OIC Dhaka Youth Capital 2020, Bangladesh

Publish Date: Mar 06, 2020

Deadline: Mar 17, 2020

IC Dhaka Youth Capital 2020


Bangladesh was announced as the “OIC Youth Capital 2020” marking a significant recognition for the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her spirited Government in the youth sector. The Istanbul based Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF), an entity affiliated to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), made this declaration on 25 December 2019. The selection of Dhaka as the “OIC Youth Capital 2020” will play a significant role to reflect a positive brand image of Bangladesh globally specially among the youth. The convergence of the yearlong events with the grand celebration of Bangabandhu Birth Centenary has amplified its significance to a great extent.

Ten elaborate mega-events, and several ancillary events, have been designed for celebrating “OIC Youth Capital 2020” which will be implemented through eight lead Ministries and Twenty co-lead Ministries round the year. As per the “Protocol of Commitment” between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and ICYF, Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the key “Partner” in the process and is expected to organize the inaugural and closing ceremony along with some other programs in between.


Today, close to half of the global population is under 30 years old. With an increase in the frequency and severity of natural hazards, disease outbreaks and man-made crises, young people ought to be at the centre of how the humanitarian system responds to crises. But the impact of crises on young people, and young women in particular, is often overlooked, as is their power as capable agents of change during emergencies and protracted crises. Young people are not just passively affected by crisis and disaster. They have the agency and capacity to lead in the response as well as in the recovery that follows. While development and humanitarian approaches still too often ignore the power of young people as capable agents of change, young people’s role in leading and shaping humanitarian response and recovery is increasingly recognised as necessary, not optional – not least to strengthen the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.

Young people can be doubly disadvantaged in protracted crises and emergencies and their needs must be considered through an intersectional lens. Young people are impacted by crises and disasters in many different ways depending on their relationship with power and privilege, and intersecting identities including race, gender, sexual identity, class, religion, physical ability and refugee status. There are some factors unique to young people – at the stage when they transition from dependence to independence – that combine to exclude them from existing power structures and prevent them from accessing support. To strengthen the response, needs assessments should therefore be intersectional and engage young people.

Young women must be be at one of the epicentres of humanitarian action and be supported in their participation and leadership in responses. The humanitarian system is dominated by patriarchy and often fails to listen to, be accountable to, and be accessible to women of all ages, including young women. Strength-ening young women’s participation and leadership at all levels before, during and after emergencies, is crucial to advance localisation in an inclusive and effective manner. Maximising the role that young women play in response means not just supporting them to design action plans, but also to lead on their implementation. Doing so ensures continuity in response and challenges existing perceptions on who is best positioned to lead action in communities, reinforcing the potential of young women and men.

Missed education, poor mental health and sexual violence are urgent challenges facing young people and must be prioritised and mitigated. Particularly relevant in this regard is the plight of the displaced Rohingya people from Myanmar. Young people in crises experience suffering, trauma and negative coping mechanisms that can have severe repercussions for their immediate and long-term wellbeing. It is very important that a global campaign is launched to raise awareness about the issue – particularly targeting the youth. Also, these and a prevalence of early marriage have been found to be of particular concern, but often not considered priorities (or funded enough) on the humanitarian agenda. Young women are disproportionately affected by sexual violence and negative coping mechanisms including early marriage. To mitigate this particular strand of crisis within the ambit of a more chaotic spectrum of disadvantages, young women’s rights and leadership, including women-led protection mechanisms, must have top priority.

Young people are first responders and must be included in decision-making and leadership positions at every stage of humanitarian action. Power dynamics too often exclude young people from decision-making spaces and reduce young people to being seen as mere labour or victims. It is essential to ensure youth representation on existing decision-making structures (for example community disaster preparedness committees), but also to support youth-led initiatives to be better recognised and integrated with existing decision making processes and protocols.

Young people are uniquely placed to play a valuable and necessary role in citizen-led accountability initiatives, and must be put in the driving seat for accountability. Due to young people’s higher levels of education than the previous generation, as well as their networks within the community, eagerness to question the status quo and innovative approaches e.g. using social media and technology to campaign and raise awareness, there are significant advantages to young people taking forward accountability work to ensure open, transparent and effective governance in emergency and crisis settings.

