Monthly Archives: May 2014

Register! Sustainaware 2014 Nigeria Local Days of Actions

downloadWith support from the European Union, Connected Development [CODE] would be organizing Local Days of Actions (LDA) for Youth with Fewer Opportunities (YWFO) to engage with Green Entrepreneurs, Youth NGOs, Experts, and Government Agencies working in the area of Environmental Health, Green Economy and Social-Environmental Entrepreneurship.

As the Local Day of Action moves to Lagos, Nigeria we are inviting Youth with Fewer opportunities, individuals, Green Entrepreneurs, Youth NGOs, Experts, and Government Agencies working in the area of Environmental Health, Green Economy and Social-Environmental Entrepreneurship to share knowledge and experience with us during the Local days of action in Lagos in the form of ignite and lightening talks on Sunday June 8, Monday, June 9 and Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Sustainaware 2014 project aim is to raise awareness about the importance of Sustainable Development and introduce the concept of Social-Environmental Entrepreneurship with a focus on Green Economy and Environment-Health to young people in eight (8) partner countries – four from Europe and four from other parts of the world/ four other continents. CODE is representing Nigeria [Only African Country] on the implementation Board.

Kindly register and see our exciting schedule – if you’re in/or would be in Lagos between June 8 – 10, 2014.

Participants from partner countries [Argentina, India, Slovenia] etc would be joining the Nigeria LDA.


About Connected Development [CODE]: Connected Development [CODE]  is a non government organization whose mission is to improve access to information and empower local communities in Africa. We strengthen local communities by creating platforms for dialogue, enabling informed debate, and building capacities of marginalized communities which will bring about social and economic progress within communities, while promoting transparency and accountability.

Call for Applications:Seplat Petroleum Development Company 2014 Graduate Trainee Programme

seplat_web_logo2Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc is a leading Independent Oil & Gas exploration and production company in Nigeria with a 45% participating interest in and operator of the Oil Mining Leases, 04, 38 and 41.

SEPLAT provides world class career opportunities for people that have the right capabilities and fits into our core values.

SEPLAT is recruiting smart and motivated candidates as Graduate Trainees for:

SEPLAT Graduate Trainee Program (GTP)

Location: Lagos

Job Description: 
Graduate Trainee Program (GTP) affords talented young graduates to build a mutually rewarding career within SEPLAT.

Eligibility: Prospective candidates should be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

Talent, Ambition and Enthusiasm to be the best.

Strong passion for excellence. Ability to thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced business environment.

Excellent Interpersonal and Team-working skills.

Strong Analytical and Presentation skills.

Strong Verbal and Written Communication skills.

Good Problem-Solving focus, with a great appetite for learning.

They also must possess the following:

A minimum of Second Class (Upper Division) in any of the following disciplines: Engineering (Materials, Chemical, Petroleum, Electrical/Electronics, Process, Industrial and Oil and Gas) Geology, Geophysics, Petro-Physics Industrial Chemistry, Chemistry Finance, Accounting (ACCA, ACA) and Economics.

A maximum age of 26 years for candidates with a bachelor’s degree and 28 years for candidates with a master’s degree as at 2014. A minimum of 5 credits (including Mathematics and English) in one sitting in the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE). A maximum of two (2) years post NYSC experience.

If you are qualified or know someone that is qualified, send CV to with the subject 2014 Graduate Training Program.


Application Closes 30th May, 2014.

Call for Entries:The 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature

etisalat-prize-adEtisalat Nigeria, today announced the call for entries for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature, the second edition of the much celebrated innovative literature prize launched in 2013. The Etisalat Prize for Literature which is the first Pan African Literary Award to celebrate African fiction writers seeks to recognise, celebrate and reward debut fiction writers of African descent whose works are published in the last 24 months.

According to the Acting Chief Executive Officer at Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, “the Etisalat Prize for Literature serves as a platform for the discovery of new creative writing talent out of the African continent and is the first prize with the novel concept of also promoting the growing publishing industry in Africa. The winner receives a cash prize of £15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia. The winner and shortlisted writers receive a sponsored two-city tour promoting their books.”

The acting CEO highlighted that following the success of the maiden edition last year, the literary community is eagerly awaiting this second edition. NoViolet Bulawayo won the maiden edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature with her highly celebrated debut novel “We Need New Names”. The Etisalat Prize accepts submitted works which must be a writer’s first work of fiction over 30,000 words, which has been published in the last 24 months. The Etisalat Prize will also launch the online based flash fiction prize later in the year to engage the rising stars of fiction.

The rules and guidelines for entry are available on

Deadline: August 8, 2014.

