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

 

Africa’s global influence depends on youths’ voice

By Sekou Touré

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The annual Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa that was held in Ethiopia mid last month brought together African Heads of State and Government representatives, academicians and opinion leaders.

The theme “Africa in the Global Security Agenda”, was equally apt and timely. The informal nature of the discussions allowed participants to engage in frank and honest debates on the gains, challenges and possible solutions to peace and security issues on the continent.

The general consensus of participants was the slow but increasingly influential role of Africa as a key actor on the global stage within a systemic balance of power that is gradually shifting from a unipolar and towards a more multipolar system. This slow but steady rise of Africa is contrary to previous decades, especially during and in the aftermath of the Cold War era when the continent was viewed as a mere pawn on the global political chessboard.

The emergence of new economies, more so China, has presented Africa with more trading opportunities as well as easy access to grants with minimal pre-conditions.

In essence, the relations between Africa and its new “friends” have to an extent provided the continent with leverage on the global stage. This has been witnessed by power plays in the Security Council, in most cases mainly between China and Russia on one hand, and the United States and its allies on the other. The power plays have more so been with regard to key peace and security issues affecting the continent.

Despite the slight, but increasing assertiveness of Africa’s voice on the international stage, the continent still has a long way to go before it can forcefully stump its authority on key global institutions, particularly in the United Nations Security Council.

In light of these, one of the main challenges that came out during the forum was the lack of internal institutional funding for the African Union (AU) to effectively and efficiently tackle peace and security issues afflicting the continent.

The other hindrance to Africa’s voice on the global stage was cited as disconnect between the AU and representatives of the continent at the United Nations headquarters. This has led to conflicting diplomatic stand on various issues of interest to the continent.

Nevertheless, it’s important to note that the varied sovereign States across the continent have their own interest that they aim to protect and promote. Hence, unless the AU member states agree on and adopt a common supranational kind of foreign policy on major issues of concern to the continent, Africa’s stand on the international stage will be of less impact than other global actors and regional players.

Despite these challenges, the future of a brighter or bleak Africa depends more importantly on the political goodwill of its leaders to establish and strengthen fundamental institutions and organisations from the regional level, through sub-regional and national levels, to the sub-national levels.

The increased participation of youth in the discourse of key issues affecting the continent is likely to accelerate the attainment of Africa’s Agenda 2063, positioning the continent as an indispensable actor on the global stage.

In contrary, the continued marginalisation and disenfranchisement of Africa’s young population is likely to undermine the economic gains that the continent has gained over the last decade.

Article Previously published in Standard Media, Kenya

Enter: Leadership Essay Contest 2016 to win a $2,000 Prize

Deadline: 31st May 2016

Young African citizens currently residing on the continent between the age of 18-25 are invited to submit an essay for this year’s Leadership Essay Contest organised by UONGOZI Institute.The essay contest aims to provide a space for the youth across Africa and the next generation of leaders in the region to contribute to important discussions on leadership.

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Guidelines: The contest is open to all African citizens between the age of 18 – 25 years old, to write about their perspective on Leadership. The essays should respond to the following question:

“What would you do as a leader to address the challenges facing African businesses?”

The essays should be no more than 2 A4 pages long. The format shall be of single spaced, Arial font size 11 with page margins of 2.54cm for each margin, and sent as a Microsoft Word document. Essays will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, use of language and appropriateness to contest theme. All essays must be written in English.

Prizes: A grand prize of USD $2,000 will be awarded to the overall winner of the essay contest. A total of five finalists will be selected. The finalists will be brought to Dar es Salaam to receive their awards at a prize giving ceremony to be held during the Africa Leadership Forum Dinner Gala on 28th July, 2016, which will be attended by former Heads of State and senior leaders from across Africa in the public sector, private sector and civil society. The overall winner will be invited to read the winning essay at the event. The essay will also be published on UONGOZI Institute’s blog and in one of the leading regional magazines in Africa.

How to apply: Essays should be submitted by email to submissions@uongozi.or.tz Applicants must also submit proof of identification for travel (valid passport) and a written statement of originality and ownership of intellectual property rights. The final deadline for submission will be Tuesday, 31st May, 2016 (5pm GMT). The top five finalists will be notified via email by the first week of July. Feedback will not be provided on individual essays.

