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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

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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

Call for Applications:2014 TechCamp West Africa

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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.

Eligibility:

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: 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 africa@wya.net 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

 

Call for Nominations: Young Men for Gender Equality (YM4GE) seeks African Ambassadors

ym4geDo you care about GENDER EQUALITY?

Are you a Young Leader?

Do you have what it takes to influence others to take action in your country?

Young Men for Gender Equality (YM4GE) is looking for Ambassadors from 54 African countries. Young leaders with a strong a record of accomplishment in areas related to gender equality and women’s empowerment are encouraged to apply.

YM4GE addresses how to empower women most effectively in the areas mentioned above. Given the global connectivity made possible by Twitter, Facebook, and other online social networking sites, the answer is obvious: use digital social media to spread the word and reach a lot of people. That is exactly how YM4GE is growing each and every day. With Ambassadors in South America, North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, YM4GE is poised to garner one billion impressions (equal to the number of young men worldwide) in one year through media campaigns on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. To reach the goal of gender equality and equality in general, you need offer young people proper access to education.

 Send your nomination with a short biography of not more than 250 words to: muazu4change@ym4ge.org

For more information,visit;http://www.ym4ge.org/

Innovation Prize for Africa 2014 Finalists Announced

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, April 10, 2014

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) (http://www.africaninnovation.org) announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014 (http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org). Ten African innovators have created practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems, from a domestic waste biogas system to a wafer matrix for paediatric antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment. Chosen from almost 700 applications from 42 countries, the finalists for the IPA 2014 represent Africans’ potential to address the challenges that are unique to the continent.

The winners of the IPA 2014 will be announced at an awards ceremony on 5 May in Abuja, Nigeria, where keynote speaker, the Honourable Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s Minister of finance, will highlight the importance of innovation to unlock Africa’s potential for sustainable development and economic growth. The winner will receive USD 100 000 for the best innovation based on marketability, originality, scalability, social impact and clear business potential.  A runner up will receive USD 25 000 for the best commercial potential and another winner will receive USD 25 000 as a special prize for innovation with the highest social impact.  Prior to the awards ceremony, a roundtable featuring innovation experts will take place, to address the theme “A Path to Building Industrial Nation Skillsets in Africa”.

 

“As global leaders gather for the 2014 World Economic Forum on Africa to discuss approaches to inclusive growth and job creation, the IPA 2014 innovators demonstrate that the best way to achieve equitable economic growth for all Africans is to invest in local innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, founder of the African Innovation Foundation and the IPA.

 

From South Africa to Niger, the IPA 2014 finalists are:

 

•          Ashley Uys (South Africa)

OculusID Impairment Screening

The OculusID Impairment Screening device is designed to measure pupil response to light emissions. The pupil response can then be measured against pre-determined benchmarks. These benchmarks are applied to measure substance abuse, physiological defects and even fatigue. The device is a far less invasive procedure than existing methods.

 

•          Daniel Gitau Thairu (Kenya)

Domestic Waste Biogas System

The Domestic Waste Biogas System is a new type of biogas digester which utilizes any material capable of decomposing instead of relying on animal dung to generate gas. Materials that can be used include dirty water, leftover food, spoiled grain, and vegetable and fruit peelings. This makes biogas usable even by households that cannot afford animals.

 

•          Elise Rasel Cloete (South Africa)

GMP Traceability Management Software CC

This software is programmed to capture, store and trace data about livestock and enables data to be captured in real-time. The data is then stored in an ear tag placed on livestock and backed up on a remote server.

 

•          Joshua Okello (Kenya)

WinSenga

This innovation is a low-cost mobile phone based antenatal diagnosis kit that captures foetal heart beat sounds and provides diagnosis which is sent to the mother through SMS. The data can also be uploaded to cloud storage.

 

•          Logou Minsob (Togo)

Foufoumix

This is a device designed to replace the mortar and pestles used in preparing the popular West African dish, foufou. The “FOUFOUMIX ” is a small electrical food processor that allows generates discreet, quick and hygienic foufou in 8 minutes, substantially reducing the amount of time needed to prepare the dish, while also enhancing the hygienic conditions during production.

