Monthly Archives: August 2014

Call for Nominations: Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2014

Nominations are open for the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2014, which recognise the excellence of youth workers and their enduring positive impact on young people and local communities.

First launched by the Commonwealth Youth Programme in 2013, the awards scheme is aimed at recognising and celebrating outstanding youth workers from across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth and overseas territories. Awards will be presented during Youth Work Week in November 2014. “The Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of those at the cutting edge of youth work. The international recognition that flows from these awards allows the winners to act as champions for their profession and inspire many others who work with young people.”

Entries close on 30 August 2014, after which a total of 16 finalists will be shortlisted from four Commonwealth regions: Africa and Europe, Asia, Americas and Caribbean, and Pacific. A winner will be selected from each region, and invited to a presentation at the House of Commons, London, United Kingdom, during Youth Work Week in early November 2014.During the presentation, one of the regional winners will be declared Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year 2014..

The international theme for Youth Work Week 2014 is ‘Youth Empowerment though Soft Skills’. Soft skills are the competences which enable people to interact effectively and think creatively, such as: team-work, self-confidence and resilience.

Nominations process

Nominate a youth worker by completing the official form, available as a download on this webpage. Completed forms should be emailed to by 30 August 2014.

Nominations will be assessed according to:

  • Impact on young people’s lives – evidence of how the youth worker has made an impact on the lives of young people
  • Impact of youth work skills – evidence to show that it was their use of youth work skills that made the difference in the work with young people
  • Impact on the wider community – the impact the youth worker’s intervention had on the community and families
  • Challenges in delivery – how the applicant overcame challenges in delivering their work with young people.

For more information,visit The Commonwealth

Apply! WIMBIZ Impact Investment Competition for female entrepreneurs

wimbiz new logoImpact Investment Competition
The 13th WIMBIZ Annual Conference themed Nigeria Rising… Accelerating Transformation will feature a nationwide pre-conference competition for young Nigerian women.

The competition is designed to support outstanding start up businesses owned by young Nigerian female entrepreneurs to ensure their success and sustainability.

The competition which is open to young women between the ages of 21-30, will identify three winning business plans that meet the following criteria:

The business must:
1.     Have clearly defined goals and objectives
2.     Be sustainable and profitable
3.     Impact society
4.      Be in the start-up phase and should not be more than 12 months old (new businesses are welcome to apply)

Application Deadline: All applications must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, September 5, 2014.

The Award

1.  1,000,000NGN will be awarded to the top 3 businesses.

2.      The top 10 applicants will be granted scholarships to attend the Annual Conference
3.      Awards will be presented to the winners during the closing ceremony of the Annual Conference
4.      The winners will be assigned mentors on the platform of the WIMBIZ mentoring program



1.      You must be a citizen of Nigeria
2.      You must be a woman between the ages of 21-30
3.      Your business must be situated in Nigeria and should have a sustainability component for Nigeria
4.      The value of your request should not exceed 300,000NGN
5.      The business must be in the start-up phase and should not be more than 12 months old
6.      The owner must demonstrate commitment and interest in the business

Application Process

1.      Fill in the online application
2.      Create a 1-3 minute(s) video marketing your unique product and/or service, upload to YouTube and paste the link to your application
3.      Create your business plan with the accompanying financial statements and send toconference@wimbiz.orgwith your name and title of the award as the subject e.g Ope Ikechukwu Abubakar Impact Investment Competition (The entire document, including financial projections should not exceed 7 pages)
4. All applications must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, September 5, 2014.

Application deadline is Friday, September 5, 2014.

Call for Youth Delegates:High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

human rightsAfrican Union (AU) organs and institutions that form the African Governance Architecture (AGA) and its Platform (AGP) are convening the Third High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance focusing specifically on how democratic – developmental governance can be leveraged to silence Africa’s blazing guns. At the heart of Africa’s violent conflicts, lies the problem of governance deficits which has hindered development and triggered violent conflicts on the Continent.The thematic focus on “Silencing the guns in Africa” for the 2014 High Level Dialogue is in direct response to the 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration adopted by the 21st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government on 26 May 2013.

