Monthly Archives: January 2015


VSOApplication Deadline: 30th march 2015


The City of Cape Town, VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) and Skillshare International invites

Youth aged 17-18 to take part in an exchange project on YOUTH LEADERSHIP THROUGH SPORT.

It is an exchange program for a group of 16 youth (8 boys and 8 girls) which focuses on youth leadership through sport. The project will be residential for both the Nigerian and South African youth participating in the program. Accommodation, meals and program activity will be provided for participants for the duration of the program-7 days. Travel to Cape Town will be the

Responsibility of the participants as will any costs incurred if you decide to stay in Cape Town longer than 7 days.



  • Resident and citizen of Nigeria
  • must be  Aged 17-18
  • Actively involved in any sport.
  • Positive and realistic commitment to the program
  • A genuine commitment to learning – YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Self confidence
  • Ability to work with others in a team

For further enquiries email Kingsley or David

To apply Click  Here

Apply! Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network

RCSApplication Deadline: 20th February 2015

The Royal Commonwealth Society is seeking applicants for a five day forum in Malta, where young people from around the Commonwealth will meet to discuss gender inequality issues. The participants in the forum will form the inaugural members of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network, which will focus on youth priorities for gender issues, and actively engage with

Commonwealth processes to ensure youth priorities are reflected in policy and practice. The forum will take place six months ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and will be a key opportunity to discuss gender equality concerns and priorities ahead of active engagement in the Commonwealth Youth Forum, People’s Forum and Women’s Forum, which all take place in the wings of CHOGM.

Applicants must have experience working on gender equality issues, either in the workplace, through studies or as a volunteer.

Context and Background

Young people are able to actively participate in Commonwealth political processes via a number of platforms. The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) is a chance for young people to debate their priority areas for further Commonwealth action, and to present this to Heads of Government. The Commonwealth Youth Council was established in 2013 to represent the voice of youth in the Commonwealth with an elected executive of 12 representatives from national youth councils rotating every two years. However, there is no gender youth network to advocate for gender equality issues within the formal structures of the Commonwealth.

The RCS is proposing to contribute towards filling this gap by launching an international Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network. Given work on gender issues the

RCS is well placed, alongside a range of participating experts, to interact with young citizens of the Commonwealth, to work with them to develop a strong youth voice on gender and equality issues.

The Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Forum

The forum will take place in Malta on 13th–17thMay 2015. It will be a five day residential programme which will bring together young professionals and experts in an inter-generational learning environment for the purpose of capacity-building the group. This will occur through

workshops, discussions and training sessions. The interaction will aim to develop knowledge in a range of areas, including on various gender issues, on effective advocacy, and on further practical skills.

Themes covered will include child marriage, harmful practices, domestic violence, sexual violence, access to education, economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, leadership, STEM, LGBT rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights. The workshops and discussions will be facilitated by trainers and experts, and will serve as a space to share knowledge and experience, as well as capacity-building the participants to be able to understand the issues more clearly in their global context, gain a greater idea of the ways in which they can effectively affect policy changes and advocate more effectively at key moments, particularly within Commonwealth structures.


Applicants must be:

  1. Between the ages of 18-29 at the start of the event
  2. Resident in a Commonwealth country
  3. Committed to upholding the Commonwealth values of good governance and sustainable development
  4. Fluent in English –the working language of the Forum
  5. Confirm that I am medically fit to travel and participate in the Forum
  6. Able to evidence professional or voluntary experience on gender equality issues
  7. Willing to share case studies and highlight relevant aspects of my work
  8. Willing to be an active participant and to spread the values

and outcomes of the network in my home country

for more details contact:Leila Asrari

To apply click Here

Apply! Grameen Foundation Fellowship: Stipend & Ongoing Professional Development

Grameen FoundationApplication Deadline: 1 March 2015 and 3 May 2015

Grameen Foundation Fellowship is a unique opportunity for professionals from a wide range of industries, from management consulting and business to data analysis to healthcare and agriculture, to gain substantial experience leading the development and implementation of projects serving the poor, working with some of the brightest minds in social innovation.