 

•          Dr. Nicolaas Duneas (South Africa)

Altis Osteogenic Bone Matrix (Altis OBM™)

Altis OBM is the world’s first injectable bone-graft product containing a complex mix of various bone growth compounds derived from porcine (pig). It is used to stimulate the host’s own tissue regeneration system in a way that leads to the healing of a fracture or bone void, much in the same way as occurs in a normal unassisted fracture healing processes.

 

•          Maman Abdou Kane (Niger)

Horticultural tele irrigation

The “Horticultural Tele-Irrigation system is a technological process that allows growers to remotely control their market garden irrigation system through a mobile or landline regardless of geographic location.

 

•          Melesse Temesgen (Ethiopia)

Aybar BBM

The Aybar BBM is a low-cost farming device that can be used by farmers to plough fields that are usually waterlogged and helps them easily drain the water. This turns soils or fields that were otherwise unavailable for farming into high yielding fields.

 

•          Sulaiman Bolarinde Famro (Nigeria)

Farmking Mobile Multi-crop Processor

The innovation uses centrifugal forces to process cassava, sweet potatoes, soy, she-nuts, grains and cereals. It helps to separate the tubers from liquid, particles and impurities/toxic elements. The extractor is designed to replace the present crude fermentation and pressing technology which is extremely slow and wasteful and offers limited output and profitability. The extractor reduces a process that normally takes 3 – 4 days into a 5 minute process offering higher quality product outputs.

 

•          Viness Pillay (South Africa)

WaferMatTM

WaferMatTM is a tasty paediatric formulation of ARV therapy in the form of a wafer that dissolves within 3 seconds of being placed in the mouth. The wafer makes the process of administering the drug to children easier and also makes absorption more efficient.

 

The AIF believes that the best solutions to the challenges Africans face on a daily basis can and will come from Africans themselves and innovation is the key. The IPA selection committee represents private equity investors, seed funders, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, innovation catalysts and development leaders who are looking for ideas that move Africa forward.  The call for applications for IPA 2015 will be announced in July. For detailed information of competition categories, conditions of entry, and submission details, please visit:http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org. For highlights and more information, follow the IPA on Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/IPAprize) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/InnovationPrizeforAfrica).

For more information visit http://www.InnovationPrizeforAfrica.org.

 

Call for Applications: The Anzisha Prize Fellowship 2014

anzisha logoThe Anzisha Prize seeks to award young entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities. 12 finalists from across Africa will win an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa to be a part of a week-long entrepreneurship workshop and conference at the African Leadership Academy campus on the outskirts of Johannesburg.  The grand prize winners, selected from these finalists, will share prizes worth $75,000 USD.

Before you begin, make sure you are eligible to enter:

  1. You must be between the ages of 15 and 22 years old.
  2. Your business or project must be up and running. The Anzisha Prize is not for great ideas or business plans – you must have already started, and be able to prove it!
  3. Your business, invention or social project can be in any field or industry (science and technology, civil society, arts and culture, sports, etc.). Any kind of venture is welcome to apply.
  4. Groups or teams can apply (for example, maybe you have 2 or 3 co-founders who started your business or project together), however you must choose one person to apply for the prize, on behalf of the group. This individual must be one of the founding members.

To be selected as one of our 12 Anzisha Fellows, your business or project will be judged on the following 3 criteria:

  • Impact: Does your venture have a demonstrated, measurable and positive social and economic impact.
  • Ingenuity: Have you taken a new or better approach to a pressing problem or business opportunity within your community.
  • Scalability: Does your business or social project have the potential to grow or be replicated with support and investment.

Important dates:

Semi-finalists will be chosen on a rolling admissions basis, so get your application in early! If you have a very strong application, we could be visiting you very soon!

  • 1 March 2014: Early Bird applications reviewed.
  • 1 April 2014: Application Deadline.
  • May/June 2014: Semi-finalist due diligence visits and and final selection.
  • July 2014: Anzisha Prize Finalists  for 2014 announced.
  • September 2014: Anzisha Prize Week & Awards Ceremony.

