Of climate funding goes to youth-led climate activism and youth climate movement
BUILDING A NETWORK
Since February 2021, the CJ-JT Donor Collaborative has been working to investigate the lack of funding going to movement building led by youth.
In partnership with Adeso, Green Africa Youth Organisation (GAYO), Southern African Trust (SAF), Southern African Youth Forum and Youth Climate Justice Fund (YCJF) we have built on the many conversations and events we’ve hosted and had together since the inception of the CJ-JT Donor Collaborative and especially on the ideas and connections sparked at the following events:
- South by Southwest (SXSW)
- World Economic Forum Davos (WEF)
- New York Climate Week (NYCW)
– Youth Movement Building and Climate Justice Re-Granters
- COP27 Sharm El Sheikh
Together we have identified an important gap: there is no formal, long-term philanthropic infrastructure convening existing and emerging youth-focused donors, re-granters and Global South-based organisations to coordinate and increase funding to youth-led movements in the Global South.
With our partners and in connection with many other allies we have been co-designing a new network to address this gap.
Youth and communities on the front lines of climate impacts are leading the intersectional movements needed to achieve a justice aligned 1.5C world. Yet, their efforts are critically underfunded and undervalued.
From the 1st to the 3rd June 2023, over forty funders, change-makers and youth activists convened together at the Gustav Stresemann Institut in Bonn to discuss how to better collaborate to shift power and resources to youth-led climate action in the Global South. Over our three days together, we connected, exchanged lessons and ideas, and explored the idea of creating a new network of Global South Youth Regranters to scale funding for youth-led climate action.
We ‘sowed’ many seeds, and left with new insights, connections and next steps. We offered a series of small grants to our co-convenors to enable them to continue the work we started together, including to:
- Keep building and growing this community of funders and youth committed to shifting power and resources.
- Build a new coalition of youth-led regranters to highlight the best practices of funding youth and set the direction of future efforts. Led by Youth Climate Justice Fund and other youth-led funds, this work will involve presenting a set of recommendations during New York Climate Week in September 2023.
- Increasing the number of youth-led organisations receiving support, and who can participate in these conversations. For Green Africa Youth Organisation this will involve strengthening their organisational capacity as a youth-led regranter and fiscal sponsor.
- Re-convening the community over hybrid events during New York Climate Week in September 2023 and at COP28. These events will serve to highlight the critical role of youth and Southern-led intermediaries, take stock of progress made and continue growing and strengthening our communities/actions.
- Regionalising the community by growing the involvement of more youth-led initiatives across the SADC region. Led by Southern Africa Youth Forum, this will consist of hosting a regional dialogue in addition to the SADC Youth Forum and Regional Conference of Youth (R-COY).
- Hosting a pre-COP webinar amplifying African perspectives on shifting power and resources. Led by Southern Africa Trust, this virtual event will also serve to share insights and actions from Africa Climate Week 2023 as we prepare for COP28.
- Supporting ongoing mapping. Adeso will continue integrating the Climate Justice Map and mapping climate justice and youth-led initiatives into Kujalink, and exploring how the platform can more effectively support the work of youth-led regranters.