Apply: #Africa112 Summit in Harare, Zimbabwe

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#Africa112 aims at supporting social- economic initiatives aimed at wealth and job creation, targeting young woman and men with limited opportunities for economic empowerment including affordable innovations.

The conversation, powered by Core Foundation Africa will hold on 27 & 28th July 2017 at HICC, Harare (Zimbabwe) under the theme: “The Future of Africa, Her Youth and Women.

For more info: + 263 77 612 7462 / +27 76 453 4912 / Email: info@corefoundationafrica.org / africa112@auchapter.org

To apply, click here: http://bit.ly/2qsM8Ah 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE THEME: MENTORING YOUTH (WOMEN AND MEN) TO BE CHAMPIONS OF GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

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AU-FLAGPursuant to the African Union Assembly Decision n°: Assembly/AU/Dec.277 (XVI) and EX.CL/Dec.539 (XVI) on the launching of African Women’s Decade (AWD) and the Fund for African Women, the AU is pleased to announce the call for the submission of project proposals under theme n°10 of the African Women Decade namely “mentoring youth (women and men) to be champions of gender equality and women’s empowerment” which content is as follows: “Energizing the African Women’s movement, and mentoring young women and men leaders and professionals, both in Africa and the Diaspora to be champions on Gender Equality and women’s empowerment”.

The implementation of the Decade themes is within the context of the integration of NEPAD into the African Union Structures and in line with Assembly Decision n° Assembly/AU/Dec.333 (XVI) to consolidate gains so far made and to achieve coherence. It also reaffirms African Women’s Decade to be the overall implementation framework for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) and the Fund for African Women’s Decade to be the vehicle for mobilizing resources in line with the Executive Council Decision EX.CL.Dec.539(XVI)(4) and calls for Development Partners support.

By this call, the Commission hereby invites members States and stakeholders to submit their project proposals on the Theme: “mentoring youth (women and men) to be champions of gender equality and women’s empowerment”. This Theme n°10 of the African Women’s Decade is seriously taken into consideration by the African Union Commission and is scheduled to be discussed at the 2017 AU Summit under the theme’ “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in the Youth”.

Agenda 2063 has also given an important place to young women and men and according to its Aspiration 6, the Africa Union Commission aspires by 2063 to: “an Africa where development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African People, especially its women and youth…” This clearly shows the will and commitment of the African development actors to lay emphasis on Young women and men. This inclusive and people-centered approach can only be reached by empowering, mentoring and championing the young component of the African population. Agenda 2063 is Africa’s vision and roadmap for the fulfilment of Africa endogenous plan of transformation. Therefore, there is a need for African youth to be mentored accordingly.

The Fund will benefit young women and girls through grassroots initiatives, developed by:

  1. African Union member States;
  2. African Civil Society Organizations working on mentoring youth (women and men) to be champions of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  3. Youth groups

Proposals will be funded for one year with a ceiling up to thirty thousand dollars ($30,000).

1-Criteria for the selection of project under the “mentoring youth (women and men) to be champions of gender equality and women’s empowerment” Theme:

The projects should be based on the African Union Agenda 2063. The Agenda works for a Shared Strategic Framework for Inclusive change for a better Sustainable Development, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The project or programme should contribute to any of the following:

  1. Create environment where the African and Diaspora young women’s movement will find a platform to interact and bring paramount and valuable changes to the women condition in Africa;
  2. Sensitize and train youth about the drawbacks and consequences of exclusion, on the fact that no woman or man will be left behind or excluded, on the basis of gender;
  3. Demonstrate its commitment as People-centred and training youth about gender equality and Women’s empowerment.
  4. Engage and empower youth to be gender-sensitive in their approach for decision making, while targeting sustainable development;
  5. Boost African women’s incentives to create movements and initiatives aiming at fully empowering young women in all spheres, and promoting their social, political and economic rights, including the rights to own and inherit property, sign contracts, register and manage businesses, and accessing leadership positions;
  6. Organize the mentorship and championship activities for young rural women and men and create movements or cooperatives that will raise awareness on their rights; and help them have access to productive assets, including land, credit, inputs and financial services.

