Monthly Archives: March 2012
- A Special Advisor: an inspiring individual with a demonstrated commitment to youth issues and to working with youth, as well as leadership on youth development. The individual should have international exposure and should be an excellent communicator who can represent the views, interests and rights of young people at the global level.
- Advisory Group: a small, informal, non-compensated, which may be called upon for support by the Special Advisor. The group should be composed of approximately 8 to 12 experts from diverse stakeholders serving in their individual capacities, such as Member States, non-governmental organizations (including youth-led organizations), the private sector, media and academia.
After months of hard work—from the Open Forums, the solutions application, and collective authoring—we are almost at the finishing line!
To finalize the strategy, take part in the 48 hour drafting-marathon startingWednesday 28 March at 1pm GMT, ending Friday 30 March 12 pm GMT, to discuss and endorse the Strategy produced by the CrowdOutAIDS Drafting Committee.
The Drafting Committee or UNAIDS will be online to answer questions via the live chat function of the Google doc application or respond to comments as they are posted.
Thank you for all your great thoughts and ideas, and for contributing your experience to CrowdOutAIDS—the first crowdsourced strategy in the history of the UN. Together, we will increase youth leadership, ownership and mobilization at all levels of the AIDS response to reach the goals set in the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS!
Thank you so much on behalf of the CrowdOutAIDS team
Ps. To review the process to date, visit the CrowdOutAIDS blog.
The Global Conference on Democracy, Human Rights and the Fragility of Freedom will be held at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, March 21-23, 2013. This will be the third Echenberg Family Conference on Human Rights. Before each of these conferences, a Young Leaders Forum is held; Alumni of each Young Leaders Forum become McGill Echenberg Human Rights Fellows and remain active in a vibrant community of human rights professionals around the world. This third conference will provide a unique networking opportunity for like-minded young leaders from around the world, allowing them to engage with each other and work with some of the Conference’s distinguished speakers.
The Young Leaders will address key issues around democratic citizenship, the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, including the violent repression of democracy and economic and social rights, as well as the role of transnationalism, globalization and foreign policy in democracy. Young Leaders will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in human rights advocacy, including in the use of social media and community-building to effect change.
One of the main goals of the International Forum for Young Leaders is to share practical tools and experiences while engaging with these Conference themes.
We now invite applications from young professionals and scholars who can speak to the promotion of democratic issues and human rights, both in their own countries and in the international arena.
The application form is available HERE
A historic four day global meeting, called “Youth 21 – Building for Change“, and bringing together over 250 youth with governments, UN agencies, researchers, private sector and civil society closed in Nairobi at the weekend with the release of the Nairobi Statement, a roadmap for the greater inclusion of youth in the UN system.
The Nairobi Statement follows up on the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s commitment to supporting youth empowerment globally through the appointment of a Special Advisor on Youth. The Statement commends the Secretary General on his commitment to youth and appointment of the Special Advisor.
The Statement outlines a series of recommendations that seeks to assure that the Special Advisor has the mandate to fully engage youth globally, requesting that the Special Advisor be a young person who is able to mainstream youth in decision making across the system.
The Nairobi Declaration requests that the Secretary General goes further in engaging youth through establishing a UN Permanent Forum on Youth. The recommendation includes a suggestion that the Forum be constituted by different stakeholders including representatives of youth organizations globally, and would be tasked to work with the Special Advisor on assuring that the voices of youth, especially those most marginalized and vulnerable, be heard.
Ms. Serverine Macedo, the Brazilian National Youth Secretary read a joint statement from the Governments of Brazil and Norway, a statement supported by the Governments of Benin, Mexico and Sri Lanka, supporting the Nairobi Statement, and the appointment of the Special Advisor and the creation of a Permanent Forum on Youth.
Ms. Macedo emphasized the strategic importance of empowering youth, who now number 3 billion globally, and their need to be engaged as leaders to bring about sustainable development for the overcoming of poverty and also for social, economic, cultural and political inclusion.
The Nairobi meeting is the first of its kind, and was co-organised by UN-Habitat and UNDP in the spirit of one UN.
