Monthly Archives: September 2014

Call for Registrations: Friends Africa’s Women and Girls Summit 2014

1007 Join some of the world’s most influential speakers and gender advocates at the Women and Girls Summit 2014. A pan-African event scheduled to hold in commemoration of the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child, where you will connect with other gender advocates, hear inspirational stories and have a unique opportunity to lend your voice to  a global issue.

This years theme is focused on ” Reinforcing the Agenda for Girl Child Education” and the agenda will feature plenary discussions, one-on-one interviews, interactive breakout sessions, panel discussions and high level networking

The 2-day extraordinary gathering of select women leaders is convened by the  “Office of the First Lady” in collaboration with NCWD and Friends Africa. This unusual gathering will convene over 1000 women and girls and create a platform for high level dialogue and strategic interventions on current issues affecting women and girls in Africa.

Date: October 13th & 14th 2014

Venue: Abuja, Nigeria

Click here to register

For further inquiries on registration, partnerships and sponsorships; please send an email to womenandgirls@friends-africa.org

 

 

Call for Applications: BEYOND2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference

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The Beyond 2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference will bring approx. 200 civil society representatives to Copenhagen with the objective of taking stock of the post-2015 agenda and the global goals for sustainable development. The conference is an important opportunity for jointly discussing the outcome of the 69th session of the UNGA, influencing the final UNSG Synthesis Report on the post-2015 Agenda, and to engage in CSO strategizing for the crucial and final year of the post-2015 negotiations. Addressing the social, economic and environmental aspects of inequality will be a specific theme for the conference.

Dates: UN City, Copenhagen, 13-14 November 2014

In the first day and a half, civil society representatives will explore the challenges and opportunities in the post-2015 process, and produce an outcome document, including an agenda for action and key recommendations to policy makers and Government representatives. The Beyond 2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference will lead up to a high-level segment on the 14th of November 2014, co-organized by Beyond 2015, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the UN Nordic Office, which aims to facilitate a dialogue between Beyond 2015 and Governments and UN representatives.

 

Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, candidate for President UN General Assembly and Mr. Mogens Jensen, Danish Minister for Trade and Development has confirmed their participation, and we have invited Mrs. Amina Mohammed, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 (TBC) and Mr. Sam Kutesa, President Elect of the UN General Assembly (TBC) as keynote speakers. The programme is being developed and additional speakers will still be added.

 

The Beyond 2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference will be a key moment for global civil society to take stock of progress on the creation of the new post-2015 framework and influencing the final stage of negotiations, raising the ambition and ensuring that governments are committed to an ambitious, transformative agenda which tackles the key issues of our time; inequality, environmental sustainability, poverty eradication, human rights, peace and security and participation.

 

Criteria for attendance by civil society;

– Knowledge and expertise in poverty, inequality and marginalization in the context of sustainable development  in all three dimensions, the social, environmental and economic;

– Experience in the post-2015 process at the national, regional or global level;

– Active member of an organization or platform involved in the post-2015 processes;

– Represent and be accountable to a wider constituency;

– Committed to feedback to the partners at regional and/or national level;

 

Participation is not restricted to Beyond 2015 members. Gender, regional and thematic representation will be considered. Funding for a number of participants from the Global South is available. Please indicate this in the conference application form. The conference organizers will review all applications and inform succesful applicants by October 3, 2014. Self-funded participants must also submit a full application.

 

Deadline; All interested applicants must send the application form as soon as possible, and latest by 26th September 2014 (Midnight ECT)Send to conference organizer Morten Emil Hansen; meh@policyadvice.dk.

or more information, visit  http://www.beyond2015.org/copenhagen-conference-2014

Call for Registrations: 2014 WIMBIZ Annual Conference

Are you a woman?

Are you running a business or working for someone?

Register for the 2014 WIMBIZ annual lecture!

This year’s conference will critically look into Nigeria’s growth and development by examining trends, opportunities and best practices in various sectors. The conference will expose women to opportunities in Nigeria, provide them with tools to position themselves to maximize those opportunities and equip them with necessary life skills to ensure their overall wellbeing. They will in turn invest their resources in building the nation.

Theme: Nigeria Rising…Accelerating Transformation

Date:November 3rd 2014

Time: 8.00am

Venue: Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

To achieve this, we have put together 7 plenary and 6 breakout sessions on topics that are relevant to the theme of the conference. They are as follows:

-Education: New Ideas for Bridging the Gap

-Responding to Challenges, Harnessing Opportunities

-Agribusiness: The New Gold

-Creating Jobs, Creating Wealth!

