The 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information,visit;http://www.ym4ge.org/
Call for Applications: The 2014 MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program for African Graduate Students
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.
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
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.
International Institute for Environment & Development:
Mike Shanahan, Press Officer
Earth Journalism Network, Internews:
Morgan Williams, Project Manager
Tia Jeewa, Senior Press & Communication Officer
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).