Monthly Archives: September 2013

Peace Direct is seeking local correspondents in Nigeria

Peace Direct is currently seeking ‘Local Correspondents’ to report on peacebuilding work in Lebanon, Nigeria and Somalia & Somaliland for the Insight on Conflict website. (Note that the Nigerian Local Correspondent will be expected to focus on the north of the country.)

For this role, we require someone with contacts in the NGO or peacebuilding sector, a strong interest in the media and reporting, and excellent written and spoken English. The role is ideal for someone pursuing a career in journalism or within the NGO sector. Local Correspondents should be based in the country they cover; we may consider people living outside the country if they have exceptional links to the peacebuilding sector in that country.

The role is not full-time and is not salaried, though Local Correspondents do receive a small stipend and payment for working published on the website. The work is best suited for people with a passionate desire to share information on peacebuilding with a wide audience.

The work of the local Correspondents
In their role, the primary area of work of the Local Correspondent will be on investigating and supplying information on local peacebuilders.

The Local Correspondent is expected to occasionally submit posts to the Insight on Conflict blog. The blog gives space to Peace Direct and the Local Correspondents to respond instantly to developments in conflicts around the world. It also offers a place for more personal reflections by the Local Correspondents on their work.

The Local Correspondent is also expected to reply to any enquiries relating to their work, for example when we receive requests for further information on peacebuilding in their region. The Local Correspondent is also expected to ensure that information on peacebuilders in their section is up to date – we update this information every 6 months.

If you are interested in becoming Insight on Conflict’s local correspondent for either Lebanon, Nigeria or Somalia & Somaliland please send a CV, writing sample, and a short covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to

The deadline for applications is: 01 October 2013

Release: World leaders agree to adopt new development Goals at 2015 Summit


Uun logoNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, 25 September 2013 – World leaders agreed today to scale up action against extreme poverty, hunger and disease and called for a 2015 Summit to adopt the next set of Goals to focus continued efforts after the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In the outcome document adopted at a Special Event on the MDGs, hosted by the President of the UN General Assembly, countries lauded the remarkable progress made so far towards achieving the eight Goals, which have provided a “common vision” for meeting the needs of the world’s poorest.

Member States also expressed concern at the unevenness and gaps in MDG achievement in the face of immense challenges, and agreed to take the purposeful and coordinated action required to accelerate progress.

Speaking at the opening of the event, President of the General Assembly John Ashe said that “we must do everything possible to accelerate action and get the job done by 2015. Urgently implementing the global partnership for development is not only a moral obligation but will also put us at the best possible starting point for agreeing what comes next.”

In the document, countries agreed to hold a high-level Summit in September 2015 to adopt a new set of Goals that will balance the three elements of sustainable development – providing economic transformation and opportunity to lift people out of poverty, advancing social justice and protecting the environment.

The Goals – which will build on the foundation laid by the MDGs and also respond to new challenges – will be applicable to all countries while taking into account national circumstances.

The deliberations of Governments took into account the views expressed by people across the globe through a series of worldwide consultations that reached more than a million citizens, in an effort unprecedented for the UN.

At today’s event, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented to countries his report “A Life of Dignity for All”, outlining his vision for bold action to achieve the MDGs and for a new and responsive sustainable development framework that meets the needs of both people and planet.

The Secretary-General said that the post-2015 framework “must be bold in ambition yet simple in design, supported by a new partnership for development”.

“It needs to be rights-based, with particular emphasis on women, young people and marginalized groups. And it must protect the planet’s resources, emphasize sustainable consumption and production and support action to address climate change, “ he continued.

The Special Event comes as the UN, Governments, civil society, the private sector and philanthropists push to achieve more MDG targets in the final stretch to 2015.

A high-level event, MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact, hosted by the Secretary-General on 23 September, showcased the power of new types of partnerships to change the development landscape and mobilize finance, expertise and knowledge to further the MDGs.

“Substantial additional commitments from Governments, the World Bank, private business and philanthropy brought the total new investment in boosting MDG achievement to $2.5 billion,” the Secretary-General told Member States today.

The MDGs – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education – have been the most effective anti-poverty push in history. The lives of millions of people have been improved and targets have already been met on reducing poverty, increasing access to safe water, improving the lives of slum dwellers and achieving gender parity in primary education.