PhotoCredit: UNHABITAT/Victoria Chebet
Source: UNHABITAT Website
Download the Youth 21 Nairobi Statement
Will George Osborne’s Youth Investment Fund encourage a new generation of young entrepreneurs to start their own businesses? It just might, say those who work with young business leaders – but not if money is the only thing on offer.
The Chancellor’s Budget last week promised £10m for the fund, a pilot scheme on which the Department of Business will consult over the next few weeks. The aim is a scheme offering small low-interest “enterprise loans”, in the style of tuition fee loans for university students, to young entrepreneurs.
The loans are likely to be for a few thousand pounds, and applicants will have to be able to show their business plans are viable. Beyond that the detail remains unclear: it’s not certain what the age limit will be for applicants, for example, or how their requests for finance will be judged. It’s not clear either whether the loans will be written off in the event of the business failing.
Still, Ronke Ige, founder and managing director of the natural skin care company Emi & Ben, says the Youth Investment Fund does have a chance of succeeding if there is broader support for young people starting up their own ventures.
Ige launched her business three years ago with a £3,000 start-up loan from the Prince’s Trust, the charity that works with young people on all sorts of projects. Now 32, Ige is one of a group of entrepreneurs working on a campaign run by the cable company Virgin Media, which called for enterprise loans ahead of the Budget.
Young people need to be pushed to think about entrepreneurial skills at school, she says, and given support once they get going. “When I go into schools and universities to talk about starting your own business, I get a really enthusiastic response, but it’s also obvious that pupils and students have been taught all about working towards jobs and professions – and not about enterprise,” she says.
Ige also says her business’s success is partly a result of the mentoring support offered as part of her relationship with Virgin Media. She has worked closely with Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, founder of The Black Farmer food range, and rethought her business plan following discussions with her mentor.
“Mentoring is so important to new businesses, whatever the age of the founder,” she says. “If you get the right mentor, someone who has experienced similar challenges to those faced by your business, they can just be the most fantastic sounding board.”
Much will depend on which agency runs the pilot scheme and how much freedom they are given to make it work. Part of the Department of Business’s consultation is an invitation to independent organisations such as the Prince’s Trust to bid to run the scheme. Some of these organisations already offer similar initiatives to particular groups, often those with disadvantaged backgrounds, and are well-placed to offer training, support and mentoring, rather than simply approving the loans.
A rare safe haven in volatile drugs sector
The pharmaceutical sector is full of small companies that promise to shine brightly only to fade on disappointing trial results for their would-be blockbuster drug. But Alternative Investment Market-listed Cyprotex doesn’t face quite the same risk: rather than looking for blockbusters itself, it works on other people’s, testing new drugs before they reach clinical trial stage.
It’s a much safer sector of the pharma market – and an increasingly profitable one. Cyprotex made a £590,000 pre-tax profit last year, its fourth consecutive year of profitability and growth.
Singer Capital, house broker, has set a 12p price target for the stock, currently at 5p.
Quiet year on Aim is threat to brokers
Will 2012 turn out to be the quietest year for the Alternative Investment Market? There were just four admissions during January and February, and a record low in funds raised. Though the pace has picked up this month, Aim is on target to do even less business this year than in 2009, its worst year. That’s bad news for the broking industry. Many brokers are going to the wall and consolidation is rife. Next on the block could be Panmure Gordon, which last week sold its loss-making US subsidiary ThinkEquity. Some are worried that the pressures on brokers, which generate much of the research on smaller companies, are now damaging the market.
A green way to deal securely with waste paper
Small Business Man of the Week: Richard Costin, managing director, Banner Business Services
We really got started in our current business in 2010 when we were working with HM Revenue & Customs: after the lost computer disc scandal, it wanted to take much greater control over the disposal of sensitive information, and we were able to offer a recycling process for its paper.
“We use something called a ‘closed loop’ system: we collect each office’s waste paper, destroy it securely, segregate it at the mill, pulp it and return it as 100 per cent recycled copier paper – we can repeat the process several times and audit it – so proving that the office is using the same paper over and over again.
