Monthly Archives: January 2013

SAP Commits More Than $7 Million to Support Emerging Entrepreneurs Initiative, Offset Carbon Emissions

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On day two of the World Economic Forum in Davos, multinational software company SAP AG announced grants totaling nearly $2.7 million to Endeavor Global, Endeavor Brazil, and India’s National Entrepreneurship Network to launch an emerging entrepreneurs initiative, and an investment of more than $4.7 million in the Livelihoods Fund, which seeks to create social value for rural communities and boost their food security through the restoration of ecosystems.

As part of the emerging entrepreneurs initiative, Endeavor Global and SAP will create opportunities for SAP employees to identify and mentor entrepreneurs in more than fifteen emerging economies around the globe. Selected entrepreneurs and their companies will have proven business models; a focus on technology innovation and design thinking; and a propensity to scale.

To that end, SAP will partner with Endeavor Brazil to select fifty emerging entrepreneurs to receive mentoring; choose twenty entrepreneurs from that cohort to receive grants, an SAP technology evaluation, and more in-depth mentorship; and establish an online community that tracks and monitors the entrepreneurial environment in Brazil. In India, SAP and NEN will train thirty mentors in that country to support three hundred emerging entrepreneurs; select a hundred SAP experts to help emerging Indian entrepreneurs with their technology needs; and select up to five entrepreneurs to receive a technology assessment, SAP technology solutions, and innovation growth grants. Eventually, the initiative will be expanded to Greece, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, and other countries.

The $4.7 million investment in the Paris-based Livelihoods Fund, which supports projects that link carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and poverty alleviation, moves SAP closer to its sustainability goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2020 — an effort that is based on the company accelerating the profitable reduction of its energy consumption, boosting its purchase of “green” electricity, and offsetting some of its carbon emissions in innovative ways.

“SAP is executing across all three pillars to achieve our target reduction,” said Peter Rasper, executive vice president of the Global Finance Infrastructure program at SAP. “Through our partnership with the Livelihoods Fund, SAP will not only purchase carbon credits and offset emissions, but we will produce carbon credits. This provides an innovative, affordable, and partnership-oriented way to reduce our emissions that will once again underline our leadership in the sustainability space.” For more: http://www.sap.com/corporate-en/news.epx?category=ALL&articleID=20320&searchmode=C&page=1&pageSize=10

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‘Fellowship: PhD studentship in sport for development, University of Ultser’

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Background to the project
The emergence and acceleration of local, national and international sport-for-development (SfD) movements has given rise to a small but growing social scientific literature that seeks to interrogate the extent to which sport can contribute to ‘development’.
This project seeks to interrogate the value of sport for addressing a range of societal ‘problems’ related to poverty, social exclusion, low educational attainment, juvenile delinquency, and political conflict amongst other issues, through an in-depth case study analysis of a programme(s) in a national or international setting. It will be located in a body of social scientific literature that is critical of untested, uncritical assumptions around the value of sport and more cognisant of the relatively limited impact that follows for ‘development’.
Methods to be used
The study adopts a case study approach that centres on a specific SfD programme of the applicant’s choosing (to be negotiated with the supervisory team). The proposed methods will be primarily ethnographic in nature and will seek to generate empirically grounded knowledge of SfD.
More specifically, this will involve (non)participant observation of SfD programmes as they play out in local/national contexts. Interviews may also be conducted with various personnel involved in the SfD movement, the exact mix of methods and research paradigms being dependent on the research setting. For more: http://www.sportanddev.org/en/newsnviews/news/?5224/1/PhD-studentship-in-Sport-for-Development

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PhD studentship in sport for development

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Background to the project
The emergence and acceleration of local, national and international sport-for-development (SfD) movements has given rise to a small but growing social scientific literature that seeks to interrogate the extent to which sport can contribute to ‘development’.
This project seeks to interrogate the value of sport for addressing a range of societal ‘problems’ related to poverty, social exclusion, low educational attainment, juvenile delinquency, and political conflict amongst other issues, through an in-depth case study analysis of a programme(s) in a national or international setting. It will be located in a body of social scientific literature that is critical of untested, uncritical assumptions around the value of sport and more cognisant of the relatively limited impact that follows for ‘development’.
Methods to be used
The study adopts a case study approach that centres on a specific SfD programme of the applicant’s choosing (to be negotiated with the supervisory team). The proposed methods will be primarily ethnographic in nature and will seek to generate empirically grounded knowledge of SfD.
More specifically, this will involve (non)participant observation of SfD programmes as they play out in local/national contexts. Interviews may also be conducted with various personnel involved in the SfD movement, the exact mix of methods and research paradigms being dependent on the research setting. For more: http://www.sportanddev.org/en/newsnviews/news/?5224/1/PhD-studentship-in-Sport-for-Development

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Paid Internship: Institute for Inclusive Security (MIddle East Focus), Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA

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Hunt Alternatives Fund includes an operating foundation and a private grant making foundation that advance innovative and inclusive approaches to social change at local, national, and global levels.  For more information please see our website at http://www.huntalternatives.org.

