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Throughout Africa, there is amazing progress by civil society focused on ending extreme poverty and preventable disease. These new ideas and exciting approaches are designed and implemented by Africans who understand the complexities of bringing about change and transforming lives in their communities.
The ONE Africa Award celebrates these innovations and progress towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
ONE Africa Award Criteria
The ONE Africa Award aims to recognize, reward, and advance the exceptional work of organizations, founded by Africans and based in Africa, dedicated to helping Africa achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The $100,000 award will bring recognition to innovative African efforts to fight poverty (The award may be split into two prizes in order to award two smaller organizations better able to absorb a smaller monetary award.)
Award recipients can be exceptional individuals, organizations or other groups demonstrating commitment and success in assisting Africans in meeting one or more of the MDGs through innovative advocacy based programs.
July 9, 2012 Leave a comment
The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Innovation Fund is flexible to catalyze a range of different project types, scales of operation and stages of development. This fund is designed as an open competitive mechanism to offer fast-moving support for creative initiatives in the field of climate change and international development.
Round 2 is now structured around support for partnership in designing and developing projects on climate compatible development, through an innovation process. Potential outputs from this process could include a “game-changing” (defined as: ‘an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current way of doing or thinking about something’) project proposal, learning materials, best practice tool kits, policy briefs and an implementation road map.
June 21, 2012 Leave a comment
Now in its fourth year the Guardian International Development Achievement Award aims to celebrate one individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. The award is supported by Marie Stopes International and run in partnership with Barclays and GSK.
The award is designed to recognise the unsung heroes of international development. These are people whose work is or has made a profound contribution to the alleviation of poverty, working above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference.
This contributions can be made either directly through their own work or actions or indirectly as a result of others using their achievements to improve the lives of others (eg Technological inventions or agricultural research).
From health workers to campaigners; community organisers to teachers – we are looking for nominations of your unsung hero of international development to help give them the recognition they deserve.
June 7, 2012 Leave a comment
Registration is now open for World Summit Youth Awards 2012 that are open to young people (under the age of 30 years from any of the UN member states) that have developed any sort of innovative project or product using information technology aimed at helping their community.
The applicant may be a developer of website or mobile apps, e-content writer, journalists or writer, application designer, technologist or anyone contributing to address poverty, protecting the environment, sharing knowledge and empowering young people.
The Youth Award is not a cash award. The reward for winners is to be recognized on a world stage, to be invited to the winners’ events, to be able to connect with each other and discuss with renowned experts in the field of ICT for Development. Last year, winner’s events took place in New York, USA.
The WSYA selects and promotes best practice in e-Content. It demonstrates young people’s potential to create outstanding digital contents and serves as a platform for people from all UN member states to work together in the efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
June 5, 2012 Leave a comment
The Dutch Postcode Lottery’s sixth Postcode Lottery Challenge 2012 is now open. This international annual competition calls on creative, innovative thinkers from around the world to submit business plans for sustainable products and services.
The competition is seeking business plans that can directly reduce CO2 emissions, score highly on design, user-friendliness and quality, and ready to be in the market in two years. Social Entrepreneurs can enter their business plans for sustainable, creative and innovative products and services. The best business plan will win 500,000 EUR, and an additional 200,000 EUR is available for one or two other promising plans.
Statement by the National Youth Sector Alliance on the Financial Impropriety of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund
May 30, 2012 2 Comments
Nairobi 29th May 2012
The Youth Enterprise Development fund was launched in 2006 by President Mwai Kibaki with an initial disbursement of KShs1 billion. The fund was established by a legal notice under the State Corporations Act 2007. The fund’s mandate was to address the rising youth unemployment in the country, as well as provide youth entrepreneurs with capital for business startup and growth. The Fund was converted to a state corporation later in 2007, under the ministry of Youth & Affairs and Sports(MOYAS).
In a letter dated 28th November 2008, the Kenya National Audit Office detailed audit queries to the then Chief Executive Officer of the Fund. The Ministry denied having lost any money but confirmed receipt of the investigation report.
Internal fights ensued between the then chair Hellen Tombo and then Minister Prof Hellen Sambili over action to address the issues at Management level, consequence of which the then CEO Mr. Wario was suspended. KACC was called in but before the completion of investigations, the then CEO was reinstated without any explanations.
As the country heads to the next election, the Youth have become the natural target for votes by all leading contenders of the Presidency, Senators, Governors, Members of Parliament to County, Women and Ward representatives. Action is yet to be seen from Parliament to which YEDF reports its achievements. This issue will be the LITMUS TEST, if indeed young people are priority for them. The time for accountability has come when MPs must demonstrate their commitment to ensuring the benefits of YEDF to young people are real and the funds available are not misdirected.
Mismanagement, Impropriety and Embezzlement of Youth Funds
The National Youth Sector Alliance (NYSA) takes exception to the issues of impropriety that have freshly emerged at the YEDF. The audit report dated 30th April 2012 details the misappropriation of millions of shillings from the youth fund in fraudulent claims. The audit, done by the fund’s internal audit team, found questionable imprest claims and payments as follows:
- Weaknesses in the entire system of the Fund
- Lack of a procurement Specialist
- Poor performance under contract performance in 2011/2012
- Engagement of financial sector partners without due diligence to the Public Procurement and Disposal (Public Private Partnership) Regulations, 2009.