“It’s a very green system: if you give me 100,000 tonnes of paper to recycle, I’ll give you 80,000 tonnes back and the waste can be used as a fuel to power the plant – and though there are now no suitable paper mills in Britain, we use the same vehicles to transport the used paper to the facility we use in Germany and to bring the finished product back.
Culled from The INDEPENDENT
The Global Youth Help Desk (GYHD) ( www.globalyouthdesk.org) is hosting an eDiscussion on an issue of great importance to youth—youth engagement in the United Nations (UN). Now you can add your voice to the debate on whether youth should have a greater say in the UN system–all you have to do is register on the eDiscussion pagehere.
The United Nations declared the year starting on August 12, 2010 as the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding. With a considerable increase in youth awareness and participation, the United Nations recognized the unique role that the youth play in development. As a result, The United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) –also a member of the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development– was given the responsibility of exploring ways and means of enhancing youth involvement in the UN system itself.
In collaboration with the GYHD, a UN-Habitat initiative developed in collaboration with partners, to provide up-to-date information on urban youth issues, regionally and globally, UN-HABITAT is organizing a series of online discussions and debates on matters pertaining to youth involvement and development in the United Nations system. The discussions and debates will explore the creation of a frame work to facilitate youth engagement as well as potential challenges in the implementation of such a vast project. The first event in the series of debates is a general discussion pertaining to youth awareness, participation and development over the course of the International Year of Youth.
To inform this first discussion, the GYHD has prepared a report that lays out the various possible ways to involve youth in the UN system.
To read more about the eDiscussion on youth engagement at the United Nations, click The Youth Factsheet
To register and participate in the e-discussion,visit Here
Do you know of a young person making a positive difference to the lives of other people in your community or country?
The Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) is inviting nominations for the 2012 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work.
We are looking for young people whose development work reflects the Commonwealth’s Plan for Youth Empowerment to:
1. Promote youth participation in decision making
2. Promote the economic empowerment of young people
3. Take action for equality between young men and women
4. Promote peaceful and democratic environments in which human rights flourish
5. Provide quality education for all
6. Improve access to information and communication technology
7. Promote health, development and values through sports and culture
8. Engage young people to protect the environment
COMMONWEALTH YOUTH AWARDS NOMINATION FORM
The nominee must have been engaged in development work for more than 12 months, either in a professional or voluntary capacity;
– The development work must be ongoing and taking place in a Commonwealth Country;
– The nominee should not be older than 29 on 31 December 2012.
– Individuals cannot nominate themselves in a personal capacity;
– The winners must agree to take part in publicity generated by the Commonwealth.
Applications open on Commonwealth Day March 12 2012 and close on July 31 2012.
The Open Society Foundations invite photographers to submit a body of work for consideration in the Moving Walls 20 group exhibition, scheduled to open in New York in early 2013. The Moving Walls exhibition series showcases documentary photography that highlights human rights and social issues that coincide with the Open Society Foundations’ mission. Moving Walls is exhibited at our offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Launched in 1998, Moving Walls has featured over 175 photographers.
Over the past 14 years, we have been proud to support the brave and difficult (and often self-funded) work that photographers undertake globally in their visual documentation of complex social and political issues. Their images provide the world with evidence of human rights abuses, put faces onto a conflict, document the struggles and defiance of marginalized people, reframe how issues are discussed publicly, and provide opportunities for reflection and discussion. Moving Walls honors this work while visually highlighting the Open Society Foundations’ mission to staff and visitors.
For participating photographers, a key benefit of the program is to gain exposure for their projects, as well as the social justice or human rights issues they address. In addition to a $2500 honorarium, photographers receive their professionally-produced exhibitions at the end of the exhibition tour in NY and Washington, D.C. With this next competition, Moving Walls will celebrate its 20th exhibition cycle. Moving Walls 20 will also be the inaugural exhibition in the Open Society Foundations’ new headquarters on West 57th Street in New York. We intend to showcase three to five discrete bodies of work.
Areas of Interest
Each Moving Walls exhibit highlights issues or geographic regions where the Open Society Foundations are active. Priority is given to work whose subject has not been recently addressed in Moving Walls, and special consideration is given to long-term work produced over years of commitment to an issue or community. Work in progress may be submitted as long as a substantial portion of the work has been completed.