A program of the Fund, The Institute for Inclusive Security works to transform the international security paradigm. Sustainable peace is possible only when those who shape policy include women and other affected groups in the prevention and transformation of violent conflict. Guided by this belief and vision, our mission is to increase the participation of all stakeholders—particularly women—in preventing, resolving, and rebuilding after deadly conflicts. We do this by:

  • Strengthening the will and capacity of those who shape peace and security policy
  • Providing research on why inclusion matters and guidance on how it can be achieved
  • Equipping women to contribute effectively to peace processes
  • Building coalitions of diverse leaders who offer practical solutions to intractable conflicts
  • Forming partnerships with others to strengthen the nascent field of women, peace, and security

 

The Institute for Inclusive Security is seeking an intern to work with their Middle East team throughout the 2013 spring semester for about 15-20 hours per week. This is a paid internship ideal for someone interested in women’s inclusion in peace and transition processes in the Middle East and North Africa. This position could be based in either Cambridge, MA or Washington, DC.

  • Review daily news clips to keep Middle East team abreast of key stories related to women’s leadership and suggest content for social media;
  • Make logistical arrangements for staff traveling to the region;
  • Conduct research and draft a policy brief on women’s added value in the security sector, as well as potentially draft other pieces of writing on behalf of Inclusive Security;
  • Assist with identification and contact with women leaders from the MENA region;
  • Attend relevant events, as needed; and
  • Provide general administrative and logistical support as needed, included but not limited to printing, compiling collateral, and photocopying. For more: http://www.huntalternatives.org/

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‘Job: UN WOMEN: PROGRAMME ADVISOR, LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN REGION’

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UN Women, grounded in the vision of quality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The Programme Division (PD) sets the standards, assures the quality of program design, and provides guidance to country level program work of UN Women, as well as supports the coordination role of UN Women at regional and country level. It supports the effective use of Results Based Management and reporting across the organization. It also manages global Trust Funds and provides technical capacity to countries on request, including humanitarian response capacity

The Programme Team makes possible the oversight function of the Programme Directorate for UN Women’s programmes and activities in the field. It supports corporate planning and the oversight of planning processes. It leads UN Women’s corporate analysis of developments and trends at the country and regional level, ensuring UN Women’s senior management receives timely advice and recommendations. It supports UN Women’s field based presences, specifically Regional Offices (RO) including on operational matters, and connects them appropriately to other parts of HQ as required. The Programme Team’s members represent UN Women in interagency fora, and provide support to UN Women normative work in intergovernmental processes, as well as contributing to resource mobilization and partnership building more broadly at HQ level. 

Under the overall leadership and direction of the Director of Programme Division, and day-to-day supervision of the Deputy Director, the Programme Advisor, supports the Division in all aspects of field based programmes in the Latin America and Caribbean region.  He/she supports the Programme Director’s overall oversight function to ensure high quality programme design and implementation within the Latin America and Caribbean Region. S/he promotes adherence to UN Women Strategic Plans (SP) and commitments on gender equality and women’s human rights in UN Women programs and projects. At HQ s/he acts as liaison for UN Women’s RO for Latin America and Caribbean in Panama and represents and reflects the region’s perspectives and concerns in interagency and intergovernmental fora and discussions at the HQ level, as well as in UN Women’s internal processes

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Proactively provides substantive advice to the PD Directorate on strategic program planning and development in consultation with the Latin America and Caribbean RO.
  • Provide targeted technical and operational guidance, on program design and program implementation within the region, to PD Directorate, RO and Multi-Country Office (MCO)/Country Office (CO).
  • Support to Director of Programme with timely analysis on overall portfolio implementation in the region, highlighting critical development trends and their possible impact on programming.  
  • Substantive support and advice to UN Women’s RO and MCO/CO on UN inter-agency coordination, UNDAF/CCPD development and joint programming as well as normative processes as required.
  • Active engagement in following up on partnerships and resource mobilization on behalf of the region.
  • Knowledge management and key advocate of capacity building of UN Women program staff and external partners within the region. Helps ensure relevance and effectiveness of such capacity building initiatives. For more: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=35203

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Regional Programme Manager – Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), UNDP, Thailand

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UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations (UN), works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate UN system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The Regional Programme “Improving Women’s Human Rights in Southeast Asia“ (2011-2016) is a flagship $10 million programme of the UN Women East and Southeast Asia Regional Office. The 5-year programme is a 2nd phase of UN Women’s Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Southeast Asia programme which covers seven countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), the Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam – and focuses on advancing the implementation of CEDAW in the region towards the goal of reducing discrimination against women in Southeast Asia.

Through institution building, support to advocacy, knowledge generation and south-south exchange, the programme aims to contribute to the outcomes below:

  • Increased skills and knowledge of government officials and civil society gender experts on CEDAW compliance in development and monitoring new and revised legislative frameworks.
  • Increased awareness among formal and informal justice system actors of CEDAW commitments.
  • Strengthened monitoring and accountability mechanisms for implementation of CEDAW commitments. For more: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=35196

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‘Online courses on peace and development with Johan galtung and others’

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TRANSCEND Peace University (TPU) was founded in 2000 by the pioneer of Peace Studies, Prof. Johan Galtung, the Rector of TPU. We invite you to take online courses in the next TPU term. Join the growing number of TPU students and alumni, united by the inspiring vision of
Peace by Peaceful Means.

PURPOSE: TPU seeks to promote inter-disciplinary peace studies, and make them accessible to as wide a community as possible. For this, we opted for an online format. TPU faculty is drawn from the leading peace scholars and practitioners in their fields from around the world. A valuable asset to our courses is brought by participants themselves, by the diversity of cultures from around the world, meeting on the TPU online platform, sharing experiences, helping each other expand the worldviews, and finding creative solutions, approaches and ideas for a wide range of conflicts and peace-related issues. TPU courses cover theory as well as practical experience. For more: www.transcend.org/tpu

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