Kenya’s National Youth Summit set to kick off a new era in youth development

Kenya_youthKenya’s National Youth Summit 2013 set to kick off from January 31st to February 1st 2013 will bring together 2,000 young leaders from across the country’s 47 counties to inspire pride, patriotism and social cohesion among the young people.

According to the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census, the youth aged below 35 years account for more than 70%. This is a significant cohort of the national population that can influence social, economic and political transformation. The youth are therefore critical in achieving the ambitous goals set out in the nation’s development roadmap known as Vision 2030.

With 2013 being a year for general elections, the National Youth Summit is informed by the need to rebrand and inspire young people to act as peace ambassadors who choose to take responsibility and make a difference in their communities.

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Yipe! Funding Opportunity Deadlines & Events for September 2012

Funding Opportunities – September deadlines

2012 Knight News challenge on Mobile
The 2012 Knight News challenge on Mobile seeks to accelerate media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. The third in its series, the challenge’s winners will receive a share of US$5 million in funding and support from Knight Foundation’s network of influential peers and advisers to help advance their ideas.

Whitley Fund 2013 funding round
The Whitley Fund for Nature, a UK-based charity provides £35,000 of project funding every year to outstanding conservationists around the world. It recognizes some of the world’s most dynamic conservation leaders and support projects founded on good science, community involvement and pragmatism.

2013 Google RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards
The Google RISE Awards are designed to promote and support education initiatives in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Computer Science (CS). Google grants awards of $5,000 – $25,000 USD to organizations around the world working with K-12 and university students in these fields.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award 2013
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award 2013 will provide grants of up to $1 million to organizations that are working to connect people to information and opportunities through free access to computers and the internet.

The Fledgling Fund

The Fledgling Fund supports innovative media projects that can play critical roles in igniting social change.

African Social Venture Prize
The Orange African Social Venture Prize will reward three projects or enterprises addressing needs of the ‘bottom of pyramid’ market in Africa through technology.

September 6th – 7th 2012: Freedom Online 2012 Conference
Venue: UN Complex, Gigiri, Nairobi
Kenya will host the second international Freedom Online Conference which will explore the responsibilities of governments to pro-actively further human rights on the internet.

September 7th – 8th 2012: g|Uganda
Venue: Kampala
This September, g|Uganda will be back in Kampala with two full days of fresh content for business and developer audiences.

September 11th – 13th 2012: Making Cents International Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference
Venue: Washington, DC

Hosted by Making Cents International, this year’s conference showcases 60 sessions and 120 world-class speakers with a special cross-cutting spotlight on technology.

September 15th – 18th 2012: International Small Business Congress
Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa

The International Small Business Congress (ISBC) gathers individuals from governments (policymakers), small business support agencies, entrepreneurs, business membership organisations, academia, financial institutions, international development agencies and various others with an interest in entrepreneurship and small business development around the world to discuss issues pertinent to the promotion of entrepreneurship and small business worldwide.

September 19th – 21st 2012: Convergences 2015 World Forum
This event for professionals interested in new partnerships between public, private, and solidarity-based actors to promote the Millennium Development Goals and to alleviate poverty.

September 24th – 28th 2012: Hand in Hand Social Entrepreneurship Program
Event Type: Training
Venue: Limuru, Kenya

The Hand in Hand Social Entrepreneurship Program is a crash course on the principles of social enterprise. The curriculum will focus on key issues in the sector, as well as how to grow the organization and move towards sustainability. Participants will get a comprehensive overview of the strategic, organizational, and leadership issues associated with social enterprise. The registration fee for the program is USD 2000.

Internet Society Ambassadors to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

The Internet Society is inviting applications for the 2012 Internet Society Ambassadors to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

As part of the Internet Society’s Next Generation Leaders (NGL) programme, the Ambassadorships to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) are available to Internet Society members between the ages of 20 and 40.

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder forum for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance. It brings together government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders, including the technical and academic community, on an equal basis and through an open and inclusive process. The IGF facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize Internet opportunities and address risks and challenges that arise.

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Call For Abstracts: Moral Psychology and Poverty Alleviation

Where: New Haven, Yale University

When: April 13th 2012

Deadline for submission: March 2nd 2012

Many individuals in affluent nations are aware that a vast number of people live in conditions of severe poverty. Yet they are more likely to go to the movies or to buy an expensive sweater than they are to give their money to humanitarian aid. The question arises, how can individuals be motivated to act on their duties to aid the global poor?