Identification criteria: If you are a Tanzanian citizen living in Tanzania, any form of ID will be sufficient. You do not need to submit proof of travel as you are already here. If you are not a Tanzanian citizen residing in Tanzania, you can also provide a copy of any form of ID that you have when you submit your essay, however, if you are shortlisted as one of the finalists, you will be required to travel to Tanzania and therefore will need to get valid travel documents.
Sample  written statement of originality and ownership of intellectual property rights: 
I hereby confirm that the content of the essay I have submitted is my own work and it has not been submitted elsewhere for any other purpose.
I certify that the intellectual property rights for this essay are owned by me and that any information that was sourced elsewhere has been appropriately acknowledged.
 
(Signature) and (date)

Source:  UONGOZI Institute.

Apply: Mandela Institute Annual Youth Dialogue – 2016

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The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is pleased to announce the dates for its 2016 Annual Youth Dialogue on Elections and Governance to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on the 3rd and 4th of August 2016.

The MINDS Youth Dialogue is an annual gathering of young African leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to the development of Africa, practical involvement in elections and governance and the ability to mobilize other youth towards a set goal. At each Dialogue, we facilitate conversations between 100 youth, drawn from across the continent, and experienced African leaders with the aim of exploring the kind of Africa the youth can aspire to create for themselves.

Participants between the ages of 18-45 will be drawn from all regions of Africa (North, West, Central, East and Southern Africa) using set criteria. MINDS is interested in identifying participants doing significant work in the respective countries and communities.

MINDS will meet all the direct costs of participation in the dialogue.

Successful applicants will receive further correspondence from MINDS by Friday the 3rd of June 2016. If you applied and have not received any communication by then, consider you application unsuccessful. You are welcome to apply for other MINDS events.

Applications were meant to close on Friday the 6th of May 2016 for everyone, but The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) has extended the deadline to midday (12PM CAT) on Friday the 13th of May 2016. The extended deadline applies to people between 18 and 45 years old who are from the following countries only: Angola, Cape Verde, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Eritrea, Gabon, Libya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Niger, Sao Tomé and Principe, Seychelles, South Sudan and Swaziland.

Eligible individuals can apply for the Youth Dialogue by completing and submitting the online application which is available on goo.gl/forms/TddRlRZOWj

If you have any questions or if you would like more information, do not hesitate to contact us on dialogues@minds-africa.org.

Click here to apply, complete and submit the online application.

Opportunity: Call for abstracts: 2nd Annual Graduate Conference on Peace, Federalism and Human Rights

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The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) annually organises graduate conferences on peace, federalism and human rights to give PhD students the opportunity to critically engage with current developments and theoretical issues.

The second edition of the graduate conference will be held on 28-29 July 2016 and will focus on the following broad themes:

  • Peace, Conflict, Human Security and Sustainable Development
  • Federalism, Management of Diversity and the Quest for Local Development
  • Human Rights, Democracy and Social Justice

Interested applicants who fullfill the requirements below can submit their abstacts.

Eligibility

The IPSS welcomes abstracts from PhD candidates, irrespective of nationality, field of study or institution. Candidates who have successfully defended their dissertation in the same academic year are also eligible.

Deadline

The deadline for abstracts is 1 May 2016. Decisions will be communicated to authors two weeks after the deadline. Authors of selected abstracts are required to prepare full papers (15 to 20 pages, excluding references) by 10 July 2016. Only authors who submit full papers will be invited to present their work at the conference.

Expenses

The IPSS will cover transportation expenses (air fare and/or ground) within Ethiopia only and provide a subsistence allowance for presenters coming from outside Addis Ababa.

Conference Proceedings

Presenters will be given the opportunity to revise their work based on comments gathered from the conference. The final papers will also be included in the Institute’s post-conference publication.

Contact: Send your abstracts and queries to Mr. Yonas Tariku (yonas.t@ipss-addis.org) and Mr. Fana Gebresenbet (fana.g@ipss-addis.org).