During the program, fellows work with some of the brightest minds in social innovation on projects designed to accelerate the impact, scale and sustainability of some of the world’s most promising organizations committed to alleviating global poverty. All Fellows receive monthly stipends, group orientation, and ongoing professional development training.

Each Grameen Foundation Fellowship Class is different, as placements are driven by demands on the ground. Typically, strong Fellowship candidates have experience in strategy or management consulting and/or have worked in global business or in start-up environments. Since most placements will be with Grameen Foundation teams, expertise in the areas of financial services, health, agriculture, mobile technology, and social entrepreneurship are also sought. Fellowship placements will likely be in Africa (particularly Uganda, Ghana, and Kenya), Latin America (particularly Colombia and Nicaragua), Asia (particularly India and the Philippines), and the Middle East.

Candidates complete a general application for the Grameen Foundation Fellowship Program and are considered for opportunities that match their skills and interests.

For more information, visit this link.

Apply! West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)

West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)Our Next Generation Internship Programme provides an opportunity to provide a holistic training to interns. This enables them to be fully groomed into robust professionals fully equipped to take up positions of responsibility within the civil society sector.

Here are a few shots with interns and WACSI staff while they took sessions on Front Desk Keeping and Career Planing

What more will you like to know about this internship programme?

for more information click Here

Apply! The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2015


Application Deadline: 1st May 2015

The Royal Commonwealth Society is inviting young people to share their hopes and concerns for the future, thereby generating an important youth perspective and Commonwealth wide dialogue as the international community gathers to set development goals for the next 15 years. The competition is open to young writers aged 18 and under who are living in, or a national of, a Commonwealth country or territory. All entries must be in English and are to be submitted online.


Answers can be submitted in number of formats, for example: poem, letter, folk tale, script or essay. Multiple submissions are not allowed and will lead to disqualification.

Junior Category-

Born after 1st May 2001 (under 14 years)

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of being young?
  • Imagine what the world will be like when you are an old person.
  • I am the future!
  • Imagine you are a young person living in a different part of the Commonwealth. What is life like for you?

Senior Category-

Born between 2nd May 1996 and 1st May 2001 (14-18 years)

  • What do you hope to achieve in your lifetime?
  • In 2030 you will no longer be young. What changes would you like to see in the world in 15 years’ time?
  • Youth versus experience.
  • Fresh perspectives. What can a young Commonwealth offer?


  • The Competition is open to nationals or residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories. Note: Special dispensation applies to entrants from Hong Kong, Fiji and Zimbabwe who are entitled to enter the Competition.
  • Entrants must select a Senior or Junior topic depending on their age on 1st May 2015. Please see flyer for age guidelines.
  • Only one essay per entrant is allowed. Once an essay is submitted, students/teachers will not have the opportunity to revise it. Please carefully check and improve you writing before submitting the final copy, and also ensure that all supplementary information is filled in correctly (name, contact details, topic number, etc.)
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • The maximum word counts are 1500 words for Senior entries and 750 words for Junior entries. These word limits apply to all topics and all formats (essay, poem, letter, etc). Exceeding the word count will result in automatic disqualification.


  • Winners will be flown to London for a week of cultural and educational visits, culminating in a special award event in November 2015.
  • Runners-up will be recognized in national award events.
  • All four top entries will be published by the RCS.
  • A number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be made in both the Junior and Senior categories, and participants who do not receive an award will be entitled to a certificate of participation.


The 2015 entries has to be submitted online at their official website or in cases where secure internet is an issue can be send by post to: FAO Commonwealth Essay Competition
7-11 St Matthew Street

The results will be announced early September 2015.

For more details, visit Here

Apply! Global Center for Food Systems Innovation Grants








Application Deadline: 16 March 2015

The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) is inviting proposals from universities, government or private laboratories or research organizations, for profit and non-profit companies and individuals meeting the requirement of the call to apply for the grants. Grant request can be made for three stages of projects – innovation scalability grants, innovation evaluation grants and early stage innovation grants.

Grant Categories

  • Early Stage Innovation Grants – up to $100,000 each for fund innovators with ideas to create, test and enable the scaling of innovations in the food system.
  • Innovation Evaluation Grants – up to $250,000 each for innovations that are developed but have not been fully deployed or rigorously tested in the field. Activities can be – field trials, stakeholder focus groups, refinement of the innovation design, and market assessments.
  • Innovation Scalability Grants – up to $500,000 each for innovations that have proven themselves functional and potentially feasible for broader deployment. A one-to-one private sector or non-USG funding match is required to help ensure that innovations are of interest to multiple stakeholders and relevant to local development conditions.