The Global Justice Program and the Department of Cognitive Science invite the submission of 350-500 word abstracts for 25-minute presentations on the subject of ‘Moral Psychology and Poverty Alleviation” for their upcoming workshop.

The conference aims to stimulate research that can be used to develop more effective means of motivating individuals to act on their moral obligations to alleviate global poverty.

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UMASS Social Theory Forum on Conflict, Social Movements, And Social Change – Call For Papers

The Ninth Annual Social Theory Forum will be held on April 18th – 19th 2012 at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, social movements have electrified world attention yet again for their roles in fomenting social change.  Typically, these movements seek to provoke change through constructive conflict in a peaceful manner, but their opponents may not react in similar fashion.

What are the implications of these and other social change-oriented movements for social theory, conflict analysis, and conflict resolution?  How have new technologies, social and cultural shifts, and political trends altered the shape and impact of recent social movements?  What role can conflict resolution theory and practice play in managing conflicts that may result from movements or the backlash from status quo actors?

Interdisciplinary, theoretical, and empirical perspectives on social change, social justice, collective action, group dominance, structural violence, and other related topics that take into account recent developments around the world are particularly welcome.

Papers may touch on some of the following themes:

  • Technology, social networking, and social movements
  • Conflict resolution theory, peacemaking, and social movements
  • Structural violence, social justice, collective action, civil disobedience
  • Case studies on the Arab Spring, Wisconsin, Occupy Wall Street/Boston/etc., the Tea Party, and other movements worldwide
  • Labour movements, social change, and conflict
  • Self-determination movements in the international system and the capacity of diplomacy to resolve such conflicts
  • Civil society groups, conflict, and social change
  • Transitional justice and reconciliation
  • Immigration, conflict and new social movements
  • Theorizing the nation, the border, and the meaning of “security”

The conference will feature both invited and submitted papers and presentations, as well as audiovisual materials.

Please send a one-page abstract or proposals as email attachment (MSWord Format) to or by February 1st 2012 to be considered.

Upon selection and notification of approval by the organizing committee, submitters must send completed presentation paper manuscripts (around 12-15 pages, preferably double-spaced in Times 12 typeface) by March 30th 2012.

Organizing Committee

  • Siamak Movahedi – Professor of Sociology, UMass Boston
  • Glenn Jacobs – Associate Professor of Sociology, UMass Boston
  • Jorge Capetillo-Ponce – Associate Professor of Sociology, UMass Boston
  • Eben Weitzman – Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution, UMass Boston
  • David Matz – Professor of Conflict Resolution, UMass Boston
  • Darren Kew – Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution, UMass Boston
  • Rezarta Bilali – Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution, UMass Boston
  • Samuel Barkin – Associate Professor of Global Governance and Human Security, UMass Boston
  • Maria Ivanova – Assistant Professor of Global Governance and Human Security, UMass Boston
  • Robert Weiner – Professor of Political Science, UMass Boston

About the Social Theory Forum

Histories of sociology tell us how the discipline was formed in the nineteenth century struggles to understand the combined upheavals of socio-political revolutions and the industrial revolution that gradually expanded throughout the world. These events radically changed the established order and posed various questions that are still with us today: questions about class, race, community, gender, the nature of social integration, and processes of social change, among others. But as we all know, the world again changed radically during the twentieth century, with great implications for social theory.

The Social Theory Forum (STF) is an annual conference organized jointly by the sociology and other departments, interested faculty and students at University of Massachusetts Boston, in order to creatively explore, develop, promote, and publish cross-disciplinary social theory in an applied and critical framework. STF offers faculty and students of UMass Boston and other area colleges and universities an interactive medium to discuss various aspects of the way in which particular theoretical traditions can be relevant to present everyday issues, as well as to the current state and the future of social theory.

STF’s goals are:

  • To critically engage with and evaluate classical and contemporary social theories in a cross-disciplinary and comparative cross-cultural framework in order to develop new integrative theoretical structures and practices;
  • To foster individual and collective self-reflexivity in exploring social theories in global and world-historical contexts to aid people effectively address social problems;
  • To foster an interactive and dialogical learning experience and research in theory within and across faculty, students, and community divides on and off campus; and
  • To foster exchange of ideas open to constructive and integrative exploration of diverse and conflicting viewpoints, modes of thinking, and world-views.

