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

Call for submissions – Get a chance to attend the African Union’s Heads of States Summit in January 2017!

This year, the continent of Africa will be commemorating the Africa Youth Day on November 1st, under the theme: “Promoting youth mainstreaming as a catalyst towards harnessing the demographic dividend.”

ayd-16Africa Youth Day is a day set aside every year to promote the increased recognition of youth as key agents of social change, economic growth and sustainable development in all areas of African Society. It is an occasion to celebrate the youth on the continent, opportunity to contribute and channel youth motivation, energy and creativity towards the achievement of the African agenda. All young people contribute to shaping society to lead it towards political, social and economic renewal.

The purpose of this day is also, to contribute and channel the youth voices, energy and idealism to reinforce the efforts towards the achievement of sustainable development in Africa. The chosen theme will nest on and magnify the preamble to the African Union 2017 theme of the year on “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in the youth.” This theme seeks to extend reflection, actions and initiatives towards reaping this demographic transition. As part of the continent-wide celebrations, the African Union Commission will be marking this day by launching the Youth Mainstreaming Guideline.

This is a call for submission in the form of an abstract/write-up, artistic impression, video, blog around the following four thematic pillars of the demographic dividend road-map:

  • Pillar 1: Employment and Entrepreneurship
  • Pillar 2: Education and Skills Development
  • Pillar 3: Health and Wellbeing
  • Pillar 4: Rights, Governance and Youth Empowerment.

Selected entries will be invited to partake in the 2017 January Heads of States Summit. Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

What and how to submit: Write-ups should be no more than 1000 words. Support your work by sending further evidence such as pictures and/or videos and nomination/recommendation letters.

Kindly note that only high resolution photos and videos will be accepted. Send links to big files (Videos/photos/blogs etc.). Include the following information as part of your submission: Name of your project or your organisation and country or region your work affect, your age and sex. Send your entries directly to: youth@africa-union.org with the “AU Youth Day 2016” in the subject line.

The deadline for submissions is 25 October, 2015.

The African Union Commission further encourages young people and youth organisation across the continent to host activities in their communities and share these events with us to document and upscale where possible to a continental audience. Such activities may include engaging in dialogues on youth participation in decision making processes, showcasing talents among others. This is in a bid to ensure that African youth are at the forefront and continue to strive for their ownership in Africa’s development agenda.

Download the Concept Note here, send you work to the African Union Youth Division and you could be selected to join the celebration in Addis Ababa for the 28th AU Summit in January 2017! Good Luck!

Source: African Union Youth Division Website

Call for Applications: Residential School 2017 – Governance for Development in Africa Initiative

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The Mo Ibrahim Foundation in association with SOAS and the Centre of African Studies-University of London is organizing a one-week Residential School in March 2017 (location and exact dates tbc) on the topic of ‘Governance and Development in Africa’.

The annual residential school on governance and development is part of the Governance for Development in Africa programme that we at SOAS run in collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

This initiative aims to contribute to and stimulate debate on governance, development, and the relationship between them. About 20 participants from a range of African countries, and representative of the academic, civil society and government sectors, are selected each year to take part in the residential school. Participants will gain, through this training, new ideas and knowledge on the broad issue of governance and development. Applications are now open to and selected participants will come from a wide range of backgrounds.

Criteria: Applicants should have at least a MSc degree in areas related to Governance or 5 years professional experiences in fields relevant to the theme of Governance and Development in Africa. The official language of the School is English.

All costs for successful applicants, including economy flights, visa costs, accommodation and meals will be covered. No per diem.

Application process: Applications should include:

  1. 2 page max CV (including email address for correspondence)
  2. One reference letter (can be emailed directly by referee to ab17@soas.ac.uk)
  3. Proposal of max 1000 words outlining research interest and/or professional background and how the applicant will benefit from attending the Residential School.

To be sent electronically to ab17@soas.ac.uk

 Deadline for applications: 15 December 2016

Detailed information, video recordings and participant profiles can be found on the website www.governanceinafrica.org 

Source: SOAS Website