Call for Papers: ILO’s Work4Youth Project research on School-to-work transition

ILO logoThe ILO will select papers to be presented at a Global Research Symposium on “Labour Market Transitions of Young Women and Men: Innovative research from 28 ‘school-to-work transition survey’ (SWTS) datasets” to be held in Geneva in February 2015.


Young people face several challenges when entering the labour market particularly in developing economies. Not only do they need to find a job, and preferably one that corresponds to their level of qualifications, they also want to develop a foundation for a lasting, stable employment relationship that helps them to progress in life. To characterize these challenges and to support policy-makers in designing adequate instruments to support the transition of young people into employment, the ILO developed the School-to-work Transition Survey (SWTS), a household survey of young people aged 15-29 years.

The surveys offer a wealth of information on the characteristics of education, conditions of work, aspirations and labour market transitions of young people, captured in the survey’s unique assessment of respondents’ history of labour market activities. All related SWTS microdata files, as well as the current nationalthematic and regional reports, are already available. All data are disaggregated by sex and rural/urban residency.

SWTS datasets are available for the following 28 countries:

  • Asia and the Pacific: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Samoa, Viet Nam
  • Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, FYR Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Jamaica, Peru
  • Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Jordan, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Tunisia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Benin, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia

About the Research Symposium:


Organizers: ILO Youth Employment ProgrammePlace: Geneva, Switzerland

Date: 20 February 2015 (tbc)

Submission deadline (proposals): July 31, 2014

Notification of acceptance:September 10, 2014

Submission deadline (full paper):November 30, 2014

The Global Research Symposium on “Labour market transitions of young women and men: Innovative research from 28 ‘school-to-work transition survey’ (SWTS) datasets” is the first organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the subject. The aim of the symposium is to promote the exchange of innovative research and ideas for translating its implications into policy and practice.

The event will gather researchers from leading research institutions and development practitioners. The research discussed at the event will draw from the SWTSs implemented between 2012 and 2013 in 28 countries covering five regions of the world.In particular, the Symposium will be organized around the following three themes relevant to issues of labour market transitions of young people:

  • Conditions of work
  • Inequalities of opportunity
  • Determinants of labour market outcomes (including transitions)



  • Authors of nine papers will be invited to present their work at the main sessions of the Global Symposium in Geneva in February 2015 (all expenses covered);
  •  Depending on the quality of the piece, the nine papers will be published in an ILO research compendium under the ILO Work4Youth Publication Series in 2015;
  • Two papers will be selected for inclusion in the forthcoming ILO Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015;
  • The two finalist papers will also receive an award of US$ 1,000 each.

Instructions for submission and timeline:

Those interested should submit a 2-3-page proposal to by JULY 31, 2014

The papers should address one or more of the three themes of the Symposium:

  1. Conditions of work;
  2. Inequalities of opportunity;
  3. Determinants of labour market outcomes, including transitions;

Papers can be national, cross-country, regional or global in scope. The analysis must be based on one or several of the SWTS datasetsmade available on the W4Y website.

The proposal should include:

  • Full paper title
  • Full name, affiliation, address, phone/fax/e-mail of one author for all correspondence
  • Recent C.V. of principal author
  • For all other authors, full name, affiliation and e-mail
  • Identification of the relevant theme (1-3 above)
  • Short introductive summary (approximately 1,000 words)
  • Arguments regarding the paper’s relevance
  • Methodology to be utilized
  • Summary of the main findings and conclusions

Call for applications: The 40 Chances Fellows Program for Social Entrepreneurs

indexThe 40 Chances Fellows program will fund four 40 Chances Fellows with the most innovative social enterprise plans that use strategies built on the principles of 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World.  These social enterprises must seek to address issues of hunger, conflict, or poverty and may be established in any one of the following four countries where the Africa Governance Initiative has a strong presence: Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Malawi.

Each strategy must involve local leadership and management into the operations of the social enterprise by integrating local place-based ownership and relying on locally driven design, development, and deployment in its programs or services.  In addition, these enterprises should fill gaps in existing value chains, or otherwise combine a variety of complementary and existing efforts into a comprehensive and integrated approach to solve the intended challenge.

The application timeline for the fellowship runs from October 17, 2013, to May 31, 2014.  Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 39 on the date the application closes (May 31, 2014).  Winners will be selected by a blue ribbon panel of judges and formally announced at the 2014 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa.  Each of four fellows will receive $80,000 in start-up funds and $70,000 for living and transportation expenses (a total of $150,000) for one year.

During their first year of activity, fellows will be required to submit quarterly update reports to the World Food Prize.


