Monthly Archives: November 2012

Call for applications: IDEX Accelerator Fellowship Program

IDEXLogoWe are pleased to announce that Gray Matters Capital is now accepting applications for the 2013 IDEX Accelerator (formerly IDEX Fellowship) cohort!  IDEX Accelerator (www.idexfellows.com) is a career launch-pad for aspiring social enterprise practitioners. Fellows undergo six months of leadership and business development training by working full-time with social enterprises in India.

WHO WE LOOK FOR

We are searching all corners of the world for 100 fellows who are committed and passionate about working in the social impact space.  Only 100 Fellows will be selected to participate.  Candidates are chosen from a competitive pool of talented, passionate individuals from a wide range of geographies, professional and academic backgrounds and ethnicities.

The ideal candidate has:

  • ·         Bachelor or Masters Degree (Bachelor degree must be obtained prior to June 1).
  • ·         1-3 years of work experience.  (Work experience is defined as cumulative time worked in a job, internship program, fellowship and/or volunteer program.)
  • ·         Track record of leadership responsibilities.
  • ·         A passion and desire to work in emerging markets and use social enterprise principles to solve global issues.
  • ·         An ability to quickly adapt and work in resource constrained environments.
  • ·         Desire to engage in an intense professional development experience while applying creative solutions to deepen impact.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications will ONLY be accepted through the online application at www.idexaccelertor.com.  Applications close January 15, 2013 at 12pm EST.

 

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

Through funding from Gray Matters Capital, IDEX is able to offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships to select candidates for use towards theIDEX accelerator program tuition.  Scholarship deadline is December 15, 2012.  Late applications will not be considered.  Applicants must demonstrate commitment to continuing work in the social enterprise sector.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IDEX

•   Visit our website http://idexaccelerator.com/ .

•   Email apply@idexfellows.com

•   Attend a campus or online info-session to learn more. Visit http://idexaccelerator.com/ to participate in an upcoming session!

Best of luck!

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UN High Level panel on #Post2015: Demystifying the myths of youth participation

Esther Eshiet  at the townhall meetingFollowing her participation at the United Nations High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the #Post2015 Development Agenda, London Consultation meeting; Founder, Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project (ASPMP) ,  Esther Eshiet shares a blog post on the #Beyond2015 processes.

UN High Level panel on #Post2015: Demystifying the myths of youth participation 

As the world over counts down to the 2015 the deadline for the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals; it was very timely the UN began the process of evaluating the performance of the goals and begin to plan towards shaping the next set of development goals.

One of such strategies was setting up of the UN High Level Panel of Eminent persons on the #Post2015 Development Agenda by the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon. With the Primary role of shaping the Global Development Framework after 2015; the 26 person committee met in London from October  31st – November 2nd 2012 for its first outreach session.  The outreach session was aimed at consulting with individuals and organizations in the Private Sector, Civil Society and Young people in order to evaluate the missing links of the current Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) as well as kick start the conversations on the next global development framework after the MDGs expire in 2015.

Alongside 23 other young persons, I was selected to be a part of the Youth Panel to the outreach session of the Eminent Persons Group and without sounding cliché; this was one of the most memorable moments in my career; not because of just being on the Panel but the role of representing the voices of over 70 million young Nigerians.

With focus on Household Poverty as its overarching theme, the youth consultation was also centered on cross cutting issues such as Jobs and Livelihoods, Education, Sexual and Reproductive Health/Rights as well as Skills development. We employed different strategies to drive home the messages of what we want included in the next set of development goals. I sat alongside between Mr. Gary Cornille, Envoy to the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Mr. Homi Kharas, and Halleh Umar an Advisor to Ms. Emilia Pires; while Messah Kamara from Sierra Leone, Dianella Ramirez from USA were the other youth participants at the table.

We advocated against the exclusion of young people in the Constitution of the Eminent Persons Group and Panel and pointed out the necessity of this for maximum participation of young people in the process; without sounding ungrateful we commended the High Level Panel for consulting with young people while reiterating that this shouldn’t be the end but rather a first step in the several engagement processes ahead.

