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- National coalition action/2015 (Benin)
- Coalition Yikiri pour la Jeunesse dans l’agenda post-2015 (Burkina Faso)
- Action for Peace and Development (Burundi)
- Action/2015 National Coalition (Cameroon)
- AFHON Cote d’Ivoire (Cote d’Ivoire)
- HelpAge International (Ethiopia)
- Attac Gabon (Gabon)
- Abibimman Foundation / GCAP (Ghana)
- HelpAge International (Kenya)
- Centre for Peace & Development Effectiveness (Liberia)
- Council for NGOs in Malawi (Malawi)
- Alliance contre la Pauvreté au Mali «GCAP/Mali » (Mali)
- PAN Mauritius (Mauritius)
- Climate & Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (Nigeria)
- Healthy People (Rwanda)
- GCAP Senegal (Senegal)
- Youth Partnership for Peace and Development (Sierra Leone)
- Coalition: Africa Monitor, World Vision, Africa Unite, ONE and Save the Children (South Africa)
- Human Rights Institute of South Africa (South Africa)
- GCAP Tanzania (Tanzania)
- The Children and Community Initiative for Development – CAID (The Gambia)
- Jeunes Verts Togo (Togo)
- Africa Monitor Trust (Uganda)
- Uganda National NGO Forum (Uganda)
- Zambia Council for Social Development (Zambia)
- National Associaion of NGOs
- Coalition for Action/2015 – secretariat: World Vision Bangladesh (Bangladesh)
- NACDOR (India)
- Spektrum Pelangi Indonesia Foundation (Indonesia)
- AWAZ Foundation (Pakistan)
- Global Call Against Poverty (Philippines)
- Earthlanka (Sri Lanka)
- Red Argentina para la Cooperación Internacional - RACI (Argentina)
- Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (Barbados)
- Red Asociación de Voluntarios de Bolivia/Asociación Nacional de Adultos Mayores de Bolivia –ANAMBO (Bolivia)
- Fundação Abrinq/Save the Children (Brazil)
- Confederación Colombiana de ONG (Colombia)
- Asociación Regional Centroamericana por el Agua y el Ambiente - ARCA (Costa Rica)
- Alianza ONG (Dominican Republic)
- Siglo XXIII (El Salvador)
- Investigación, Organización y Acción Comunitaria Altepetl AC (Mexico)
- Coalición Nacional Llamado de Acción contra la Pobreza, GCAP Nicaragua (Nicaragua)
- SINERGIA (Venezuela)
- IndyAct (Lebanon)
Advancing youth agricultural entrepreneurship and ICT innovations to boost climate-resilient food value chains
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries. It provides access to information and knowledge, facilitates policy dialogue and strengthens the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities.
U.S. Mission to UNESCO (USUNESCO)
Media Training and Development Small Grant Opportunity
The U.S. Mission to UNESCO has a small fund available to support projects aimed at the promotion of media independence and pluralism, development of community media, radio and television organizations, modernization of national and regional news agencies, and training of media professionals. Proposals should be 1-2 pages in length and include a brief description of the project, the partner organization(s), and a simple budget. The deadline for proposals is 24 August, 2014. Projects that are accepted for funding may receive a grant worth up to US$10,000.
UNESCO has a unique mandate within the UN system to promote freedom of expression and freedom of the press as a basic human right and is the lead agency for the UN-wide Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. One of the major themes of UNESCO’s work in ensuring a free press is a focus on training, professional and technical development of the media in developing countries. Through its Intergovernmental Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC), UNESCO supports media projects but also seeks to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries. Through this small grant opportunity, the U.S. Mission to UNESCO seeks to support the themes highlighted by the IPDC at UNESCO, specifically:
Promotion of freedom of expression and media pluralism: encouraging the free flow of information and strengthening communication capacities in developing countries, including promoting a safe environment for journalists and media workers, on creating a pluralistic media environment through the development of Community-based media, and encouraging transparency of administration at local levels.
Capacity development for journalists, media managers and journalism educators/trainers: improving the knowledge, skills and awareness of media professionals; basic and advanced training to increase the investigative capacities of media workers and the management expertise of executives as well as building the institutional capacities of journalism education institutions and providing training to trainers.
Integration of traditional news media and new trends in communication: assisting stand-alone traditional media platforms to take advantage of the new communications environment (e.g., launching online and social media outlets).
For more information on this small grant program, contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Banjul via email PublicDiplomacyBanjul@state.gov.
Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2015 now open – USD 150,000 in prizes for continent’s brightest innovators to accelerate Africa’s development
With 2000 innovators from 48 countries entering in its first three years; IPA 2015 takes investment in unleashing and supporting sustainable African led innovation past half a million USD
Video of IPA Winner 2014: http://africaninnovationnews.
