Monthly Archives: June 2014

Call for Proposals: 2014 The Young Feminist Fund for gender activists

yfffThe Young Feminist Fund excited to be launching our third call for proposals and intend to support up to 18 new young feminist groups led by young women and transgender youth under 30 years of age.Being the only youth-led fund focused exclusively on supporting global young feminist activism to advance social justice movements and agendas. FRIDA was created to bring new resources and new opportunities to young women and transgender youth globally. We believe that supporting young feminists is key to the expansion, rejuvenation and sustainability of women’s movements and organizations, both now and in the future. To date, FRIDA has completed two grant cycles in 2012 and 2013, and cumulatively supported 32 different groups of young feminists in 28 different countries around the world and awarding a total of 196,000 USD in direct grants.
Who can apply?
– Groups founded or led by young women or trans* youth (under 30 years) that are committed to:
  • Advancing and defending women’s rights from a feminist perspective;
  • Improving the lives of young women/transgender youth at local, national, regional or international levels;
  • Inclusive organizing, collective action and feminist movement building

– Groups, networks, or collectives based in the Global South (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, The Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central, Southern, Eastern Europe and Caucuses and Central Asia).

– Groups founded in the past 5 years (i.e. your group was formed between 2010 – 2014)

Priority will be given to:

  • Small, emerging grassroots groups, networks, or collectives with little or no access to funding from larger donors.
  • Groups, networks, or collectives that are working on emerging or issues that have not received prior funding.
  • Groups, networks, or collectives located in remote underserved areas.
  • Groups, networks, or collectives that are diverse in their membership and made up of and/or working with socially marginalized young women especially: refugees, ethnic, national and caste minorities, rural women, urban poor, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, women living with HIV/AIDS, sex workers, women with disabilities, women living in armed conflicts and post conflict zones.
  • Groups using creative and innovative strategies to further their activism (including art, music, culture, poetry, social media etc).

Funding Amounts & Length of Grant 

FRIDA makes grants of up to $4,000 USD. They are flexible grants that can be used for general support and/or projects to be used over a period of 12 months and are open to renewal.


To download the FRIDA Application Form PDF or FRIDA Application Form Word.

  • To submit your application online.
You may also submit via
For more information,visit: Young Feminist Fund

Call for Applications:David and Lucile Packard Foundation Youth Champions Initiative

yciThe David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Public Health Institute (PHI) have partnered to launch the Youth Champions Initiative – a new initiative to advance innovation and quality in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights globally.

 The Youth Champions Initiative (YCI) will leverage the experience and lessons learned from PHI’s Let Girls Lead and Champions for Change initiatives, building an entirely new and innovative initiative in honor of the Packard Foundation’s 50th anniversary. The YCI will build upon the Foundation’s longstanding commitment to reproductive health and the engagement of youth leaders by investing in visionary young champions who will lead the sexual and reproductive health and rights movement for the next generation.

 The Youth Champions Initiative will select 18 visionary young leaders (ages 18-29) from India, Ethiopia, Pakistan, and the US to attend YCI’s innovative Incubator workshop, which will be held from December 4-12, 2014 in Los Altos, California, USA. The Incubator will integrate capacity building in sexual and reproductive health and rights, leadership, innovation, advocacy and project development. YCI will competitively award grants (in the range of $8,000 – $12,000) to participating Youth Champions and their organizations to launch innovative sexual and reproductive health and rights projects they develop during the Incubator.  

 The deadline to submit applications is July 25, 2014. 

. Click here to download the YCI factsheetselection criteria, and application to share with prospective candidates. If you would like us to follow up with qualified candidates, please send their name, organization, phone number, and email to YCI CoordinatoClaudia Romeu (, with copy to

For more information; visit Youth Champion Initiative

Call for entries:2014 Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards

unilever2014_banner_competitionUnilever is once again inviting young people to come up with practical and innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges and enter them in the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards.


Open to anyone aged 30 or under, Unilever is looking for scalable and sustainable products, services or applications that reduce environmental impacts, improve health and well-being or enhance livelihoods through changes in practices or behaviours.

The Awards, run in partnership with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and in collaboration with Ashoka, offer seven young people a total of more than €200,000 in financial support and individually tailored mentoring. The overall winner also receives the prestigious HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.

All seven finalists take part in an online development programme and then participate in a two-day accelerator workshop at Cambridge University, UK, where expert help and professional guidance is provided to help them develop their ideas.



