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U.S. Mission to Pakistan -- Climate Change and Conflict Resolution TechCamp
Based on funding availability, this project will connect university students and youth influencers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province with subject matter and technology experts to build capacity to identify local challenges caused by climate change, resource scarcity, and pollution, and then propose and implement activities that help address those issues at the community level.
Pakistan has one of the largest youth populations in the world, and the country is highly susceptible to potential economic and social challenges arising from the impacts of climate change. Climate change, resource scarcity, and pollution have the potential to create tension and conflict as communities struggle with adapting to and addressing these evolving issues. If youth are given an opportunity to work together to identify challenges and develop resolutions that promote social cohesion and harmony, they will be better equipped to serve as peacebuilders and role models in their local communities.
TechCamps are a public diplomacy program hosted in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State. They are hands-on, participant-driven workshops that connect subject matter and private sector technology experts with key populations to explore and apply innovative tech solutions to global issues. TechCamps are focused on results, with participants identifying real-world challenges and working in partnership with trainers to apply technology solutions to these challenges. Each TechCamp also includes ongoing impact-oriented programs and efforts to help participants implement their projects post-workshop and stay connected and engaged with each other, their trainers, the Lincoln Corners network, and Public Affairs Section staff in Pakistan.
This funding opportunity seeks to conduct two TechCamps, either virtual or in-person, depending on COVID protocols and safety issues at the time of conducting this project. The TechCamps will connect university students and youth influencers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with subject matter and technology experts with the aim to enhance their capacity and skills by using technology to address issues related to climate change and internal conflict arising from resource scarcity and other related challenges. Participants in these TechCamps will discuss local challenges caused by climate change, resource scarcity, and pollution and then propose and implement activities that will help resolve these issues in their local communities. The TechCamps will build deeper understanding among the participants of the role technology can play in real-world challenges of climate change and create a network of KP youth committed to turning ideas into action. The grantee, in collaboration with the Public Affairs Section, will identify participants, experts, and content for the TechCamps. Participants will be selected to reflect the diversity of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and facilitators will include a blend of American, international, and local subject matter experts.
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2022
The following not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply: • Non-governmental organizations • Civil society organizations • Think tanks • Public and private educational institutions
Estimated Award Ceiling: $100,000
Estimated Award Floor: $75,000