Listed below are some focus areas for the Open Society Foundations, and examples of specific topics about which we are interested in receiving submissions. Please note that photographers are welcome to submit their work for Moving Walls even if their subject area is not included on this list. All work submitted will be considered for exhibition. In addition to the focus areas listed below, please review our website for a listing of priorities and programs.
- Pretrial detention
- Detention of immigrants
- Public health issues in Africa, including access to essential medicines, access to health care, palliative care
- Physical and mental disabilities in Eastern Europe or Central Asia, focusing on integration or inclusion
- Migration in Europe, especially Italy
- Migration through Central America
Political Turmoil and Change
- Political violence, especially in Latin America and Africa
- Political unrest in Nigeria
- Democratic process in the Middle East
- Creation of South Sudan
Economic and Racial Justice
- Economic downturn in the United States
- Images that reframe mainstream media representations of African American men and boys
- Women in post-conflict countries
- Youth movements, especially political participation in voter registration, policy reform efforts, public education, especially in Eastern Europe
- The human costs of climate change
Who Can Apply
Any emerging or veteran photographer who is working long-term to document a human rights or social justice issue may apply for Moving Walls.
Photographers working in their home countries, women, emerging artists, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Open Society Foundations does not discriminate based on any status that may be protected by applicable law.
We will accept any genre of photography that is documentary in nature and is not staged or manipulated. Priority will be given to work that addresses issues and geographic regions of concern to the Open Society Foundations.
In 2012, three to five portfolios will be selected based on:
- quality of the images
- relevance to the Open Society Foundations
- photographer’s ability to portray a social justice or human rights issue in a visually compelling, unique, and respectful way
- photographer’s long-term commitment to the issue
Emerging Photographer Travel Grant
To support the professional advancement of photographers who have not received much exposure, an additional travel grant will be provided to select Moving Walls photographers to attend the opening in New York and meet with local photo editors and relevant NGO staff.
Recipients must apply for the travel grant after being selected for the Moving Walls exhibition. The grant is subject to the applicant obtaining the necessary visa to travel to the United States.
Recipients will be determined based on, among other things, prior international travel experience, prior attendance at workshops and seminars outside their home communities, publication and exhibition history, awards, and potential impact on their professional development.
Photographers must apply online at http://apply.movingwalls.org/exhibit/mw20.
You will be asked to complete or upload the following:
1) project summary (50 words maximum)
2) project statement* (600 words maximum) describing the project you would like to exhibit;
3) short narrative bio (250 words maximum) summarizing your previous work and experience;
4) summary of your engagement with the story or issue (600 words maximum). Please respond to the following questions:
- What is your relationship with the issue or community you photographed?
- How and why did you begin the project?
- How long have you been working on the project?
- Are there particular methods you use while working?
- What do you hope a viewer will take away from your project?
5) your curriculum vitae
6) 15-20 jpg images [up to 5mb per image], with corresponding captions
7) Multimedia: Moving Walls has the capacity to exhibit multimedia in addition to (but not in place of) the print exhibition. A multimedia sample should be submitted only if it complements or enhances, rather than duplicates, the other submitted materials. The sample will be judged on its ability to present complex issues through compelling multimedia storytelling, and will not negatively impact the print submission. To submit a multimedia piece for consideration, please post the piece on a free public site such as YouTube or Vimeo and include a link. If the piece is longer than five minutes, let us know what start time to begin watching at.
*NOTE: The one-page statement is intended to give the Selection Committee a better understanding of the project. Non-native English speakers should describe their projects as accurately as possible, but do need not be concerned with the quality of their English.
Complete submissions must be received via the online application system by 5pm (Eastern Standard Time) on Monday, April 30, 2012.
Please do not wait until immediately prior to the deadline to submit work. Due to intake of a high volume of large files, we occasionally experience technical difficulties in the days leading up to the deadline. Please help us to avoid this by submitting early.