Despite huge gains, progress towards the eight MDGs has been uneven, not only among regions and countries, but also between population groups within countries, with accelerated action needed in many areas.

Download the outcome document: Here             

For webcast of the Special Event on the MDGs:


Details and full programme available at:


Latest MDG data available at:


Secretary-General’s report available in full at:




Register! Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards

Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards ( €200,000 for Seven most Impressive Entries).

The Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards, developed in partnership with the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, are looking for innovative yet practical, tangible solutions created by young people that help make sustainable living commonplace.

Young entrepreneurs (aged 30 or under) are invited to submit groundbreaking initiatives that tackle the challenge of sustainable living. Are you a young entrepreneur with a product, service, or application that could change a practice or behaviour to enable sustainable living? If so, enter your solution before 1 November, 2013.

A total of €200,000 in financial support and tailored mentoring will be awarded to the seven most impressive entries. Please read our Welcome Letter to learn more about the search, and visit the Guidelines & Criteria page for more information on how to enter.

A total of €200,000 in financial support and tailored mentoring will be awarded to the seven most impressive entries


  • The competition is open to individuals aged 30 years and under, from any part of the world
  • Entries must fall within one or more of the categories listed below

Assessment Criteria

  • Entries must have grown beyond the conceptual stage to include actions the applicant has already taken – whether through informal networks, via an existing institution, or by creating a new enterprise
  • Entries must involve products or practices that change behaviour to enable sustainable living
  • Entries cannot be accepted from current Unilever employees, nor can entries promote Unilever or its products
  • Entries must be submitted in English

Assessment Criteria

Entrants will be assessed on three main criteria:

  • Innovation: The best entries will demonstrate a creative approach to the challenge they tackle and the solution they propose. This innovation may comprise new products or practices, or new applications or hybrid combinations of existing tools. The initiative does not have to involve inventing something entirely new, but entries should describe how they are driven by original, ground-breaking ideas.
  • Measurable Impact: Entries should explain how the initiative delivers positive social, economic, and/or environmental impact, using both quantitative and qualitative data. The best projects will tackle a significant sustainability issue, and will have the potential to make a big difference by being expanded to new markets, sectors, or geographies.
  • Financial Sustainability: Entries should have a clear plan for reaching long-term goals and securing financial backing—they should describe not only how they currently finance their work, but also how they plan to finance it in the future. The strongest entries will outline how their solution can be sustained without reliance on philanthropic donations or aid for core funding.

Entries will also be evaluated on:

  • The leadership qualities of the entrepreneur, including how effectively they are able to engage with relevant communities and stakeholders to realise the potential of the solution
  • The contribution that the awards process and prizes will make to the success of the initiative

Entries must fall within one or more of the following seven categories:


One overall winner will receive the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prizealongside a cash award of €50,000, and a tailored programme of advice and mentoring (worth €25,000).

Six finalists will also receive cash prizes of €10,000 along with mentoring support (worth €10,000).

All will benefit from exposure to a range of leading sustainability experts, entrepreneurs, and investors during the process. They will also receive recognition via Unilever’s global channels and the University of Cambridge’s network, as well as at a prestigious dinner in London in January 2014.

How to enter:

  • For advice about how to create a stronger entry, read these tips.
  • You must enter by 5:00pm GMT on 1 November, 2013.
Entries must fall within one or more of the following seven categories:
  1.     water
  2.     sanitation and hygiene
  3.     nutrition
  4.     water scarcity
  5.     greenhouse gases
  6.     waste
  7.     sustainable agriculture
  8.     helping smallholder farmers

 Enter Now for the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards

Application Deadline:1 November, 2013

Register! e- Learning programme on Development Evaluation

UNICEF, Claremont Graduate University and IOCE, under the EvalPartners> initiative, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and in partnership with UN Women, are pleased to announce the launch of the second round of introductory e-Learning programme on Development Evaluation. In the previous round, almost 13.000 participants from 172 countries registered, with a satisfaction rate of 72%.

