Atlas Corps: Inviting Global NGO Leaders for Fellowship in U.S

Deadline: 15 August 2019

Atlas Corps is currently inviting mid-career professionals from around the world to apply for Fellowships in the United States.

Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to social change in 12-18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise. This prestigious fellowship includes a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing), an international flight, and health insurance.

All applicants must be aged 22-35 and must have 2-10 years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/social sector, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, English proficiency, commitment to return to applicants home country after the fellowship.

Benefits

Fellows – but not their dependents – receive:

  • Program-related international travel
  • Program-related domestic travel Basic health insurance that covers new injuries and illnesses
  • Monthly stipend for basic living expenses (shared housing, food, local transportation, and a phone plan)
  • Documentation (DS-2019) that enables the Fellow to obtain a J-1 visa.
  • Placement at a Host Organization
  • Participation in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab (leadership development training series)

Eligibility Criteria

Two or more years of relevant experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • English proficiency (oral, writing, reading).
  • Age 35 or younger.
  • Commitment to return to applicants home country after the 12-18 month Fellowship.
  • Commitment to living on a basic stipend that only covers food, shared housing, and local transportation.

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U.N. CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATION AWARDS FOR BEST MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND U.N. AGENCIES(For Journalists)

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The United Nations invites journalists anywhere in the World to submit entries to the 2019 U.N. CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATION AWARDS FOR BEST MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND U.N. AGENCIES. WINNERS WILL BE HONORED AT A GALA EVENT WITH U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL H.E. ANTÓNIO GUTERRES ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH 2019, AT CIPRIANI WALL STREET, NEW YORK.

Deadline – September 15th, 2019

 

The Awards are:

1. The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, sponsored by the Alexander Bodini Foundation, for written media (including online media). The prize is for print and online coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Elizabeth Neuffer, The Boston Globe bureau chief at the U.N., who died while on an assignment in Baghdad in 2003.

2. The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize, sponsored by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, for broadcast (TV & Radio) media. The prize is for broadcast coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Ricardo Ortega, formerly the New York correspondent for Antena 3 TV of Spain, who died while on an assignment in Haiti in 2004.

3. The Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for coverage of Climate Change. The prize is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio) for coverage of sustainable and equitable management of natural resources and the implementation of innovative and ethical solutions in three main categories: climate change, biodiversity, and water.

 

Important Information For Applicants:

  • Coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies is specified in each category; the committee welcomes coverage of all issues particularly on the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, peacekeeping operations and nonproliferation, including the elimination of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
  • Work in print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online coverage must be published between September 2018 and August 2019.
  • The judges will look for entries with impact, insight and originality, and will consider the courage and investigative and reporting skills of the journalists. Special attention will be given to the originality of daily coverage and breaking news from U.N. Headquarters. Entries from the developing world media are particularly welcome.
  • Entries can be submitted in any of the official U.N. languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian) however a written transcript in English or French is necessary to facilitate the judging process.
  • Each candidate can submit to no more than two (2) prize categories, with a maximum of three (3) stories in each. Joint entries are accepted.
  • Electronic files and web links uploaded to the online Entry Form are required.
  • Electronic entries are mandatory
  • All entries must be received by September 15th, 2019

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#freenairamarley – Why Cyber Crime trends in Nigeria

Nigeria loses 127 billion Naira to cybercrime yearly, which is 0.8 per cent of the country’s GDP. Cybercrime has become a bane in the economy and society at large. There are a host of cybercrimes being perpetrated by Nigerians but the most popular is the 419/Internet fraud which is commonly known as Yahoo Yahoo in our Nigerian parlance. It has been on the increase lately.

Some youth have without denial taken it as their full-time job and have crafted reasons to make it justifiable. How sad! Can there ever be any justifiable reason for indulging in Yahoo Yahoo? Recently, this was a trending topic on social media and to my surprise, a number of young people gave reasons why it is justifiable; from lack of employment to poverty, bad economy, peer pressure and as a means of survival. These attempts to justify crime shows that it is no longer a big deal and as a people, we have accepted it as part of the very fabric of our society.

The reason people indulge in Yahoo Yahoo;

Greed! Jonathan Gash said Fraud is the daughter of greed. Young people trying to outdo each other, amassing luxuries and liabilities all in the name of showing off and keeping up with appearances. Thus, the get rich quick syndrome has eaten deep into the minds of most youth that they find legitimate ways of making money uninteresting. They have refused to go through the growth process and want to arrive even before they start leaping. Despite the efforts of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to curb this menace, it keeps growing and we have the anonymity nature of the internet to thank.

These actions, to whose detriment?

