Viridis Africa 2012

Following on the success of the launch of Viridis Africa 2011, where more than 20 major investment opportunities were presented to prospective investors, Viridis Africa is now soliciting business plans in the clean tech industry from entrepreneurs seeking funding to turn their projects to account.

Viridis Africa as its name suggests in Latin, is about investment into “green” sustainable technologies and projects, presented by entrepreneurs and corporates who are seeking funding to introduce clean technology solutions and services.

Principals who would present their business opportunities at this clean technology venture capital, private equity and debt financing event would have the audience of numerous local and foreign investors, stratified according to their sectoral interest and investment criteria.

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2012 Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo fellowship

The ASO Fellowship is now open for applications for the year 2012. The fellowship offers an amount of around US$ 10,000 to fund research.

This fund research should be in one of the following priority topics:

  • Understanding status of and threats to genetic resources of priority forest tree species
  • Methods and approaches for conserving genetic resources of important tree species
  • The research outputs of the award winner’s research will contribute to Biodiversity International’s Forest Genetic Resources programme as well as the CGIAR Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agro forestry

Applicants eligible to apply must:

  • Be a citizen of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Be a scientist attached to a national university, research institution or a research-oriented NGO
  • Be under 40 years of age
  • Have at least a Master’s degree, or equivalent, in a field of study relevant to forest genetic resources

Deadline: 1st July, 2012

For further information, read the Call for Applications

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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

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Qatar Foundation WISE Education Leadership Program

October 7 – 10, 2012

Doha, Qatar

 

About the Program

The WISE Education Leadership Program was launched at the Qatar Foundation’s inaugural World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in 2009 to support current and emerging leaders in higher education around the world.

This four-day workshop aims to help prepare the next generation of global higher education leaders to manage the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.

The goals of the WISE Education Leadership Program are to develop the leadership and administrative skill sets of new university presidents and serve as an enabling environment for change and development. The WISE Education Leadership Program will provide experience-based training through case studies, workshops, expert speakers and role-playing exercises.

Key topics that will be covered during the WISE Education Leadership Program include:

  • Best Practices in Institutional Management
  • Principles of Leadership and Variety of Academic Leadership Styles
  • Institutional and Personal Agendas/Goals
  • Coaching and Team Building
  • Decision Making
  • Working with Governing and Advisory Boards
  • Managing Academic Personnel and Resources

 

Participation in the WISE Education Leadership Program is free of charge. The Qatar Foundation will also provide round-trip airfare to Doha, hotel accommodations, local transport, meals and conference materials.

The WISE Education Leadership Program is being organized by the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), the Institute of International Education (IIE), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF).

 

Eligibility

Presidents, vice-chancellors, and other heads of tertiary education institutions appointed to the current position after January 1, 2011 are eligible to apply to the third WISE Education Leadership Program that will take place in Doha from October 7 – 10, 2012.

All applications must be received by July 3rd 2012.

Participants who are selected for the program will be notified by the end of August.

Get more information on how to apply

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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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Dutch Postcode Lottery Challenge 2012

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.

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2011 Ink Fellows Program

THE INK CONFERENCE, in associated with TED, is an annual conference that aims to fuel innovation and foster knowledge by bringing together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers from a range of disciplines such as art, design, science, social entrepreneurship, sports and technology.

INK 2010 featured Speakers such as science educator and innovator Arvind Gupta, filmmaker James Cameron, founder of Wired magazine Kevin Kelly, design guru Philippe Starck, and anti-trafficking activist Sunitha Krishnan.

THE INK FELLOWS PROGRAM will recruit 20 young innovators to attend the INK 2011 Conference in Jaipur, India, December 8th – 11th, 2011.

For further information, visit http://bit.ly/pNVpwK