Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge

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Generation Unlimited – is a dynamic 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 (10-24) – which will reach 2 billion by 2030.

In countries where the working-age population grows larger than the dependent population, there is a potential for a demographic dividend, and when the population is constructively employed, overall productivity rises, standards of living improve and investment in human capital increases.

With more than 200 million young people of lower- and upper-secondary school age currently missing out on school, instead of contributing to equitable progress, young people – especially the most disadvantaged – could face futures of compounding deprivation and poverty, unless urgent action is taken.

Generation Unlimited – which forms part of the United Nations’ Youth 2030 Strategy – will complement and build on existing programmes that support adolescents and young people.

Challenge Winner: 5 Winners will be awarded $1000 each

What’s the Youth Challenge?

The Challenge – which will take place this year in 16 countries worldwide, will be calling for applications from young people to create solutions that will support the three key pillars of Generation Unlimited: secondary-age education; skills for learning, employability and decent work; and empowerment, with a focus on girls.

Successful applicants will be invited to take part in a Human Centered Design Bootcamp in Islamabad at the end of November. Following the workshops, the five most promising ideas will be selected and awarded up to USD 1,000 in funding and provided with mentoring and implementation support.

In spring 2019, the most promising projects in each country will be submitted to a global judging process, which will identify five projects, which could have the greatest impact on young people. These projects will receive a further USD 20,000 investment, along with a tailored mentorship programme from Generation Unlimited partners to support them to scale.

The focus of the challenge in Pakistan 


Adolescent girls in Pakistan are often unaware or unprepared for the onset of menstruation (menarche). This is mostly due to a culture of silence surrounding women’s reproductive health issues of which menstruation is a part. This lack of preparation, knowledge, and poor hygienic practices during menstruation have negative impacts on girls’ self-esteem and personal development. It also affects their education as they often miss school because of shame or lack of adequate facilities to manage their period. In addition to schools lacking proper hygiene facilities, teachers are often not prepared to respond to girls’ need for information.

The contest will engage young people around Pakistan in the design of solutions that have the potential to scale and create significant improvements to empower and promote participation of women through innovative solutions to improve menstrual hygiene management for women and girls in their communities.  Keeping in view the principles of Human Centered Design (HCD), the contest will be designed with and for youth and it seeks to engage marginalized youth, recognizing the insight, experience, and talent they can offer.

The challenge is open to Pakistani nationals aged between 14-24.

Challenge winners will have the opportunity to engage with diverse stakeholders working on menstrual hygiene from both the public and private sector by presenting their ideas and concepts to a panel of experts.  Their ideas will be profiled on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and live webinars through Google Hangouts. They will also benefit from mentorship sessions as well as interactive sessions with other challenge winners.

How to Apply?

Young people who wish to apply are encouraged to form teams and submit an application. Applications can also be submitted via email to Deadline for idea submission is Friday November 16, 2018

Note: Please, submit a 30s to 1m video along with the standard application to give additional information about your motivation to apply for the contest and the passion behind creating solutions to solve the youth’s problems. The video can be anything from a look into how you worked on your idea to what drives you to propose solutions to the problems of Pakistan’s youth. Just grab a camera, shoot a simple video with a clear message and send it to before November 16 along with the standard application form. Please, note that this video is supplementary but not mandatory.


Teams must apply by deadline. Online applications preferred


A committee will shortlist the top 15 candidates to attend the boot camp in Islamabad based on their ideas


15 selected teams will attend the Bootcamp in Islamabad during the end of November. 5 finalists will then be shortlisted.


Winners will receive seed money of $1000 each to help implement their solutions in their projects and follow-up mentorship

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