-Beyond Borders… Women Leading the Way

-Communicating for Success…Everything Communicates

-Perspectives from Millennials

-De-Clutter your life… Head, Heart and Wardrobe

-The Golden Years

-Technology Master Class

-Loving my Job Everyday

-The Business of Building the Home

-From Passion to Corporate

TO REGISTER :
You can fill out the online Conference Registration Form HERE!
OR
Download and print the pdf version of the form by clicking HERE!

Please note, REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT PAYMENT. Kindly attach your teller to registration@wimbiz.org or deliver a hard copy to our office; 200B Isale Eko Avenue, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Fee:
July 1 – September 19 – N51,000 (Early Bird)
September 20 – November 3- N61,000

Bank Details:
Please make direct deposit in company/delegate’s name in favour of Women in management and business (WIMBIZ) to any of the following banks nationwide:

First Bank Account Number – 2014095856

Skye Bank Account Number – 1770010557

Access Bank Account Number – 0689915714

For more information,visit:

Call for Applications: ACUMEN’s Making Sense of Social Impact e-course

acumenWhat does social impact mean?
How does Acumen assess social impact when considering potential investments?
How can you apply the same concepts elsewhere?

One of the most common questions we get is how we measure our impact. Is it just the number of lives impacted? How do we know if the goods and services our companies provide are improving lives? When do social and financial goals coincide, and when do they deviate? These questions are core to our work to create a world beyond poverty.

Together with Acumen’s Impact Team, we’ve developed this introductory course to help you understand how we analyze impact in our portfolio and how you can apply the same building blocks to any socially-focused company or organization that you are personally excited about.

We believe this course will be especially insightful for those interested in impact investing, but it is by no means limited to that audience. Whether you are a philanthropist, an individual working at a non-profit, an impact investor or an social entrepreneur, or if you just want to understand what it might take for you to “do good” more effectively, this course is for you.

The world needs you to lead.

START:

NOVEMBER 11, 2014

END DATE:

DECEMBER 15, 2014

GROUP SIZE:

3 TO 5

HRS/WEEK:

4 TO 5

For more information and how to apply;click here

Apply! The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) competition for entrepreneurs & innovators

ipa_banner_english1 The 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.”

The IPA is becoming integral to facilitating ground-breaking thinking, creativity and driving awareness to the outstanding work being done in Africa by Africans. IPA 2013 winner, AgriProtein went on to raise $11 million to build its first two commercial farms in Cape Town.

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.

Recognising home grown innovative ingenuity, the prize contributes to increased funding of start-ups, adoption of new and emerging technologies and accelerated growth of the private sector.   With ever changing economic and social environments, it is critical that proposed solutions tackle issues affecting African lives, and that they are effective and are different from the existing ones.

The IPA also beckons all investors, governments and other stakeholders interested in evaluating, investing and maximising the continent’s resources to participate in this innovative and empowering initiative and make a significant change through generous contributions that will accelerate the Africa’s economic growth.

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

For more information, please visit Innovation Prize for Africa

Apply! Cherie Blair Foundation Mentoring Programme for Female Entrepreneurs

CBFW_LogoWebThe Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Mentoring Women in Business Programme, fostering women led businesses in Africa, Asia and the Middle East through an on-line platform developed in collaboration with Google.

Many women in developing and emerging markets have the ideas and ambition to become successful entrepreneurs but are held back by barriers such as lack of access to business skills, technology, networks and finance.  In response, the Foundation has developed an innovative solution that combines mentoring with technology to offer cross-border support to women entrepreneurs.  
 
The programmes matches women in developing and emerging countries with male and female mentors around the world.  Using our online platform, they spend 12 months working one-on-one to achieve key business goals.  Participants build their business skills and digital literacy through our trainings, and become part of a global community of committed, ambitious entrepreneurs who are invested in each other’s success.  
The programme boosts confidence, improves business performance and ultimately creates wealth for the entrepreneurs we support.
For more information and how to apply.visit Cherie Blair Foundation for Women 

 

Apply! 2015 Kofi Annan Fellowships for students in developing countries

kofi AnnanThe Kofi Annan Foundation is offering Fellowships for Developing countries’ Students in Germany , and applications are submitted till September 30, annually. European School of Management Technology in cooperation with the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation offers fellowships to obtain a university degree in Europe at one of the academic partners of the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation. The fellowship is open to the talented students from developing countries. Value of the Fellowship is €58,000. Fellows will have a full scholarship from ESMT plus fair compensation for travel and accommodation costs and program related fees. The fellowship is offered for one-year full-time MBA education.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: Up to three fellowships are offered.

Scholarship Duration: The fellowship is offered for one-year full-time MBA education.

Scholarship covers:  Value of the Fellowship is €58,000. Fellows will have a full scholarship from ESMT plus fair compensation for travel and accommodation costs, and program related fee

School(Institutions/ Country): | Germany

Level: Master Degree

Field(s): MBA courses

Deadline: September 30, annually.