Review and Selection Process
Phase 1: The entire body of 200-400 submissions are reviewed by Documentary Photography Project staff, who create a shortlist of applicants.
Phase 2: Shortlisted applications are reviewed and selected by a committee of foundation staff with expertise in various program areas, and by curators Susan Meiselas and Stuart Alexander. In evaluating the work, we consider the quality of the photographs and their relevance to the Open Society Foundations’ overall mission and activities. The committee also aims to select a diversity of issues and geographic areas in order to avoid repetition of topics shown in recent exhibitions. Past exhibitions can be viewed at: www.movingwalls.org.
For Moving Walls 20, we plan to select three to five bodies of work.
Phase 3: Selected photographers will be designated wall space and encouraged to visit our office in New York to meet with our curators and prepare installation plans. Travel to our New York office for curatorial meetings is not part of Moving Walls payment and is not a requirement. Photographers who are unable to travel to New York may correspond with our curators by email and skype and submit their installation plans electronically.
While curators work closely with photographers to determine an installation plan, final curatorial decisions are at the discretion of the Moving Walls curators and selection committee.
During this time, the selected photographers will be invited to apply for the Emerging Photographer Travel Grant.
If you have any questions, please contact the Documentary Photography Project at (212) 547-6909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The graduation ceremony had a touch of grandeur, solemnity and nostalgia about it; the special day has come and gone. You reached the milestone; you stayed focused and graduated well. The plan was that with this solid foundation, armed with a degree under your belt, you could step out, start to build your own future and conquer the world. That time came over a year ago and there is still nowhere to go.
Every day young, intelligent, articulate graduates, pound the pavements in search of work. For so many graduates, having a degree has not translated, as expected into a job. Some have applied, unsuccessfully, for hundreds of jobs, some have part-time work, or internships, several are doing a masters degree “to improve their chances.” Today’s graduates are competing for entry-level jobs against laid-off workers with MBAs and years of experience; with the increased competition for only a few jobs the job outlook continues to look grim for scores of graduates.
Here are some suggestions that might be useful until things improve.
Cultivate your Network
Effective networking is achieved through cultivating relationships over time. Reach out to those with whom you already have a personal, professional or academic connection. Does everyone you know realize that you are looking for a job? Use all the contacts and connections that you have, including your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, family friends and so on. Make sure they know what your skills and talents are, so that they keep you in mind when they hear of any openings.
Stay in close touch with professional colleagues and actively seek to expand your network. If you have been an active member of professional or business associations, on-campus organizations, or social groups, keep those connections alive. Networking activities, provide good opportunities to gain useful insights on careers, get job leads, and for you to sell yourself. Stay in touch with former managers from internships, and part-time jobs; if you left a good impression, they might be able to help.
Use on-line resources to search for job opportunities. If you are interested in a particular company do online research about that company and follow the companies activities closely in the media. Improve the presentation of your CV to make it flawless and perfectly tailored to the positions you are seeking. Through company websites you will be able to send out several applications efficiently, but bear in mind that most great job opportunities are not advertised; they are often filled by personal contacts.
If you are broke and are not one of those that is lucky enough to be housed and fed by your parents or relatives for an indefinite period, you cannot afford to sit at home until you find your dream job. Naturally it can be very tedious and disconcerting sending out several applications and get no response, but don’t focus solely on your area of study, be flexible and broaden your scope. Expanded your search to related fields; this will boost your chances of finding something that is relevant and that will still utilize your training and abilities and enhance your skills.
If you regard every other position as demeaning and “beneath you” as you are in fact “a graduate,” you could be in for a long wait. In this highly competitive world in recession, it is important that you are humble and accept the fact that you might have to start at the bottom and work your way up. There may be opportunities working at a restaurant, in a shop, baby sitting and lots of other temporary jobs that can keep you busy and give you some badly needed cash until something more in line with your expectations and credentials turns up.
Do you have a special skill or talent?
