King Hamad Award for Youth Empowerment 2022

The general public is hereby informed that the King Hamad Award for Youth Empowerment for achieving the SDGs is now accepting applications. It honors young people who strive to be effective and active citizens and contribute to the well-being of their communities and environment, as well as organizations that create the enabling environment and infrastructure for youth to make a difference.

The kingdom of Bahrain believes that investing in the capabilities, energies and ingenuity of young people brings about the best yields for sustainable development and future well-being of any nation.

That is why, at the national level, the kingdom prioritizes pioneering initiatives that help youth enhance their capabilities—through training, skill-building, and experience-exchange, to expand their opportunities to choose a future that they desire and contribute to the welfare of their community.

Young people make up one-third of the world’s population. They are an extraordinary force for the present and the future. They have unprecedented access to education, knowledge and scientific advancements and they are more connected through information and communication technologies than ever before.

The Kingdom of Bahrain offers a set of initiatives in the field of youth empowerment and skills development stemming from the Kingdom’s great faith in youth as the engine of developmental processes and the purpose of development. We continue to invest in young people as they are the world’s best chance to delivering on vision of Agenda 2030 and fulfilling the promise of the SDGs to leave no one behind, in a world that is more equitable and freer of want.

The award, led by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs and implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, was first launched during the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, in January 2017 and the awarding ceremony took place in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in January 2018.

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Eligibility Criteria :

Here are the criteria to apply for the King Hamad Award for Youth Empowerment:

For the Category I: 

  • Recognizing youth contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is open to applicants from all UN member states.
  • Individuals between the ages of 15 and 35 years old are eligible to apply.
  • A youth-led entity is defined as one in which at least 50% of current management/leadership is under the age of 35, while a youth-focused entity is defined as one in which at least 90% of resources are directed toward youth aged 15 to 35.

For the Category II: 

  • Organizations that are legally recognized and registered in a UN member state in one of the following four sectors are eligible to be recognized as enablers of youth engagement, action, and influence towards the accomplishment of the SDGs:
  • firstly, there is the governmental and public sector;
  • Second, there is the private sector.
  • Third, non-governmental organizations, professional and labor organizations, and foundations.
  • Finally, there is the media industry.
  • This category is open to applicants from all UN member states. Applicants can be individual youth above the age of 15 years and below the age of 35 years; a youth-led entity (defined as any entity, in which at least 50% of current management/leadership is below age of 35); or a youth-focused entity (defined as any entity, in which at least 90% of resources serve youth above 15 and below 35 years of age).

    It includes up to five awards, each including a financial prize of USD20,000

    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; and
    • Partnership: Forging solid partnerships to implement Agenda 2030.

    In evaluating submissions, jurors will consider the extent to which the development initiative has been informed by, or upholds, where applicable, key principles of holistic sustainable development underlying the vision of Agenda 2030, especially in the post-COVID reality, including:

    • Integrated: Addressing, in an integrated manner, the three dimensions of sustainable development, economic, social, and environmental.
    • No one behind: Leaving no one behind, which includes being inclusive and focusing on and prioritizing the farthest behind.
    • Risk-informed: Incorporating risk prevention and management, and where applicable, forging links between development, humanitarian, and peacebuilding dimensions.
    • Global outlook: Recognizing and addressing interlinkages between local action and global impact.
    • Gender Balance: Helping to ensure that women and girls get full and equal opportunity to reach their full potential, thus enabling half of society to contribute to achieving full extent of development in line with the ambition of Agenda 2030.
    • COVID relevance: Addressing the consequences of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic on the pursuit of the sustainable goals; helping people, communities or countries cope and recover from the adverse, health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic; and contributing to preparedness of related challenges in the future. 

      In presenting the development initiative, submission narratives describing the initiative are expected to provide evidence of and/or elaborate on the following:

      • Impact: Impact of the initiative on SDGs achievement and specific contribution to mitigating the immediate, medium- and long-term impacts of COVID-19, and taking action to better prepare for similar challenges in the future. Substantiated with:
        • Quantifiable results, linked to specific SDG targets, and where possible, indicators for SDGs measurement.
        • Validation of impact, through reference letters, one from people whose lives were affected by the initiative and another from a peer or mentor.
        • Previous recognition of the initiative, if any, national or international.
      • Scalability: If designed as a pilot or for small-scale of implementation, elaborate on potential for and feasibility of scaling-up the initiative to a larger, or national level, if applicable.
      • Sustainability : Elaborate on measures to sustain and ensure future viability of initiative. If specific plans for sustainability had been elaborated, please include.
      • Innovation : Elaborate on how the initiative goes beyond “business-as-usual” development action and incorporates creativity and innovation applying, the following principles for innovation as appropriate.


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How To Apply

  • The application process is online.
  • The deadline for application submissions is 1st July 2022, at 12 a.m. Bahrain time.
  • By October 2022, all winners will be notified of their selection.

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Benefits :

Following are the benefits for the participants:

  • In the youth action category, the King Hamad Award for Youth Empowerment to achieve the SDGs is worth $20,000.
  • In the Youth Enablers category, the award is worth $25,000.
  • The Ministry of Youth and Sports will cover each of the 8 winners’ flights and accommodations to attend the awards ceremony.
  • The award will be granted in full as a one-time grant following the award ceremony.
  • All winners of the King Hamad Award will be invited to the awards ceremony, which will be held in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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