Caux Emerging Leaders Programme 2017


Issues of land degradation and conflict affects millions of lives around the world yet unfortunately the connection between the two is often under-analysed, unrecognized or misunderstood.

The Emerging Leaders programme will take place at the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security (CDLS) 2017 which aims to bring together young leaders who are passionate about land and/or peace issues. It will provide them an opportunity to have their voice heard, to influence discussions around land and peace, and to equip them with the skills and support needed to share their ideas and solutions, enabling them take further action in their own communities or on the international stage.

Dates: 11-15 July, 2017

Location: Caux Palace. Caux, Switzerland

What will you get from the Emerging Leaders Programme?

  • The opportunity to meet and discuss land and peace issues with key policymakers, development workers, activists, entrepreneurs and experts.
  • Participation in-depth dialogues on three streams of the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security: Restoration, Business and Peace.
  • A unique and personalized mentorship matching and support programme based on your expressed interests and skills.
  • Experience working with other Emerging Leaders closely on land and peace challenges, where you will be expected to produce a final output with a practical application.
  • A series of skills workshops designed to develop your advocacy, campaign, communications, critical thinking, teamwork, presentation, management and leadership skills.
  • Participation in Caux's traditional fire-side conversations with established environmental leaders, where Emerging Leaders will have the opportunity to engage on issues and topics they care about.
  • The opportunity to experience the unique, diverse and inclusive environment of Caux, where open channels of communication is celebrated and inter-generational dialogue is held in high regards, and experience the unique community spirit of the Caux Forum.
  • For interested entrepreneurs: There will be a formal opportunity for entrepreneurs or founders of non-profit initiatives to pitch their projects/ideas to the audience at Caux and gain mentorship and advice from experts.

Who can apply?

  • Be older than 18 years old (inclusive) and younger than 30 years old (inclusive), although exceptions can be made for candidates with compelling reasons for their participation.

Applicants must reflect at least one of the following:

  • Have an interesting and feasible project or project idea relevant to land and/or peace issues (your project could be already in the stages of implementation, or it could be in the early stages of planning. They will judge every project on a case-by-case basis based on its potential impacts and its feasibility).
  • Demonstrate strong interest and/or experience relevant to land and/or peace issues, particularly with regards to advocacy and/or academia and/or campaigning and/or education and/or volunteering and/or community work.
  • An existing career in a sector and role relevant to land and/or peace issues, but does not yet have over 5 years of professional working experience in this field.

How much does the programme cost?

  • The programme is entirely free. However, you must be willing to pay for your own travel and accommodation costs for Caux. They will provide a formal letter of support to assist with visa applications.
  • Financial support may be available to those who need it but will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. As much as possible, they will work closely with all successful applicants to assist them in finding appropriate sponsorship or funding sources.

Deadline for the Emerging Leaders Programme application: 23 April

Registration for the main CDLS 2017 event is open to all.

Apply here