The competition is open to individuals 30 years old or younger, from any part of the world.

Innovations must have grown beyond the conceptual stage—with the product, process or enterprise already gaining traction among local communities or other markets. Entries must change behaviour to enable sustainable living.

Entries cannot be accepted from current Unilever employees, nor can entries promote Unilever or its products.

Applications must be submitted in English. (The online programme, accelerator event and the pitch will all be delivered in English—proficiency in written and oral English is required.)

Solutions must relate to one or more of the categories listed below:

Improving Health & Well-Being

  • water, sanitation and hygiene
  • nutrition

Reducing Environmental Impact

  • water scarcity
  • greenhouse gases
  • waste
  • sustainable agriculture

Enhancing Livelihoods

  • smallholder farmers
  • opportunities for women
  • micro enterprise
  • Six finalists will receive cash prizes of €10,000, along with support and mentorship (worth €10,000).
  • One winner will receive €50,000 cash prize and will be awarded the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize at a prestigious dinner event in London in January 2015 and €25,000 worth of support and mentoring.

All will benefit from exposure to a range of leading sustainability experts, entrepreneurs and investors during the process, along with recognition via Unilever’s global channels and the global networks of the University of Cambridge and Ashoka.

How to enter:

Applications must be submitted online through the Ashoka Changemakers website between 23 June and 1 August 2014.

Seven finalists will be announced during the week of 27th October 2014. All finalists will be required to join online sessions beginning in November 2014 to develop their ideas and build their networks. Attendance is also required at the Accelerator Workshop in Cambridge, UK, and the awards dinner that same month, during which the HRH The Prince of Wales Prize will be awarded.

Support is provided to all award winners, and will be designed and structured around individual requirements through the online programme and up until Autumn 2015.

Timetable of key dates

Applications open 23 June 2014
Deadline for all applications 1 August
Shortlist interviews 28 October
Finalists announced 30 October
Finalists commence online tutorials 24 November
Finalists attend Accelerator Workshop in Cambridge, UK TBC in January 2015
Pitch to judges TBC in January 2015
Prize ceremony in London TBC in January 2015

For more information,visit: Sustainable Living


Call for Applications: Gender and Health Systems Strengthening online course

cpCapacityPlus, USAID’s flagship project on the global health workforce led
by IntraHealth International, is pleased to announce the release of the
Gender and Health Systems Strengthening course hosted on the USAID Global
Health eLearning Center.

Learners who take this course will learn about the gender issues that exist
within the major health systems components, key interventions that promote
gender equality and women’s empowerment, and how to address these gender
issues in health systems strengthening activities in order to improve
health systems’ outcomes.

Women and men have different opportunities and constraints, needs, power,
and access to the resources affecting their health. Promoting gender
equality in the six components of the health system, as described by the
World Health Organization and seen below, means assuring fairness and
justice in the distribution of benefits, power and resources between women
and men, girls and boys.

You can take the course for free by registering at Prior to taking this course, you should
complete the Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health 101 course, which
will provide you with basic understanding of key gender concepts. The
Global Health eLearning Center will also provide you with free access to
more than 65 courses on a variety of global health topics.

For more information,visit:

Call for Applications: She Leads Africa competition for female entrepreneurs


She Leads Africa’s Entrepreneur Showcase is a platform that introduces the continent’s most promising female entrepreneurs to investors, accelerators, and mentors looking to invest in the next generation of African talent.We are looking for early stage startups that want to meet investors, gain access to new mentors, and grow across Africa.

Our top 10 applicants will be invited to  pitch their business ideas in front of a panel of  notable business personalities for the chance to win a cash prize of $10, 000 as well as other non-financial prizes (see details below)


Application Criteria:


  • Have a woman on the founding team who will present at the pitch day
  • Female founder between 18-35 years old
  • Be based in an ECOWAS country and focused on the African marketCompany:
  • Received less than $50K USD in funding
  • Been in operation for less than 3 years
  • Have a live product in the market


We recognise that building a successful business is about having much more than financial support. We have designed our prizes with this in mind – ensuring that our winner will receive the financial and non-financial support required to create a thriving business

  • Cash prize of 10,000 USD for first place, 5,000 USD for second place
  • Access to prominent venture capitalists, angel investors and other leading professionals to act as mentors and sponsors
  • Consultation on brand development with Etisalat in-house marketing team
  • Free business line for one year (including voice and data)
  • SME accounting software from SmartStart Ghana
  • 2 meetings with legal advisor from top law firm to discuss incorporation, corporate structures and copyrights
  • Meeting with 2 executive directors of a leading merchant bank to discuss business plans and fund raising
  • Interviews with major media outlets

