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Call for Conference Session Proposals
January 13, 2015


Silatech, in partnership with the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, is organizing a conference on Arab Youth Employment: Promoting Innovative Solutions to Longstanding Challenges, to be held in Amman, Jordan on April 28-30, 2015. The conference aims to bridge the evidence gap on youth employment and create space for partnerships to form, scale up, and replicate successful initiatives.

In order to harness and showcase the rich knowledge that exists within the region, the conference organizers are crowdsourcing content by inviting youth-serving organizations to help set the agenda.  Organizations are invited to apply to organize a session by first completing this session proposal form and signing this sheet.

The deadline for the submitting the session organization form is January 31st, 2015.  After a shortlisting of the submitting organizations, which will be announced on February 7th, 2015 you will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal by February 21st, 2015. Selected organizations will receive feedback and support to develop these proposals towards the conference sessions.

The conference organizers will select up to 15 sessions based on the following criteria:

  • In depth knowledge of the topic of the session by the applicant organization;
  • Ability to secure at least 4 speakers and one moderator with in depth knowledge of the topic;
  • Relevance and originality of the session topic in informing the youth employment challenge;
  • Innovativeness of the session format (interactive formats are encouraged and may include moderated panels, roundtables, workshops, debates, fishbowls, learning games, etc.)

Partner organizations submitting session proposals that are selected for the conference will become “Contributing Partners” to the conference. They would gain from regional and international exposure, as well as the opportunity to network, establish leadership, and demonstrate commitment to promoting effective solutions to the youth employment challenge among colleagues and the anticipated 350 conference participants (more on benefits and roles).

“Whether put forward by governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector or social entrepreneurs, the “youth space” is percolating with new ideas and new enthusiasm for investing in the lives of young people.” – Dr. Tarik M. Yousef, CEO, Silatech.

We hope that you will take part in finding solutions to the longstanding challenges facing Arab youth. Submit here!

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