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Call for YPARD candidate on the Global Water Partnership Steering Committee

The GWP Steering Committee, at its meeting in December 2019, decided to create a permanent independent youth seat on the Committee, thereby ensuring full information and voting rights for a strong youth perspective.

This step is unique among global water organisations and reflects the GWP’s commitment to creating space and opportunities for youth to engage in water governance and management - this is further outlined in GWP’s Youth Engagement Strategy and in GWP's overall 2020-2025 Strategy, Mobilising for a Water Secure World. The GWP is now launching a global call to identify candidates for the role. Please have a look at the Terms of Reference

YPARD has been an associated partner of the GWP through the Czech University of Lífe Sciences Prague (CZU) - YPARD Europe hosting institution - which has been an official GWP partner since November 2018. The GWP Steering Committee has asked that interested candidates must provide a Letter of support from a GWP Partner. Thus this Letter will be provided by CZU to the selected YPARD nominees. 

About the Youth Member to the GWP Steering Committee:  

Further creating space and opportunities for youth to engage in water governance and management is the overarching goal of GWP’s youth strategy (2015) and also stipulated by GWP’s new Strategy “Mobilizing for a Water Secure World”. Having invited a youth representative as an observer to Steering Committee meetings in the past years, the Steering Committee, at its meeting in December in 2019, decided to create a permanent seat for someone from the Youth committee, thereby ensuring full information and voting rights.

Requirements and what we need from you: 

  • Applicants must be active members of YPARD and have a profile which is in accordance with the GWP Terms of Reference
  • The YPARD applicants must send their resume and a short Cover Letter to Libuška Valešová, YPARD Europe coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the reference “GWP Youth” until May 13th, 2020.
  • YPARD will then evaluate your application and provide a nomination letter to the selected people. 
  • Applications for the Youth seat on the GWP Steering Committee must then be made through the GWP online system (same link as the Terms of Reference) by clicking "Apply for this Job" in the upper right corner.
  • All applications must be accompanied by a Resume, a Cover Letter and Letter of Support from a GWP Partner (YPARD)
  • All applications must be received no later than 20th May 2020.

Picture credit: GWP/CZU/YPARD

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Chiya Guff: A tea talk

“Chiya Guff with an entrepreneur” is an interactive program designed to motivate all those youths who aspire to become an entrepreneur by conveying the persistent efforts of successful entrepreneurs. 

The first episode of this program with the collaborative support of YPARD Nepal and The Entrepreneurship Club (ERC) at Institute of Engineering Purwanchal Campus on 2nd February 2020. The chief guest of the program was Er. Sameer Shakya (Deputy Head, Department of Agricultural Engineering).

The guest speakers of the program Mr. Bibek Khatiwada the-CEO and Mr.Ramesh Thapa  Marketing head of the Nebula Food Production Pvt. Ltd respectively shared the journey they walked to be an entrepreneur.

Mr. Khatiwada's life experience was a source of inspiration for the participants. His self-confidence and his vision to be a successful entrepreneur make him a visionary. He started his entrepreneurship journey after graduating from B. Tech. in Food Technology.  The Nebula Food Production Pvt. Ltd is the result of the persistent effort of Mr. Khatiwada and his team. So far Nebula has a good market share. It has successfully opened its dealers in different parts of the country. From the eastern part of the country to the west, there is a good demand for their products. 

Mr. Khatiwada says,'' If you have a vision and will power you can achieve what you want in your life. The Nebula Food Company is a result of the specific and distinctive vision, hard works, teamwork, and patience.  He further added that patience is a virtue that leads to success. He said that " Our products had low demand during the starting periods. We even faced losses. Gradually we started gaining consumer trust for our products. We are generating good profit margins too.” He explained that success is possible if you faced and overcome the complicated ordeal.

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Drylands Gender strategy released with a special focus on youth

The Dryland Systems Research Program of the CGIAR published recently their gender strategy with a strong Youth component.

The CGIAR has shown a strong support to the youth on many occasions, through post-doc programs, youth participation support at key events, capacity building opportunities and other activities. This strategy, at a research programme level, is bringing a strong strategic backbone to these types of initiatives. It stresses notably the need for more research and age disaggragated data, in order to get a clearer picture on where the youth stands in agricultural development.

It is an achievement for YPARD, the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development, as well. We were invited to the launching of the Dryland Systems Research Programme last May, in order to support the youth agenda and particularly provide insights on how this could concretely happen. Furthermore, youth regional focal points participated in the regional workshops in West and East Africa, and South Asia, with the objective of fine-tuning the agenda within their specific context. Finaly, we provided input to the new gender strategy, targeting women and youth.

As a partner, YPARD will help the DS CRP leverage the participation of Young Professionals in agricultural research for development (AR4D) in all 5 Target Regions. It will be about identifying current differences between men and women specific to the young generation, so that it can be addressed through the programme. Also, we will contribute to the Young Dryland Scientists program, which includes internships and post-doc fellowships for young researchers, and participate in local on-ground events and activities. ( see p. 44 of the strategy)

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Money is a mean, not an end

"The first thing I think about is NOT Money." Pape Samb

Pape knows what he talks about; he played a key role in the receiving of IFAD grant of US$1.95million to create opportunities for rural youth in West and Central Africa. Pape Samb is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GYIN, the Global Youth Innovation Network, a platform of young entrepreneurs with focus on agriculture and rural areas. From Senegalese origins, he was notably the youngest and first non-American President and CEO of Phelps Stokes, America’s oldest (101 years) foundation.

If not about money, what should we think about?

"Do you ever dream?", he asked. Have a vision; have clear in mind what you are trying to achieve. What do you Dream of?

Then, you can start imagine how best you could take action towards your purpose. That's how you draw the first lines of a project. "Dream big" – your mind is free of imagining any possible scenario.

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