The Process

July 30 – Application Deadline
August 15 – 10 finalists will be announced based on the strengths of their applications
August 18 – 10 finalists will be matched with young professional mentors who will help them refine their business plans and develop their pitch decks
September 18 – Deadline to send in all presentations for pitch competition
September 19 – Pre-event mixer with judges
September 27 – Pitch Day

For more information:visit

#VacancyAlert:Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) seeks Community Manager


Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) is a social enterprise that connects underserved Nigerian youth with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) opportunities. PIN seeks to hire a Community Manager for one of its Social Media Consulting projects, TobaccoCtrl, which is in the second year.Tobacco Control Nigeria is a public health and policy change campaign project using social media to advance tobacco control and support the passage of a comprehensive Tobacco Control (TC) law compliant with the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The TobaccoCtrl Community Manager will work from Paradigm Initiative Nigeria’s ICT Policy office in Abuja

Start date is immediate but we will keep searching until we find the right team member, hopefully by July 1, 2014.

The TobaccoCtrl Community Manager will oversee partnerships with other campaign stakeholders, coordinate information flows between stakeholders and ensure that PIN’s human capital is adequately focused on the project. The community Manager will also be involved in generating content for the project’s assets, come up with ideas on how to move the project forward, write reports and work with other team members working on the campaign.

Project Planning and Implementation

  • Define the scope of the project in collaboration with team members
  • Create a detailed work plan which identifies and sequences the activities needed to successfully complete the project
  • Review the project schedule with senior management and all other staff that will be affected by the project activities; revise the schedule as required
  • Execute the project according to the project plan
  • Develop forms and records to document project activities
  • Set up files to ensure that all project information is appropriately documented and secured
  • Monitor the progress of the project and make adjustments as necessary to ensure the successful completion of the project
  • Establish a communication schedule to update stakeholders including appropriate staff in the organization on the progress of the project
  • Review the quality of the work completed with the project team on a regular basis to ensure that it meets the project standards
  • Write reports on the project for management and other relevant stakeholders
  • Monitor and gain approval for all budgeted project expenditures
  • Write articles based on happenings around project
  • Share information on project’s social media assets

Project Evaluation

  • Ensure that the project deliverables are on time, within budget and at the required level of quality
  • Evaluate the outcomes of the project as established during the planning phase

The Community Manager must have a degree from a tertiary institution, and must have a working knowledge of Project Management. The following qualities are required for effectiveness in the role:

  • Effective Communication: Community Manager must speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Creativity/Innovation: Community Manager must develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the projects and to create new opportunities.
  • Teamwork: Community Manager must work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, and make decisions that enhance project effectiveness.
  • Leadership: Community Manager must positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the projects and organization.
  • Decision Making: Program Manager must assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the projects and organization.
  • Organization: Community Manager must set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details/data/information/activities.
  • Planning: Community Manager must determine strategies to move the projects forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  • Problem Solving: Community Manager must assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, make recommendations and/or resolve project problems.
  • Experience: Community Manager must have 2 to 3 years project planning and management experience

HOW (to apply)
Please send a CV and a cover letter that speaks to your interest in the position via eMail to before Friday, June 27, 2014, with “Community Manager (TobaccoCtrl)” in the subject line. Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

For more information,visit:

Call for Applications: 2014 Canon Collins Equal Education Scholarship

Canon Collins Trust

Equal Education and the Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust are offering Canon Collins Equal Education Scholarship for January 2015 program. The scholarship is available for pursuing a master’s or equivalent postgraduate level at a South African university. Master’s scholarship is open for South African resident and Nationals of other African countries are eligible only if they have official refugee status inSouth Africa. The online application will be open until 28th July 2014.

Study Subject(s): The postgraduate scholarship is provided to learn any of the courses offered by the South African university.
Course Level: This scholarship is for pursuing Master’s or equivalent postgraduate level at a South African university.
Scholarship Provider: Equal Education and the Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust
Scholarship can be taken at: South Africa

-To qualify for the scholarship you must:
– Be ordinarily resident in South Africa and be a national of one of the following countries: AngolaBotswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (Nationals of other African countries are eligible only if they have official refugee status in South Africa);
– Have worked or volunteered for at least 3 years for Equal Education;
– Have at least one of your references from Equal Education;
– Be in possession of a good undergraduate degree;
– Be seeking funding to study at Master’s or equivalent postgraduate level at a South African university, commencing January 2015.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Resident in South Africa and national of one of the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (Nationals of other African countries are eligible only if they have official refugee status in South Africa) can apply for this postgraduate scholarship.

