National Dialogue China

The Youth Co:Lab is a programme brought to life by thousands of young people across the Asia-Pacific region. It aims to empower young people to lead social change in their communities and accelerate the implementation of the SDGs through social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Starting the fall of 2017, we will be embarking on a journey across several countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Each national dialogue will bring together the local youth, government, private sector and academia with the aim of promoting an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and strengthening the capacities of young entrepreneurs and social innovators to develop ideas and business models for social impact in their communities.    



Project start date:

June 2018

Estimated end date:

December 2021

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • accelerate structural transformations
  • build resilience to shocks and crisis
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Rgnl Center in Bangkok (RCB)

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Un Dept Of Economic And Social Affairs
  • Government Of Republic Of Korea
  • Hivos
  • Australian Dfat
  • International Labour Organization
  • United Nations Children's Fund
  • Government Of France
  • China Women's Dev Foundation
  • Citi Foundation
  • Private Sector
  • The Department Of Foreign Affairs
  • Trade And Development - Canada
  • The Seoul Metropolitan Government Of The Republic Of Korea
  • European Commission
  • Hedayah
  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Government Of Japan
  • Fujitsu Limited
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Opec Fund For International Development
  • Government Of Netherlands
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation (sida)
  • Pol-unaids
  • United States Agency For International Development (usaid)
  • Faith In Love Foundation (hong Kong)
  • Outright Action International
  • Korea Environment Corporation
  • Tencent Holdings Limited
  • Ikea Supply Ag
  • Department For International Development (dfid)
  • Foreign Common Wealth Ofice
  • Us International Narcotics and law enforcement Affairs
  • Government Of Australia
  • Aditya Birla Group
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $2,222,510

    2019 $15,629,698

    2018 $5,684,773


    ·       Strengthen the ecosystem that fosters opportunities for young entrepreneurs

    ·       Develop the capacity of young social entrepreneurs and youth-led organizations

    ·       Provide the platform for enhanced coalition building and networking

    Expected results:

    Component 1: A four-day Youth National Dialogue on Inclusive Design was conveyed

    1.     Training camp, over 2 days of the camp, young participants are expected to have thorough understanding of urban accessibility for marginalized group, initiate solutions with the guidance of facilitators, receive mentoring support and relevant skills development training. After the training, participants are given 3 weeks of field research and market validation, with a demo day for closing.

    2.     Diagnostic workshop, over 35 key stakeholders will be brought together, to conduct an evidence-based diagnose of the ecosystem and map the way forward for more inclusive and productive regulations, services and programmes to level the playing field for young people.

    3.     The Disability Equity Training (DET) has equipped participants with deep knowledge to the inclusion concept as well as better understandings to how to make an inclusive society through a more equal perspective. More importantly, participants have made friends during the trainings. They said their hearts were touched, by having such a good opportunity to have honest and equal conversations between people, even between people with disabilities and non-disabled people.

    4.     The Design thinking workshop including user interviews and mentoring one-on-one session was organized. During that, the participants received comprehensive and interesting design thinking preparations, conducted interviews with their potential users (whom were invited by us), and they had opportunities to consult the mentors about their proposals.

    5.     15 inclusive design proposals showcased in the final pitch. Out of 4 “scale-up” groups, the winner of the “Scale-up” Award is the “Open Your Wing Plan.” Out of 11 “start-up” groups, there are two winners. One is called “33 ̊C,” and another one is called “Travel together.”




    50,000 USD


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