The European Commission is inviting young people from around the world to play an active role in this year’s Young Leaders Programme. The programme has become an integral component of the European Development Days (EDD), capturing the hearts and attention of fellow speakers, stakeholders and the media.

This year will be no exception as the commission is looking for fifteen extraordinary young people aged 21-26 who can represent the powerful impact that youth are having in the development field.

The Young Leaders Programme will consist of a ten-day visit to Brussels, Belgium, where Young Leaders will meet EU experts and stakeholders and play a leading role in the EDD Programme, which will include speaking in the various session alongside global leaders. Travel and accommodation are fully covered by the European Commission.


  • Open to young people from around the world;
  • Applicants must be aged 21-26;
  • Applicants must be playing an active role in the fight for gender equality and women empowerment at the local, national or regional level;
  • Applicants must be willing to share their views and experiences in high-level debates alongside world leaders and other change-makers in the development field.

Selection Criteria

The selection of the young leaders will be based on their expertise and leadership of one of the EDD 2019 topics.


Deadline for application is Sunday, March 24, 2019, interested applicants should apply on or before then.

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