- Exaggerated fuel consumption and misuse of work tickets, and falsification of youth payment schedules by officers of the fund (Outright Theft by the staff) which goes against the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2004, Public Officers Ethics Act, 2003 and Employment Act, 2007.
- Lack of proper communication channels
- Non authentic pre-disbursement under the Business Development Services , where some activities amounting to 1,133,500.00 were paid for but never took place
- Fictitious receipts for county sensitizations expenditures
- Impropriety over 4,231,000.00 million that was spent on agri business sensitization
- Systemic weaknesses originating from lack of an implementation matrix with strategies.
The National Youth Sector Alliance can confirm that indeed based on the internal audit, the YEDF has been looted with the full knowledge of very senior government officials.
Demands from the Youth of Kenya
- The current MPs and aspiring MPs must demonstrate their commitment to young people in Kenya to access financial services, profitable enterprise, quality (basic) health services, security, representation (the National Youth Council) and protection of basic rights as enshrined in our Constitution.
- The Board of Directors, Mandated to safeguard the Fund with Fiduciary responsibility, on behalf of the Kenyan youth must take political responsibility; explain to Kenyans their role in the mismanagement of the funds.
- The Minister and Permanent Secretary, to take Political responsibility and step aside for a proper forensic audit and prosecution of the staff culpable of misappropriation of the funds.
- The Artoney General and Director of Public Prosecution to institute full investigations into the alleged impropriety, and prosecute the culpable individuals. The Youth shall appoint their independent lawyers to join in the Legal team.
- As the buck stops with the President and the Prime Minister, the youth of Kenya shall be waiting for immediate action on their commitment to Agenda 4 of the National Accord which they have abrogated to their shelves.
The National Youth Sector Alliance shall continue to mobilize young Kenyans from all over the country to begin to pay vigil on these issues until action is taken. The next course of action shall be announced if the above 4 demands are not implemented within 7 Days.
About the National Youth Sector Alliance (NYSA)
The National Youth Sector Alliance (NYSA) is a conglomeration of over 350 youth organizations, youth sector actors, NGO’s, Societies, FBO’s, CBO’s Youth Groups, among others in the country coming together for purposes of ensuring coherent Policy engagement with Government, Private Sector and other relevant stakeholders.
National Youth Sector Alliance (NYSA)
2nd Floor, World Alliance of YMCA Building, PAWA254 Hub
State House Crescent, Off State House Avenue
P.O. Box 8799, 00200, Nairobi Kenya
Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) 2012 Young Women’s Leadership Training Programme
May 26, 2012 Leave a comment
August –September 2012
Deadline for applications: 15th June 2012 at 5.00pm (GMT).
Are you a young woman aspiring to be a leader? Do you have what it takes to lead?
Would you like to make an impact in society through excellent leadership? Have you been looking for an exciting yet rewarding leadership training opportunity to come your way? … Well, LOOK NO MORE. EASSI is now receiving applications for her 2012 Young Women’s Leadership Training Institute.
The two-months training will be conducted from August –September 2012 in Uganda. The deadline for applications is 15 June 2012 at 5.00pm (GMT). Submission of applications by email is acceptable.
Submit to (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). All applications should be addressed to the Executive Director, EASSI. Late applications will not be accepted.
EASSI reserves the right to postpone or cancel the training depending on the prevailing circumstances that might warrant this action. In this unlikely event, EASSI will notify all applicants well in advance.
2012 Training Particulars
Venue: EASSI, Uganda
Dates: August – September 2012 (for 2 months)
Non –Ugandans: USD 700 for the two months
Ugandans: UGX 1,400,000 for the two months
**Please note that fees are exclusive of accommodation and meals.**
About the Institute
The Young Women’s Leadership Training Institute has gradually evolved into one of the most exciting and rewarding choices for young women in Eastern Africa. More than a decade in leadership training, EASSI boasts of training over 500 young women in Eastern Africa. Some of the beneficiaries have gone up leadership ranks and proved that young women can also bring special leadership traits to the workplace. Others have received awards for their innovative work that has resulted from their acquired skills. To EASSI, the leadership training is about personal success and broadening opportunities for the young women and the women’s movement.
The Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) is a registered sub-regional civil society organization working in eight countries namely Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. EASSI was born in 1996 after the Beijing Conference and is mandated to monitor the commitments of Eastern African governments towards gender equality.
With a history of fifteen years of existence and commitment to the transformation of gender relations, EASSI envisions a society where all enjoy gender equality, social justice, peace and development. EASSI’s mission is to facilitate follow-up of the Beijing and African Platforms for Action in order to enhance the advancement of women and social justice. Some of the human rights instruments that form the basis of EASSI’s work are: the Beijing and African Platforms for Action; the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol); and the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
For more Information, contact
The Executive Director, EASSI, P.o.Box 24965, Kampala,
Uganda, Tel: +256 414 286153/ +256 312 266451
Mailto: – email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org