Applicants should take into account the 40 Chances Principles when constructing their applications. Be prepared to have your full profile and contact information available.  Also, you will be asked for supporting material such as a short statements about the organization’s intended impact, the use of funds (such as a line-item budget), and a strategic plan for your social enterprise. The final section of the application will ask a series of questions related to the type of impact you hope to achieve with your activities.

 Deadline: May 31 2014

For more information,click  here

Call for Applications: High Level Youth Policy Dialogue on SDGs.

sdgsThe Organisation of African Youth and partners are convening a High Level Youth Policy Dialogue on SDGs to be held from 19th-21st August 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya as an African youth event, open to international youth, with an aim of gathering and strengthening political commitment for governments to support prioritizing investment in youth development in the post-2015 era. The meeting will cultivate on the recommendations made by young people and create political goodwill for African countries to champion the youth agenda at the intergovernmental negotiations (September 2014-September 2015).

Participants should fulfil the following criteria:

  • Being actively involved and nominated  by a youth organisation (local, national, regional, international) as volunteers, trainers and/or youth workers. Each organization can nominate upto to 2 applicants- a male and a female;
  • Aged between 18-35 years old;
  • Being involved in an organisation, project or initiative that aims at the participation of young people in Post 2015 agenda process/decision and policy making.
  • Be committed to attend the full duration of the meeting
  • Be a key multiplier playing an active role within her/his youth organization, at national or regional level, and plan to continue this work in the near future..
All applicants fulfilling the criteria and interested to participate should send the enclosed application form to by the 30th June 2014. Please complete the Application Form in English. 
LogisticsThe organizers will do their best to fully cover the travel costs of all the selected African participants and accommodation and meals will be assured by the organizers for the entire duration of the meeting. International participants are responsible of their own travel, accommodation and meals costs for the duration of the meeting. Organizations which are able to cover the participation costs, fully or partially, of their nominees are requested to state so in the application form and they will be given higher consideration in the selection.
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Call for Applications: CNN African Journalist of the Year Competition 2014

cnnThe ‘CNN African Journalist of the Year Competition’ was established in August 1995 to encourage, promote and recognise excellence in African journalism. Also known as the most prestigious Awards for journalists on the continent.In the early nineties Edward Boateng, then Regional Director of Turner Broadcasting (CNN’s parent company), was travelling around the African continent on business. During his travels he became concerned about the lack of respect journalists received and he decided to try and help them gain recognition for their hard work and commitment.

To enter, you will first need to create an online account by clicking “create new account” on this page and then follow the instructions on the form.

You can view more information on how to enter the competition, explanations of the award categories and see more information on the competition here:

The deadline date for entries is 30th May 2014.

If you have already entered this year’s competition using this online entry form, you can review your submission by logging into your account.

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Call for Applications:World Bank Young Professional Program 2014

world bankAre a young professional interested in  global develpment? then apply for the World Bank Young Professionals Program 2014.

It is a unique opportunity for young people who have both a passion for international development and the potential to become future global leaders. The Program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to the World Bank’s operations such as, economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, and natural resource management. In order to be competitive for this highly selective program, candidates need to demonstrate a commitment to development, proven academic success, professional achievement, and leadership capability. World Bank values diversity in her workplace, and encourages qualified men and women with diverse professional, academic and cultural backgrounds to apply. Since its inception, the Young Professional Program has hired over 1,700 people who hold or have held positions ranging from entry-level to vice presidents and managing directors. It is a unique opportunity to experience development and gain exposure to the World Bank’s operations and policies.


  • Be 32 years of age or younger (i.e. born on or after October 1, 1982)
  • PhD or Master’s degree and relevant work experience
  • Be fluent in English
  • Please note that full proficiency in one or more of the Bank’s working languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish is desired but not required.
  • Specialize in a field relevant to the World Bank’s operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, and natural resource management
  • Have at least 3 years of relevant professional experience related to development or continued academic study at the doctoral level.

DEADLINE: 30th June,2014

To apply and for more information visit here


Call for Applications:British Council Enterprise Challenge

BCThe British Council, in partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways, have announced a competition called ‘Enterprise Challenge’ in a bid to promote the development of entrepreneurial skills in Nigerian youth  

 “Enterprise Challenge” is an online competition which seeks to give young, brilliant entrepreneurial minds the opportunity to further develop their skills in this area and bring their innovative ideas to the fore for possible future development. It will be a battle of the best minds

The competition is designed to test a range of consumerist skills and will take place in three task cycles over a 5 week period. Participants will compete for the opportunity to win flight tickets to the UK on Virgin Atlantic Airways and an opportunity to meet and be mentored by one the UK’s foremost entrepreneurs and Chairman of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson.

