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Challenge criteria

The challenge is seeking organizations that match the following criteria:

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The organization must be registered in Kenya.


The intervention/solution submitted by the organization must be unique and innovative in solving unemployment issues faced by the most vulnerable and under-served Kenyan youth.


All types of organizations (for-profit, not-for-profit), except state-owned enterprises and public institutions, are eligible to apply for the challenge.

At least 80% of the beneficiaries of the proposed intervention should be between the age of 18 and 29 years.


The organization should have been operational for at least three years as of 1st September 2020 (applicants will be required to submit audited financial statements for the last three years). 


Consortia are eligible to apply if the lead applicant fulfills all criteria and other partners fulfill at least 4 (out of 5) of the other criteria.

The organization should be working with:

Youths (18-29 years) bereft through death or abandoned by both their parents while they were children


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Youths (18-29 years) with a physical, sensory, mental, or other impairment, including any visual, hearing, learning, or physical incapability, which adversely impacts their social, economic, or environmental participation

Persons with disability

Young mothers (18-29 years) who have a dependent child or dependent children and who are widoweddivorced, or unmarried


Single mothers

Youths (18-29 years) whose lives have been adversely affected by conflict, such as inter-community conflicts, land disputes, pastoral / cattle rustling, terrorism and violence



Youths affected by conflict

Youths (18-29 years) for whom the street has become their habitual abode and who live outside of key societal institutions, such as the family, education and other statutory services; who do not have any formal sources of support and are dependent upon informal support networks


Street youths


Street youths

Youths (18-29 years) from vulnerable and marginalized communities as defined by the Government of Kenya


Youths from vulnerable and marginalized communities

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