Round up of what’s new on Yipe!

Business Startup

How to Go about Setting up Your Small Business
For someone starting out in business, success is the ultimate goal. Many people have the desire to work for themselves or run a small business but often it’s knowing where to start that means people fall at the first hurdle.


Events

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


Awards:

Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship 2014
The Skoll Foundation provides Skoll Awards every year to select few social entrepreneurs whose proven innovations have demonstrated impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems. The Skoll Award recognizes organizations with the potential to not only be individually successful, but also to catalyze large-scale, system-level change.

2012 SNCR Excellence in New Communications Awards

The Society for New Communications Research (SNCR) Awards honor the work of corporations, governmental and nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, media outlets and individuals who are innovating the use of social media, ICT, mobile media, and collaborative technologies in the areas of business, media, and professional communications, including advertising, marketing, public relations, corporate communications, and CRM, as well as entertainment, education, politics, and social initiatives.

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The Fledgling Fund

The Fledgling Fund supports innovative media projects that can play critical roles in igniting social change. Film and other creative media can bear witness to the challenges faced by vulnerable individuals, families and communities in ways that statistics can not, and that it can create a broader understanding of social problems and inspire concrete action. Well-structured and creative audience engagement initiatives can leverage media’s ability to ignite social change by moving people from awareness to action. The Fledgling Fund strives for a portfolio of media projects that:

  • Support projects that are timely, tell compelling and important stories, represent a unique perspective or an intriguing solution to an entrenched social problem, and have strong potential as a vehicle for social change.
  • Demonstrate how films coupled with well-structured and measurable outreach and audience engagement campaigns can raise awareness about complex social issues, encourage dialogue, share possible solutions, and move people to action.
  • Encourage the innovative use of media, such as Web 2.0 strategies, and short form videos, to engage new audiences around important social issues.

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2012 Drivers of Change Awards

The Southern African Trust invites nominations for the 2012 Drivers of Change Awards. It supports processes to deepen and widen participation in policy dialogue with a regional impact on poverty.

The Drivers of Change award recognises individuals or organisations from across the Southern Africa region that are making a real impact, especially in developing effective public policies and strategies, to overcome poverty. It is awarded in four categories:

  • Civil society,
  • Government,
  • Individual and
  • Business.

The award has been established to hold up living examples of innovative practices, inclusive attitudes and effective processes that build social trust and create the best conditions to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty.

Award Categories:

  • Government
  • Individual
  • Investing in the Future and Drivers of Change: Business Award
  • Investing in the Future and Drivers of Change: Civil Society Award

Deadline- 27th July 2012

Learn more about 2012 Drivers of Change Awards

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The Guardian International Development Achievement Award

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.

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World Summit Youth Awards 2012

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.

Award Highlights

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).

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2011 UNCA Awards for Best Coverage of the UN

The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) invites media worldwide to submit entries for its 16th Annual UNCA Awards Dinner and Dance for the best written and electronic media coverage of the United Nations, its agencies and field operations.

The prizes amount to over $50,000 with $10,000 each for the main categories.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will present the prizes at the Awards Gala dinner on Wednesday, December 14th 2011 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

The awards are open to all journalists anywhere in the world.  The Awards are:

  • The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, sponsored by the Alexander Bodini Foundation, for written media (including online media) coverage of the UN and its agencies and their work.
  • The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast journalism coverage of the UN, and its agencies, jointly sponsored by the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations and Antena-3 of Spain.
  • The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation/UNCA Global Prize for coverage of Climate Change
  • The United Nations Foundation prize for any entry in any medium that best covers the humanitarian and development aspects of the U.N. and its agencies.

Work in print, Internet, radio or TV between August 2010 and July 2011, covering the UN and its agencies in whatever capacity. The judges will look for entries with impact, insight and originality, and will take into account the courage and assiduity of the journalist. Investigative work is welcome.

Entries not in one of the official languages of the UN should have a translation into English or French, and video entries should be in DVD or VHS (preferably NTSC) format.

A written transcript will assist judging of radio and TV entries. Multiple or joint entries will be accepted.

Mailing address:  Fedex, registered or couriered packages should be sent to:

UNCA Awards Committee

Mailbox 613

The Chrysler Building

132 East 43rd Street

New York, NY 10017, USA

+1 (212) 867-0001

Send scanned or email entries and any questions to: UNCAAwards2010@unca.com

The entry form is available on www.unca.com

There are no entry fees of any kind for submissions.  Deadline for submissions is August 15th 2011.