Youth Solidarity Fund & Network

It's time to challenge the status quo.

In 2019, we visited Timor Leste. We spoke to young people in our programs and found that there was a huge gap in funding for small grassroots organisations in our region. Young people in the Asia Pacifc region have innovate ideas for sustianable development projects in their communities. However, a lack of funding for these small, sometimes unregistered movement who are full of energy is a barrier to creating a more just world. 

Today, our vision is to create a more sustainable environment where every young person has an equitable chance to reach their potential. For us, empowering young people is essential to bring about positive social change.  At Oaktree, we’re continually evolving to make sure young people across the Asia-Pacific region are at the centre of our work and are having a huge impact by leading change.  

Never before has there been so many young people wanting to create change in their communities. That’s why we’re supporting youth-led organisations across the Asia-Pacific region to lead change in their communities.  


Leading, demanding and creating a better world. 

Through the Oaktree Youth Solidarity Fund (OYSF), Oaktree now partners with youth-led organisations from across the Asia-Pacific who are working on incredible projects to address a concern they see in their community. This way we are able to support
sustainable, locally-led development initiatives. 

The Oaktree Youth Solidarity Fund is founded on the principle of youth-youth solidarity, building a movement of youth-led organisations and young people across the Asia-Pacific region to create a more just world. At Oaktree, we recognise the unique circumstances and structural barriers many youth-led organisations experience.  That’s why we’ve worked hard to make sure the Oaktree Youth Solidarity Fund is as flexible and accessible as possible.

Rather than expecting youth organisations to change so that you can work with us, we want to meet youth organisations where they’re at, and transform the way Oaktree works so that we can better support you.


How does it work?

Each year our members are selected based on the project they would like to run. The members are given flexible grants to fund their initiatives, and are welcomed to the OYSF Network, to connect, engage, and share knowledge with other youth-led organisations in our region.

By creating a network of youth-youth solidarity, we are able to grow a movement of young people who are empowered to lead, demand, and create a better world.

In 2022, we launched the fund with 5 inaugral partners. However, we quickly realised this is much more than a fund; it is a network. This network of like minded youth organisation will meet throughout the year to share skill and support each other through a mutual aid process. 

2023 Youth Solidarity Fund Application

How to Apply

Applications for the Oaktree Youth Solidarity Fund are through the Membership Application Form.

Please download the application form. Once it has been completed, submit it via the google form with any other supporting documents. If you have any difficulties uploading your files, please contact Rainy Zafira at

Selection Process & Timelines

(Please note: These timelines may change.  If so, we will do our best to notify all participating organisations if/when these take place)

Timeline Activity
Stage 1
  • Youth Solidarity Fund Membership Application Open
Stage 2
  • Final membership decision is made utilising Selection Criteria (see below)
  • Organisations notified of outcome
Stage 3
    • Partner orientation starts. This will include finalising member activities, identifying areas for capacity-strengthening and training.
  • MOU signed
  • First activity payments are made
Stage 4 - April 2023
  • Member activities commence

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria will guide Oaktree to determine membership and activities that will be supported in our new round of programming. Membership applications will be considered according to the following criteria:

  • Is the organisation youth-led and youth-run?
  • Is the organisation community-based?
  • Are young people given opportunities to grow their knowledge and capacity to affect positive change in their communities?
  • Does the organisation have the capacity to implement the proposed activity?
  • Do the proposed activities match with the context/needs of that location?
  • Do the proposed activities help young people to make lasting social change?
  • Are the organisation and the proposed activities inclusive of a diverse group of people?


Funding will not be provided for:

  • For-profit organisations or groups
  • Politically and/or religiously motivated activities
  • Independence movements
  • Individual support or welfare activities (e.g. scholarships)
  • Repayment of loans, debt, or bank overdrafts
  • Any activities which contravene local, Australian, or international law, including but not limited to terrorist activities
  • Youth organisations with previous evidence of financial mismanagement

Our 2022 members

We are so excited to announce the five organisations that will form our inaugral OYSF network:

Asosiasaun Timoriana (Timor Leste)

Timoriana is a youth-led environmental research and advocacy organisation. It promotes fair, responsible and just social-economic development in Timor-Leste, and works to encourage environmental advocacy amongst youth and community members.

Tonga Women in ICT (Tonga)

Tonga Women in ICT is an organisation that works to encourage the participation of women and girls within the Kingdom of Tonga’s ICT industry and provide a voice within the male-domianted industry. They will work to increase awareness of women in ICT and provide ICT training.

Manggala Jingga (Indonesia)

Manggala Jingga is a student-led organisation based in Indonesia. Manggala Jingga facilitates programs to empower the Kampung Air community with social enterprise, urban farming and environmental advocacy skills.

Soft Skills Development (Cambodia)

Alumni for Soft Skills Development is an organisation in Cambodia which works to bridge the gap between critical thinking and life skills in Cambodian generations, in order to advance self-sustainability and lead a meaningful life. They work collaboratively with relevant actors to empower Cambodian youth with the goal of helping youth to discover their authentic selves through active learning.

Youth Leadership Development (Timor Leste)

Young Leaders Development Program (YLDP) is a program committed to the development of Timorese youth. The organisation works with young leaders, and provides capacity-building, personal development, and research and advocacy around youth development.