Grants: Youth Economic Participation Initiative Demonstration Grants, Tufts University, The Talloires Network

Cross-posted from Tufts University, The Tallories Network:

Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI)

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.

Demonstration Grants

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:

West Africa
Southern Africa
Eastern Africa
North Africa
South Asia
South East Asia
Central Asia
Latin America

Expression of Interest Background Document

Expression of Interest Application

Frequently Asked Questions

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 There is no financial obligation required to join.

Please send questions, comments and complete applications to yepi(at) We look forward to hearing from you.

Tags: Central Asia, Eastern Africa, Latin America, North Africa, South Asia, South East Asia, Southern Africa, West Africa, economies, entrepreneurs, More…universities, youth participation

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I believe that locally based NGOs could equally liaise with universities in their countries (regions) to design befitting programs for this initiative. This. is especially to be reckoned from the fact that universities are essentially focusing on imparting academic knowledge to their students instead of focusing on employment or enterpreneurship development. If flexibility were exercised in this direction, then sometime good could still be derived from the NGOs or civil society organizations in concert with universities. Thanks for this highly laudable initiative

Mr. Gbawu, thanks for that prompt response and straight to the point proposal. I too do believe that most Universities, like for University of Liberia where i attend, you will not see them focusing on such things very soon, probably, if there is a kind of opportunity where a Civil society can collaborate with a University to get these concepts translated would lead to faster gains.


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