Thematic Areas:

  • Weather data for climate-smart agriculture
  • Improved ability of smallholder farmers to adapt to climate variability and change
  • Improved ability of agricultural researchers to provide agronomic recommendations
  • Assistance to small entrepreneurs in food processing
  • Innovations in the informal urban food sector
  • Gender-sensitive ICT-based approaches to improving women’s access to urban markets
  • Marketing meat and dairy products without extensive cold chain development
  • Projecting labor market and skill needs for agri-food businesses
  • Improving effective use of mobile phone-based agricultural services by small farmers
  • Promoting gender equitable access to profitable markets

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Proposals and ideas are invited from any country.
  • Private and government bodies, research institutions, universities working for profit and non-profit organization may apply for this grant.
  • Individual applying for this grant need to meet the requirements of RFA.
  • Proposals must be made to work on one of the above mentioned thematic areas.
  • In order for proposals to be selected, they must provide activity detail for any of the following countries:
  1. Feed the Future (FTF) focus countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia
  2. Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (STIP) focus countries: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Philippines, and Uganda.

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted via CREF Global’s Electronic Proposal Submission website. If not possible, an email can be sent for an alternate application submission process. Modifications can be sent until application deadline.

Complete application materials include – abstract, proposal (maximum 20 pages), team composition and curriculum vitae, project timeline, brief description on past performance, letter(s) of support, budget and other financial contribution (cost-share).

For more information, please visit the call page.


Apply! Momentum for Change: Apply to win Participation in the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

unccApplication Deadline: 25 April 2015

The United Nations Climate Change Secretariat is accepting applications for the Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity which offers several benefits including fully covered participation in the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Momentum for Change shines a light on the most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people around the world are doing to tackle climate change.
If you’re leading a results-driven project that is successfully addressing climate change, then you can apply for this.

Organizations, communities, cities, businesses, governments and others that are taking concrete action on climate change can apply to have their projects recognized as a 2015 Lighthouse Activity.

If your project is selected as a winning activity, you will receive a wide range of benefits, including fully covered attendance to the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, France; access to policy makers and potential funders during the conference; public recognition by the UN Climate Change secretariat; public relations support and media training; high-quality promotional videos and podcasts; a dedicated page about your project on our website; and graphic assets such as infographics and professional photography.

Applicants must choose one of the following four focus areas where their activity is making a difference.

  • Urban Poor
  • Women for Results
  • Financing for Climate Friendly Investment
  • ICT Solutions

For more information, visit this link

Apply! Fondation Ensemble Special Call for Proposal 2015

FEjpgApplication  Deadline: 2 February 2015

Foundation Ensemble invites organizations who, based on field work and experience, are addressing or aim to address the challenges of over exploitation of fisheries in Mozambique and also the effects of climate change in the sector. Fund will be disseminated to projects that aim at

  • Improving the sustainability of the artisanal fisheries by improving for the long term fisheries data collection on a wide scale (for instance at protected area and/or provincial level).
  • Reducing damaging and unsustainable fishing practices and improving fisheries management and enforcement around fishing methods, protected species, temporal and spatial closures such as sanctuaries, etc.
  • Advocating in a participatory manner (with other stakeholders such as NGO’s, academia and fishermen representatives,…), at provincial and national level, to improve the legal framework and it’s implementation; increasing and diversifying income of coastal communities, in particular fishermen families, by promoting sustainable income generating activities (IGR), related to fishing, or not. Ideally, these IGR will contribute to build local buy-in to marine conservation.

Eligibility Criteria for Fondation Ensemble Special Call for Proposal 2015

  • The geographical area covered may vary from a local (district) level to provincial level. It may be a protected area, or not.
  • The project will be seen as a pilot, but explicability and scaling up potential must be a priority, and built in within the approach from the beginning. Results and findings of this pilot phase will be decisive in refining the Foundation’s strategy and investments in this area.
  • Read the Eligibility Criteria for ‘Four Areas of Intervention’, all of them apply for the special call.
  • Project proposals, and if selected, project reporting will be solely in English (no French for this special initiative).

