Applications are open for the 5th AWHF Youth Forum 2020 in South Africa. The duration of the international youth forum will run from 28th April – 5th May 2020 at Robben Island, South Africa. The organizer will cover all the expenses of the selected candidates. 

The application form of the African youth forum is very simple. The application form is very simple and the complete application package should be submitted at the latest on the 23 February (midnight GMT) via the following email address: Late applications will be not be considered

the 5th African World Heritage Youth Forum, a capacity-building exercise focusing on Youth, Entrepreneurship and Heritage Sustainability in Africa. The Forum places an emphasis on entrepreneurship skills development towards promoting and increasing African youth participation in the stewardship and promotion of World Heritage in Africa in a creative and innovative approach. 

5th AWHF Youth Forum 2020:

Host Country:

  • South Africa

Host Organisations:

  • African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), International Centre for the Study of the Preservation
    and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Robben Island Museum (RIM), Africa Business Group (ABG), University of Cape Town (UCT), UNESCO World Heritage Centre, African Union Commission (AUC)

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Program Location:

  • Robben Island, South Africa

Program Duration:

  • 8-Days

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Program Dates:

  • 28th April – 5th May 2020

Financial Support:

All the expenses of the selected candidates will be covered by AWHF, ICCROM, and RIM. The organiser will cover the following expenses:

  • Return Airfare
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Local Transportation in South Africa

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Youth Forum Benefits:

The eight-day Forum will consist of interactive oral presentations from youth participants and experts from different fields combined with hands-on activities, group sessions, and discussions, as well as guided visits to Robben Island World Heritage site.

Participants will gain entrepreneurship knowledge and skills in business opportunity identification and
evaluation, business management, financial resources mobilization for business start-ups and/or expansion, entrepreneurial mindset skills, communication and networking, business plan development and sustainability of World Heritage. Participants will also benefit from mentorship and technical support from the organizers of the Forum

Eligibility Criteria:

Thirty-five (35) young entrepreneurs from all African countries will be selected for the forum. Applicants must fulfil all of the following requirements:

  • African citizen between the ages: 18 – 35;
  • Minimum requirements: a post-secondary certified training and/or qualification;
  • Fluency in English (being the working language of the Forum) and ability to communicate in at least one of the other three official languages of the African Union (French, Portuguese and Arabic);
  • Personal attributes: motivated, active and driven individuals interested in learning how to assess the viability, feasibility, and desirability of new business ideas while engaging in a World Heritage network of young Africans eager to implement the outcomes of the forum in their home countries;
  • Professional attributes:
    • Social entrepreneurs, project holders or anyone looking to start a social enterprise in need of
      assistance in implementing their projects.
    • Entrepreneurs and business owners who need to find new ways to create value in the market
      while championing sustainable conservation of promotion of Africa’s heritage.
    • Acquainted with online media and digital platforms (social media e.g. Snapchat, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, digital platforms, etc.).
    • Bearers of ideas from different backgrounds and fields bringing innovative solutions to deal
      with the challenges that many African countries meet in safeguarding African heritage.

Note: Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply for the 5th African World Heritage Youth Forum 2020?

Each applicant should submit the following application package:

The completed application form;

  • A motivation letter (maximum 1 page) detailing your reasons for applying and experiences related to entrepreneurship and heritage;
  • Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum);
  • A signed letter of recommendation from a university, organization or administrative authority/supervisor or testimonial letter in case of individuals;
  • Sixty (60) seconds of video pitching and presenting the business idea/existing business.

The complete application package should be submitted at the latest on the 23 February (midnight GMT) via the following email address: Late applications will be not be considered.

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Application Deadline:

  • The last date to apply for the 5th AWHF Youth Forum 2020 is 23 February (midnight GMT).


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