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“At the African Innovation Foundation we are passionate about Africa and its potential, that we firmly believe will be led by empowering a new generation of African innovators and entrepreneurs. But we also recognise that this new generation needs the resources and the opportunities to realise their ambition,” said AIF and IPA founder Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais. “ IPA provides a platform to encourage and harness these entrepreneurial skills in order to help improve the lives of Africans and to help realise untapped potential. The prize is also a great way of unleashing creativity and promoting growth within the African continent.”
The IPA is becoming integral to facilitating ground-breaking thinking, creativity and driving awareness to the outstanding work being done in Africa by Africans. IPA 2013 winner, AgriProtein went on to raise $11 million to build its first two commercial farms in Cape Town.
“Africa needs meaningful investment to alleviate poverty and provide inclusive prosperity. To achieve this, we need to be able to provide environments that promote quality investment for the people and reduce risks. Forums like the IPA are necessary to make the most of the continent's investment," said AgriProtein spokesperson, David Drew.
All innovations are evaluated based on the following criteria: originality, marketability, scalability, social impact and scientific/technical aspects. The best submission will be awarded a grand prize of USD 100 000. The second prize of USD 25 000 will be awarded to an innovator with an innovation which has the best commercial and business potential. An additional award is a special prize granted to the innovator whose innovation has the best social impact in the community.
The IPA encourages entries in five key categories: Agriculture and Agribusiness, Environment, Energy and Water, Health and Wellbeing, ICT applications, and Manufacturing and Services Industries.
Recognising home grown innovative ingenuity, the prize contributes to increased funding of start-ups, adoption of new and emerging technologies and accelerated growth of the private sector. With ever changing economic and social environments, it is critical that proposed solutions tackle issues affecting African lives, and that they are effective and are different from the existing ones.
IPA 2014 named Dr Nicolaas Duneas and Mr Nuno Pires from South Africa the winners of the grand Prize and received USD 100’000 for their Altis Osteogenic Bone Matrix (Altis OBM TM), the first injectable porcine derived BMP medical device in the world — an innovative product for the treatment of bone injuries and voids through the use of a regenerative biological implant.
The IPA also beckons all investors, governments and other stakeholders interested in evaluating, investing and maximising the continent’s resources to participate in this innovative and empowering initiative and make a significant change through generous contributions that will accelerate the Africa’s economic growth.
The deadline for submitting applications for IPA 2015 is 31 October 2014 at 24h00 GMT. For more information on competition categories, conditions of entry, and submission details, please visit: http://
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Call for proposals for innovative energy technology ideas
Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe would like to bring to your attention an interesting opportunity to develop innovative start-ups in climate-friendly energy sector :
The European Institute of Technology's (EIT) Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) for InnoEnergy calls for proposals for innovative climate friendly energy technology ideas
Two among six fields in which KIC InnoEnergy strengthens European innovation and entrepreneurship is Renewable Energies and Clean coal technologies. It does this through so-called ‘innovation projects.’ Financing ranges from Eur 0.5 – 5m for technology start-ups and lasts 3 years while the technology is expected to be on the market in five.
KIC InnoEnergy’s current call for proposals for innovative energy technology ideas closes on May 23, 2014. More information is available here: http://www.greenhorizon-online.com/index.php/Europe/eit-kic-starts-innovation-once-more.html
Enquiries are also welcome to Jerome Simpson at REC: email@example.com who as KIC InnoEnergy partner for central and eastern Europe coordinates outreach and the development of innovation projects concerning the region.
Thank you and best wishes,
Mariia Khovanskaia (Ms)
Climate Change and Clean Energy Topic Area
Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe HQ
CALL FOR ENTRIES: Media Awards on Electrical Counterfeiting in Africa
This competition is open to African journalists who publish or broadcast original investigative reports on issues relating to electrical counterfeiting in Africa.
Interested journalists can each submit up to two pieces of work, which can include articles from traditional print or recognized online newspapers, magazines, or journals; radio broadcasts; television documentaries or reports.
The entry form is available at http://www.apo-opa.com/
Eligible works must be published or broadcast between 18 February and 9 March 2014.
Articles or broadcasts can be submitted in French or English. Works not originally published or broadcast in one of two languages must be translated into one of the two competition languages in order to be considered for submission.
A press release presenting the winning entry will be distributed on March 12. Winning journalist will be invited to attend the POWER-GEN Africa 2014 (http://www.powergenafrica.com
All entries must be received by no later than 9 March 2014.
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First African Blogger Awards now open for entries
The continent’s very first awards programme that measures online and social influencers’ reach and influence
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The Awards have been divided into 36 categories, providing the opportunity for influencers on these platforms to be measured objectively against their peers, and duly recognised for their achievements.
Categories are diverse, and include sectors such as Advice, Fashion and Beauty, Events and Nightlife, Education, Sports, Political, Technology and Gadgets, and Youth Culture among others.
“The African Blogger Awards are the first completely impartial, objective awards for online and social influencers on the African continent because winners will be determined by data analytics provided by Webfluential, and not through peer nominations,” says Mike Sharman, co-founder of the African Blogger Awards.