Every Nigerian! Around the world, Nigerians are seen as suspects, investors don’t feel safe with us, to mention a few. Moreover, these negative effects have caused colossal reputational damage to Nigeria as a country. Sincere citizens will have to work twice as hard to prove that they are different. Currently, Nigeria at the moment ranks 144 out of 180 on Transparency International corruption perception index. How long are we going to continue to destroy a nation that is standing on one leg?

At the moment, Naira Marley, a Nigerian artist is being prosecuted by the EFCC for internet fraud after he openly showed support for yahoo yahoo. He asked Nigerians to pray for them rather than condemn them. And to think that some youth are out on the streets with placards protesting for his release with the Free Naira Marley hashtag is disheartening. If he is found guilty by the law, he should face the music. Making a case for fraud only shows that some Nigerians have a problem. We complain about politicians, kidnapping, armed robbery and we want to overlook that of yahoo yahoo? All crimes must be punished.

Frederick William Robertson said, there are three things in the world that deserve no mercy; hypocrisy, fraud and tyranny. A changed mindset and attitude are all we need. No circumstance is an excuse for Crime. #SayNoToCrime!!

Nominations Open for Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award

Deadline: 30 June 2019

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The Suqia is the UAE’s water Aid Agency and they are accepting nominations for its Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award. This award supports research and development of new and innovative technologies that produce, desalinate and purify water, using solar energy. It supports the global position of the UAE in developing solutions for challenges that are faced by poverty– and disaster-stricken communities worldwide.

The Award encourages leading corporations, research centres, institutions and innovators from across the world to compete in finding sustainable and innovative solar-energy solutions to the problem of water scarcity.

Award Categories & Eligibility Criteria

The Award has three (3) main categories that target pioneering organisations, research centres, individuals, educational institutions, and innovators from all around the world to motivate participants to come up with innovative, solar-powered solutions with the aim of producing clean drinking water:

  1. Innovative Projects Award: The project must clearly demonstrate the use of solar energy to produce safe drinking water in line with World HealthOrganisation (WHO) guidelines, along with innovation in production capacity, technical limitations, disinfection systems, operation or maintenance requirements, while also improving efficiency and cost effectiveness.
    • Small Projects Award: In addition to the category description, the project must have a capital expenditure (CAPEX) of USD 3 million or below.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the company/organisation directly.
      • Prize Value: $240,000
        • 1st Place: $120,000
        • 2nd Place: $72,000
        • 3rd Place: $48,000
    • Large Projects Award: In addition to the category description, the project must have a capital expenditure (CAPEX) over USD 3 million.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the company/organisation directly.
      • Prize Value: $300,000
        • 1st Place: $150,000
        • 2nd Place: $90,000
        • 3rd Place: $60,000

 

Eligibility

  1. Intended Applicants:Governmental, semi-governmental, private and non-governmental organisations.

Additional Requirements:

  • The organisation should be a legal entity, with a registered trade license and bank account. Please also attach a copy of the company/organisation trade license or equivalent when submitting applicants application.
  • The project should be scalable, and eligible for impact investment.
  1. Innovative Individual Award: The individual applying to this category should present an innovative technological solution aimed at addressing water scarcity, exclusively using solar energy to produce safe drinking water in line with World Health Organisation (WHO).
    • Distinguished Research Award: In addition to the category description, the applicant shall have attained outstanding achievements of lasting significance for sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources, with at least 10 years of contribution to the water industry or academia research, with a focus on solar powered water innovation.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the individual applicant.
      • Prize Value: $40,000
    • Youth Award: In addition to the category description, the applicant must be between the ages of 15 and 35, and have conducted solar powered water projects of proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance, and relevancy to water issue(s) locally or globally.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the individual applicant.
      • Prize Value: $20,000
    • Eligible
      • Intended applicants: Individual applicants
  2. Innovative Research and Development Award: The project must be developed and executed in-house with the aim of extracting safe drinking water from natural sources in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines purifying the product water from possible anthropologic and natural pollutants, while relying exclusively on solar energy. It has two type of Awards:
    • National Institutions Award: In addition to the category description, the application must be submitted by the project team and endorsed by the research / educational / corporate / non-profit institutions within the UAE that is sponsoring the project.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the sponsoring institution/entity directly.
      • Prize Value: $ 200,000
        • 1st Place: $100,000
        • 2nd Place: $60,000
        • 3rd Place: $40,000
    • International Institutions Award: In addition to the category description, the application must be submitted by the project team and endorsed by the research / educational/ corporate / non-profit institutions outside the UAE that is sponsoring the project.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the sponsoring institution/entity directly.
      • Prize Value: $200,000
        • 1st Place: $100,000
        • 2nd Place: $60,000
        • 3rd Place: $40,000
    • Eligible
      • Intended Applicants: Individuals or teams from non-profit, educational and academic institutions and research centres that are independent or annexed to governmental or semi-governmental organisations.
      • Additional Requirements:
        • The project or innovation should be in testing stage, with measurable results from prototyping or pilot testing for at least 3 months.
        • Please attach a Letter(s) of recommendation from the organization(s) endorsing the project when submitting applicants application

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Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2019 Feature Conference and Youth Agenda Forum

Deadline for registration: 31 August 2019

UNESCO has launched the annual Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2019 under the theme “MIL Citizens: Informed, Engaged, Empowered” which will be celebrated from 24 to 31 October this year.