The e-learning is composed of the following three courses:
·        Equity-focused and Gender-responsive Evaluations<>
·        National Evaluation Capacity Development for Country-led
Monitoring and Evaluation Systems<>
·        Emerging Practices in Development Evaluations<>

The instructors are 30 world-level specialists<>:
·        International experts, including Michael Quinn Patton, Michael
Bamberger, Jim Rugh, David Fetterman,  Patricia Rogers, Stewart Donaldson,
Bob Williams, Martin Reynolds and Hallie Preskill;
·        Senior representatives of the international community, including
Caroline Heider, Indran Naidoo, Inga Sniukaite, Fred Carden, Hans Lundgren,
and Marco Segone;
·        Senior managers responsible for country-led M&E systems, including
Sivagnanasothy Velayuthan and Diego Dorado
·        Leaders from the Global South and BRIC countries, including Zenda
Ofir, Shiva Kumar and Alexey Kuzmin

The e-learning is free and open to all interested evaluators. You may
attend virtually from your personal or work computer anywhere in the world.
The course includes on-line lectures, reading material and tests.
Participants will have the opportunity to engage in an on-line forum, and
on successful completion of the
e-learning course will be able to print out a certificate of virtual

Based on the feedback received in the previous round, the following
enhancements have been done:
·        The three courses will be opened on Monday, 23rd September
·        The courses can be taken at your own pace
·        You can create/customize your own course<> by taking
the 10 units you are most interested
·        You may take a few units<> and not an
entire course – however, you won’t obtain a certificate

For additional information, watch the introductory video<> by Marco Segone (UNICEF Evaluation Office and
EvalPartners Co-Chair) and Natalia Kosheleva (IOCE President and
EvalPartners Co-Chair).

For registration, visit:



REGISTER! iDEAng NYSC Technology Boot Camp in Calabar

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iDEA Tinapa is organizing a Technology Boot Camp for NYSC outgoing members in Cross River State.

Founded in 2013 iDEA is a not-for-profit organization whose primary purpose is to accelerate the development of the software industry in Nigeria by nurturing and helping Nigerian software technology businesses.

iDEA provides essential support to entrepreneurs to build software skills, solutions and businesses critical to their success.

Entrepreneurs accepted into iDEA Centres receive support in the way of physical work space, shared facilities, training, mentoring and access to capital.

We are currently accepting applications for the iDEA Centres in Lagos and Tinapa. We are particularly interested in innovations in Mobile Apps, Enterprise Software, Linguistic Software, Custom Programming and Business Intelligence Software.

If you’d like to apply, have any questions or would like to get in touch for any other reason please Contact Us.

Follow: @iDEAng on twitter for more information.


Commonwealth Youth Development Index Report and Website goes live!

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London, 19 September 2013

The Commonwealth has launched the first index measuring the development and empowerment of young people in countries worldwide.

The Youth Development Index (YDI) offers an inter-country comparison of the environment for young people, aged 15 to 29, across five key areas: education, health, employment, civic participation and political participation.

The first comprehensive attempt to aggregate global data on young people, the YDI was formulated to help decision-makers identify and learn from areas of success, pinpoint priority areas for investment, and track progress over time. The methodology was developed by independent academic experts from across The Commonwealth, in conjunction with the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Launching the YDI and its accompanying website and report on 19 September, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said: “The Index raises awareness both of successes and of investment needs, it will help identify and share good practices between countries, and will enable the tracking of progress over time.”

Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba added: “The current demographic profile of The Commonwealth, with a significant youth bulge in most member states, makes it more vital than ever that we engage in practical action that matches the sense of urgency and impatience for change being expressed by younger generations.

“The Commonwealth will continue to work with its member governments to develop and implement policies and programmes for the empowerment of young people.”

Key findings:

  • The countries with the highest overall YDI score in The Commonwealth are Australia, Canada and New Zealand, who are also some of the best performers globally.
  • 70% of Commonwealth countries are classified as having medium youth development, and 13% as having high youth development.
  • On average, young people aged 15-29 make up around 28% of the population in Commonwealth countries. The top ten countries in the YDI have smaller youth populations, averaging 23%.
  • Some low and middle-income countries outscore higher-income countries. Researchers found that a focus on economic growth at the expense of other key factors such as governance and services may not necessarily translate into gains for youth development.
  • Democracies score considerably better in the YDI compared to Authoritarian regimes.
  • The average youth unemployment rate in Commonwealth countries is 22.9%, compared to the global average of 19.2%. The prevalence of HIV amongst youth in Commonwealth countries is 2.1%, two and a half times the global average.

Researchers stressed the importance of more comprehensive data collection on indicators important to youth development, to produce evidence-based youth policies and continue to enhance the Index.

Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, Vijay Krishnarayan said: “It is tempting to see the Index as either an indictment or endorsement of past performances but rather we should see it as a spur to action, an aid to planning and a guide to the way ahead.”

Marc Kidson, Chair of the British Youth Council, added: “What is so encouraging to me, is that the Index is not a report about young people, it is a tool for young people. A tool to make sure they can draw attention to the challenges they face, a tool to make sure governments cannot assume they know best what young people need, and a tool to strengthen young voices with credible evidence.”

The YDI Results Report can be downloaded from the website or Here

 Notes to Editors:

The YDI measures youth development in 170 countries including 51 of the 54 Commonwealth member countries. The development of the Index was a target of The Commonwealth Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment 2007-2015.

Of the two billion people in The Commonwealth’s 54 member countries, around 60 per cent are under the age of 30.

Call for applications: 2013 ICASA Youth Pre-Conference


We are glad to announce a call for participants for the ICASA 2013 youth pre conference happening from the 4th – 6th December 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. This preconference precedes the main conference which is from 7 -11 December 2013. The application period is between 18th September and 2nd November, 2013. Please submit your application before close of business hours, GMT on 2nd November 2013.

Overview of 2013 ICASA and Youth Pre-Conference

The International AIDS Conference in AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) is a key event on AIDS for the African continent. It’s a gathering of actors involved in the HIV/AIDS response. The XVII Edition of ICASA will be held in the city of Capetown, South Africa.

This will be preceded by the Youth Pre Conference, to be held under the theme: “Now More Than Ever – Getting to Zero: for youth, by youth, with youth

Discussions will cover issues on:

  1. Leadership
  2. Accountability
  3. Participation

Organization of the ICASA Youth Pre-Conference is overseen by a Youth Steering Committee that comprises of representatives of different working groups

There will not be a Microsoft Word application. All applications will only be accepted through this form. We recommend you write your responses to the questions in this application form before hand and then sign in to paste your responses and submit your application.

Applications are open to young people between the ages of 15 to 35 years of age.

After the closing date of 2nd November 2013, this application form will no longer be available. All applicants will receive a response on their application by 15th November 2013 on selection.

For any questions, please contact the organizing team through:

Register here:

Call for applications: Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) Residential Fellowships Program


The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) is inviting applications for Residential Fellowships Program in the fields of arts, engineering, humanities, law, and natural, physical, and social sciences. The purpose of this program is to encourages scholars to include questions of values in their analyses, to integrate diverse disciplines, and to ask how their findings advance civilization. The Institute offers its fellows the opportunity to engage not only in analysis but also in evaluating what should be done, to analyze the world in substantive and collaborative ways, and to think through the implications of present behavior for the future of the world.


The Institute welcomes applications from faculty, scholars, public intellectuals, fellows from other institutes, and professional researchers in all disciplines, including the arts, engineering, the humanities, law, and the social and physical sciences with projects that are creative, innovative, or align with the intellectual orientation of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. The Institute also welcomes those who are beginning their careers with promise and have appropriate projects.


The Institute seeks applicants with:

  • excellent records of scholarly, artistic, or research accomplishment in their field(s);
  • projects that touch on normative, integrative, or ultimate questions, especially as they engage the Catholic intellectual tradition;
  • projects characterized by clarity of thought, coherence, and impact;
  • the ability to interact with other fellows and to engage in collegial discussions of research presentations; and
  • a willingness to contribute to a cooperative community of scholars.

Scholars from other institutions, researchers at national laboratories, fellows from other institutes, as well as faculty from Notre Dame are invited to apply.

One goal of the fellowship selection process is the creation of a diverse and collaborative community of scholars. Faculty fellowships will be awarded based on the range of applicants’ disciplines and academic ranks.

Applicants who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. There are no citizenship requirements for fellowships; non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply.

In some instances, the Institute may seek out scholars who address an area of pressing concern to the University, the academy, or the world or scholars who work on problems and issues that would benefit from collaboration or from the rethinking of a discipline or disciplinary approach.

For more informationclick here link 

Release: Commonwealth to launch first youth development index

Commonwealth-LogoLondon, 17 September 2013 

The first worldwide index measuring the development and empowerment of young people will be launched by The Commonwealth on 19 September.  


The Youth Development Index (YDI) offers an inter-country comparison of the environment for young people, aged 15 to 29, across five key areas: education, health, employment, civic participation and political participation.


