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PARTICIPATE:Guardian Development #YouthEngage tweetathon on 24 October



Young people, who understands them?

When David Cameron delivered a speech in 2006 calling for people to “hug a hoodie”, the British Prime Minister was trying to say that he got young people; that he saw them as loveable adolescents and not an urban menace.

“We – the people in suits – often see hoodies as aggressive, the uniform of a rebel army of young gangsters,” he said.

Whether it’s about crime or immigration, education or identity it seems that people in suits the world over are increasingly preoccupied by youth. And they have good reason to be.

Africa has the youngest population in the world with 200 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Though better educated than ever, and living in countries that are stronger economically than ever,many young people are “left behind” and “frustrated”. That frustration is also shared by young people in the developed world. In a 2013 study from the International Labour Organisation, youth unemployment stood at 54% in Greece. And so the suits continue to gather, trying to figure out what to do about joblessness and the ‘youth bulge’, publishing interminable reports and recommendations, but what do young people have to say for themselves?

On Friday 24 October, in an event that will span 24 countries in 24 hours, we intend to find out. The Guardian Global Development Professionalsand the Guardian Public Leaders networks will be organising a global tweetathon. This is an opportunity for young people and their advocates to give their own answers to the question: “How do we better engage young people socially, economically and politically?”

Starting in Fiji at noon local time and finishing on the west coast of the USA (4pm there), each leg of our worldwide relay will have a national or regional host. Their details will be added soon.

To participate, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Locate your part of the world in the map above
  2. Make a note of the time of the conversation you intend to join
  3. Start tweeting to tell us and the world that you are taking part. Here is one tweet you could use: I’m joining @GuardianGDP’s #youthengage tweetathon in [insert nearest country] on 24 October 2014. To me engaging young people means […]
  4. On the day, as your chat is about to start, take a picture of yourself and tweet it to @GuardianGDP
  5. Still not sure how it works or what time the #YouthEngage discussion will be happening where you are, send an email to

For more information,visit Guardian Development Professionals Network


Call for Applications:Open Society Public Health Grants programme

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The Mental Health Initiative—part of the Open Society Public Health Program—provides grants to projects that stimulate the reform of national health, social welfare, education, and employment policies. The initiative also provides technical assistance and training in substantive areas to its grantees. Many grantees provide high-quality, community-based services which demonstrate that people with intellectual disabilities can live in their communities when they receive appropriate support.

The initiative’s funding strategy is geared toward the sustainable development of quality community-based alternatives to institutionalization for people with intellectual disabilities or mental health problems and toward the development of government policies that promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities. Accordingly, the initiative provides funding to organizations that focus on community-living, deinstitutionalization, and prevention of institutionalization.

The Mental Health Initiative supports projects that include community-based housing, early intervention, inclusive education, and supported employment for people with intellectual disabilities. The initiative also provides support for organizations working on policy-based advocacy at local or national levels with the aim of promoting community living for people with intellectual disabilities.

Eligibility Criteria

The Mental Health Initiative provides funding to nongovernmental organizations in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, or to organizations based in other countries that focus their activities in this region.

Ineligibility Criteria

The Mental Health Initiative does not fund projects which are in any way connected to increasing the capacity of, or to improving, residential institutions for people with disabilities. This includes renovations or any other upgrades, equipment, charitable contributions or humanitarian aid, events organized within an institution, and any other form of core support to residential institutions.


The Mental Health Initiative has an open pre-application process. If your organization’s work falls clearly within the funding guidelines above and you would like to be considered for an invitation to submit a full proposal, please write a one-page letter of intent which contains the following information:

  • The organization’s purpose and goals
  • The project for which funding is requested
  • The amount of funding requested
  • The organization’s total income in the last financial year
  • Some biographical details of the organization’s leadership

Please send your letter of inquiry via email to Please put your organization name in the email subject line.

For more information,visit here

Call for Applications: ExxonMobil Workshop for Women Entrepreneurs

Page_1ExxonMobil is organizing a One day workshop for majority (51%) female owned businesses across Nigeria which aims to build high performance businesses and ensure understanding of how to interact and transact business with Multinational Companies.

This event will present an opportunity for WEConnect Certified Women Business Enterprises and current or potential suppliers to ExxonMobil to understand how to interact and transact business with Multinational Companies. The events are scheduled to hold at the following ExxonMobil operational areas:

The workshop is scheduled to hold in the locations below:

  • Akwa Ibom – September 19, 2014
  • Lagos – September 30, 2014
  • Abuja – October 20, 2014
  • Rivers – October 28, 2014

To apply, go to .

You will be required to fill a selection questionnaire with 25 questions. Please read the questions carefully and answer appropriately.

Deadline: September 5, 2014.


Register! Nigerian Youth Forum on MDGs and SDGs

mdgs_logo‘Nigerian Youth Forum’ on the Presidential Summit on the MDGs to contribute to the overall outcomes and brainstorm on how better to engage policy-makers in the proposed development agenda (SDGs). ‎
The meeting is schedule to hold tomorrow September 2, 2014 at the World Bank office in Asokoro, Abuja.
To participate in the Youth Forum, Kindly register via
‎For any clarification, please contact Rotimi via


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.