View Special Images Film Festival (VSIFF) 2012

Leading Zambian film production company and event organizer Vilole Images Productions is calling on local and international filmmakers to participate in the View Special Images Film Festival (VSIFF) 2012, by submitting documentaries, short films and full-length feature films.

The festival is scheduled to run from the 2nd to 10th March 2012 in Livingstone, the tourist capital of Zambia situated in the southern part of the country.

The festival includes various activities such as movie screenings in the communities, forums and workshops.

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Kenyan Youth Strategy Meeting 2011 – Nairobi Declaration

13th and 14th October 2011


We, the delegates to the Kenyan Youth Strategy Meeting for Rio +20 at the United Nations Complex at Gigiri, Nairobi:

Acknowledge the African indigenous knowledge of the sacred value of the environment to biodiversity wellbeing.

Commit to promote innovations that will develop a green economy and promote the eradication of poverty.

Take note of the past declarations towards environmental sustainability both at the African and Global level, there is an urgent need for structural and infrastructural interventions in policy formulation, implementation and evaluation.

Recognize the current global environmental challenges, particularly climate change, which impact our common future and wellbeing, we commit ourselves to support of the following mechanisms:

  • Good governance and transformative leadership.
  • Promote Education, information exchange, communication and awareness
  • Achieve sustainable agricultural practices to reduce hunger, starvation and enhance food security.
  • Advocate for the development and implementation of sustainable development policies towards a Green Economy.
  • Invest in and promote eco-friendly entrepreneurship and job creation.
  • Attain sustainable green cities and villages.
  • Promote public engagement and participation through culture and volunteerism.
  • Promote Youth Development and capacity building
  • Good Governance and Transformative Leadership

We recognize the role of good governance and transformative sustainable development leadership that is

  • Participatory
  • accountable,
  • transparent and
  • implementable

at national and county levels. We reject governance that is weak on transitioning to a green economy and embrace that which promotes a green economy which engenders human well-being and social equity and respect for the natural environment, and the value of biodiversity and eco-systems, guided by, and accountable to, a new World Environment Organisation with universal membership by all UN Member States.  We also call for mechanisms in such new institutions that allow for youth participation in decision-making.

Youth delegations have to be engaged at all levels of governance in discussing benchmarks for the green economy. The Youth need to be involved in efforts towards policy formulation and development of institutional frameworks. Additionally, youth participation should be integrated at local, national and international assessments towards the development of an index for measuring the progress towards a green economy.

Promote Education, information exchange, communication and awareness

We recommend the adoption of green economy and sustainable development education material at all levels of education and public training initiatives by 2014. We intend to achieve this through the creation of various information sharing methods to various segments of the society.

We acknowledge that education underpins awareness; and awareness is critical to the spread of sustainable development principles through multiple levels in society.

Education serves as a hub for understanding the types of information to be considered when thinking about the green economy; how monitoring will be shaped in the context of the information identified as relevant; and the role of education on the environment to serve as a communication/public awareness tool on sustainable development.

Build an understanding toward the intersection of business, environment and society, in educating all people about the tenets critical to achieve sustainable development, especially the Youth.

Action: Build a national curriculum standard that promotes business in a green society. 2015

Action: Educate students in primary and secondary schools on the green economy by creating incentives that allow NGOs, student groups or CBOs to serve as ambassadors for education of the green economy. 2015

Action:  Build a monitoring service from the information-discovered. Discovery of information should be an integrated process involving key stakeholders with a special emphasis on Youth. Progress towards sustainable development goals should be identified as key thematic working groups, using poverty alleviation and institutional reform as output goals, and involvement of youth and CBOs as an inherent part of the process. 2018

Achieve sustainable agricultural practices to reduce hunger, starvation and enhance food security.

Whereas recognizing the interrelation between our national forest cover and agricultural productivity we recommend the following measures;

  • Increasing our national forest cover to 10% from the current 2% by the year 2015 through creation of green parks, promoting agroforestry and sustainable agribusiness.
  • Phasing out of hazardous chemical fertilizers in arable farming by the year 2015.
  • Promoting the utilization of the green energy technologies to enhance affordable agricultural production.

Advocate for the development and implementation of sustainable development policies towards a Green Economy.

Develop sustainability measures and indicators against which government programmes can be measured and assessed.

Advocate for the legislation of policies on sustainable development that regulate the corporations’ adherence to green economy modules.