The first comprehensive attempt to aggregate global data on young people, the YDI was formulated to help decision-makers identify and learn from areas of success, pinpoint priority areas for investment, and track progress over time. The methodology was developed by independent academic experts from across The Commonwealth, in conjunction with the Institute for Economics and Peace.


Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will launch the YDI and its accompanying website and report on Thursday, 19 September, at the Commonwealth Secretariat’s headquarters at Marlborough House in London.


Mr Sharma said: “The Index shows that on certain indicators some smaller Commonwealth member countries have gained higher scores than larger or higher-income counterparts. This shows that all our member states, large or small, at whatever stage of development, can benefit from sharing experiences and best practice in youth development.


“Young people aged 15-29 make up on average about 28% of the population of Commonwealth countries, and about 60% of the Commonwealth population is under 30. It is vital that young people are able to realise their full potential to shape their nations’ future.


“The YDI is a powerful tool for benchmarking and monitoring progress that will help national ministries identify where greater investment is required and underlines the importance of continued and improved data collection on youth development indicators.”


Journalists are welcome to register to attend the launch at 10am (BST) on Thursday, 19 September.

For more information:visit

Opportunity through Enterprise

Unlocking potential with innovation and excellence
The Commonwealth theme 2013

Call for proposals:African Civil Society Support Initiative Regional Fellowship Programme


The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) along with their partners African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) is pleased to announce the African Civil Society Support Initiative Regional Fellowship Programme. 

The Programme will allow civil society leaders and freedom of association advocates to spend three to four weeks working with a host NGO in another country in the region. Fellows will have the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with NGO leaders in other countries, build practical skills needed to advance civil society law initiatives, gain regional exposure, and build regional coalitions for reform.

We will be awarding three regional fellowships to qualified civil society leaders and human rights advocates. Both fellow and host organization must be from Sub-Saharan Africa with countries with restrictive legal environments given priority. This is an action-oriented fellowship designed to provide opportunities to engage with other practitioners and experts in the region to advance the legal environment for civil society throughout the region. At the end of the fellowship, fellows will be required to submit a final report highlighting their learning outcomes and detailing how their new experiences will impact ongoing law reform in their home countries.  ICNL will cover the cost of travel to and from the host city as well as room and board for the agreed-upon time period.
Applicants must submit a completed application, proposal, and a CV by 30th September 2013. All fellowships will take place between the period of 11th November – 9th December 2013 (flexibility of the exact dates during this month available). Organizations in Sub Saharan Africa are also invited to contact ICNL or ACDHRS if they are interested in hosting a fellow.
Proposals must focus on the legal environment for civil society (for example, the rules governing the establishment, operation, funding or sustainability of NGOs, NGO-government relations, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, etc.). We are particularly interested in fellowship activities that will support an ongoing reform initiative in the fellow’s home country.
Proposals should: 
•Be 5 pages in length;
•Outline in great detail your past and present work experience relating to the legal framework for civil society;
•Highlight the issue(s) you would like to focus on during the Fellowship;
•Explain how your Fellowship will contribute to the development of the legal environment for civil society in your country;
•Describe in detail your interest and commitment to remaining engaged on the legal framework for civil society upon your return home;
•Address potential conflicts and establish a solution;
•Have an attached CV (3 pages max) with personal information included (applicant’s name, mailing address, email address and phone number) and description of language capabilities.
(Upload a PDF or Word Document)
Potential fellows should:
•Possess African citizenship;
•Hold a Masters Degree or an Undergraduate Degree (in a related field to law, development studies, international studies) with three year professional experience;
•Have worked with the organisation for over a year and show dedication in continuing of his/her work with this organisation;
•Display knowledge of the legal framework governing civil society.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following factors: 
•Compliance with eligibility requirements and application procedures;
•Past or present experience in civil society law as a lawyer, academic, government official, or NGO leader;
•Demonstrated interest in NGO law reform;
•Quality of the proposed activity, including the significance of the issue to be studied;
•Likelihood that the Fellowship will help advance the legal framework for civil society in the applicant’s country;
•Commitment to continue working on civil society legal issues for a minimum of 12 months upon the applicant’s return home, and ability to effect change based upon leadership potential.
•Applications that identify a preferred host organisation and demonstrate some familiarity or prior contact between the fellow the potential host organisation will be looked upon favourably.
PLEASE SEND ALL PROPOSALS TO before 30 September 2013