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


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: World Youth Alliance’s Africa Emerging Leaders Conference

wyaThe World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations is inivting applications from young people for its Africa Emerging Leaders Conference.

The Africa Emerging Leaders Conference – AELC is an annual World Youth Alliance event that brings together youth from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues through lectures and discussions. In addition, a rich display of culture is enjoyed through the sessions at the conferenceThis year’s theme will focus on the “Economic Development and the Family” The role youth play which resonates with the UN Global focus on the family this being the 20th Anniversary of the International year of the family. It will enable youth to engage ideas that are of importance to young people on the rising continent of Africa. This will help us to understand how we can contribute to a better Africa and it turn a better world in solidarity as the Emerging Leaders on the Africa continent!

Date and Venue:

The 5th Africa ELC will take place on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th October 2014. The two-day event will take place at Strathmore University Auditorium, in Nairobi, Kenya.
How to Apply:

All interesetd applicants must fill out their details through the application form here as below before the September 30th 2014deadline. You will ne notified via email or call if you have been accepted for the conference. All applications forms can be sent via email to or through postal address: World Youth Alliance Africa, P.O.Box 24021 – 00100, Nairobi Kenya.

Download: Africa ELC Application Form.

For more information,visit: World Youth Alliance


#VacancyAlert:ICT Policy internship at Paradigm Initiative Nigeria

pin logoAn ICT Policy internship at Paradigm Initiative Nigeria is your chance to join our ICT policy team working on emerging threats to digital rights and to connect with our global network of Internet policy advocates. You’ll work with a member of our ICT Policy team who will provide the guidance and structure that will enable you to make the most out of your time working on one of today’s most pressing socio-economic issues in Nigeria. While there’s a lot of flexibility in Paradigm Initiative Nigeria’s fast-paced working environment, you’ll generally be assigned to one (or more) of our key ICT policy areas.

We’re seeking quick learners capable of quickly wrapping their head around and analysing ICT Policy issues, and supporting the organization in the development and execution of these initiatives. As a part of our team, you can expect to:

  • Gain experience and expertise in a specific ICT policy area
  • Be mentored and trained by a member of our ICT policy team
  • Research, write, and edit policy briefs and position papers (with your name on them!)
  • Prepare external and internal advocacy materials and write blog posts
  • Attend and contribute to our team meetings and ICT policy events

A successful applicant will have an interest in at least one ICT Policy area and have a passion to learn more about technology, human rights and socio-economic opportunities. Ideally, candidates should preferably be enrolled in a university (or a recent graduate) of law, political science, international relations or with a technology background. Being well organized, motivated, and reliable will also help your application, as will research and writing skills, and fluency in a foreign language. If you only speak English, that’s fine too. Interns will ideally work out of our amazing Abuja office.

Time Commitment and Considerations

  • One full academic term (usually 3 months)
  • Minimum of 30 hours per week
  • Start date no later than September 1, 2014
  • This is a paid internship

Location: Abuja

Application Requirements
To apply, email your CV, a cover letter (explaining your interest in our work) and two references (ideally an academic and a professional reference) to by 5pm on Friday, August 15, 2014. Please use “POLICY INTERN – [Your Name]” as the subject line.

Call for Applications: First Global Forum on Youth Policies

website_banner_applications_open_narrowThe Global Forum on Youth Policy emerges from the need to provide a physical platform for youth policy stakeholders around the globe to discuss and respond to the key questions outlined above. The Forum will be a true global expert gathering of around 700 youth policy practitioners to give a new impetus to evidence-based, inclusive, participatory and effective youth policies.

The Forum seeks to address these five key objectives:

  • To advance a current overview of the state of youth policy and a reflection on the social and developmental role of youth policies, particularly in view of the post-2015 period;
  • To develop a common understanding of the needs for and rationales of systemic and cross-sectoral approaches to youth policy;
  • To share experiences and examples of participatory and evidence-based youth policies, their ration-ales and realities, their successes and shortcomings;
  • To build a common understanding of guiding principles for integrated youth policy development and of the dynamics between concerned stakeholders at different levels;
  • To share plans for follow-up and to develop a shared commitment to take youth policy forward.
  • Eligible candidates for these 200 ‘open spots’ include:
  • • Youth policy practitioners;
    • Youth activists and members of youth movements working on youth policy;
    • Representatives/experts of youth-led organizations, civil society organizations, and networks
    working on youth policy;
    • Research experts from institutes, universities and think tanks with a focus on youth policy;
    • Development experts from organizations, agencies and institutions in the youth sector;
    • Programming experts from donors active in supporting policy change in the youth field.
    Applicants should:
    • Preferably be aged 18-35;
    • Be able to communicate professionally in English;
    • Be experienced in formulation, implementation and/or monitoring of youth policy at the
    national, regional or global level.

The call further specifies eligibility and selection criteria.

For inquiries,email:

To apply, submit your online application by August 27, 2014.

For more information,visit;