2- In addition to the above mentioned criteria, the selected projects should:

a) Set key mentoring and championing priorities at continental level, to accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment according to Agenda 2063 vision which expects full gender parity, with women occupying at least 50% of elected public offices at all levels and half of managerial positions in the public and the private sector;

b) Promote the adoption of policies that ensure that the youth of Africa is socially, economically and politically empowered with full implementation of the African Youth Charter and subsequent Decade Plan of Action;

c) Work for the elimination of all forms of systemic inequalities, exploitation, marginalization and discrimination of young people and mainstream youth issues in all development agendas;

d) Lobby for the elimination of Youth unemployment in Africa, while guaranteeing their full access to education, training, skills and technology, to health services, jobs and economic opportunities, recreational and cultural activities as well as financial means and all necessary resources to allow them to realize their full potential;

e) Train, monitor and champion Young African women and men to be the path breakers of the African knowledge society and contribute significantly to innovation and entrepreneurship;

f) Guide Africa’s youth and strengthen their knowledge into creativity, energy and innovation for them to become the driving force behind the continent’s political, social, cultural and economic transformation;

g) Be committed to sensitize and advocate to increase access to Sexual Reproductive Health Services and Rights (SRHR) for young people in Africa;

h) Capitalize on regional youth consultations for a better understanding and ownership of Agenda 2063; i) Promote Young People’s Rights, particularly young women’s rights Towards the Attainment of Agenda 2063’,

j) Create a platform for aggregating youth concerns such as migration, employment and mobility, inclusion, diversity management and popular participation;

k) Train Young people to be active actors in governance.

Mode of application

  1. Submission of a brief and schematic Concept Note in line with the application characteristics provided (attached). The Concept Note should be in summary form to facilitate technical evaluation and provisional approval or rejection by the Steering committee. It should not exceed one page;
  1. Submission of a more detailed, well formulated project proposal, in accordance with the format provided (attached), which meets key operational, technical and procedural requirements required for the final evaluation of the proposal.

The application should include the following information:

  1. A one page synthesis of the Concept Note (attached), as follows:
  • Basic data (project name, management details, duration, geographical location, context and rationale of the project);
  • Description of the project (purpose, goals and objectives, expected outcomes, activities, indicators, beneficiaries, entities and partners);
  • A brief presentation of the implementing agency: 1) governance structures, financial management, monitoring and evaluation, and sustainability plans;
  • Names and contact details (telephone numbers, email, etc.) of signatories.
  1. Detailed project proposal: Refer to attached outline
  1. A page containing:
  • The detailed budget in dollars (US$) and equipment (available and required). Distribution: 50% for equipment, and 50% for training and general expenses. The Fund for African Women does not cover salaries.
  • Bank details of the organization;

All applications should include a letter of recommendation from national Coordination Committees or Ministries responsible for Gender and women’s Affairs. NGO’s and CSO’s, should provide a copy of the Letter of Information sent to your Ministry of women Affairs. All hard copies of applications should be sent through the respective Embassies of Member States in Ethiopia, with electronic copies submitted directly to the Commission, addressed to the Director- Women, Gender and Development Directorate, AU commission Fund for African Women, by April 15, 2017.

Kindly note that the commission will only accept proposals that adhere to the indicated theme.

This announcement will be posted on the AUC website http://www.africa-union.org

The detailed format in which concept notes should be submitted is available on the website in English, French, Portuguese and Arabic.

Member States and grassroots organizations with the requisite capacity, experience in networking with women’s groups, community cooperatives, the informal sector, and addressing gender inequality are encouraged to apply.

For further information or clarifications, please contact Mrs. Mahawa Kaba Wheeler, Director- Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD), Tel: +251 11 518 21 12 – email: Kaba-WheelerM@africa-union.org; Mr. Adoumtar Noubatour, Senior Programme Officer, Tel: +251 11 518 21 11- email: adoumtarn@africa-union.org ; Mrs Fiorella De Pede, email : FiorellaP@africa-union.org. Tel.: +251115182115.

CLICK HERE to get all necessary documents: African Union Website

 

Call for applications : Debate on youth and political decision-making in Africa

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Engaging young people in politics is critical to the safeguarding and strengthening of democracy worldwide. With an estimated 1.2 billion people aged 15–24 on the planet, justice and democratic legitimacy demand more than a token youth presence in parliament. People between the ages of 20 and 44 make up 57 per cent of the world’s voting age population but only 26 per cent of the world’s MPs. In addition, the presence of young people in political positions can change attitudes, eroding stereotypes about readiness or fitness to lead, while also encouraging young people to see politics as an arena open to their participation.

Application guidelines

  • Youth applicants between the ages of 18-35 are welcome to participate.
  • Applicants should submit a 300-word abstract on the theme “Youth in political decision-making in Africa” by 27 February 2017.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for a preliminary training and assessment session on 13 March. Applicants located outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will be interviewed via Skype.
  • The organizers will announce the teams on 20 March and preparations for the debate will be held on 21 March.
  • The final debate will be held on 31 March in Addis Ababa (location TBD).