Scholarship Description: Canon Collins Trust is inviting application for Equal Education Scholarship for Postgraduate. The students of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe can apply for the scholarship. A scholarship valued at R75,000 per year for 2 years, subject to our normal terms and conditions.

Number of award(s): One scholarship is offered.

Duration of award(s): Scholarship is offered for 2 years.

What does it cover? A scholarship valued at R75,000 per year for 2 years, subject to our normal terms and conditions.

Selection Criteria: Applicants will be assessed against the criteria outlined below:
1. Academic Record and References
2. Leadership Competencies & Personal Qualities will be assessed.
3. Commitment to Equal Education and to its vision and mission
4. The application form. Take care when filling it in.

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted online through the Canon Collins portal.  It can be found on the Canon Collins Trust website, when the call for applications is open. You will find full instructions online when you start a new form. Please do not type in block capitals. You will receive a confirmation when you submit your form. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete and accurate before submitting your application online. All sections of the form need to be complete before the system will allow the application form to be submitted. Information can be saved and the application form edited until the applicant chooses to submit. All applicants are required to upload the following supporting documentation:
• Certified copy of degree certificates, if available
• Certified academic transcripts
• Two reference letters, one of which should be from Equal Education
• ID document (the following are acceptable: passport, birth certificate, driver’s license)
You may also need to submit:
• Two payslips, if currently in paid employment
• Proof of refugee status, if applicable

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application window closes on 28 July 2014.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application

Call for applications: The Age of Sustainable Development Online Course II

sdsn_logo_fcWe are pleased to announce the launch of, the online education initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. To kick off this initiative, we will be offering the second instance of Jeffrey Sachs’ course, The Age of Sustainable Development, free of charge in September 2014 through our new platform. The course is currently open for pre-registration on our website. All participants that complete the course will also get the free e-book version of Professor Sachs’ new book, titled The Age of Sustainable Development.

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the various dimensions of sustainable development and will serve as the foundational course for the broader compendium of courses that will be offered through over the next few years. Additional information about the course is provided in the attached informational document, and all SDSN member institutions will have access to course materials to use in their existing programs. Please pre-register as soon as possible for the course to ensure that you receive upcoming correspondence and to learn more about the additional courses offered by

SDSN is excited to launch this initiative and look forward to building an cadre of engaged and informed development practitioners in the lead up to 2015. Please email Megan Cassidy, SDSN Education Manager, at for more information on the course, notifications about the additional offerings of the, and/or to discuss how best to use the course materials in your own programs.

For more information,visit:

Call for Applications: Y-FARM Award for African Youth in Agriculture

AgricThe Youth Farm (Y-Farm) Project aims to promote youth-led farms and the benefits of farming for sustainable livelihoods. The project focuses on amplifying African youth voices to promote “Sustainable Agriculture” among the younger generation.GOAL

To promote a youth-led agribusiness society, reduce poverty and increase active youth participation in sustainable agriculture by 2020.

1. To establish, promote and strengthen at least 10,000 youth led farms across Africa by 2020
2. To recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions of youth in agriculture.


1. Production:
a. Crop
b. Livestock
c. Aquaculture

2. Processing and Packaging

3. Agribusiness/Agropreneurship:
a. Innovation
b. Marketing
c. Sales
d. Branding
e. Networking
f. Advocacy
g. Consulting
h. Training

5. Personality Award: This award recognizes individuals and organizations who are providing mentoring platforms, creating value chains and providing key resources for African youth in Agriculture.
The award covers:
a. Individuals (Adult above 35years)
b. Organizations
c. Media


1. Applicant shall be an African Youth resident in any part of Africa
2. Applicant shall be a male or female farmer between the ages of 18-35 years.
3. Applicant shall be willing to mentor other youth in their area(s) of specialization.
4. Applicant must have been involved in any of the award categories mentioned above for at least 2years.



