King Hamad Award for Youth Empowerment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals


Application Open for the King Hamad Award for Youth Empowerment to achieve the SDGs. It has two main categories; one for youth action, granting 5 Awards, and a second for youth enablers granting 3 Awards. The first category award is open to applicants from all UN member states. Applicants could be individual youth above the age of 15 years and below the age of 30 years; a youth-led entity (defined as any entity, in which at least 50% of current management/leadership is below age of 30); or a youth-focused entity (defined as any entity, in which at least 90% of resources serve youth above 15 and below 30 years of age). The second category award is open to entities that that are legally recognized and registered in a UN member state, in one of the following four sectors: 1) the governmental and public sector; 2) the private sector; 3) NGOs/foundations, 4) the media.

First of its kind, this global award comes as an expression of the firm faith of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, in young people’s potential to lead their countries and the world towards a better shared future of peace and prosperity for all people on a healthy and renewable planet, as envisioned by the world’s most ambitious plan to transform our world – The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The award recognizes young people’s Endeavour to be effective and productive citizens, contributing to the welfare of their communities and environment, as well as institutions that improve the enabling environment and infrastructure for youth to make an impact, in all United Nations Member States.

The 1st category award includes five awards, each including a financial prize of USD 20,000. Each of the possible 5 awards will recognize a unique and successful development initiative by youth in one of the 5 key aspects of sustainable development covered in Agenda 2030, namely:

  • People: Ending poverty and hunger in all forms
  • Prosperity: Ensuring prosperous and fulfilling lives in harmony with nature.
  • Planet: Protecting our planet’s natural resources and climate for future generations
  • Peace: Fostering peaceful, just and inclusive societies
  • Partnership: Forging solid partnerships to implement Agenda 2030

The 2nd category award includes three recognition awards. Winning submission from NGOs/Foundations only may be eligible for an accompanying financial prize of USD 25,000. Each of the possible 5 awards will recognize an initiative enabling genuine youth engagement and action for sustainable development in one of the following areas of enabling:

  • Institutional: Dismantling institutional barriers and/or creating opportunities for youth participation and action (for example, initiating a strategy, policy, regulations, laws, initiative, etc.);
  • Financial: Providing young people access to start-up financing and/or tools for enterprise viability and development, including incubating initiatives, or similar assistance; and
  • Technical: Providing young people with knowledge assets. technical know-how, skill-building support, including incubating initiatives, or similar assistance.

Application Deadline: 30th October 2018

For detail information and application form, click on the provided link.