Source: IPSS website

Call for youth participants to the intergenerational dialogue during the 26th AU Summit

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The 26th AU Heads of States and Governments’ Summit will be held from the 21st to the 31st of January 2016, at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of the Summit is: “2016 : African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women”. Along the sidelines of the Summit, the African Union Commission is organizing an intergenerational dialogue between African Youth and leaders, particularly African Heads of States and Governments and Heads of continental and global Institutions.
The intergenerational dialogue will be held on the 30th January 2016 under t
he theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Africa towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goals and AU Agenda 2063”.
It shall be preceded by a youth consultative forum on the 29th January 2016 to concretize ideas to be discussed with the leaders. The dialogue aims at creating the space for conversations necessary to develop transformative strategies and perspectives on maximizing the development potentials of youth particularly young women. The event is expected to galvanize
these youth as they engage with the leaders. It will build upon deliberations
from the previous Intergenerational dialogue with the Pan African Parliament. Key recommendations were centered on implementation of existing policies and strategies that hinge on education, governance, peace and security, health and economic empowerment. The current intergenerational dialogue seeks to upscale discussions to the highest levels of governance in Africa. Consequently, African Union Commission
in collaboration with the Pan African Youth Union invites the brightest young minds from across Africa and the Diaspora to engage in the discussions and significantly contribute to matters of national, regional and continental policies that guarantee youth economic empowerment and
development. This is further informed by the fact that over the years, motivated young professionals from around Africa have proven that they can generate innovative solutions to help solve the continent’s complex challenges.
Towards this end young people from across Africa and the Diaspora who are well versed with the current issues of continental concern are requested to send their Expressions of Interest (submission) to be part of the 2016 intergenerational dialogue with leaders during the Summit. Interested youth are encouraged to find sponsors to pay for their transportation, accommodation and subsistence for the two days of the event. If attendance to the dialogue is not possible please send your submissions and recommendations to the email below and/or engage with us through twitter using the #AUIGD16 and our other social media platforms.
Please include in your submissions:
-Curriculum vitae/ Resume
-Copy of Your Passport
-Your country of origin and current place of residence
– The name of your organization or relevant affiliations
– Name of sponsoring organization (If self, please indicate)
– The description of the work or project you are undertaking relevant to the theme and the issues of concern (education, governance, peace and security, health and economic empowerment …). Include documentary
evidence.
Send your submissions directly to: youth@africa-union.org with the subject line: AU IGD 2016 by 12th January, 2016.
Notification to the successful applicants will be sent by 15th January 2016.

Call for articles: Youth and Governance in Africa

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The African Governance Architecture (AGA), Department of Political Affairs, African Union, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) invites researchers, academics, civil society actors, to submit articles or papers for publication in the maiden edition of the African Youth Journal of Democracy. The journal is published in furtherance of the African Union Agenda 2063 which promotes intellectual debates and knowledge sharing as key drivers of continental integration, prosperity and democratic development. The Agenda seeks to establish platforms for Africans especially young people to engage intellectual discussions that deepen democratization, rule of law, human rights, civic participation and development. The maiden edition of the journal focuses on institutionalizing the participation of women and youth in political processes in Africa.

Interested contributors are invited to submit manuscripts in the following sub- themes;

1. Party systems and electoral systems
2. Young women and political rights
3. Legal architecture of youth and women political participation
4. Youth leagues or young wings of political parties
5. God-fatherism and money politics in Africa
6. Social media and political socialization
7. Youth leadership and intergenerational dialogue
8. Youth, Electoral violence and radicalization
9. Civil society and political society relationship
10. Innovation in Political Governance
11. Youth, Elections and Constitutionalism

All submissions will be subjected to a review and selection process. Manuscripts must be typed, double-spacing with a minimum of 4000 words and maximum of 5000 words with references. References must be in numbered endnotes. Full-length papers must include an abstract of no more than 200 words and a brief biography of no more than 100 words. All submissions should be sent electronically to papers@ayjod.org as email attachment formatted in Microsoft word. All papers must be submitted in English or French. Research papers or articles submitted by young researchers of African descent will be given priority consideration.

Deadline for submission of manuscripts is October 31, 2015.

Authors of selected papers will receive logistic support to attend the Youth Consultation to the High Level Dialogue and the High Level Dialogue on Democracy and Governance in Kigali, Rwanda in November 2015.

All questions on this call should be forwarded to: Ibraheem Sanusi, Youth Engagement Lead, African Union Commission, sanusii@africa-union.org Or Samson Itodo, Head of Research, Policy & Advocacy, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement, sitodo@yiaga.org