When young people live through emergencies and protracted crises, their lives will be forever changed as opportunities are lost and life projections diverted. The transformative nature of emergencies and protracted crises must be chan-nelled in ways that ensure this negative impact is limited as much as possible and allows young people to be involved in leading and driving initiatives that directly affect their lives.

Engaging young people in humanitarian action is however not a matter of if but how.


Bangabandhu Global Youth Award​

The name of “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman” holds a paramount significance for Bangladesh. A leader, statesman of such magnitude is a rarity. His struggle for the emancipation of the people of Bangladesh is unprecedented in history. The speech delivered by him on 7th March, 1971 is considered as one of the “Best Speeches” in the history of the world which earned him the title of “Poet of Politics”. He has staked his life for his people every time it was needed. He has served imprisonment for his people time and again. We have witnessed his highest contribution for the cause of mother language movement, Six Point Demand, The Mass Uprising of 69, The election of 70 and finally during the liberation war of Bangladesh. Hearing his clarion call for independence, people from all walks of life irrespective of religion, cast and creed sacrificed their lives.

After the liberation, he shouldered the mountainous task of building the war ravaged country. In every part of the world he travelled, he was received with high honor and elevated appreciation. He relentlessly strived to build a prosperous country free from hunger, poverty and corruption. The history of Bangladesh is interwoven with the history of Bangabandhu. He wanted to give the people of Bangladesh a unique identity defined by its enriched culture, history and heritage. This is why he is termed as the “Father of the Nation”. The Year 2020 is the Birth Centenary of Bangabandhu. Bangladesh would like to recognize and award the Young Generation for their outstanding contribution in the field of Innovation, Environment, Humanitarianism, Sports , Culture & Arts, Entrepreneurship. “Bangabandhu Global Youth Award” is the exhibition of our love and respect towards Bangabandhu and to the Youth.


Innovation is more than invention or discovery. It’s finding new solutions to both old and new problems from within and beyond the existing architecture. Dhaka as OIC Youth Capital 2020 recognizes the philosophy and priority of the youth across the muslim world which combines different leadership styles to bring changes in idea generation, Evaluation and implementation for the greater good of the humanity. Design thinking and systems engineering are core components of this ideation.


Prosperity cannot be devoid of environmental responsibility. Dhaka wants to recognize youth of the muslim world who look at environmental problems in light of their own experience and moral values, and are committed to leveraging their area of expertise to realize sustainable development in their professional and private lives, and exercise leadership in fulfilling their social and environmental obligations for the survival of the planet and its many life forms.


Dhaka wants to recognize the youth across the muslim world who embraces humanity and advocate social change through volunteer activism. Convening the youth leaders across the muslim world- Dhaka aim to re-inspire and reinvigorate a commitment to humanity and to the universality of humanitarian principles. Dhaka wishes to recognise those who can stand up and face challenges - such as the Rohingya crisis - as they would inevitably approach humanity from time to time.

Personal Accomplishment (Sports/Culture/Arts etc)

Sports and Culture portray the spirit of Youth and Society. Indeed, they are the finer aspects of being a human. Sports and culture can bring people together from every walk of life breaking the prejudices and weave them into a team. It is an integral part of a society. Bangladesh would like to award and recognize the Youth who have contributed to the field of Sports and Culture. Leadership in these fields would be recognized both for individual excellence and social sector contribution.


Youth entrepreneurship has a verifiable impact on social as well as cultural and economic progress of the society and indeed the country. Building an environment that promotes creatively and provides opportunities for entrepreneurship calls for multi pronged strategies implementation and involvement at all levels including Government, industry, political, social as well as educational sectors. Dhaka wants to recognize the youth entrepreneurs across the muslim world who have contributed to change the world with their business idea and paved way for a better future and progressive societies world over. Entrepreneurs are the fresh blood which fuels the economy. Dhaka wishes to recognise and connect them to the thriving entrepreneurial ambience both in the country and across much of the young Muslim ummah.

Program Rules

  • The Participant must be entered in one of the five categories listed on this page. Each participant may be nominated in only one category. 
  • Participants must be from 18 to 35 years old for both genders 
  • Participation is allowed to the people of OIC Member States or representatives of Islamic communities in other countries..
  • The participant must adhere to the event’s regulations and procedures as stated by the organizing committee
  • Form will only be accepted in ENGLISH.
  • Form must be submitted by the set deadline – 17th March 2020

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