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Call for Applications: 2014 Sustainable Solutions Showcase


tpc logoThe economic future of Africa is driven by access to finance by its ever growing population of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). As part of the 2014 edition of the Africa CEO Round-table & Conference on Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility (AR-CSR™); ThistlePraxis Consulting is pleased to announce the third edition of theSustainable Solutions Showcase, an initiative that seeks to promote, expose and connect innovations and inventions of social entrepreneurs with potential investors, partners, clients, customers and collaborators. Due to the fact thatgrowing investments and ideas will continue to depend on financial support to actualise and promote innovative dreams, SSS 3.0 will showcase best ideas, goods, services and inventions of various types that are original and creative, ecologically friendly, capable of meeting specific social and economic needs and having potential for enterprise and return on investment.


The entries will be screened by a Project team of experts from Thistle Praxis Consulting, AR-CSR™ conveners and Sponsor organisations. Products, services or initiatives must be unique, practical and must useful in solving an existing problem, or meeting the needs of the public. The best three entries will be selected to participate at the 4thedition of the AR-CSR™ and will present their initiatives at the CEO Round-table to leading business leaders, captains of industries, CEOs and C-suite professionals in the private and public sector. Also present at this session will be the 2014 Keynote Speaker and Lead Discussant, Dr. Donald Kaberuka – President, African Development Bank Group (AfDB) – and Brian Kuwik, Vice President and Africa Regional Head, Accion International amongst leading business leaders and corporate executives from reputable organisations and financial institutions.

If your innovation or business fits these descriptions and can readily be presented to business leaders for possible investment opportunities and collaborations, then this opportunity is for you.Interested individuals are encouraged to enter for the challenge by registering at the event website: http:/// or sending an email to: Deadline for submission of entries is Midnight, Central African TimeMay 15, 2014 to The entries will be screened by a project team of experts from ThistlePraxis Consulting and only successful candidates will be notified by May 29, 2014.

Entries should contain the following: Product description details showinga detailed description of your product and an explanation on how it meets the criteria stated above, a brief profile of the organisation, social enterprise or individual, including structure and size. A short video of not more than 5 minutes in length showing a demonstration of the product may be an added advantage and is strongly encouraged. The conveners of the AR-CSR™ assure all interested individuals that details of applicants’ intellectual property will be treated with utmost confidentiality and respect. However, conveners are not liable for consequences which may arise after the presentations, exhibition and subsequent interaction with potential funders and/or partners.

The 2014 edition of the AR-CSR™ scheduled to take place at the Tinapa Business Resort, Calabar, Cross River State from June 19-20, 2014 is presented with support from Shell Nigeria, Diamond Bank, Heritage Bank, Obubra/Etung Federal Constituency Office and hosted by the Cross River State Government. Ventures Africa and Leadership Newspapers are Media Sponsors. Registrations have commenced in earnest for the event whilst the impressive live up of speakers and further details can be obtained from

Hence, the 2014 edition will seek to interrogate the intersection where financial inclusion fosters economic sustainability and enhances societal benefit. The financial industry plays a critical role for society at large: serving individuals, families, businesses, governments, civic institutions and other stakeholders. The sector performs indispensable functions such as enabling financial inclusion, facilitating saving and investment, providing protection from risks and supporting the creation of new jobs and enterprises. It is critical that the sector operates to provide these functions for society in a stable, sustainable way, and increases awareness of its activities in this area.

In its annual tradition, the AR-CSR™ will again feature a series of events such as: CEO round-table sessions followed by a one-and-a-half-day conference, Sustainable Solutions Showcase (an exhibition of eco-friendly products and service solutions), Eco-Tourism, Sustainable Investment Forum (hosted by the Cross River State Government), Networking cocktails & Gala Dinner amongst other inspiring and intellectually stimulating activities. Leaders from a variety of sectors from far and wide within and outside the continent will gather to share their expertise and experiences on an array of Business and Development sub-topics and try to identify what is missing: the pooling of the most available heap of investable funds possible from all nooks and crannies of the economy and how to channel the pooled funds to attractive production activities, particularly those of small-to-medium size enterprises which are established as the main engines of economic growth and job creation across countries, thus enhancing and increasing societal growth.

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Vacancy Alert- Development Communications Associate in Calabar

Terms of Reference for Development Communications Associate.

 Job Location: Calabar, Cross River State

The Specialist on Development Communications will work as the official responsible for managing internal and external communications programs and projects for a state-wide Development Communications project. This will mainly entail managing, documenting and coordinating a team of professionals on strategies, challenges and implementing solutions across a clearly-marked region and population. He/she will also be required to also work with a Faculty of Research & Development, Projects, Strategy & External Relations Consultants.

In this role, he/she will also be expected to identify challenges and hitches in communication flow, initiate client solutions, suggests collaborations where applicable and relevant, and also develop strategies for new target prospects for the client and her subsidiaries.

Overall Responsibilities

The DCS shall work under the direct supervision of the Lead Consultant/CEO to carry out all functions specified in this ToR. He/she shall work closely with the other members of staff especially the Projects Consultant (PC).

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Double as Media Liaison or Public Affairs and Communications Officer;
  2. Maintain the project work plan and calendar whilst providing accurate and updated information on all media platforms, targets and stakeholders etc;
  3. Plan, write, prepare and/or review press releases, reports and articles to be used in project publications;
  4. Supervise research, interview, writing, editing and proof-reading of all content for distribution and for electronic and print communication;
  5. Develop story plans and maintain repository of press releases and articles;
  6. Prepare and maintain a stakeholder directory as well as conduct periodic information gathering and feedback/liaison activities;
  7. Provide regular progress reports to Lead Consultant/CEO;
  8. Carry out such other assignments as required by the company.