Funded By: ESMT in cooperation with the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation

Beneficiaries(Target Groups):  2015 Kofi Annan Fellowships are targeted for students of Least developed countries: (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Rep. of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Rep., Myanmar, Nepal, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Yemen and  Haiti ).

Eligibility

In order to be considered for 2015 Kofi Annan Fellowships you must meet all the following criteria:

‣ Applicants must be resident in one of the UN’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) or Palestine.

‣ Fellows are expected to commit to returning to their home country or region to participate in the development of the local or regional economy.
‣ Applicants need to hold at least a bachelor’s degree and have to demonstrate three years of post-graduate professional experience.

‣ Moreover, they are required to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) before gaining admission to the ESMT Full-time MBA program.

For more information,click here to apply

Apply! The Andela Fellowship for young app developers

Andela logoAre you a world-class developer or do you have what it takes to become one? If so, consider applying. The Andela Fellowship is a highly-selective, 4-year, paid professional opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading technology companies.

Two percent of applicants are invited to participate in a free, two-week-long Boot Camp led by senior developers educated at some of the world’s top engineering schools. Andela Boot Camps are some of the most rigorous training experiences in the world. At the end of each Boot Camp, top performers – typically, fewer than one percent of applicants – are extended job offers as full-time Andela Fellows.

The Andela Fellowship is a new kind of academic experience. It’s sort of like a university, except instead of paying tuition, you’re earning an income. The initial months of an Andela Fellowship involve immersion training in full-stack (front-end and back-end) development skills. After 1,000 hours of instruction, we’ll place you on client projects as you continue training to ensure you are equipped to meet the evolving needs of the industry.

Simply put, the Andela Fellowship is an unparallel opportunity. But don’t take our word for it. “I’ve been in school for 24 years,” says “Solo” Solomon, the youngest Andela Fellow about our Boot Camp. “This was the most valuable and interactive two weeks of my life.”

Overview

Boot Camp (2 weeks):
Group 1 Oct. 6-17, 2014 (Application deadline: Sept 26)
Group 2 Oct 20-31, 2014 (Application deadline: Oct 6)

This is a free two-week-long training where you will gain valuable programming skills. When it’s over, the highest-performing participants will receive job offers to join Andela full-time as Andela Fellows.

Immersion Training (3 months): Nov 3, 2014 – Feb 3, 2015During a three-month-long immersion training program, Andela Fellows will receive a monthly stipend. After three months of training, you’ll be qualified to work on client projects with top technology companies.

Full-Time Employment:  At the end of Immersion Training, employees will be eligible for continued training and employment with Andela.

Click here to apply

Apply! 2015 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work

Youth Award Winners 2013

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Youth Development Work. The annual awards recognise the invaluable contribution of young people to development, in community, national and global contexts. Part of the Commonwealth Youth Programme, the awards provide a platform to showcase and expand the work of outstanding young people across the 53-nation Commonwealth community.

Past winners have brought their talents and commitment to powerful ventures such as environmental waste management, solar energy in remote villages, online education communities, and youth leadership.

Nominations for 2015 should demonstrate how a young person’s work, whether professional or voluntary, has helped to promote a development goal, such as empowerment of marginalised groups, education for all, peace, democracy, human rights, health, sport and culture, or protection of the environment.   Four finalists from each region (Asia, Africa & Europe, Caribbean & Americas, and Pacific) will be selected, and from these sixteen finalists, one from each region will receive a regional Commonwealth Youth Award.

Each finalist and winner will receive a cash prize, and the regional winners will also travel to London in Commonwealth Week in March 2015, where the overall pan-Commonwealth Commonwealth Youth Award winner will be announced.

Deadline: 30 October 2014.

Click  http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/cya2015 to download the application form.

For more information,visit: Your Commonwealth

 

 

 

Call for applications:Internship Opportunity at YUNGA

YUNGA_logo-01.jpgYUNGA is looking for individuals interested in undertaking an internship at the FAO headquarters in Rome for 4 months from September 2014. We are looking for someone with:

 

  1. Educational, environment or science education.
  2. Has been working for at least 2 years in non-formal educational environments (for example a Scout or Guide leader).
  3. Experience in developing educational materials and resources in English and other languages.
  4. Has undertaken community work.

 

FAO internships provide US$700 per month.

 

If you are interested please send your CV and a one paragraph e-mail on why you would be interested for working for YUNGA toyunga@fao.org with Reuben.Sessa@fao.org in copy.

 

The deadline for applications is 15th September 2014.

 

For more information,contact:

YUNGA: www.yunga-un.org

FAO Climate Change: www.fao.org/climatechange/youth/en

YUNGA Facebook: www.facebook.com/yunga.un

YUNGA Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/UN_YUNGA