 Debate procedure

After the preliminary training and assessment session on 13 March, each team, consisting of three individuals, will answer two essay questions based on a set of thematic questions or a case study; one supporting the topic and the other against. Each team will be assigned to a supervisor who will support the team on basic structure and formatting. The teams will debate one side of the argument based on their submitted essays and through the use of other sources of information. The floor will then open for a Q&A session for further discussion and clarification. After examining the essays and verbal arguments, independent evaluators will grade each team and announce the final winner.

Reward

  • The winning team will have the opportunity to participate in the upcoming Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa on 22-23 April 2017 (Accommodation and flights to Bahir Dar, Ethiopia will be covered).
  • They will also have the opportunity to publish their essay in the upcoming AfSol (African Solutions) book series, IPSS website as well as other IPSS web platforms.
  • A certificate of participation on behalf of the IPSS Alumni Network will be given to all participants.

For questions and to submit abstracts, please contact alumni@ipss-addis.org

Click here to download more on the application process.

Source: IPSS Website

Postulez: Forum Régional des jeunes sur le patrimoine mondial, 26 Avril-5 Mai 2017

logo-1Les forums des jeunes, l’une des principales activités du Programme d’éducation des jeunes au patrimoine mondial, encouragent l’apprentissage interculturel et l’échange. Ces forums, réunissant des jeunes issus de différentes régions du monde, servent également de catalyseur et insufflent l’inspiration nécessaire pour développer des activités éducatives et participatives autour du patrimoine mondial aux niveaux national, régional et international. Les thématiques de ces forums abordent des défis liés au patrimoine mondial en matière de conservation et de préservation tout en contribuant à la promotion de l’éducation au patrimoine mondial et à l’implication des jeunes.

A l’instar du forum anglophone en 2016, qui était le tout premier organisé en Afrique, le forum francophone s’efforcera de mettre en place une plateforme pérenne destinée à la jeunesse africaine afin d’accroitre sa participation dans le domaine de la protection du patrimoine mondial en Afrique. Cette initiative répond à la fois à l’intérêt exprimé par les Etats parties d’organiser un forum régional des jeunes sur le patrimoine mondial et aux recommandations du Second cycle du rapport périodique pour la région Afrique.

Objectifs du forum: Ce premier forum des jeunes pour les pays francophones aura pour objectifs de : 1- Sensibiliser les jeunes sur les enjeux liés à la protection et la préservation du patrimoine mondial grâce à une compréhension approfondie de la Convention concernant la protection du patrimoine mondial, culturel et naturel et des travaux du Comité du patrimoine mondial ; 2- Mobiliser et impliquer les jeunes en les encourageant à développer des initiatives viables qui tiennent compte des enjeux environnementaux dans leur pays et du Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030 ; 3- Promouvoir le dialogue intergénérationnel et l’échange de connaissances entre les jeunes, les experts et spécialistes du patrimoine mondial, notamment en milieu universitaire ; 4- Approfondir une réflexion auprès des jeunes sur les améliorations à apporter dans l’enseignement du patrimoine en Afrique ; 5- Encourager la participation des jeunes dans des activités (entrepreneuriales ou autres) de gestion durable du patrimoine mondial y compris le développement touristique.

Langue de travail: Le français est la langue de travail du forum.

Financement: Les coûts du forum seront couverts par les organisateurs, c’est-à-dire le billet d’avion, l’hébergement, les repas et les transports locaux au Burkina Faso pendant le forum. Les participants sélectionnés prendront en charge leur visa de séjour au Burkina Faso et leur transport à l’intérieur de leur pays respectif.

Postuler au forum: Chaque candidat au Forum doit soumettre les documents ci-après : 1- Le formulaire de candidature dûment rempli (cliquez ici pour obtenir le formulaire) ; 2- Une lettre de motivation (1 page maximum) décrivant en détail les motivations et expériences liées au patrimoine mondial ; 3- Un curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum) ;  4- Une lettre de recommandation signée par l’autorité/la hiérarchie compétente soit de l’administration ou institution, soit de l’université ; 5- Une courte vidéo démontrant comment les jeunes promeuvent ou pourraient promouvoir et/ou sauvegarder un ou les sites du patrimoine mondial dans leur pays. Veuillez noter les critères pour les vidéos : Créative, innovatrice, surprenante et particulièrement amusante ! Doit durer 2 minutes maximum, et être au format “AVI” uniquement.