Be creative and identify that special gift or talent that you might have ignored before now. Do people always comment on your painting, photography or writing skills? Are you good at public speaking or organizing, web-design or programming? Can you design clothes or model them? If you can play musical instruments to a decent standard, there may be freelance work as a singer, pianist, organist or violinist in churches, clubs, music lounges or private receptions. There may be opportunities to offer tutorial services in a subject that you excelled in, to students in your area. There are endless options and not only will you be earning, but you will also open yourself to opportunities and contacts that may be of help in your job hunt.
Consider working for free
One good way to get your foot in the door with a company or organization is to demonstrate to them what you can do. By working as an intern or volunteering, you have an opportunity to impress them by showcasing your skills, commitment, and professionalism and doing something that makes a difference. This might make them want to hire you.
Whilst getting your foot in the door and proving what you can do can get you full time employment after a few months, do not assume that it will translate into a permanent position with the organization or you might be disappointed. Even if it doesn’t, you would have gained valuable experience. Of course if you have no assistance whatsoever from family or friends, it will be difficult to work for free.
Try to avoid having significant gaps of unemployment in your CV to have to explain in interviews. A future employer will be impressed that you did not just sit at home doing nothing but you kept yourself occupied gaining experience and new skills.
Consider setting up your own business
What is it that you are passionate about and capable of doing relatively easily and well? When you are young and free of significant financial or personal commitments such as a family, a mortgage and other debt, you have a unique opportunity to take some risk and consider establishing your own business if you are so inclined. Do you have what you consider to be a great idea that you are passionate about and doesn’t have huge start up costs? You may be surprised at what you can accomplish.
There may be comfort in numbers. Perhaps you could partner with a classmate or a friend whose skills complement your own and set up something together.
Continue to develop yourself
Whilst no learning is wasted, avoid fleeing into an expensive and lengthy graduate program that may not necessarily give you that added advantage, just to postpone the difficult period. As far as possible, seek continuous training and experience that can directly support any chosen career path. Professional qualifications or certifications, or shorter courses to improve your IT and other skills can sometimes be of greater value at this time. Basic skills in languages such as Mandarin, Spanish, French may give you an edge. Employers will always value employees who strive to develop themselves. Keep abreast of current events and in particular of what is happening in your industry. Be disciplined about keeping your learning alive.
The hard reality is that being a graduate never guaranteed anyone immediate employment. As you await the “right” job, open yourself to various opportunities and experiences. Develop a supportive group of friends and cultivate friendships with people who are positive in spite of the challenges. Such people will make the most of this opportunity, and will give you the encouragement you badly need to get through this phase.
Ask yourself what the lessons learnt are, so that you benefit from the overall experience. What opportunities can you create out of the uncertainty? Despair and depression will only make you less attractive to a potential employer. Above all, maintain a sense of optimism and resilience and keep your spirits and energy levels up through exercise. It is that strength of character and self-confidence that will make you stand out and help get you through an employer’s door or even the door of your own small business.
Photo Credit: Stock Image
The Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (You WiN!) Programme ; a collaboration of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Communication Technology (CT), and the Ministry of Youth Development that launched an annual Business Plan Competition (BPC) for aspiring young entrepreneurs in Nigeria, in line with the Federal Government’s drive to create more jobs for Nigerians has announced 1,200 inner across the 6 geo-political zones of Nigeria .
With the objectives to generate jobs by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas that will lead to job creation. The programme provided aspiring youth with a platform to show case their business acumen, skills and aspirations to business leaders, investors and mentors in Nigeria.
Specific Objectives of the Programme included to:
Attract ideas and innovations from young entrepreneurial aspirants from Universities, Polytechnics, Technical colleges, and other post-Secondary institutions in Nigeria;
Provide a one time Equity grant for 1,200 selected aspiring entrepreneurs to start or expand their business concepts and mitigate start up risks;
Generate 40,000 to 50,000 new jobs for currently unemployed Nigerian youth over the three years during which the three cycles will be implemented;
Provide business training for up to 6,000 aspiring youth entrepreneurs spread across all geo-political zones in Nigeria; Encourage expansion, specialization and spin-offs of existing businesses in Nigeria; and, Enable young entrepreneurs to access a wide business professional network and improve their visibility.
For a list of the 1200 winners,download it HERE
For more information,visit: http://www.youwin.org.ng