The Talloires Network is pleased to announce the launch of a new $5.9 million global initiative in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. This Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI) aims to address the global crisis in youth unemployment by supporting the efforts of universities in developing countries to develop and test innovative university-led models that enable upper-year university students and recent alumni to accelerate their transition to the work force.
The Talloires Network will award six to eight Demonstration Grants of $350,000 to $465,000 to universities in the following regions: West Africa, Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, North Africa, South Asia, South East Asia, Central Asia, Latin America.
Competitive programs will be innovative, effective and collaborative efforts that draw on the expertise of universities in the above regions to prepare upper year university students to become successful employees and entrepreneurs in their communities. YEPI will enable the most exemplary of these programs to strengthen their work and expand the scope of their efforts to engage a greater number of students and employers. We expect that this will result in higher, more sustainable youth participation in the economy and greater ties between universities and economies.
The Talloires Network will support demonstration grant programs in evaluating and learning from their efforts, and will encourage the exchange of knowledge on this topic through the creation of a global Community of Practice in 2013.
How to Apply for a Demonstration Grant
The Talloires Network is currently inviting Expressions of Interest from universities in the following regions:
South East Asia
Expressions of Interest are due on or before December 10, 2012. In January 2013 the Network will invite 16 to 20 finalists to submit full proposals for a Demonstration Grant. Full proposals will be due in March 2013. The Talloires Network will announce awards in June 2013. Demonstration Grant Program implementation is expected to begin in July 2013. Prospective applicants that are not yet members of the Talloires Network may apply simultaneously for membership in the network. A full description of how to apply for membership can be found at http://talloiresnetwork.tufts.edu/benefits-of-membership/how-to-join. There is no financial obligation required to join.
Please send questions, comments and complete applications to yepi(at)tufts.edu. We look forward to hearing from you.