Some of the major outcomes for this consultation were several pledges by members of the Eminent Persons Group to engage young persons; each step of the way in the build up to 2015; the Envoy to the Liberian President, H.E Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, endorsed the idea of having a youth observer to the High Level Panel!

Other highlights from the event was the launch of My World- an MDGs crowdsourcing platform for individuals and organizations to engage the High Level Panel on the #post2015 Development agenda as well as a town hall meeting comprising Private Sector, Civil Society Organizations and Young People .

 

 

Key Quotes from the High Level Panel Consultations

This is the first time in history and in my entire career that young persons have been consulted directly by such a panel and on an important issue as the MDGs” Mr Nik Hartley, CEO of Restless Development;

Esther Eshiet advocated that “It is not enough to teach young people how to write CVs, but to enable them access markets, become trend spotters, focus on new wealth and have relaxed trade laws and begin to set goals that prepare young people to seamlessly transit from school to work.”

As take home from the High Level Panel; Mr.  Gary Conille, envoy for President  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, endorsed the idea of a Youth observer to #post2015HLP!’

“it is not just building another clinic block; but creating a safe space where the young people’s Sexual and Reproductive Health needs of young people will be addressed without being judged – Pipa Gardner

“The world has changed and you have more tools; there was no Twitter nor Facebook when the first set of goals were drafted”- Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan

The London Consultation is just the first step, the online consultation is currently ongoing via the World We Want Website; there will be over 50 National Consultations, as well as offline Consultations using the “My World” Mini Survey toolkit. It is very relevant that as young people who have grown in the wake of the MDGs, this is an opportunity for us to decide what we want as the next set of development goals. It is not just our right, but our responsibility!

For more information on the HLP and how to engage; visit: www.theworldwewant.org

For details on My World; visit: www.endpoverty2015.org

Tweet at : @worldwewant, @youthpost2015 ; using the #Post2015HLP

Facebook: Global Youth Voices – UN Global Conversation on the Post-2015 Agenda

Apply! Reuters fellowships for Business News Workshop

The Thomson Reuters Foundation is organizing a course about writing financial and business news. The course begins with five days in London from February 25 – March 1, and continues with 10 units of online study.

Applicants chosen from developing countries or countries in political transition working for organizations with no training resources will have travel expenses, accommodation and living costs covered. Reuters will waive tuition fees for applicants from developing countries with only limited training resources available.

The course combines face-to-face teaching with online study. It starts with five days in London followed by an online module made up of ten units of study.  It is anticipated each online unit will take about two weeks so the entire module can be passed in less than a year.

Eligibility:

All applicants for Thomson Reuters Foundation training courses must currently be working as journalists or regular contributors to print, broadcast or online media organisations. They must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism in their country, must have at least two years’ professional experience and have a good level in spoken and written English. If you have been on one of our programmes within the last two years you will not be considered for this programme. Please note you must commit to attending the first programme and complete the online e-learning modules.

Journalists must have at least two years’ professional experience and a good level of spoken and written English.

Applicants must submit a short bio, a statement of motivation, a story about the economy in their country and two published work samples by December 12.

For more information, click here.

Call for Applications:The Alexia Grants for Photographers

The Alexia Foundation offers production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place. Students also get scholarship opportunities.  See rules below for details on each.

Deadlines
The application deadline for the professional grant is Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
The deadline for the student grants is Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

Student Rules

For 2013 Grants

 The Alexia Foundation provides educational opportunities and cash grants to help students produce picture stories that further the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.You are encouraged to consider stories that explore cultural understanding in or near you local community. While we do not discourage proposals on foreign topics, the judges give no extra weight to foreign topics, and indeed, think that you are more likely to complete a story near home than one abroad.

We welcome proposals for still photography projects or for multimedia projects.

Student Awards

Undergrad and grad students are eligible, but there is only one First Place, one Second Place and three Awards of Excellence.

Undergrad awards

First Place if Winner is an Undergrad:
• Full tuition for study at the SU London Program for the Fall 2013 semester. Tuition is about $19,000.
• $1000 cash grant to help produce the proposed picture story.
• $300 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.
• $500 will be awarded to the sponsoring academic department.