Note: Concept note format may be downloaded and submitted on our website under the “sustainable fisheries” focus sector.

For more information visit Here

Apply! Tanzania’s Foundation for Civil Society Call for Proposal 2015

foundation for civil societyApplication Deadline: 21 July 2015

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in Tanzania is accepting proposals for its various grants which aim to empower citizens, facilitate linkages and to enable culture of ongoing learning to civil society. Applications are welcome from every part of the country.

FCS provides three types of grants:

  1. Strategic Grants (SG) (maximum 3 years) – in SG, the foundation grants maximum amount up to TZS 150 million per year.
  2. Medium Grants (MG) (maximum 3 years) – in MG, the foundation grants maximum amount up to TZS 45 million per year.
  3. Rolling Small Grants (RSG) (maximum 1 year) – in RSG, the foundation grants maximum amount up to TZS 7.5 million.

The Foundation for Civil Society (the Foundation) is an independent Tanzanian organization established as a non-profit company, supported and funded by a group of like-minded development partners in Tanzania, and governed by an independent Board.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible organizations to apply are non-governmental organization (NGO), community based organization (CBO), professional association, trade union, media organization, cooperative, and faith base organization.
  • Applicant’s organization should be registered in Mainland Tanzania and/or Zanzibar.
  • Organization must serve for charitable (not-for-profit) purposes.
  • Applicant must have a constitution or memorandum of association, or a legally recognized set of rules that explain your organization’s aims.
  • Applicant’s organization must have a bank account operated by more than 1 signatory that is not related to each other.
  1. The Foundation can make grants available to private media organizations only if the projects they are applying for do not contribute to their profits, overhead, or reducing debts, and are designed to serve the public good.
  2. Organizations that normally do savings and credit, micro-finance or income generation as their core work need to present a very strong case to the Foundation for Civil Society if they are planning to engage in activities outside of their regular work.
  3. The Foundation for Civil Society does NOT provide grants to International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs)

How to Apply

Applications will be considered on a ’first come, first served’ basis, and you will be informed if your application will not be considered for the round you have applied for. Grant applicants are encouraged to apply online BUT they have to make sure that they also send signed hard copies of their applications and necessary attachments.

To get more information, visit here.

Apply! FONERWA/Rwanda Call For Proposals 2015

FONERWAApplication Deadline: 2 February 2015

FONERWA is accepting PPDs from interested Organisations/CSOs/Institutions/Government Agencies under its sixth call for Project Proposals for Financial Support in Areas of Environment, Climate Change and Green Economy Initiatives.

The foundation has the objective of contributing to sustainable wealth creation and poverty reduction in Rwanda, through sustainable management of natural resources, climate resilient and green economic growth.

Areas of Interest

  1. Environment
  2. Climate Change
  3. Green Economy Initiatives
  4. Poverty Reduction

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants can be organizations including, line ministries, Government agencies, Districts, the private sector, academic institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs).
  • Projects must target priority areas for national development related to environment, climate change and green growth.
  • Applicants must submit Project Profile Documents (PPDs) requesting for financial support to implement projects and programmes that fulfill FONERWA objectives after which they are invited for submitting full proposals.

Application Procedure

Applicants can submit their project concepts, known as Project Profile Documents (PPDs) via email. All proposals received by stipulated deadline are then taken through a rigorous screening process. The step by step process of application is-

  • Step 1– Applicants (Line Ministries/private sector/civil society) should complete Project Profile Documents (PPDs) for proposals to be considered by the FONERWA Secretariat, in conformity with FONERWA Thematic Financing Windows/ key entry points.
  • Step 2– PDs will be screened by the Fund Management Team against eligibility criteria.
  • Step 3– If successful, applicants will be asked to submit a full project document, and technical assistance (TA) and support from the Fund Management Team to elaborate or improve the proposal will be provided as needed.
  • Step 4– Full proposals will undergo a technical appraisal by the Fund Management Team who will assign a priority ranking for submission to the FONERWA Technical Committee.

For more information and application form, visit Here.