Youth Climate Action
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.
Advocating for Climate Finance
Mission & Vision
To spearhead and launch the first Global Youth Climate Action Fund that financially supports young people to take climate action and create green sustainable ecosystems both at the grassroots and globally.
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.
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.
Yutong Deng is pursuing a Master's in Public Policy and Management and has an Undergraduate Degree in International Studies with a minor in Communication. Yutong has research experience in environmental sustainability and work experience in social media and graphic design. She works with the Sustainability Coordinator to complete community management, analysis and reporting outcomes.
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. Maria has experience working in the financial industry and is currently pursuing an MBA in Finance.
Love holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and is presently enrolled in a Master of Arts in International Development at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. She has extensive experience as a Relationship Manager in the Banking and Finance industry. She believes that everyone, regardless of position, is capable of leadership. She believes that everyone, regardless of position, is capable of leadership.
Medina Fazlić is an artist and cultural heritage representative from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She graduated from the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka [UNIBL] with a degree in Graphic Arts and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Painting and Intermedia. She works with the communications team to streamline engagement between the fund and the community base.
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 including analysing funding and investment decisions.
Gonzalo Carruitero is a Peruvian Environmental Engineering Student bachelor student with knowledge in experience in biodiversity, nature-based solutions and sustainable finance. He is responsible for the Sustainability Department of the fund. He is in charge of promoting environmental, energy, economic and social sustainability and leads the team in analysing our investment strategies to align with the fund's vision.
Web Content Creation Intern
Web and Digital Marketing Coordinator
Ashish Adhikari is from Nepal and is 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 for climate action within his community.