Second Place if Winner is an Undergrad:
• Half tuition for study at the SU London Program.
• $500 cash grant to help produce the proposed picture story.
• $250 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.
 
Awards of Excellence: Three awards of excellence each receive
• $1500 to be used for tuition at the SU London Program, or for any Momenta Photo Workshop.
• $500 cash grant to help produce the proposed picture story.
• $150 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.

Grad awards

First Place if Winner is a Grad:
• Grad students take only two courses in London. This award pays tuition for two classes during Fall, semester and program fees, up to a total of $15,000.
• $1000 cash grant to help produce the proposed picture story.
• $300 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.
• $500 will be awarded to the sponsoring academic department.

Second Place if Winner is a Grad:
• Full tuition for two classes at the SU London Program in Fall, 2013.
• $500 cash grant to help produce the proposed picture story.
• $250 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.

Awards of Excellence: Three awards of excellence each receive
• $1500 to be used for tuition at the SU London Program, or for any Momenta Photo Workshop.
• $500 cash grant to help produce the proposed picture story.
• $150 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.

If winners cannot accept any portion of their awards, these awards may be offered to other winners at the discretion of the competition administrators.

For more information about cost of study at SU in London see:http://suabroad.syr.edu/destinations/london/cost-and-aid/

Eligibility

Applicants must be duly enrolled full-time students in an accredited college or university in the U.S. or abroad in a degree program at the time of application. Graduate and undergraduate students are eligible. No student who has completed more than three internships or a year of full-time professional experience is eligible.

Application Procedure

There is no application form for this grant. An application shall be composed of the following:

1. A proposal of not more than 750 words for a photo story, picture essay, or photo-documentary project that explains your idea for a set of pictures that will promote world peace and cultural understanding. These may include projects already in progress. Anything over 750 words will be cut. Judges will only see the first 750 words.

Do not put your name or other identifying information on your proposal. We judge the applications anonymously.

Only one student application per person each year.

2. A summary of the main idea of your project consisting of no more than 25 words.

3. A portfolio of at least 10 and not more than 20 photographs. You must include at least one picture story. You may submit up to three picture stories, as long as the total number of photographs does not exceed 20. You may include single images. The photos do not have to, but may, pertain to your proposed story. All photographs not related to your story proposal must have been taken within the past two years. There is no time limit on pictures that relate to your story proposal.

If you propose a multimedia project, please give URLs for no more than two multimedia presentations.

4. A resume. Be sure to include your phone numbers and address. Also include names and phone numbers of three references on the resume. One should be your academic adviser. Do not send letters of recommendation.

Deadline

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST, February 1, 2013.

Professional Rules

Applications accepted beginning Nov. 15, 2012

The professional Alexia Grant recipient will receive $15,000 for the production of the proposed project. See the student rules for information about the student competition.

Introduction to the Professional Competition Rules

The Alexia Foundation offers the professional grant to enable a photographer to have the financial ability to produce a substantial picture story that furthers the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.

Eligibility

Any photographer from any country may apply for this grant. Proposals that have received grants or awards exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible. This award is for an individual photographer. Collaborative applications are not accepted.

Judging Criteria

The Alexia Grant was not established with the single purpose of rewarding the best photographers – this is not a portfolio competition. The grant will be awarded to a photojournalist who can further cultural understanding and world peace by conceiving and writing a concise, focused, and meaningful story proposal, and who can demonstrate the ability to visually execute that story with compelling images. There is no mathematical formula for determining grantees, but the proposal and photography must both be considered of the highest quality.

Professional applications will be judged in two rounds. First, members of the Alexia Board and its executive advisors will review portfolios and move those demonstrating strong visual skills to a second round. In that round, judges that are industry leaders first read and rank the story proposals for all those portfolios brought forward. If no judge thinks the proposal is worth considering, the portfolio is not reviewed in the second round. A winner is chosen based on the judges’ determination of the combination of the strongest proposal and photography.