Critères de sélection: La sélection des participants au Forum se fera sur la base des critères suivants :

  • Agés de 20 à 28 ans ;
  • Ayant une des nationalités suivantes : Algérie ; Angola ; Bénin ; Burkina-Faso ; Burundi ; Cameroun ; Cap-Vert ; Centrafrique ; Comores ; Congo ; Côte d’Ivoire ; Djibouti ; Gabon ; Guinée ; Guinée-Bissau ; Guinée Équatoriale ; Mali ; Madagascar ; Maroc ; Maurice ; Mauritanie ; Niger ; République Démocratique du Congo ; Rwanda ; Sao Tomé et Principe ; Sénégal ; Seychelles ; Tchad ; Togo ; Tunisie.
  • Maitrise de la langue Française ;
  • Jeunes passionnés par la protection du patrimoine dans leur pays, ayant potentiellement participé à des projets dans ce domaine ;
  • Motivés, actifs et prêts à s’engager dans un réseau de jeunes africains désireux de mettre en œuvre les résultats du forum dans leur pays.
  • Diversité et complémentarité d’expériences parmi les participants ;
  • Etre une personne d’influence et avoir la capacité de motiver les autres jeunes de son pays et ceux de la Région Afrique ;
  • Egalité de genre et équilibre géographique.

Conditions: Tous les participants sélectionnés doivent obligatoirement être présents pendant toute la durée du Forum. Les participants doivent s’engager à consacrer du temps à la préparation et au suivi du Forum des jeunes. NOTE : Veuillez noter que la soumission des candidatures indique que le candidat accepte le droit de l’organisateur d’utiliser la candidature à des fins d’information et de promotion. La propriété intellectuelle des candidats sera reconnue.

Date limite de candidature: Les dossiers complets de candidature doivent parvenir à l’adresse email suivante : awhfyouthforum@gmail.com au plus tard le 20 Janvier 2017 (12h GMT). Pour toute information supplémentaire concernant le Forum ou en cas de problème relatif au processus de sélection, veuillez contacter le FPMA (Nony Tiana Andriamirado: NonyA@dbsa.org). Veuillez noter que les demandes envoyées à cet e-mail ne seront pas acceptées. Veuillez les envoyer à l’adresse électronique indiquée ci-après : awhfyouthforum@gmail.com. Les participants seront sélectionnés par un jury constitué de représentants du Fonds pour le patrimoine mondial africain (FPMA), du Burkina Faso (pays hôte), du Centre du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. Les candidats sélectionnés seront informés de leur sélection au plus tard le 26 Février 2017.

Cliquez ici pour télécharger l’annonce entière de l’appel à candidature

APPLY: African Union’s Intercontinental Youth Forum on Violent Extremism

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Preventing/countering violent extremism (PCVE) is an issue that has been addressed nationally, regionally and globally since the turn of the millennium. PCVE is generally pursued through coercive hard power such as military-dominated peace support operations and surveillance to name a few. Although these methods have proven effective to a certain extent, they come at a high cost both financially and in human lives, while still failing to completely eradicate violent extremism.

Objectives: The objective of the trans-continental dialogue programme on PCVE through the soft power of religion is to create a transcontinental platform that will bring together stakeholders from Africa and Europe to deliberate on these issues and produce contemporary recommendations and activities on how to prevent/counter violent extremism. The dialogue further aims to:

  • Strengthen inter- & intra-religious efforts and strategies in preventing/countering violent extremism and promoting conflict prevention, peace building, reconciliation and conflict transformation;
  • Facilitate inter-religious dialogue as a tool to influence policy and advocacy in Africa and Europe;
  • Establish a platform for partnership between African and European stakeholders, particularly faith-based and interfaith organizations to work together in addressing common issues such as promoting a culture of peace and building trust, peace and common values.

Long-term objectives

  • Promote values of tolerance, mutual respect and better understanding centered around intra- and inter-faith, inter-religious and inter-cultural values that are the core principles for integration and peace.
  • Achieve behavioural change of communities and individuals, redefining contemporary human values for tolerance and integration.
  • Reach out, educate and de-radicalize target groups (particular focus on youth) and train respective stakeholders.

This intercontinental forum will provide a platform to discuss different means of preventing/countering violent extremism by drawing on the soft power of religion and dialogue and, accordingly making policies at the local, national and regional levels that are relevant to both Africa and Europe. The forum will bring together a group of experts and practitioners on interfaith dialogue, countering violent extremism, and de-radicalization along with a representative group of youth from Africa and Europe. The forum will focus on the following objectives:

  1. To develop strategic directions for the Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism (IDOVE) project based on principles and methods of interfaith dialogue on countering violent extremism and de-radicalization.
  2. To develop suitable concepts and applications for the IDOVE website that will be launched at the Forum.
  3. To develop concepts and mechanisms to support small scale youth-run projects to be implemented in Africa and Europe within the project objectives.
  4. To design plans for a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to monitor the implementation of small scale projects, following up on them through annual meetings.

