YouthConnekt Sahel Forum: Sahel Innovate Challenge 20For Young Africans At Senegal Dakar

  • Country: Senegal-Dakar
  • Open to: Different countries
  • Location: Africa
  • Deadline: 24th November 2021


In collaboration with the YouthConnekt Africa (YCA) Hub, the United Nations Office of the Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel (OSCDS), Generation Unlimited, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first-ever YouthConnekt Sahel Forum is scheduled to take place in Dakar, Senegal from 30 November – 3 December 2021.

The forum will mark the official launch of the Regional YouthConnekt Sahel Initiative and the YouthConnekt Senegal Chapter, and discussions will focus on various aspects of youth empowerment for young Sahelians – economic, social, digital, and political engagement. Over three days, a combination of youth-centred events will hold, including informative sessions, high-level plenaries, panel discussions, keynote speeches, mini-workshops, awards, learning visits, exhibitions, and cultural events.

The YouthConnekt Sahel Forum will convene annually to connect youth from across the region and beyond with policy influencers, political leaders, industry titans and development institutions to engage, discuss, design, and accelerate youth empowerment efforts. The forum will create a platform for Sahelian youth to voice their issues, promote local solutions, rebrand the region and shape the futures they want.

How to apply?

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

Note that your video can be submitted in English or French.

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).

About YouthConnekt Sahel Forum

The Youth Connekt Sahel Forum is an extension of the YouthConnekt Africa Summit that convenes youth from across the Sahel – Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, The Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal.

It provides opportunities for Sahelian youth to engage with policy influencers, business and political leaders and development institutions. It also emboldens young people in the region to own their development narrative – discuss, design, accelerate youth empowerment efforts, and ultimately rebrand the Sahel as a land of opportunities and investment.

For more information, contact:

Jean De Dieu Sibomana, Youth Analyst/Sahel Youth Project Manager a.i., UNDP Sub-Regional Hub for West and Central Africa

[email protected]

Follow the conversation @UNDPWACA @YouthConnektAf

Hashtag: #YouthConnektSahel #ThrivingSahel

We 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.

#SahelInnovateChallenge 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.


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:
  1. Digital Transformation
  2. COVID-19 Response and Recovery
  3. Health
  4. Education
  5. Peace and Security
  6. Cultural and Creative Arts
  7. Agroforestry
  8. 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).

Selected applicants will receive:

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



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