Application Procedure

There is no application form for this grant. An application shall be composed of the following:

1. A proposal of not more than 750 words for a photo story, picture essay, or photo-documentary project that explains your idea for a set of pictures that will promote world peace and cultural understanding. These may include projects already in progress. Anything over 750 words will be cut. Judges will only see the first 750 words.

Do not put your name or other identifying information on your proposal. We judge the applications anonymously.

Only one application per person each year.

2. A summary of the main idea of your project consisting of no more than 25 words.

3. A portfolio consisting of no more than twenty pictures, including captions. Must include at least one picture story.

If you propose a multimedia project, please give URLs for no more than two multimedia presentations.

4. A resume. Be sure to include your phone numbers and address. Also include names and phone numbers of three references on the resume. Do not send letters of recommendation.

5. Professional grant applicants who are staff photographers must provide written permission from their employer granting them a leave of absence of approximately 3 months over the course of a year to allow time to complete their project. It is not necessary for this time to be a single block. While all other application elements will be submitted online, this permission letter should be mailed to:

David Sutherland
The Alexia Competition
Professional Division
S.I. Newhouse School of Communications
215 University Place
Syracuse NY 13244-2100

Portfolio Format and Requirements

Applications must be submitted through our online application process. (If you find it impossible to enter online, contact grants@alexiafoundation.org and we will find a way to get your entry into our system.)

Your portfolio must not have more than 20 photographs.

Deadline

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST, January 18, 2013.

To Enter

Use the Submit Button at the upper right of this page to submit your application. We will begin accepting applications on November 15, 2013. Entries are due by 5 p.m. EST, January 18, 2013. Be prepared with text files of your 750 word proposal and your resume, and have digital photo files formatted as medium-quality JPEG images at no more than 1024×768 pixels for landscape, or 768×1024 pixels for verticals (72dpi preferred). Each image must have a caption. We read captions from file info, or you can insert captions during the entry process.

If you have questions

If you are uncertain about any of these requirements, please contact David Sutherland at 315-443-3370 or by e-mail at dcsuther@syr.edu. (E-mail is preferred.)

Or by mail to:

David Sutherland
The Alexia Competition
Professional Division
S.I. Newhouse School of Communications
215 University Place
Syracuse NY 13244-2100

Call for Applications: DESPLAY Africa Season 8

This new decade is a decade in which there is a rising search for 21st century leadership and governance to mitigate our challenges and transform Africa, especially Nigeria into a world class nation. DESPLAY (Democracy Series for Participatory Learning and Actions by Youth) remains the leading and most consistent annual youth democracy academy within West Africa that has been equipping and raising young people on quality democracy culture, governance and development. Funded annually by the National Endowment for Democracy NED USA since 2005 and endorsed by the World Youth Movement for Democracy, we are very excited to once more open the Call for Application to interested youths across Africa to apply for the 8th Season of DESPLAY Africa.

Since inception, DESPLAY Africa enjoyed patronage from youth in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Cameroon and South Africa. This is your turn to join a robust and growing community of young democrats.

What DESPLAY Season 8 Offers:
Admission Slots for ONLY 35 young people within Africa (especially from West and Central African Countries).
Three (3) Semesters/Workshops of 4 days each in a different state and region of Nigeria.
About 30 knowledge based sessions and focus group discussions and activities.
Opportunity to challenge and improve your personal leadership influence and impact.
Obtain a youth democracy and good governance engagement toolkit (Video and Handbook – FREE)
Opportunity to meet and engage with young democrats around the world.
10 day learning visit to an African country practising democracy.
Get a chance to run for Office of President of DESPLAY Republic Season 8 among others.
No one completes the DESPLAY Africa program and remains the same.
Eligibility: Young people from Nigeria and any other African country between the ages of 18 – 35 years.

To Apply, visit http://www.youngstarsfoundation.org to download application form. Submit completed forms to engage@youngstarsfoundation.org or desplay@yahoo.com

Application Submission Closing Date: Sunday 11th November 2012.

DESPLAY Service Lines: +234 703 553 5876, +234 8098333348