Educational and Work Requirements

  1. A post-graduate degree in Social Sciences, International Relations and/or Communications or preferably with a media or communications background and/or experience
  2. Consideration will be given to those with a first Degree in Media and communication or social science disciplines
  3. At least 3 years’ professional work experience in a viable consultancy or thriving business entity
  4. Should have at least executed/managed one major development communications project from the inception through execution and completion.
  5. Past experience in business development and project management and communications is an advantage.
  6. Strong analytical skills and a proven track record of leadership and coordinating teams.
  7.  Should have good:
  8. Knowledge and experience in project management, strategy/business development and corporate communications
  9. Computer appreciation skills
  10. Numeracy and accuracy skills
  11. Ability to communicate effectively
  12. Strong ability to organize and prioritize workloads, meet deadlines and targets
  13. Additionally, the following attributes are essential:
  14. Strong interpersonal and negotiating ability
  15. Ability to work as a team member
  16. Ability to work with little or no supervision

Core Competencies

  1. Impeccable oral and written communication skills
  2. Inter-personal skills
  3. Critical thinking & problem solving
  4. Planning and Organizing
  5. Performance Focus
  6. Managing Change
  7. Teamwork
  8. Communication Skills
  9. Leadership
  10. Delegation
  11. Negotiation
  12. Conflict & Risk Management
  13. Commercial Orientation

Application should include:

1. An application letter indicating clearly the post applied for

2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) clearly indicating requirements referred to above

3. Three recommendations from non-family related referees

4. Copies of:

a.            Academic transcripts

b.            Reference of work experience

Please send all applications to on or before September 15, 2012.

Nigerian Fuel Subsidy Policy:Implications for Sustainable Development

The government of Nigeria’s removal of fuel subsidy on petroleum products (Premium Motor Spirit) – through her regulatory agency, Petroleum Product and Regulatory Agency (PPRA) on January 1, 2012 – increased the unit cost from 65.00 NGN (0.40 USD) to 143.00 NGN (0.90 USD). This development came on the heels of a declaration of State of Emergency in some parts of the Northern Region on December 31 after weeks of terrorism and sporadic bomb blasts mainly in churches and other public spaces.

In the official release which read, ‘Following extensive consultation with stakeholders across the nation, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) wishes to inform all stakeholders of the commencement of formal removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), in accordance with the powers conferred on the agency by the law establishing it, in compliance with Section 7 of PPPRA Act, 2004’. Whilst the proposed policy promises sustainable development across all sectors of the economy, observers criticize the capacity and political will of the government to meet this promise after many decades of bad leadership and institutionalized corruption.

ThistlePraxis Research examines the effects of this policy on Nigeria’s economy beyond the sudden inflation that already plagues the system, and the implications for Sustainable Development in a report, Subsidizing Sustainable Development: The Nigerian Case Study to be published in two (2) weeks.

We invite you to contribute to this report by answering the following questions:

1. What is your opinion about the fuel subsidy removal in Nigeria?

2. What will be the short term effects of the policy on your work?

3. How do you envisage the long term effects of the policy on your company and your employment?

4. What are your expectations from: government and your employer(s)?

5. What measures, if any will you take in cushioning the effects of the policy for your social and professional life?

Want to contribute?

Send your inputs to and


Community Connects for Youth Leadership Project: Apply!


The Bridge Leadership Foundation (TBLF) is a non-profit leadership and capacity development Foundation committed to building generations of young people educated to become compassionate, entrepreneurial and engaged citizens who are empowered to take responsibility for their own lives and for making a difference in the world.

TBLF, in partnership with Search & Groom Youth Development Centre and ThistlePraxis Consulting, is pleased to announce its Community Connect Football for Youth Leadership Programme. By leveraging on the wide acceptance of sports as a means of social campaign, harmony and community regeneration, the programme will use the game of FOOTBALL to teach Leadership and Fair Play skills for personal and community development.


To serve as a means of reaching young people and tackling social exclusion

– Encourage female participation in leadership through sports

– Support and increase level of economic literacy amongst youths within the state

 – For unemployed youths (men and women) to be identified and supported as an integral part of the community and change misperception.

– To offer a grooming platform for young people with career aspirations in football

Who can Participate?

* Young Person (male of female) aged 16-13

* Passionate about sports, especially football

*Ready to participate in a football tournament

*Can commit to a 3 week training exercise

How to Participate?

Register at designated venues:

– MONTY SUITES, Behind Zone 6 Headquaters, Calabar

– Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project (PPFN COMPLEX), 89 Uwanse Street, Calabar

-Softnet Techonlogies, Mary Slessor Avenue, Calabar

– Livinco Electricals LTD, Murtala Mohammed Highway, Calabar

– FotoStudio, First Floor, 10 M. Mohammed Highway Way, Calabar

– Cross River State Football Association office, UJ Esuene Stadium,Calabar

-Kenny’s fried Kitchen, Ekpo Abasi Street, Calabar

– American Corner, Women Development Centre, Parliamentary Road, Calabar

– Lizzy’s Beauty Touch, 12 Mount Zion Road Caabar.

Outstanding participants will be selected to participate at the 2012 Homeless World Cup Finals in Mexico!


For partnership and sponsorship enquiries please contact: Emilia on 08136611906 or e-mail:

For more information on registration and participation contact Ade on 08028299568 or Esther on 08055089694