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.
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The International Development Department, University of Birmingham, is pleased to announce that the Mo Ibrahim Foundation is providing one scholarship for our MSc in Governance and State-building, to start in September 2012. The scholarship will be for a two-year programme, with the successful candidate undertaking the full MSc programme and then six months within the Foundation as an intern, based in London.
The Governance and Statebuilding programme is one of the specialised streams within international development, and takes an interdisciplinary standpoint, combining the theoretical rigour of political economy and the practical experience of development. The good governance agenda occurs now increasingly alongside debate on state-building, which encompasses issues such as accountability and transparency, corruption, conflict, political settlement, human rights, participation, access to justice and democratisation. Governance and state-building are of particular interest to governments, non-governmental organisations and development agencies, as well as to a growing and vibrant academic community.
The pathway for the Foundation scholarship comprises the following modules:
- Critical Approaches to Development (20 credits)
- Governance and State Building in Developing Countries (20 credits)
- Econometrics and Development Applications (30 credits)
- One of the following four modules (20 credits):
o Development Politics
o Development Management
o Conflict in Developing Countries
o Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development
- Choice of optional modules (40 credits) – choose from over 25 IDD modules plus others from across the University
- Dissertation (60 credits) – in depth focus on a topic of particular interest, with support from a supervisor. This may involve overseas fieldwork in a country chosen by the candidate.
The entry requirements consist of:
- At least an upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university.
- Adequate capacity in written and spoken English. For those whose first language is not English, evidence of this capacity is required. Applicants should reach at least level 6.5 in the IELTS or 580 /93 for TOEFL. Please check the University website for more information on English language requirements.
- Experience in economics and statistics, demonstrated through a good mark received for at least one course at undergraduate level.
- Applicants must be African nationals domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Applications must be received through the University online application system, accessed via www.birmingham.ac.uk by the 11th June, with a 500 word statement and CV sent by email to Mrs Debra Beard (firstname.lastname@example.org). This statement should set out why the applicant is the best candidate for the scholarship. Please include ‘Mo Ibrahim Scholarship’ in the subject line of the email.
The scholarship includes:
- Full tuition fee
- Air fare to and from the United Kingdom and visa
- Monthly stipend of £920 for 18 months
- Arrival allowance of £920
The remaining six months for the internship will be funded directly to the successful candidate by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
For more information: International Development (Governance and Statebuilding) MSc/GDip