Youth Launch Digital Platform at World Water Forum 8

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On World Water Day (22 March 2018), during the World Water Forum 8 in Brasilia, a beta version of the Youth for Water & Climate #YWC digital platform will be launched.

This is an online marketplace for connecting youth-led projects with potential donors and technical partners in order to harness youth’s innovation capital and scale up their contributions to the SDGs and climate agendas.

The projects are reviewed according to a set of criteria under the supervision of a quality assurance committee. Once approved, they receive a YWC label and get uploaded on the Projects marketplace. The YWC label is a way to guarantee the quality of the projects presented on this platform. In this way donors and partners are assured to engage with high-standards projects (technically robust, results-oriented, economically viable in the long term, etc.), and young project leaders learn how to meet those standards with the help of guidelines (templates, checklists etc.) and experience sharing tools like FAQs, and mentorship.

Once registered on the digital platform, either by submitting a project or by becoming a supporter, (could be bilateral funding, basket funding or even a crowdfunding campaign), parties will be free to browse and express interest in projects and donors/partners. When the interest is reciprocated, there is a match, and the parties will be placed in contact.

To illustrate the concept at the launch, there will be a project speed-dating between youth and supporters game: “Love at first sight”. YWC partners will also kick off the digital platform, and youth will be there to present their projects.

We welcome youth and supporters to try out the digital platform. Feedback is welcome to this beta version so that we can improve it.

Digital platformwww.youthwaterclimate.org
Launch date & time: 22 March 2018, 11:30-12:30
Launch location: Swiss Pavilion (E15 Expo Hall)
Contactywcplatform@gmail.com or the YWC Secretariat (International Secretariat for Water: Hannane Sellali hsellali@sie-isw.org Global Water Partnership: Julienne Roux julienne.roux@gwp.org or Monika Ericson monika.ericson@gwp.org, AgroParisTech: Sophie RICHARD sophie.richard@agroparistech.fr)

More on YWC:
The Youth for Water and Climate platform is rooted in the work done by youth from 20 countries in the lead up to COP 21 in 2015, who prepared a White Paper to address Water and Climate Challenges and on engagement since then with youth and youth organizations.

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