A new fund has been launched to support the project ideas developed by youth in three pilot provinces – Konya, Muğla and Kocaeli- in Turkey. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has allocated US$ 750,000 for the project which will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme and the Department of Youth Services under the General Directorate for Youth and Sports. The project was launched in Ankara by the President of Turkey Abdullah Gül and the President of Switzerland Pascal Couchepin on 11 November 2008 at Ankara State Art and Sculpture Museum.
The Swiss-UN Fund for Youth (S-UN Fund) is a grant and technical assistance fund which targets young men and women from the age group 18 to 24, who have migrated from rural to urban areas and face difficulties of social integration due to human development deprivations experienced during childhood.
The S-UN Fund provides financial support and mentoring to project ideas of young men and women, which focus on opportunities created by culture and tourism sectors while utilizing information and communication technologies and demonstrating commitment to core UN values. In doing so, the S-UN Fund empowers youth to improve their chances in life, treating them as partners and right holders. The project management will ensure that young women benefit equally from the project, by addressing the needs of young women in the project designs and in all project activities.
The three pilot provinces of the S-UN Fund are marked with abundant cultural and touristic resources, active youth potential and institutionalized structures of existing Youth Centers, as well as high rates of migration they receive. All young people, between 18-24 years of age and living in these provinces, have the chance to realize their project ideas by joining the S-UN Fund. Throughout the two-year implementation period, young men and women in project teams will also receive project management training and mentoring.
Apart from the potential benefits of supported youth initiatives in the pilot provinces during two years of implementation, expanding the geographical scope of S-UN Fund, ensuring its sustainability through joint ownership of public sector, private sector and civil society, and affecting the Government’s youth policies through establishment of a model practice are the ultimate targets of the project.
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