The African Union has open nomination for the Youth Silencing the Guns Peacebuilders Awards 2020.

Recognizing that over 70% of the African population is below the age of 35, the AUC prioritizes mainstreaming of youth in all thematic areas of Agenda 2063 through their participation and creating opportunities for their development.

The Youth Silencing the Guns Award was created by the AU Office of the Youth Envoy to celebrate, recognise and support young Africans behind impactful peacebuilding initiatives that are building a culture of peace.

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The award seeks to:

  • Identify six young peacebuilders at the forefront of impactful Silencing the Guns initiatives.
  • Raise awareness of and celebrate their initiatives
  • Directly support their initiatives with grants of $2000 up to $5,000


Award Winners will receive: 

  • Recognition for their work 
  • $2000 up to $5,000 grant funding to support their existing peacebuilding projects
  • Featured at the African Union and partners platforms


  • Building Conflict- Free Africa

The award will go to any young man or woman who has contributed immensely to conflict prevention or resolution in their community/ country/ continent through mediation, negotiation, peacebuilding efforts, education and promoting peace, reconciliation and unity amongst others

  • Silencing Poverty & Hunger

The award will go to any young man or woman who has contributed immensely to reducing poverty and hunger within their community/ country/ continent

  • Silencing Gender-Based Violence

The award will go to any young man or woman whose work helps to reduce the incidence of Gender-Based Violence in their community/ country/ continent, or who work to support victims of GBV

  • Silencing Youth Unemployment

The award will go to any young man or woman, leading advocacy around unemployment in their community/ country/ continent; or contributing to solving the unemployment challenges in their country and creating jobs

  • Silencing Corruption

The award will go to any young man or woman who has campaigned to end corruption in their community/ country/ continent

  • Silencing Climate Crisis

The award will go to any young man or woman who has done tremendous work in calling attention to the climate crisis in their country/continent or doing extensive work to mitigate the impact of climate change in their community/ country/ continent

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Nominee must be aged 15 – 35 by 30th November 2020 (as per African Youth Charter definition of youth)
  • Nominee must be national and living in one of the African Union member states   
  • Nominee must fit in one of the 6 award categories and directly address one of the thematic areas 
  • Nominee’s project must have demonstrated impact in peacebuilding and directly impact to at least 300 people
  • Nominee’s complete contact information provided 
  • Nominee must be committed to report on Monitoring and Evaluation of how the grant/Award supported the work of their projects
  • Nominee’s project must beapolitical in nature and must not be operated for profit

Application Process:

Interested application should check out the official webpage of the African Union to nominate their self or preferred candidate.

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