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Vu Tung Son and Le Minh Anh, two Vietnamese students in the United States and members of the global network of young Vietnamese intellectuals, have overcome 150 other candidates to be selected for the final round of the Youth Innovation for Mobility Initiative.
|Vu Tung Son, one of the project's founders. Photo Thanh Giong|
|Le Minh Anh, studying in the United States, is a member of the global network of young Vietnamese intellectuals. Photo Thanh Giong|
Their project, named VieSIBLE, offers services and training courses for migrant and informal labourers in Hanoi based on artificial intelligence programing.
The supported laborers will provide information about their living situation, challenges and desires to improve their lives. Algorithms will screen and provide the most suitable training or service for them, saving their time and consulting costs to the maximum.
Migrant workers will receive career orientation, administrative process-related and legal aid, as well as psychological, individual and community counseling.
|Laborers working in informal sector will receive assistance from VieSIBLE project. Photo Vietnamplus|
Son Tung and Minh Anh said theyr were both concerned about social issues, especially the development rights of vulnerable groups. The two have participated in "New generation youth dialogue" and "Creative global health ideas during the Covid-19 pandemic" contest organized by the global network of young Vietnamese intellectuals. Through those activities, they have been trained in innovation and development networks.
Their proposal for the Youth Innovation for Human Mobility initiative aims to spread a positive message to the community and help disadvantaged people access social protection services.
The two youngsters believe that technology is the key that makes their project outstanding.
“Technology is a convenient, accessible, time-saving, cost-effective, and highly sustainable solution, especially amid Covid-19 pandemic,” they said.
Son Tung and Minh Anh will participate in the final round by the end of this month where they have a chance to win an US$ 1,000 prize and join the Youth Co:Lab Springboard Programme, an incubation platform for young entrepreneurs to turn innovative Sustainable Development Goal solutions into sustainable businesses.
They will also take part in the Youth Co:Lab Summit, a flagship event that brings together the brightest young entrepreneurs in the Asia-Pacific region, connecting them with a support network to help them succeed.
|The Youth Innovation for Human Mobility initiative in the Asia-Pacific region has been co-organized by the UNDP Human Mobility Team and Youth Co:Lab, an initiative co-led by UNDP and Citi Foundation, International Organization for Migration, the UN Human Settlements Program, the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network and Migrant Forum Asia. |
The initiative looks for proposals that target a range of challenges experienced by migrants, displaced people and their host communities among the urban poor. They must generate jobs and income for the urban poor, particularly in ways that protect natural resources and avoid environmental damage, improve relations between migrants, displaced people, their host communities and local authorities.
The proposals must also prevent or lessen the impact of disasters and climate change on the urban poor, as well as enhance health and other essential services for the urban poor.
Applications were assessed based on a number of criteria including responding to the particular challenges of migrants, displaced people in the target areas, particularly women or youth; involving people from the target community in the proposal development.
Candidates must demonstrate the potential for the proposal’s viability and long-term sustainability.
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