Ensure that approximately 25% of the annual government development budget goes towards program initiatives on sustainable development, with clear indication on targets towards green growth in community development and individual technological entrepreneurship.  15% of the 5% funding should be geared towards mobilizing and benchmarking activities to demarcate marginal change of youth involvement in the green economy.  35% of that “Sustainable Development funding” should be geared towards supporting renewable energy and zero-carbon activities that are both sustainable and demonstrably financially viable, in a local and youth-oriented level. 2013

Ensure the programmatic and structural archetype of an environmental body that can hold nations and member-states accountable for reporting and making transparent their pathways and transitions towards a green economy. 2015

Ensure that the youth are fully represented at the National Land Commission.

Invest in and promote eco-friendly entrepreneurship and job creation.

Establish independent institutional mechanisms for promoting green entrepreneurship and growth among youth.

Set up an independent fund to provide start-up financing for green enterprises by youth

Promote technological, business and social innovation through creating enabling policy environment and platforms

Invest in business models that promote community development

Promote alternative and innovative funding and investment in youth green enterprises such as crowd-funding

Sensitize youth at all levels on green entrepreneurship through different channels such as new media

Create enabling business and policy environment for green entrepreneurship, for example, tax waivers for youth green enterprises

Promote public engagement and participation through culture and volunteerism.

We recognize the aspect of culture and indigenous knowledge that embraced green economy through agroforestry, organic fertilizers for sustainable development.

For sustainable development towards green economy, we recommend the need for selfless/political willingness from all levels of governance, private sector and individuals in promoting the green economy.

We recommend that; at all levels of policy formulation and participation, there is need for public engagement and concurrence which will enhance easy implementation and sustainability.

We stand for investment, documentation, promotion and development of best practices in cultural beliefs and practices that further conservation and renewable energy founded on indigenous knowledge.

Promotion of community and youth-led exchanges is key in this regard for effective sharing and transfer of green growth skills through access and exchange of information.

We appreciate that volunteerism will act as a means of inculcating community ownership of sustainable development initiatives.

Harness public engagement and Youth volunteerism to benchmark progress on the role of corporations in sustainable development through Corporate Socially Responsible initiatives.

Attain sustainable green cities and villages

Develop an independent institution to assess business models for micro-enterprises to assess their suitability for tax benefits and other incentives. And to regulate and ensure that micro-enterprises do not compromise environmental sustainability.

Develop comprehensive waste management systems by:

  • Placing increased emphasis on waste separation and recycling systems;
  • Establishing dug-in decomposition landfills where decomposable materials are put to decompose; once decomposed the material can be used as organic manure.

Establish awards to recognize and celebrate the effort of cities and villages that take significant steps in transforming into green cities and villages.

Regulate transportation to reduce congestion by:

  • Establishing dedicated lanes for public transport vehicles and
  • Implement mass transport systems such as rail transport.

Promote Youth Development and capacity building

In order to facilitate and further build capacity in youth to fully engage in and drive development processes to address the above priority areas, we call upon our governments to:

Adopt a Youth Development Index as an indicator of the welfare of the youth in the countries; and as a measure of the youth development.

Review existing and develop new policies and legislation to:

Promote youth innovation and entrepreneurship through structures such as:

  • Talent Academies
  • Technology and Business incubation centres

Protect these innovations through structures and measures such as:

  • Strong and easily accessible Intellectual Property protection
  • Moderate and accommodative tax regimes

Promoting youth participation in international forums through

  • Incorporating youth delegations as part of national delegations to international conferences
  • Providing funding for youth to participate at international
  • Incorporating youth in National policy formulation and implementation

Develop and strengthen national and local structures to provide support and training for youth organizations with emphasis in the areas of:

  • Establishment of community and youth led organizations
  • Leadership and organizational management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management

Require that all government ministries establish youth offices and develop and implement youth engagement strategies to streamline youth participation in the work of the ministries.

Convene national and local youth forums to discuss matters relevant to youth development and make recommendations for action in support of youth development by state and non-state actors.

Improve youth access to information especially with regard to rural communities and informal urban settlements, through Establishment of community ICT Digital Villages


We, as young people, this is what we declare and recommend our government, individuals, businesses, development organizations and all stakeholders to undertake ahead of Rio+20 and beyond. Any action to be taken affects us and our future generation to a greater extent. We care about our planet and we will all work together in creating a more sustainable era. Green Economy is Achievable.