Posts By: Zina Nelku

World Youth Skills Day Spotlight: How South African and Kenyan Innovators Support Youth Mental Health Through Skills Building

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Resilience and coping strategies are crucial for navigating mental health challenges. Adolescence and young adulthood bring various stressors that impact wellbeing, such as social media pressures, academic stress, economic challenges, and global crises. Equipping youth with skills to understand and maintain their mental health, and support their peers, is essential. This World Youth Skills Day, […]

Meet 20 Innovators Supporting Youth Mental Health Around the World

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In partnership with Global Affairs Canada, Grand Challenges Canada has awarded $250K CAD in seed funding for 20 mental health innovations in low- and middle-income countries. More than half of the 20 selected innovations are youth-led and aim to tackle mental health challenges using digital technology, storytelling, and community-based care. Many of the innovations are […]

Better Data, Better Approaches: Why Data-Driven Innovation is Key to Improving Youth Mental Health

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Guest Blog by Carolyn Culey, Data Advocacy Consultant at United for Global Mental Health.  This week, the World Data Forum is taking place in Hangzhou, China,  bringing together global experts from government, civil society, academia, the media and beyond. The Forum includes several sessions related to innovation, nurturing inclusive partnerships, building trust and ethics in […]

Grand Challenges Canada at the Skoll World Forum: Five Innovative Solutions to Prioritize Mental Health for Young People Worldwide

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One in seven adolescents worldwide faces mental health conditions, with anxiety and depression being the most common issues. Additional stressors, like the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, exacerbate the situation. Despite the growing need, national health budgets globally only allocate 2% to mental health. At this year’s Skoll World Forum, Grand Challenges Canada’s Director of Scale and Sustainability, Adetunji Eleso, joined […]

Meet the Youth and Lived Experience Advisors Supporting Being!

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Young people (aged 0-24) make up nearly half of the world’s population. The majority, 90%, live in low- and middle-income countries. And while young people may be consulted, they rarely have the opportunity to lead or share in decision-making on issues that affect them, including their mental health. Around 75% of mental health challenges begin […]

Kenya-Based Social Enterprise Wins $10,000 CAD Canadian Innovation Prize for User-Friendly Affordable Toilets and Waste Management

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As of the end of September 2022, more than 150,000 lives have been improved and more than 15,000 metric tonnes/year of sanitation waste safely removed Nairobi/Toronto, November 7, 2022— Fresh Life, a Kenya-based, social enterprise that works to make safely managed sanitation in low-income urban communities accessible and affordable, is this year’s winner of Grand […]

Launch of Being, a new international mental health initiative for young people

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Initial funding of $35 million (CAD) to support work in 13 low- and middle-income countries Being, an international mental health initiative to fund and support research and innovative approaches that improve the mental wellbeing of young people aged 10 to 24 in low- and middle-income countries, launched today. The initiative is hosted by Grand Challenges […]

Humanitarian Grand Challenge Round 2 NOW CLOSED

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“Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge“ Round 2 is now CLOSED. Thank you to all those that applied! Details for Round 3 will be posted early 2020. Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of CAD $250,000 up to CAD$1,000,000 for Transition to Scale projects, of 12 to 24 months. Further information on […]

Grand Challenges Canada Applauds Government of Canada’s Commitment to Development Innovation

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Federal Budget 2018 doubles Canada’s international assistance provided through innovative tools over the next five years Ottawa, Canada – Grand Challenges Canada today welcomed the Government of Canada’s strong new commitment to support development innovation through the creation of the International Assistance Innovation Program and Sovereign Loans Program, announced in Budget 2018. Dr. Peter A. […]

Statement by Grand Challenges Canada

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The Board of Directors of Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) announced today that GCC’s founding Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Peter A. Singer, has decided to step down from his role by June 30, 2018, or as soon as his successor is selected Toronto, Canada – On behalf of the Board of Directors, Guylaine Saucier (Chair) today […]