2022 AU-UNICEF Youth Innovation Challenge

Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Do you have the innovation that African Union and UNICEF are looking for? Will it positively impact your community and contribute towards eliminating harmful practices against women and girls while preserving their mental health

The innovation challenge is to enable survivors of harmful practices such as child marriage and FGM may find it difficult to seek help and cope with the mental health and psychosocial challenges due to their experience and ordeal.


UNICEF 8 AUC invites you to share with them what you and your team think would be an innovative way of focusing on either of the following issues:

  • Creating awareness in their respective communities, peer groups and beyond on the impact of harmful practices (HPs) on mental health/well-being
  • Helping survivors cope with psychosocial consequences of HPs through different ways
  • Neighborhood/community-based activities/services that can help survivors of HPs cope with various mental health and psychosocial needs


  • Be an African youth to be considered for the innovation challenge
  • Describe your innovative intervention in detail and submit your plan.
  • Work collaboratively in a group in your country and decide on a focal/intervention.
  • Submit name of your team and team lead responsible for the intervention oversight.
  • Submit 5-10 photos and 1-minute video clip explaining your proposed solution etc.

The Innovative Solution should:

  • Show how it will support young people particularly girls and young women affected by HPs
  • Work directly with your peers/communities
  • Be collaborative


The best 10 interventions will be awarded $52.500 each to implement their intervention in the community.


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