Innovation Competition - YiA4SDGs
The innovation competition is now open to accept proposals for the Sustainable Development Goals. SUBMIT YOUR INITIATIVE TO WIN A FULL FUNDED TRIP TO ROMANIA TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE!


BACKGROUND OF YIA4SDGS

Youth in Action for the Sustainable Development Goals is an international project with collaboration of 9 country partner organizations. Its goal is to promote and support youth participation in the contribution for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. With the financial support from European Commission, 9 partner organizations from Romania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Greece, France, Nepal, Philippines, Nepal and Vietnam will be elaborating on a collaboration hub to encourage youth initiatives to solve social issues in accordance with 17 SDGs.

THE COMPETITION

The Innovation Competition YiA4SDG is open for innovative projects created by young people (between 18-30 years old), citizens of one of the participating countries (Romania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Greece, France, Nepal,Philipines, Thailand and Vietnam) promoting active one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals promoted by United Nations. http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

This competition aims to encourage and support youth initiative in the field of the global biggest needs and to create a bridge between communities from 9 countries and two continents: Europe and Asia.

With the aim to encourage and support youth initiative, YiA4SDGs is now calling for all innovative ideas from the 9 partner countries to support the implementation to contribute to the achievement of the 17 SDGs. Project proposal will be presented in our collaboration hub, at www.youthact.net.

On 20 of May, 17 projects will be selected and announced. All selected projects’ leaders will receive:
- Assistance from the youth organizations’ partners to build this project
- A training course in held in Codlea- Romania between 2-10 of July, special designed to help the participants to gain more competencies in the project management and to offer the space to compare their ideas and experiences in the field of their common passions and interest in being active for SDGs.

After the training course in July, all projects will have to be implemented in their respective country in accordance with the submitted proposals and the results will be uploaded on the online platform to www.youthact.net, and they will have to offer clear reports to their organizations about what they succeed to achieve inside of this experience.


ELIGIBILITY

Who Can Participate?
18-35 years old, and must be a citizen of one of the participating countries (Romania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Greece, France, Nepal, Nepal and Vietnam)

Must be able to fully participate in the Training Course which will be held from 2nd to 10th July 2016. Participants should also have a strong commitment to agree on the piloting phase of the project after returning from the Training Course. The piloting phase shall be ended by the end of September.

Participants are required to implement the project in their respective country in accordance with the submitted proposals.

Participants must submit the complete report at the end of the piloting phase as requirement from the organizers.

HOW TO APPLY?

To submit your proposal, please go to :http://tinyurl.com/YIA4SDGS to fill out the project proposal template. Your proposal should be categorized into one of the 17 SDGs. 01 (one) entry only is allowed for one person.

* Projects may be proposed by a partnership of two or more as a team (not more than 3 members per team) but only the one person per submitted proposal will be chosen to participate in the Training Course in Romania in July (if only the proposal is chosen as the winning project)

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

We are looking for project proposals that have:
- Innovative character
- Direct Issue-solution approach
- Feasible and implementable
- Concrete impact on the community and target groups
- Sustainability to go beyond the initial support of the competition

COMPETITION TIMELINE

25th April 2016: Competition opened
14th May 2016: Competition closed
20 May 2016: Winners announced
2nd – 10th July 2016: Training course in Romania
August – September 2016: Piloting Phase*
* Date of Piloting phase shall be extended depends on the final result of the competition to give adequate amount of time for concrete action and documentation.)

AWARD

Selected proposals will be granted a full funded trip to participate the Training Course in Romania from 1st to 10th July 2016).

OTHER TERMS

All submitted entries shall be the property of ACTOR organization (Leading organization) and may be used for any non-commercial purpose without any compensation made to the entrant.

All entries and materials for the competition must be presented in English. All entrants must submit original work and provide references where other work is cited.

By entering the Competition, you (entrant), agree to comply with and be bound by the following official competition rules. Please review the Rules carefully. If you do not agree to the Rules in their entirety, you are not permitted to enter the Contest.

ACTOR reserves the right to amend these official rules. All decisions about entry eligibility, disqualification, selection of competition winners, and awards are within the sole and complete discretion of ACTOR and partner organizations.

By participating in this contest, participants assume all responsibility for their submission, and acknowledge and irrevocably agree that the promoter shall not in any manner be liable for legal action, damages, third party interruption and/or any error arising from this promotion.

For more information, please contact your country organization at:
Romania: ACTOR (Actor_romania@yahoo.com)
Bulgaria: FOCUS (office@foccen.org)
Slovenia: PiNA (urska.vezovnik@pina.si)
Greece: USB (datsoly@gmail.com)
France: Water Youth Network (a.lerebours@wateryouthnetwork.org)
Nepal: VIN (vinnepal@gmail.com)
Philippines: YSDA (iriscaluag@gmail.com)
Thailand: VSA (gate@volunteerspirit.or.th)
Vietnam: SJVietnam (thaihoangvu.thv@gmail.com)

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