultural and Creative Arts
    • Agroforestry
    • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Are a national and currently residing in one of the UNISS Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, The Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal).


In less than 120 seconds (2 Minutes), record a video introducing yourself, your solution and its impact in the Sahel region.

Instructions for the Video

  • It should be shot in “landscape/widescreen” mode.
  • Provide an introduction of yourself – name, nationality and age.
  • Provide an introduction of your innovative solution – description and impact so far (including the number of people impacted).

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For more information, visit UNDP Africa.