Youth Unemployment Outlook August 8th 2012

Inadequate job creation for school leavers remains a major challenge in Kenya

President Kibaki tells African leaders to invest in the youth as a way to become globally competitive in terms of human capital.

Ugandan billionaire launches mentorship portal

Ashish J. Thakkar, CEO of the Mara Group, says the portal will nurture an ecosystem for youth while improving skills and emerging talent.

UK coalition government relaunches its flagship youth contract

Through government backed wage subsidies and other incentives, firms are encouraged to take on 18 to 24-year-olds and give them a leg up on the employment ladder.





Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) 2012 Young Women’s Leadership Training Programme

August –September 2012

Venue: Uganda.

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 ( or 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).

Visit the EASSI website for the 2012 Training Prospectus and the Application Form

For more Information, contact

The Executive Director, EASSI, P.o.Box 24965, Kampala,

Uganda, Tel: +256 414 286153/ +256 312 266451


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Grant maximum: US$15,000
Implementation period: 12 months
Application deadline: January 31st 2012

Aim of the grant invitation

EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (PLIP) encourages libraries to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to expand their services to contribute to community development and improve people’s lives.

Who is eligible to apply?

This invitation is open to public and community libraries in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana.
A public or community library is a library that is open to the general public and that makes all kinds of knowledge and information freely available to the public.

Libraries are encouraged to apply in partnership with other ICT for development organizations that provide information services in the areas of health, agriculture, supporting youth and children at risk, employment and entrepreneurship/small business. However the library must be the lead partner and the grant applicant.

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Strengthening Youth Entrepreneurship Support in Tanzania and Uganda – Request For Proposals

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is for a feasibility study to design appropriate youth entrepreneurship support interventions for the PPA Consortium in Tanzania and Uganda.

The study will involve:

• Analysis of Consortium partner approaches and future plans for target countries
• Analysis of youth entrepreneurship sector and key players in target countries
• Design of joint or mutually reinforcing interventions for the Consortium

The feasibility study will enable Consortium partners to determine suitable allocation of resources towards youth entrepreneurship interventions in Tanzania and/or Uganda in year two of the PPA. The project will be delivered by an external organisation or individual over 8 weeks starting January and concluding end March 2012.

The deadline for applications is: 9am Monday 5th December 2011.

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Akiba Uhaki Foundation – Call For Proposals 2012

Akiba Uhaki Foundation (AUF) is a proactive grant-making organization dedicated to supporting and accompanying Human Rights and Social Justice related organizations in East Africa i.e. Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

In pursuit of its mandate and in line with the above intervention strategy, AUF invites applications from community-based/community-serving or national organizations in East Africa, whether registered and unregistered (provided the unregistered organizations are fiscally hosted by registered ones) for support on innovative and potentially high impact projects in the promotion and protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of marginalized and disadvantaged communities in the region.

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Doing Business in the East African Community 2011

The East African Community is deepening and widening cooperation among its 5 member states. Spurred by the need to expand markets, boost competitiveness and attract investment, East African countries have continued to take steps to make it easier for local firms to start up and operate.

The main findings of the report are:

  • Doing business has become easier in East Africa since 2005.
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  • If each East African country were to adopt the region’s best practice in each of the Doing Business indicators, the region’s average ranking on the ease of doing business would be 18 rather than 117.
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Read the  Doing Business in the East African Community 2011 Report here

Global Integrity Seeks Contributors for the 2011 Global Integrity Report

Global Integrity, a nonprofit organisation tracking governance and corruption trends around the world, seeks experienced reporters to write a story about corruption in their country as part of the forthcoming 2011 Global Integrity Report.

Stories must be based on original reporting and provide a background to understand the culture of corruption in the country.

Successful candidates will have experience in investigative journalism or proven knowledge of corruption issues. Journalists from the following countries can apply:

• Gambia,

• Ghana,

• Kenya,

• Liberia,

• Malawi,

• Rwanda,

• Sierra Leone,

• Uganda, and

• Zimbabwe

The deadline is July 20th 2011.

For more information and to apply, visit