Click here to apply

For more information,visit: Anzisha Prize

Call for Applications: 2014 Laureate Global Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs

Do you know any young leaders who are pioneering solutions to urgent challenges?

Encourage them to apply to the 2014 Laureate Global Fellowship! The International Youth Foundation  and  the  Sylvan/Laureate Foundation  seek founders/CEOs of social change initiatives who are looking to deepen their impact and leadership expertise through a dynamic, yearlong learning experience. Selected fellows join a network of over 900 change-makers from more than 80 countries who benefit from learning opportunities and connections throughout their social change careers.

Sponsored by the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation, the Laureate Global Fellowship annually recognizes 20 young leaders who have pioneered solutions to urgent challenges in their communities and beyond. Fellows develop leadership expertise and deepen their impact through a dynamic, yearlong learning experience, and join a network of over 900 change-makers like them who continue to benefit from learning opportunities and connections throughout their social change careers. Learn more about the Fellowship experience.

Eligibility

Applicants must be:

  • 18 – 29 years old as of October 1, 2014
  • Founders or co-founders of existing ventures with at least one year of impact
  • Fluent in English (applications must be completed in English)
  • Able to attend a week-long leadership retreat in October 2014

Key Dates

  • Application opens on February 10, 2014
  • Applications must be submitted by March 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST
  • All applicants will be notified of their status by May 22, 2014
  • The retreat will take place in October 2014

About the Application

In order to provide our applicants with an outlet to clearly and thoroughly explain their ventures and personal journey, the application consists of the following components, all of which must be completed.

  • Video – The video is a mandatory portion of the application. If you do not submit a video, your application will not be considered. Your video will be the first opportunity we have to see your passion, knowledge, and unique perspective. We hope you will be specific and succinct in explaining your personal relationship to your work (why you do what you do), the steps you have made towards change (what your venture does), and what a successful future looks like for your venture.We understand that there are varying degrees of technology access around the world. Whether filmed on a camera phone, laptop, or something more high-tech, all applicants will be given equal consideration regardless of video quality. We prefer a lower-quality video that directly addresses our questions to a professionally-produced video that does not adequately answer our questions. We are looking for authenticity. If you need help uploading your video or accessing the embed code, visit this guide.
  • Narrative Application – Within this section you will provide us with details that support what we learned in the video. Please remember to thoroughly describe your work in a way that an outsider with no knowledge of the issue you are addressing would understand. Help us understand the specific programs, projects, and activities that your venture offers. We are interested in your long-term vision, but it is important for us to understand your current activities. You must provide all requested information within the narrative application.
  • References – You will be asked to enter the contact information for two references who can discuss your eligibility for the fellowship.
  • Supporting Documents – You will have the opportunity to submit up to three additional documents that may provide judges with a better understanding of your project.

How to Apply

Submit an online application. If internet access restricts you from completing an online application, a Microsoft Word application is available here.

Click here to begin your application.

For more information, visitYouth Action Net

Call for Applications: The 2014 MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program for African Graduate Students

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

The University of California, Berkeley has partnered with The MasterCard Foundation in a collaborative, global network of education institutions and non-profit organizations that believe education is a catalyst for social and economic advancement. The Program aims to benefit 15,000 young people over 10 years, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The future of Africa will be shaped by its young people, including those talented, yet economically disadvantaged students who face significant barriers to accessing quality education. To harness the potential impact of this generation, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program provides next-generation leaders who are committed to the social and economic transformation of their continent with access to quality education by delivering comprehensive financial, social, and academic support throughout their secondary and university education and supports their transition to further study or to the workforce.

To this end,Michigan State University International Studies and Programs is inviting applications from Sub-Saharan Africa graduate students for MasterCard Foundation Scholars program 2014. The main objective of the scholarship program is to ensure that young people are equipped with the skills and competencies needed to spur economic growth and social development in their respective countries of origin.

The scholarship is  open to students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree at an African university and are residents or citizens of an African country. Academically qualified, economically disadvantaged, young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent are highly encouraged to apply for MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.

