UNFPA Somalia EmpowerHer Innovation Challenge 2024

Deadline: 2nd of June, 2024.

The 2024 UNFPA Somalia EmpowerHer Innovation Challenge is now accepting applications.The UNFPA is aware that young people who have a great concept for a social enterprise frequently lack the funding to get it off the ground and require encouragement, assistance, and capacity building.

An allocation of $2,000 to $6000 is made to assist three social enterprises that function within Somalia. In actuality, this award is more than just cash; you can count on tight cooperation with us, which we rigorously support.

All together, this is an investment into you, the bright leader with the best ideas on ending harmful practices such Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child, Early, Force Marriage (CEFM), it is an investment in your business and, ultimately, an investment into the community that you strive to improve.


  • You must be Somali Citizen.
  • Your business must be female owned between the ages of 18 and 30 years old.
  • You must demonstrate an agile growth and learning mindset.
  • Your idea must be innovative and respond to any of the priority areas identified above.
  • You must be available to join all days of the Bootcamp during June 9th – 13th, 2024. 
  • You must be available to join an all day pitching contest on June 18th, 2024
  • If selected for seed funding, you need to be able to commit to three months incubation from July, August, September to implement your idea.
  • You must be willing to showcase your idea through communication platforms to be determined by UNFPA.


  • The Application must be submitted in English by 11:59 PM on June 2, 2024.
  • Shortlisting will take place on June 3, 2024 
  • Interviews will take place from June 4, 2024 – June 5, 2024

Click here to apply

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