The DG Trends is offering young people the opportunity to be a part of the Youth Consultative ahead of the High Level Meeting on democracy and governance trends meet. It will be held in Nairobi September 15-16.

How to Apply
  1. Create a 3 minute video and upload it online on how you think youth can contribute to silencing guns and fostering a culture of peace and democracy in Africa.
  2. Tweet us using the #dgtrends
  3. Fill the form

Tips on how to create and submit a video with your application

  •  The ideal response will:
  •  State your full name (first name and family name)
  •  Stay within the time limit
  • Answer the question directly
  •  Include information about your professional and personal activities.

Your application will be screened by a dedicated team. Only the shortlisted will be notified.

Call for Applications: 2014 International Citizen Service (ICS) Youth Exchange Programme

ICS logoInternational Citizen Service (ICS) is a once-in-a-lifetime volunteering opportunity open to all 18 to 25-year-olds, backed by the UK government.

It gives you the chance to work side-by-side with local volunteers in developing countries, to make a meaningful contribution to fighting poverty, and to gain valuable skills that will stay with you long after the 12-week placement is complete.

ICS is demanding but hugely rewarding – both in its own right and as a stepping stone to future job opportunities and to help you play a part in making your world a better place

Are you…
Positive and realistic?
Flexible and adaptable?
Good at working with others?
Up for the challenge of a lifetime?

DEADLINE: 10th September, 2014

For more information visit here

InternshipAlert:Tax Justice Desk Officer at CISLAC Nigeria

cislacThe Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC is a non-governmental, non-profit legislative advocacy, lobbying, information sharing and research organization. (CISLAC) works towards bridging the gap between the legislature and the electorate; by enhancing lobbying strategies; engagement of bills before their passage into law; manpower development for lawmakers, legislative aides, politicians and the civil society, as well as civic education on the tenets of democracy and human rights. It was integrated as a corporate body (CAC/IT/NO22738) with Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) on 28th December 2006.
CISLAC’s organizational purpose is twofold. It works to train and enlighten civil society on its role in policymaking, the responsibilities of the legislature, and on existing decrees and issues affecting Nigerians. Alternatively, CISLAC aims to ensure that the legislature at local, state, and federal levels is aware of its relationship within the legislature and with other government bodies, its role in policymaking and oversight, and its responsibility in acting as a voice for the people.
CISLAC is presently undertaking a project on Capacity for Research and Advocacy for Fair Taxation, CRAFT which is aimed at promoting a fair, just, transparent, equitable and accountable tax system. Under this project, CISLAC had conducted and published a Baseline study of taxation in Nigeria and facilitated the formation and launch of a Tax Justice and Governance Platform, TJ & GP which is a loose network of CSOs, Professional Bodies, Individuals and Media Persons working towards engaging policy makers on tax issues in Nigeria through research, capacity building, advocacy and campaigns for a pro-poor approach to tax administration that guarantees development. CISLAC is host to the Platform and presently houses her Secretariat.
In order to strengthen the campaign and deliver effectively on its tax Justice Engagements, CISLAC requires the services of a Task Justice Desk Officer to provide support for the program team and coordinate the activities of the Secretariat of the Platform.
The Desk Officer will be expected to:
  1. Coordinate the activities of the CISLAC on research, advocacy, capacity building and networking.
  2. Maintain constant communication with the TJ &GP members to ensure effective coordination between their individual organisations activities and those of TJ & GP.
  3. Establish and maintain strategic relationships with policy makers, opinion makers, relevant institutions, Civil Society Organisations and other relevant partners for promoting the tax justice agenda in Nigeria.
  4. Circulate information between among Platform members and within CISLAC of Tax Justice Issues.
  5. Provide Support to the CRAFT Project Implementation team for effective implementation of Tax Justice Interventions.
  6. Contribute to fundraising for activities and Proposals and Project designs Development of Proposals.
  7. Perform any other assigned duties in pursuit of CISLAC’s Vision, Mission and Mandate.
  1. A graduate level in any branch of economics, political science or related discipline.
  2. A considerable experience in development-related research in government, Non-Governmental Organisations or in a research institute environment.
  3. Familiarity with operations of networks and coalitions.
  4. Sound and informed knowledge of development economics and, domestic tax, the broader international development agenda and National Tax and Fiscal matters in Nigeria.
  5. A proven experience in writing policy briefs, commissioning policy reports and advocacy  will be desirable.
  6. Strong communication and computer skills.
  7. At least two years experience in a similar position.
  8. Great interpersonal skills. 
All Applications and Resume Should be emailed to on or before August 31, 2014 with INTERNSHIP – Tax Justice Desk Officer as the Subject of the mail.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
For more information,visit: CISLAC NIGERIA


