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 at the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 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.

Caux Emerging Leaders Programme

Dates: 11th to 15th July 2017

Caux, Switzerland

We believe that Emerging Leaders come in many shapes and forms, because meaningful contributions to the challenges of this area takes many forms. We particularly welcome individuals who have an interest – academically, personally and professionally – in land and peace issues, particularly at their nexus.

Emerging Leaders may be entrepreneurs with a unique vision and/or reasonably developed project/business idea, or they may be a grassroots activist with a track-record of campaigning and advocacy. They may also be a student who has demonstrable experience engaging with these issues within and beyond the walls of the classrooms. They might be an educator with a desire to mainstream these concerns and discourse. Or, they may be an environment professional who is looking to dedicate their experience and skills to land and/or peace issues.

We are looking for early career outstanding and ambitious individuals who are strongly passionate about addressing problems and finding solutions for land and security issues. If you feel that you and your community will benefit from the Emerging Leaders programme, we strongly encourage you to apply.


What will you get?

  • 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 (namely, 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 conferences.
  • 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?

To apply as an Emerging Leader for the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2017, you should meet the following criteria:

  • 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 heir participation.

 And at least any 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. We 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. We 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, we will work closely with all successful applicants to assist them in finding appropriate sponsorship or funding sources.



This application is open to individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 (as of January 31, 2017) with verbal and written English Language proficiency who are available to travel to Switzerland.

The deadline for ALL applications is midnight CET on 23rd April 2017.

We endeavour to respond to all applicants by 30th April 2017.

We prefer that applications are submitted online through the online form.

You will be asked to submit your CV, cover letter and any other supplementary documents to our email. Please see further instructions on the application form.

However, should you be unable to submit your application through this form:

Alternative Option (Email): Submit your application (and any attachments) via email to cdls [dot] leaders [@] iofc [dot] org. You may include your application and CV in the body of the email or as attachments (.pdf preferred).