The Awards will also give brands and the marketing industry, including advertisers, public relations agencies and media buyers in each country, an impartial measurement of the most relevant online and social influencers to include in their campaigns, making sure that they achieve the greatest possible impact for their marketing spend.
There is no cost to enter, but entrants are required to register their blog, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube profile (or a combination thereof) on Webfluential (http://www.webfluenti.al), a platform designed to quantify the reach, resonance and relevance of bloggers, Instagrammers, Tweeters and YouTubers with over 1000 active, legitimate followers. Evaluation of the entrants will be managed primarily through Webfluential (https://webfluenti.al)
• Reach measures the size of an influencer's audience (following) per social media network.
• Resonance is a measure of how widely the content that an influencer shares reaches outside of their own community.
• Relevance is a measure of the response from the influencer's community in the form of likes, comments, retweets.
Bloggers, Instagrammers, Tweeters and YouTubers who are permanent residents of any African country are eligible to enter the African Blogger Awards.
Entries for the awards close on 9 March 2014 at midnight GMT+2, and results will be announced on 16 April 2014 via the competition’s Twitter profile, @African_Blogger, from 11h00 GMT+2. Overall awards for Africa’s Top Blogger, Top Instagrammer, Top Tweeter and Top YouTuber will be announced on 18 April 2014 at a celebration hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Winners in each category will receive a web banner announcing their achievement that can be personally-leveraged through their social network and a commemorative trophy.
“As the competition grows, we plan to host the awards ceremony in other cities on the African continent each year, in recognition of the enormous influence that the online community has on news, lifestyle, media and marketing across the continent,” says Murray Legg, co-founder of the African Blogger Awards.
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GIABA builds the capacities of Law Enforcement Agencies
ENFORCEMENT OF QUALITY STANDARDS IN TOURISM ESTABLISHMENTS
Support for green economy surges but crucial gaps remain
The Green Economy Barometer report, produced for a three day conference on ‘real green economies’ at Wilton Park this week, provides a current analysis of who is doing what, where, and why.
“The green economy concept is an antidote to the prevailing brown economy, which is a major driver of environmental degradation and inequality,” says Oliver Greenfield Convenor of the Green Economy Coalition. “Its purpose is to improve both society and the natural environment. Right now though, the most powerful players are backing a narrower goal of ‘green growth’, which risks being discredited unless it more effectively tackles inequality.”
The report outlines ways to bridge this and other gaps that could jeopardise the transition towards inclusive, sustainable development.
Who are the players?
While the United States and most Latin American countries have not pursued the green economy or green growth concepts, many other nations have. They include: China; Denmark; Ethiopia; Indonesia; Mauritius; Mexico; Morocco; Peru, Vietnam; Philippines; South Africa; South Korea; Thailand, Rwanda, and the Caribbean region.
Other emerging leaders include research institutes, civil society organizations, consultancy firms (such as McKinsey and PWC), the ‘B Team’ group of business leaders, investors, development banks and bilateral donors.
What are they doing?
While the players are beginning to align their views and activities, there are important gaps.
A question of equity
Although governments and international institutions have stressed the benefits of ‘inclusive green growth’ for poor people, they have ignored the emerging crisis of rising inequality – which is undermining our economies and our political systems. The nascent global and national architecture for a green economy is ill equipped for delivering more equitable outcomes.
“The challenge is to marry a broad concept of green with equity and inclusion, creating growth at all levels of the economy and ensuring that everyone shares in the benefits” says lead-author Emily Benson. But while the gap between “green economy” and “green growth” has narrowed, it still poses challenges. Most ‘green growth’ models still envisage that welfare gains will trickle down through existing channel, rather than resulting from progressive economic and social policy.
“In contrast to green growth, which has focused on attracting investment, green economy targets wider and deeper reform to create an economic system that better serves society,” says Steve Bass, head of IIED’s sustainable markets group. “A green economy should start where the majority of people are, tackling poverty and helping them to develop their assets and meet their needs and aspirations. So it should actively include the informal economy, small and medium enterprises, and locally owned and run solutions — not just big business.”
The report is attached here, under embargo until Monday 24 February at 00.01am
Contacts for interviews
Oliver Greenfield (oliver.greenfield@
Emily Benson (emily.benson@greeneconomycoal
Steve Bass, IIED (firstname.lastname@example.org)
African Youth Panel (AYP) Call for New Members 2014
As part of its strategic directions to cover the entire African continent, The African Youth Panel www.africanyouthpanel.org is calling for new members into its fold from the underlisted countries attached in this email.
The African Youth Panel is a platform of youth leaders from different African Countries and consists of members with diverse skills and backgrounds including academicians, activist, artists, civil society experts and politicians.
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT -- Programmes Officer, IWA
International Water Association (IWA)