Apply! The Mo Ibrahim Foundation ‘Snapping Cities’ photo competition

snapping-cities-newsThe Mo Ibrahim Foundation is to hold its flagship, high-level Annual Governance Weekend from the 21-23 November 2014 in Accra, Ghana. The focus of the weekend will be the Ibrahim Forum. The theme of the discussions will be “African Cities”.

Projections estimate that Africa will enter its ‘urban age’ by 2035 when 50% of its population will live in urban areas. The 2014 Ibrahim Forum will explore innovation and solutions crucial to unlocking the potential of urban centres to act as engines of sustainable and equitable growth and development.

In the build up to our Forum, MIF is inviting anyone interested in this issue to participate in the “Snapping Cities” photography competition. The “Snapping Cities” provides an opportunity for photographers and members of the public of all abilities and ages, to capture through their own lenses, urban life in Africa. We are seeking images that capture inspiring ways of tackling urban challenges in African cities. These may be of modern innovation or basic adaptation of day-to-day life.  The theme is open to personal interpretation but we’re looking for beautiful, inspiring and original photographs.

A selection of the best photographs will be displayed at the 2014 Ibrahim Forum on African Cities in Accra, Ghana, in November where they will be seen by prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries: first prize of US$500, second prize of US$200 and third prize of US$100.

The deadline for all submission is 5pm on 10 October 2014.

For more information click here

ScholarshipAlert:Master’s in International Human Rights Law


oxfordFunding has been secured from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, the Alistair Berkley Charitable Trust (African awards only) and Kellogg College, Oxford, for ten scholarships for candidates from developing African and South Asian Commonwealth countries*.

The Scholarships will provide course and college fees over two years, as as well as air travel to and from the scholar’s home country for each residential session and a stipend for reading materials.

‘The Commonwealth Scholars from Africa we have had thus far are superb, and delightful’, said Dr Andrew Shacknove, Director of the International Human Rights Law programme. ‘They are intellectually gifted and highly committed as human rights advocates. Thanks to the generosity of Kellogg College and the Alistair Berkley Charitable Trust, in September the Commonwealth scheme will be doubled to ten scholarships and will now include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This makes it possible to offer full support to a third of our students, coming from developing countries with significant human rights challenges and potential.’

This is the third year that the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission has funded International Human Rights Law scholarships at Oxford with an annual grant of £160k. To date the Commission has given £320k. The Alistair Berkley Charitable Trust has made a grant of £48,505 for students specifically from developing African countries.

All ten scholars will attend Kellogg College while undertaking the Master’s at Oxford.

For more information about the scholarships please click here


Call for Applications:2014 TechCamp West Africa


TechCamp is a U.S. Department of State-led program that connects civil society organizations across the globe with new and emerging technology resources to solve problems in their communities.

The GhanaThink Foundation in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Ghana is organizing TechCamp West Africa in Accra, Ghana from November 14 – 16, 2014 to address the primary concern of youth in the region — “Unemployment and Job Creation.”

