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What We Do?

The Global Youth Climate Action Fund (GYCAF) is the first of its kind climate fund dedicated to financing youth-led climate action around the world. The idea for the fund was birthed at COP25 and developed over a three months consultation period that involved virtual dialogues with finance experts to help curate a vehicle that supports and champions youth-led climate action. This initiative is hosted by BLI Global.

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BLI Global

BLI Global (Better Living Initiatives - Global) is an international grassroots non profit organization focused on promoting solutions, improvements and initiatives to sustain better living conditions around the globe. 


Advocating for Climate Finance

  • Youth Climate Finance
  • Adaptation and Mitigation Efforts
  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Youth Climate Webinars
  • Youth Climate Workshops
  • Lobbying for Youth Climate Finance
  • Youth in Action
  • Intergenerational Equity
  • Community Activism
  • Private Sector Financing for Climate
  • Climate Exchange Programs
  • Sustainable Solutions
  • Carbon Emission Reductions
  • Smart Agriculture
  • Youth Climate Finance Dialogues
  • Green Jobs
  • Green Recovery
  • Green Economy

Mission & Vision

To spearhead and launch the first Global Youth Climate Action Fund to facilitate young people in driving green grassroot jobs and economies in their respective countries.
Specific Goals
  • To bridge the gap the gap between action on the ground and finance
  • To work with already established funding mechanisms to improve flow of funding and support to grassroots activism
  • To build a network of success-driven climate smart projects backed by financial support
10 Year Strategy

GYCAF is working to close the USD 100 billion pledge between 2020 and 2030. The goal is to encourage private sector donors to contribute towards fulfilling our pledging quotas and still be able to disburse funds as needed to grantees and investees on a rotational basis. Fundraising efforts involve lobbying at UN Climate events, liaising with private donors, foundations and grants, and approaching investment funds to co-finance term sheets.

At the end of the 10 year cycle, performance of existing vehicles and portfolios will be reviewed and a determination will be made whether to close the fund or restructure the investment activities with more ambitious targets. 


Our Team

Luwedde Juliet Grace
Luwedde Juliet Grace

Program Coordinator

Luwedde Juliet Grace is an environment enthusiast and climate activist from Uganda with experience in project design and extensive knowledge working with communities and key stakeholders. Julie works to deliver programming outputs and build partner support for activities within the GYCAF.

Mian Joseph Atta
Mian Joseph Atta

Social Media Coordinator

Mian Joseph is a young Ivorian leader with a Master’s degree in Afro-climatology and Environment at Alassane Ouattara University in Bourne. As social media manager, he uses his talents and skills to allow young people to be financially supported in their actions to fight against climate change.

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Maria Horne

Fundraising Coordinator

Maria is in charge of identifying and securing donations and financial support to ensure the smooth running of the Fund's activities. She also works with the Program team to streamline project activities in line with budgetary constraints. 

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Vijjasena Sugiono

Project Support Associate

Vijjasena Sugiono is an energy enthusiast with a demonstrated history of working on energy issues at higher education entities. He is currently a first-year student at Yale University. Sena ensures timely deliverables of program results and strengthening of partnerships to achieve the fund's vision.

Ashish Adhikari
Ashish Adhikari

IT Support

Ashish Adhikari is from Nepal and dedicated to using his IT skills for good. He brings on board over 10 years of experience in the IT sector and provides the necessary support for the smooth running of the initiative. Ashish also directly engages in creative activations on climate action within his community.

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Robert Horne

Operations Coordinator

Robert is responsible for the daily operations of the fund and works with the GYCAF team to streamline program expectations and activities. He is also key to successful program implementation, review and evaluation for the Board and donors.

Gonzalo Carruitero
Gonzalo Carruitero

Sustainability Coordinator

Gonzalo Carruitero is a Peruvian environmental engineering bachelor student from UTEC (University of Engineering and Technology at Lima) with experience in environmental and social volunteering. He is in charge of coordinating communication strategy of the fund in English, Spanish, French, 

Angenette Bantiles

Storytelling Coordinator

Angenette is a climate justice advocate, with a background in Biology and Public Health. She volunteers with displaced communities in the Philippines, and is committed to building capacity for the youth to be more involved in climate-related issues. Anj coordinates the Youth Climate Stories campaign.

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