Deadline: 13 December 2013
Open to: young leaders and democracy workers from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank-Gaza, Yemen or Sweden
Venue: 18 May – 6 June 2014, in Stockholm and Malmo (module 1) and 1-7 November 2014 in MENA region (module 2)
The Swedish Institute’s Young Leaders Visitors Programme (YLVP) is an annual intercultural leadership programme that aims to lay a foundation for dialogue, mutual understanding and knowledge sharing among young leaders from the Middle East, North Africa and Sweden.
The YLVP is designed to provide the participants with new skills, broadened networks and innovative tools to strengthen their work to drive social change in their respective contexts. The participants are visionaries who are in a position to make a difference. They are young, open-minded leaders in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank-Gaza, Yemen and Sweden who are actively working for democracy and human rights within the spheres of society, culture, politics and media.
During and after the programme the participants will be part of an active network that will boost creativity and support their personal and professional development, while also laying the platform for a more connected future. Since the launch of the YLVP in 2008, the programme alumni network has grown to comprise more than 140 young leaders.
The first module of the 2014 programme will take place May 18 – June 6 in different venues in Stockholm and Malmo. Module 2 will take place in the MENA region November 1-7.
The call is open to young open-minded leaders in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank-Gaza, Yemen and Sweden who are actively working for democracy and human rights within the spheres of society, culture, politics and media: youth leaders, project managers, youth politicians, government civil servants, lawyers, journalists, bloggers, activists and cultural workers. They must be 20-32 years of age at the time of the start of the programme, with good working knowledge of both written and spoken English.
Participants from the Middle East and North Africa: All costs related to accommodation, food and transport during the YLVP are covered by the Swedish Institute. The Swedish Institute will also arrange and pay for your air travel to and from Module 1 in Sweden and Module 2 in the MENA region – but participants are responsible for costs related to transport within their own countries.
During the programme in Sweden all participants will be insured against acute illness and accident through the Swedish State Group Insurance and personal insurance by The Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Service Agency (Kammarkollegiet). For the second module which will take place somewhere in the MENA region, all participants are kindly requested to purchase a travel insurance covering the period of the module in their respective home countries. The Swedish Institute will reimburse participants for the cost of the insurance.
Participants from Sweden: All costs related to activities outside your home town during the YLVP in Sweden are covered by the Swedish Institute; this includes accommodation, food and transport. The Swedish Institute covers your lunch expenses as well as the costs of all arranged activities. The Swedish Institute will arrange and pay for your air travel to the follow-up module, but participants are themselves responsible of costs related to transport within Sweden to the nearest airport.
The deadline for applications is 13 December 2013. Apply by filling out the YLVP Application Form HERE and going to the application portal HERE. Only applicants who have submitted a complete application will be considered for the programme. A complete application consists of:
- A completed YLVP Application Form 2014 in English, including your contact details and the contact details of two reference persons.
- An updated CV in English
- A photo (not compulsory)
For further information please visit the official website HERE.