Monthly Archives: March 2013

Apply to the 2013 Google Policy Fellowship program

 

Deadline: March 15, 2013

Google is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Google Policy Fellowship in Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America.

About the Program

The Google Policy Fellowship program was inspired by Google’s Summer of Code with a public policy twist. The Google Policy Fellowship program offers students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer working on these issues at public interest organizations in Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America. Students will work for 10 weeks over the summer of 2013. For more: http://www.google.com/policyfellowship/index.html

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Commonwealth Essay Competition 2013

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The Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ international writing competition. For 2013 the competition is being run in partnership with Cambridge University Press and takes this year’s Commonwealth theme ‘Opportunity through Enterprise’. To download the competition leaflet containing information on topics, rules and prizes click here.

Essays can be submitted online by registering below. Entrants must complete the online entry form before uploading their essay as either pdf or word.doc files. Teachers can also use the website to submit essays on behalf of their pupils. The deadline for submission is
12pm BST, Wednesday 01 May 2013. http://sirom.capsool.com/public/index/index

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Strengthening Economic Advocacy throughout the MENA Region Request for Applications

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U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) seeks to enhance the role private and non-governmental sectors play in influencing policy decisions and ensuring that laws, policies, regulations, and practices are transparent and responsive to the needs of business and labor.  In particular, MEPI seeks proposals that advocate for legal and regulatory reforms that support three areas:  1) Increased, expedited, more efficient, and more transparent business registration processes; 2) Improved bankruptcy and insolvency laws; and 3) More open government policies and procedures that promote greater transparency and economic growth.  Applicants may submit only one application to each area via separate submissions.  The eligible countries and territories in this announcement are Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, West Bank/Gaza, and/or Yemen. For more: http://mepi.state.gov/mepi/english-mepi/funding-opportunities/apply-for-a-grant/open-funding-opportunities.html

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A New Media, Citizen Journalism, and Empowerment Training Program

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Announcing a call for 2013 Applicants and Volunteers!

Applicants click here to apply: Voices of Our Future Applicants

Volunteers click here to apply: Volunteer Opportunities

Deadline for Program Applications is April 2nd!
“This program has confirmed what I already know – women need to speak out — or shout out – because we do have so much to say. We just need to give ourselves a chance. VOF has allowed me to give myself that chance.” Noreens, 2012 VOF Correspondent, Palestine

Voices of Our Future is fostering a new generation of empowered grassroots women leaders with the skills they need to share their stories and innovative solutions with the world.

World Pulse partners with the Global Press InstituteOpEd Project deliver rigorous training in new media and citizen journalism. Each program participant is paired with a personal editor to help hone her unique voice and a personal mentor to help her map out and implement her vision for change.

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South Asian Cities Summit 2013

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Today, urbanisation is occurring on an unprecedented scale. By the year 2050, it is estimated that 70% of the world’s population would be living in cities. This will raise major social issues in housing, poverty, pollution, water supply, sewage, waste disposal, transportation systems and many others. Cities having high population density, stressed ecological systems, and substantial dependence on natural resources would become very vulnerable to climate change.
Urban areas are responsible for a significant portion of CO2 emissions; Cities consume 75% of the world’s energy and are responsible for 80% of greenhouse gas emissions. Energy is widely viewed as the lifeline of cities, powering public services, hospitals, and schools while  moving people within the city and beyond. For more: http://www.southasiancitiessummit.com/

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Call for Photos and Paintings on Youth Migration -UN World Youth Report 2013

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Internal, intra-regional and international migration of young people takes place within diverse socio-ethnic, political and economic contexts. Young people are known to be the “most mobile among people of all ages.” They migrate for various reasons including employment, education, family formation and reunification; as well as conflict and persecution.

Considerable attention has been given to the issue of migration, its potential economic and social impacts on origin, transit and destination countries. Comparatively, little attention has been given to developing an understanding of the livelihood struggles and opportunities that migration presents for young migrants themselves and how relevant stakeholders can work for and with youth to enhance the social and economic opportunities available to young migrants while mitigating associated challenges.

As such, the 2013 UN World Youth Report (WYR) aims to highlight some of the concerns, challenges and successes experienced by young migrants and other young people affected by migration.

Eligibility

Young people aged between 15-35 years

Application

Please email your submissions to youth@un.org by 10 March 2013 with the subject line: UN World Youth Report. For more: http://www.unworldyouthreport.org/

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THE 2013 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE AFRICAN UNION & CULTURAL DIPLOMACY

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This unprecedented gathering within the African continent will seek to highlight Africa´s self-attained achievements with regards to its standing in the international community as well as it´s increasing emancipation from the often assumed dependency on the Western world. The focus will be on the role and successes of the African Union as an intergovernmental regional organization seeking to combat political, social and economic inequalities.  Past achievements will be considered while simultaneously accenting the future challenges the AU faces.

Multidimensional in focus, the conference will revolve around three main themes. Beginning with ´the rise of corporate Africa´, the positive impact of enterprise on development throughout the continent will be accented. The following theme, ´African solutions for African challenges (human development)´ will be dedicated to the overlapping issues of education, the eradication of poverty and the empowerment of women. The final topic ´community development through arts, culture and sports´ will exemplify the power exerted by cultural diplomacy on the furthering of community development.

It will be demonstrated that the application of cultural diplomacy is pervasive within the African Union´s activities, as it has charged itself with the task of uniting highly differentiated cultures within Africa with the aim of achieving ´greater unity and solidarity between the African countries and the peoples of Africa´. Click here for more: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/experienceafrica/index.php?en_aucdc2013

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