80 projects qualified for final selections
The pre-application stage for the Development Marketplace Competition organized by the World Bank under the title “Youth in Turkey: Let’s Shape Our Future” has recently been completed. A total of 792 project applications from 72 cities have been filed for the competition.
New Horizons - The majority of applications were received from Ankara and Istanbul from Project Groups, NGO – Legal Entities, Youth Groups and Vocational Secondary Schools.
After the Competition Jury’s meticulous evaluation, 80 projects qualified for the second stage. The competitors will have the chance to introduce their projects to the Competition Jury by filling out the Final Application Form with assistance from the Technical Support Team.
The projects were executed under 4 main themes: Stepping into Our Career: More and Better Jobs for the Youth, Developing Our Skills More and Better Education for the Youth, Making Our Voice Heard: Youth Participation, Inclusion and Work, Building Bridges for Our Future: Working with Partners. The highest percentage of applications were received under the Developing Our Skills More and Better Education for the Youth theme.
On May 21st, 2009, The World Bank will organize a “Youth Fair” to bring together competitors and Jury members in the SantralIstanbul Campus of Bilgi University where competitors will be allocated booths to introduce their projects. Jury members will finalize their evaluations based on project application forms, and with face-to-face interviews with competitors.The projects will be evaluated under the following criteria: Innovation, Growth Potential, Outcome, Realism, Sustainability. Awards will be given out at the Sutluce Cultural Center in Istanbul on the same night.
The winning project may receive up to $200 thousand in grant funding for implementation over two years.
Aside from the World Bank, the program is sponsored by various entibies such as the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), Istanbul Bilgi University, Akbank, and the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV).
As a supporting organization the UNDP is providing asisstance in Project selection and visibility.