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CIVICUS is inviting grassroots youth activists from the Global South to apply for the inaugural 2020 Youth Action Lab, which is a 1-year co-creation lab to enable the grassroots youth activists to become more resilient and sustainable in their pursuit of a more equitable world. The Lab was conceived to help youth-led movements which are unable to access sustainable resources, and which lack the technical capacity and networks to engage with political systems.

Participants in the Lab work to build political solidarity and networks, strengthen capacities through peer-to-peer learning, coaching, and skill-building workshops with the aim of supporting youth activists to be more strategic and targeted in their campaigning. The Lab will also help to build alliances through an in-person residency and regular peer learning sessions. The Lab will act as a hub for testing new ways of working within civil society and mobilizing learning from across sectors in support of youth-led movements. Ten young activists based in the Global South will be selected for this programme.

Participants are expected to commit 1 year to remote and online training, meetings and mentorship, in-person workshops, events and engage in learning and general knowledge sharing with all Lab participants. There will be online interim reflection discussions, and participants have to undertake an ongoing creative project. A minimum of 8 to 10 hours per month is required to dedicate to the programme.

The Youth Action Lab is a pilot project supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) to build a more resilient, effective, safe and diverse civil society in the 21st Century.


Each participant will receive a grant of up to US$2499, access to in-kind support and other non-financial resources, as well as capacity strengthening to support more sustainable and resilient movements.


Applicants must be youths between the ages of 18 and 32, who are nationals of and resident in Latin America, The Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. They must be youth activists with at least 2 years of experience working at the grassroots level mobilising for change around key economic, environmental, social, cultural, and civil rights issues. This includes artivism, journalism, social entrepreneurship, and community work.

They have to be members of broader coalitions, networks, or movements working to advocate for change in the local or national context, and who can represent that movement within the Lab.

Applications from traditionally under-represented communities, including but not limited to, women, members of the LGBTI+ community, persons with disabilities, indigenous communities, ethnic and/or linguistic minorities, and other groups, are encouraged.

Selection will be done bearing these factors in mind: commitment to activism, access to resources, and the diversity of the cohort.


Applications are to be done online by 5 February 2020.

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