UNDP and the British Council invites youth from the Horn of Africa region to submit project proposals to use the arts to work towards peace and development

On 28 October, UNDP and the Horn of Africa Leadership for Action (HOLLA) project of the British Council launched a new initiative calling for proposals from the youth from the Horn of Africa to develop ideas for how to use art and creativity to work towards peace, social development and wellbeing.

The challenge will run on UNDP’s online game platform, Raik Shino, developed and recently launched by UNDP Sudan. Raik Shino, meaning “what do you think” in Sudanese Arabic, was initially developed to provide a forum for Sudanese people to interact and discuss the future of Sudan. With this new initiative, the platform is now open to include two other countries in the Horn of Africa region-South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Under this initiative, we invite the youth from Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia to develop proposals answering the following question: “What is your idea for a project that uses the arts and creativity to work towards peace and positive social development and wellbeing in your community, country and/or the Horn of Africa.” The platform is currently open for submission of proposals until 21 November. Guidelines of the call for proposals can be found here. Winners will receive mentoring support from the British Council and UNDP, in addition to 1,500 euros.

The idea for this challenge was inspired by the Horn of Africa Leadership for Action (HOLLA) project managed by the British Council. Launched early 2015, HOLLA aims to support capacity building of young people in three pilot countries; Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia by creating a network of youth-led CSOs and innovative initiatives in the region. “Arts for development” was selected as one of the themes to foster innovation in youth’s contribution to the region’s future.

 “The contest is exciting, as it requires creative thinking to find solutions to a deep-rooted problem.  However, we welcome and challenge the young people from Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia to think out of the box to come up with your best proposals and hopefully ‘crazy’ ideas” said Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, Deputy Country Director, after the launch at the event held at Al Faisal Cultural Centre in Khartoum on 28 October.

UNDP-Sudan and HOLLA look forward to receiving your innovative project proposals.


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