The competition is open to Nigerians currently domiciled in Nigeria and those studying in the UK who fall within the 18 to 35 year age bracket.

Further information about the competition rules and regulations and criteria for qualification will be available on the British Council, Nigeria’s corporate website from the 12th of May 2014; direct enquiries can be sent to

Interested persons should download application forms from:

Call for Applications: 2014 Sustainable Solutions Showcase


tpc logoThe economic future of Africa is driven by access to finance by its ever growing population of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). As part of the 2014 edition of the Africa CEO Round-table & Conference on Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility (AR-CSR™); ThistlePraxis Consulting is pleased to announce the third edition of theSustainable Solutions Showcase, an initiative that seeks to promote, expose and connect innovations and inventions of social entrepreneurs with potential investors, partners, clients, customers and collaborators. Due to the fact thatgrowing investments and ideas will continue to depend on financial support to actualise and promote innovative dreams, SSS 3.0 will showcase best ideas, goods, services and inventions of various types that are original and creative, ecologically friendly, capable of meeting specific social and economic needs and having potential for enterprise and return on investment.


The entries will be screened by a Project team of experts from Thistle Praxis Consulting, AR-CSR™ conveners and Sponsor organisations. Products, services or initiatives must be unique, practical and must useful in solving an existing problem, or meeting the needs of the public. The best three entries will be selected to participate at the 4thedition of the AR-CSR™ and will present their initiatives at the CEO Round-table to leading business leaders, captains of industries, CEOs and C-suite professionals in the private and public sector. Also present at this session will be the 2014 Keynote Speaker and Lead Discussant, Dr. Donald Kaberuka – President, African Development Bank Group (AfDB) – and Brian Kuwik, Vice President and Africa Regional Head, Accion International amongst leading business leaders and corporate executives from reputable organisations and financial institutions.

If your innovation or business fits these descriptions and can readily be presented to business leaders for possible investment opportunities and collaborations, then this opportunity is for you.Interested individuals are encouraged to enter for the challenge by registering at the event website: http:/// or sending an email to: Deadline for submission of entries is Midnight, Central African TimeMay 15, 2014 to The entries will be screened by a project team of experts from ThistlePraxis Consulting and only successful candidates will be notified by May 29, 2014.

Entries should contain the following: Product description details showinga detailed description of your product and an explanation on how it meets the criteria stated above, a brief profile of the organisation, social enterprise or individual, including structure and size. A short video of not more than 5 minutes in length showing a demonstration of the product may be an added advantage and is strongly encouraged. The conveners of the AR-CSR™ assure all interested individuals that details of applicants’ intellectual property will be treated with utmost confidentiality and respect. However, conveners are not liable for consequences which may arise after the presentations, exhibition and subsequent interaction with potential funders and/or partners.

The 2014 edition of the AR-CSR™ scheduled to take place at the Tinapa Business Resort, Calabar, Cross River State from June 19-20, 2014 is presented with support from Shell Nigeria, Diamond Bank, Heritage Bank, Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency Office and hosted by the Cross River State Government. Ventures Africa and Leadership Newspapers are Media Sponsors. Registrations have commenced in earnest for the event whilst the impressive live up of speakers and further details can be obtained from

Hence, the 2014 edition will seek to interrogate the intersection where financial inclusion fosters economic sustainability and enhances societal benefit. The financial industry plays a critical role for society at large: serving individuals, families, businesses, governments, civic institutions and other stakeholders. The sector performs indispensable functions such as enabling financial inclusion, facilitating saving and investment, providing protection from risks and supporting the creation of new jobs and enterprises. It is critical that the sector operates to provide these functions for society in a stable, sustainable way, and increases awareness of its activities in this area.

In its annual tradition, the AR-CSR™ will again feature a series of events such as: CEO round-table sessions followed by a one-and-a-half-day conference, Sustainable Solutions Showcase (an exhibition of eco-friendly products and service solutions), Eco-Tourism, Sustainable Investment Forum (hosted by the Cross River State Government), Networking cocktails & Gala Dinner amongst other inspiring and intellectually stimulating activities. Leaders from a variety of sectors from far and wide within and outside the continent will gather to share their expertise and experiences on an array of Business and Development sub-topics and try to identify what is missing: the pooling of the most available heap of investable funds possible from all nooks and crannies of the economy and how to channel the pooled funds to attractive production activities, particularly those of small-to-medium size enterprises which are established as the main engines of economic growth and job creation across countries, thus enhancing and increasing societal growth.

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