TechCamp West Africa will host 100-150 of the best and brightest private and social entrepreneurs to focus on the theme of entrepreneurship as a contributor to job creation from Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Liberia, and Togo. This will be a highly interactive learning experience that combines technology-led hands-on training sessions, break-out segments entrepreneur panels in an unconventional conference-like setting.


Applicants must be from the following countries: Benin,Burkina Faso,Cote d’Ivoire,Ghana,Liberia,Nigeria and Togo committed to building a better future for their countries.

– Are you between 25 and 35 years?
– Do you exhibit strong passion and commitment for change in your field of work?
– Do you have integrity? Are you an overcomer?
– Do you have leadership potential?
– Do you want to meet and collaborate with other youth leaders like yourself?
– Do you have success stories or innovative initiatives to share, and wish to contribute to the bigger youth moment for Africa?

To apply;click here


For more information,contact

Call for Applications: The Queen’s Young Leaders International Advisory Panel Members

The Royal Commonwealth Society and its partners the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and Comic Relief are looking for up to 12 young adults aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth to join our Advisory Panel!

This is a one-year voluntary placement (October 2014 to September 2015) that is home-based but will include one international meeting in mid November, probably held in London, as well as virtual meetings. As a panel member you will contribute meaningfully to the decision-making processes of the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Programme by advising on how best to achieve the goals and outcomes on the programme. You will ensure that the development and delivery of the Queen’s Young Leaders’ Programme is of the highest possible quality by representing the views and interests of young people. One of the main roles is to short-list by reading, assessing and commenting on applications for the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards and Grants. Panel members will receive training and support in their role as well as gaining vital experience at board level.

For this role as a panel member you will be articulate and willing to get involved and have sufficient time to give for the role. We are ideally looking for people who have already had some previous committee or board experience, and we require panel members to have excellent relationship building skills and previous experience working or being involved in at least one of the Programme’s priority areas: youth-led social action, youth voice and participation, youth employment and enterprise. The working language will be English. You must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country. We are looking to recruit volunteer members from all regions of the Commonwealth.

Please follow the link for a pdf Job Description and more information. If you are interested in applying for this position please send a CV (2 sides of A4 paper maximum) and either a covering letter (400 words) or a URL link to a short 90 second video to quoting ref: CR1471 QYLY Panel Member in the subject line. Your application needs to outline your relevant experience and suitability for this role as well as clearly stating your nationality and date of birth and providing 2 referees.

The deadline for applications  is 5:00pm (GMT) on Monday 18th August 2014.
For more information;visit:

Call for Applications: Innovation Prize for African Innovators

ipa_banner_english1The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) is calling on all African innovators to submit their entries for the fourth edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) competition. The IPA is presented annually, enabling and encouraging African pioneers to develop creative ideas and techniques to overcome some of the challenges faced by the continent and support sustainable development.

“At the African Innovation Foundation we are passionate about Africa and its potential, that we firmly believe will be led by empowering a new generation of African innovators and entrepreneurs.  But we also recognise that this new generation needs the resources and the opportunities to realise their ambition,” said AIF and IPA founder Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais.  “ IPA provides a platform to encourage and harness these entrepreneurial skills in order to help improve the lives of Africans and to help realise untapped potential. The prize is also a great way of unleashing creativity and promoting growth within the African continent.”

All innovations are evaluated based on the following criteria: originality, marketability, scalability, social impact and Scientific/technical aspects. The best submission will be awarded a grand prize of USD 100 000.  The second prize of USD 25 000 will be awarded to an innovator with an innovation which has the best commercial and business potential. An additional award is a special prize granted to the innovator whose innovation has the best social impact in the community.

The IPA encourages entries in five key categories: Agriculture and Agribusiness, Environment, Energy and Water, Health and Wellbeing, ICT applications, and Manufacturing and Services Industries.

The deadline for submitting applications for IPA 2015 is 31 October 2014 at 24h00 GMT.

For more information on competition categories, conditions of entry, and submission details, please visit:Innovation Prize for Africa