Eligibility

The five main eligibility criteria are:

  • Being a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country – If you have refugee status, are stateless, or have other questions regarding your citizenship, you may still be eligible. Please contact us directly to clarify. This scholarship is not intended for citizens of North African countries.
  • Excelling academically – All prospective Scholars must first be admitted to UC Berkeley to be considered for the Scholarship. An important criteria for admission to the University is demonstrated academic excellence.
  • Coming from an economically disadvantaged background – We aim to admit those from the bottom two income quintiles per country. This Scholarship is designed for those extremely talented individuals who have no other means of acquiring the further education required to help realize their dreams and ambitions.
  • Having demonstrated the will to give back to your community, country, or continent – We are looking for well-rounded students who are engaged in activities beyond the classroom. Some may be directly related to your field of study, but this may also include other issues (social, economic, political) that you are working on and passionate about. Applicants should elaborate on their achievements both in their application to UC Berkeley, and then later on the Scholarship application.
  • Having expressed the desire and intention to return to your home country after completing your studies – We are looking for students who are engaged with and passionate about issues affecting their communities, and who will take advantage of their education at UC Berkeley to better equip themselves with the knowledge and training to address these issues upon return. While important work can be done from abroad, the intention of this Program is to enable Scholars to return home, after forming valuable professional connections through internship and job placement.

Deadline: February 3rd, 2014

For more information and application procedures: Visit UC Berkeley MasterCard Foundation Website

Apply:Climate Change Media Partnership journalist fellowship to report on COP18

The Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) is proud to announce the launch of a Fellowship program that will send journalists to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha (COP18) in late 2012. The Fellowships are open predominantly to journalists from developing countries, but journalists from the US and Russia are also welcome to apply.

The application process is now open until closing on 29 May at 2359 GMT.

Formed in 2007 by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN), Panos London and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the CCMP has brought developing country journalists to the annual UN climate summits for the past five years. This has enabled them to cover the summit for their home media organizations, work with experienced and knowledgeable journalists from around the world, and gain a multifaceted understanding of climate change’s global impact. Numerous regional organizations also play a supporting role in the partnership.

As part of the fellowships, the CCMP will cover travel, lodging and daily subsistence expenses, arrange press accreditation at COP18, and provide other support services. The Fellows will benefit from a series of specially designed activities, including an orientation session, breakfast briefings, a field trip and a media clinic.

To be eligible for this  fellowship applicants must be:

  • A journalist from the developing world, USA or Russia
  • Able to illustrate passion and commitment to reporting on climate change issues
  • Able to travel to Doha, Qatar to arrive no later than 29th November 2012 and leave no later than 8th December 2012
  • Have proven support from an editor, producer or supervisor

The CCMP fully respects the editorial independence of all journalists. Throughout the conference, Fellows are free to report as they see fit. As well as the requirements above we ask that journalists agree to provide copies or summaries of all the stories they file during COP18 for posting on our websites and that they show collegial attitude towards other Fellows. One of the main benefits of this program will be the opportunity for Fellows to exchange views and information with their journalistic peers from around the world.

Criteria for evaluating applicants will include the prospective Fellow’s demonstrated interest in climate change issues; their audience; and the ability of the Fellowship to provide an opportunity for those journalists who might not otherwise have a chance to cover such events.  Fellows represent a diverse range of experience and regions, though a primary goal of this program is to reach audiences – particularly marginalized communities – who are currently underserved when it when it comes to climate information.

At the moment, the CCMP has funding to bring a small number of Fellows, but is actively working to increase support in order to increase those numbers. In addition to selecting the initial slate of Fellows, targeted to be announced in September a waitlist will also be created to select additional journalists if more funding becomes available.

Applicants are required to submit an application before the May 29, 2012 deadline. We expect to announce the winners of the Fellowships in September.

To apply for a fellowship please click here.

Contact: 

International Institute for Environment & Development:
Mike Shanahan, Press Officer
mike.shanahan@iied.org

Earth Journalism Network, Internews:
Morgan Williams, Project Manager
mwilliams@internews.eu

Panos:
Tia Jeewa, Senior Press & Communication Officer
tia.jeewa@panos.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Notes to editors: 

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent, non-profit research institute. Set up in 1971 and based in London, IIED provides expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development (see: www.iied.org).