Participation: The forum is primarily geared towards empowering youth to conceptualize and develop projects using the two major approaches of the IDOVE project: Social Media and Small Scale Projects. Therefore, the following criteria will form the basis of the participant selection process:

  1. Aged between 20-35
  2. Citizen or resident of a European or an African country
  3. Fluency in either English or French, in addition to fluency in another language
  4. Proven interest in interfaith, de-radicalization and/or preventing/countering violent extremism, as evident from having:
    • Developed projects related to those topics
    • Participated in projects related to those topics
    • Conducted formal research on those topics
    • Participated in conferences, workshops and forums on those topics

Applications must be completed using the online application system and must be submitted by midnight of Sunday, 15 January 2017.  Notifications of admission to the forum will be sent during the last week of January 2017.  The organizers will cover all travel and accommodation costs associated with the forum.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

APPLY: MINDS Scholarship Program for Leadership Development

logoMINDS offers scholarships to Africans who wish to pursue post-graduate studies within Africa, outside of their own countries. Through tailored leadership development activities, the MINDS Scholarship Program aims to nurture leaders who have a continental development mindset; leaders who will facilitate greater cohesion and cooperation between African countries.

MINDS scholarships are applicable to full-time studies of a one or two year Honors or Master’s degree at one of the MINDS preferred institutions (listed below). MINDS does not prescribe the course to be studied.

The scholarship will cover some or all of the expenses below, depending on whether a partial or full scholarship is awarded:

  • Tuition,
  •  Accommodation and meals,
  • One return ticket per duration of studies,
  • A fixed stipend.

Individuals with a Pan-African outlook, demonstrated leadership ability and an excellent academic record who wish to study on the African continent, outside their home country are invited to apply for the scholarships.

Eligibility Criteria

MINDS scholarships are awarded to meritorious applicants following a rigorous selection process.  To be considered for a MINDS scholarship, you must:

  • Be a national of an African country, residing in any African country;
  • Have been formally accepted by one or more MINDS preferred institution/s to pursue postgraduate studies within the following year; (Click here to have the full List of Preferred Institutions)
  • Have obtained at least 70% in each subject/ course in the last two completed years of study;
  • Produce evidence of demonstrated leadership abilities or potential guided by the questions/ requirements set out in the application form;
  • Submit a complete online application form (see below) with the required supporting documentation.

Applying for a MINDS Scholarship

MINDS is currently receiving applications from students who commence their studies in 2017. Interested individuals are invited to submit applications as soon as they receive official acceptance from a MINDS preferred university at which they wish to study. Applications will be processed in the order they are received.

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, you can submit your application by clicking on the link below. Please have the following documents scanned, saved and ready for uploading. All documents uploaded must be in PDF format. Each attachment  should not exceed 2MB  in size.

  • A copy of the data/ bio page of your passport.
  • A certified academic transcript/ results slip of the last two years of study.
  • A copy of the official acceptance letter from the university. The letter must:
  • Be addressed to the applicant.
  • State the degree which the applicant has been accepted to study.
  • State the academic year at which the degree will commence.
  • State the duration of the course (e.g. one year).
  • A copy of a valid study permit or visa OR proof of application.
  • A detailed CV/ Resume of not more than four (4) single sided pages.
  • Two reference letters (of not more than 3 pages each) addressing the applicant’s demonstration of integrity, their competency and/or potential as a leader and their commitment to the development of the African continent.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT AND TO APPLY 

Source: MINDS Website

#AddYourVoice : Define priorities for Youth Development in Africa, in 1 min!

The African Union’s theme for the year 2017 is ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth’.

A Demographic Dividend Road Map was developed with the purpose of highlighting the work that needs to be achieved in four pillars:
1. Employment & Entrepreneurship
2. Education & Skills Development
3. Health & Well-being
4. Rights, Governance & Youth Empowerment

In this regard, the African Union Youth Division is kindly requesting that Youth take the lead of this exercice by filling out this short questionnaire in LESS THAN 1 min! Your submissions will enable the African Union Commission to align its activities and programmes around what YOU, the African youth, consider as priorities in 2017 and beyond.

Click here to fill the form