1. Scale of Operation: Various scales of operation, small and large are considered. Size and number of various enterprises identified in category (1) above, e.g. Size of land/crops, number of livestock and poultry, surface area of fishpond(s), number of beehives and the yield realized from these are used to classify scale of operation where applicable.
2. Sustainable Agriculture: Applicant should be conversant with cultural practices such as fertilizer application, weed, pest and disease control as well as animal production techniques.
3. Identification of Farming Problems and Innovation: Applicant should be able to identify and solve environmental problems affecting his/her Agricultural project.
4. Record Keeping: Applicant should have adequate knowledge of farm record keeping that will assist him/her to evaluate the success or failure of the enterprise.
5. Adoption of New Technology: Applicant should prove that he/she is in tune with innovations with regard to improved practices, inputs and techniques which will increase his/her agricultural productivity.
6. Farmer’s Role in his or her Community: To be considered suitable for the award, the farmer must contribute towards the growth of the community in which he or she lives in. He/she should extend to, or share knowledge with other farmers in the community.
7. General Impression of applicant and agric enterprise: The general outlook of the applicant and his/her agric enterprise is very important. The applicant should be able to identify general or specific problems connected with the farm or agric enterprise and be aware of the institutions to consult for help.

All applications must be submitted online on or before Monday 30th June 2014 by the close of work (5pm GMT +1)

The award will be presented during the First African Youth Agric Festival celebrating the International Youth Day August 12th, 2014. Abuja, Nigeria.

The YFarm Project is an initiative of Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative and Alexijan Consults in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Agriculture, NYSC, Oxfam Nigeria, UNDP, UNWOMEN, VSO, NAFON, YouthWASH, Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Youth Empowerment, AYICC, CODE, RACHVID LTD, GPF, DMBI, AIDE, VEINNET, NYDA, KITTYS CONFECTIONERIES, CRUNCHY CHOPS LTD, ICAD, SAVE THE CHILDREN UK, TPMS Nigeria Ltd, CEDSI, YVEN, DEVNOVATE Ltd, GUARDIAN, Nigerian Pilot, RB Magazine, Galaxy TV, Ben TV, News Agency, BAE Global.

INQUIRIES: +234(0)8053647180, 08159756677, 07066746245, 08038399483 or email

Call for Applications: 2014 Campbell Fellowship for Women Scholar-Practitioners

One six or nine-month fellowship is available for a female postdoctoral social scientist from a developing nation whose work addresses women’s economic and social well-being in her nation. The goal of the program is threefold: to advance the scholarly careers of women social scientists from the developing world; to support research that identifies causes of gender inequity in the developing world; and to support research that promotes women’s economic and social well-being.

All data collection should be completed prior to the start of the fellowship. While at SAR, it is expected that the Campbell fellow will advance her academic career (e.g., work on her publications, participate in the SAR scholarly community, network with relevant scholars in the US, and give conference presentations) and promote women’s economic and social well-being in her country through application of her research. Some of the advocacy work may be accomplished during the fellow’s tenure at SAR or advocacy plans may be developed and refined while at SAR with the intent to put them into action upon returning home. In addition to a $4,500/month stipend and housing and office space on the SAR campus, the Campbell Fellow receives travel, shipping, and library resource funds; health insurance; and the support of a mentoring committee of established scholar-practitioners.

In addition to a $4,500/month stipend and housing and office space on the SAR campus, the Campbell Fellow receives travel, shipping, and library resource funds; health insurance; and the support of a mentoring committee of established scholar-practitioners.

The following criteria guide SAR’s selection of the Campbell Fellow:

  • Citizenship: Applicants must be nationals of developing countries that are currently eligible to borrow from the World Bank.
  • Academic Discipline: Applicants should be pursuing research in one of the social sciences: anthropology, economics, education, geography, history, law, linguistics, political science, psychology, social work, or sociology, or in an interdisciplinary field that incorporates two or more of these disciplines.
  • Research Topic: Projects must have applications for promoting well-being amongst women and their communities. Sample topics include education and socialization of girls; globalization and the economic status of women; policies and practices governing women and girls, reproduction and women’s health; impacts of international and civil conflict on women; women’s roles in resolving conflicts or sustaining civil society; media representations of women and the formation of ideologies of gender; the practice and process of gender-based development; and women in science and technology. SAR will select fellows on the strength of their research projects and a clearly developed plan to apply this research in betterment of their communities and countries of origin.
  • English Fluency: To facilitate full engagement in the SAR intellectual community, applicants must demonstrate their fluency in English, such as through their record of professional interaction in written and spoken English.

Applications to the Resident Scholar Program are due on November 1st of each year.

For more information,click here