The Global MIL Week 2019 Feature Conference, the Ninth MIL and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference, will be held from 24 to 25 September 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden, under the same theme as Global MIL Week 2019.

The Feature Conference will be followed by the Global MIL Week 2019 Youth Agenda Forum, an event designed by and for youth. It will be held on 26 October 2019 at the same venue as the Feature Conference.

These two Feature Events are co-hosted by the County Council Region Västra Götaland and the University of Gothenburg. The events will benefit from the synergies with the 2019 Gothenburg Book Fair (link is external) taking place around the same period, which is the second largest of its kind in Europe.

 

What is Global MIL Week

Global MIL Week is a major occasion for stakeholders around the world to review and celebrate the progress achieved towards “MIL for all”. It is a cap and aggregator for MIL-related events and actions across the world leading up to this Week. Together with its Feature Events, Global MIL Week promotes MIL connections and policies across countries, stakeholders, development issues, disciplines and professions.

 

Who can Participate?

Global MIL Week and its Feature Events are for everyone – civil society, local government officials, policy makers, academics, and other city actors alike. Join the Feature Events as speakers or participants, come and set up an exhibition of your work, and celebrate with us through organizing local events online or offline.

 

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Beautiful World for women: possible or not?

The beauty of life and well being is in the inclusion of all and sundry. Society reveals its true beauty when the value of women is upheld and treasured.

In the days of our fore Parents, care, love and respect were ascribed to the woman and the role she plays in the home. She builds a stable home both for the husband and the child. The child gets its first education from her and the husband his nutrition. Her very presence brings warmth and calmness and her dignity is well protected.

Young men were taught to be defenders of the home. They stood up for the girl and shielded her from any form of violence or violation. Thus they received more education to strengthen their defence and provide for a home when they became men and the young girls were taught in the ways of their mothers to maintain and run a home. Families would make contributions to carter for the needs of the home of their deceased brother knowing that they had the responsibility to care for the women and children. Indeed the world was a beautiful place to live in then.

Now times have changed. The yearn for western traditions has reshaped the roles played by our fore-parents. Women now not only have to care for their home but have to provide for it as well. Men have neglected their duties and deserted the home with no one to provide for them. The young boys have forgotten their training and have become valiance. Virtue is no longer cherished and protected and no one speaks up for the girl child anymore. Education has become a tool to manipulate and violate the girl child. Child marriages and girl child trafficking are on the increase.

The girl child can rise to protect herself against this once beautiful but now scornful society. She can braise up and defend her rights. She can gain freedom from her manipulators and justice for the violators. Yes! She can speak up for herself only if she is given the same tool as the oppressor. The world can become beautiful again when the girl child reaches her full potentials and can rise up against the whims and caprices of the society oppressing her. Make the world beautiful again. Create a learning environment for her to thrive and reach to the top.

Train your girl child is becoming a cliche already. Beyond all the hype, is gender equality achievable in today’s world. Can things ever return to a state where women rights have protection and are free from exploitation? 

SUICIDE – Why I have chosen…

I have been in situations where it seems the weight of the whole world is on my shoulders. At times my head feels heavy as if laden with the weight of two hundred storey building. As if the air I breathe in is as toxic as corrosive acid. I remember an incident involving acid, fire and a table. I feel those flames burning my heart every time and I feel my lungs wriggle in pains while the air gushing forth is as hot as molten magma erupting from the earth’s crust. I feel life ebbing out of me each time I step out to face each day. I feel the walls of the world collapsing and engulfing me in its ruins. Oh, how I wish I would be swallowed up never to return. I pass through the gravesides and I feel; oh those who lie within are far better than me, I wish to be like them. How else would that happen if not suicide? The sniper (insecticide brand that has suddenly become notorious for facilitating many suicides) in the room now has such a pleasant scent and I can imagine it tastes like honey. Oh, what a sweet taste to depart with. The ceiling fan and the rope from my clothes hanger now seem like a good combination and me dangling underneath both would make a beautiful sight. It would be just fun and I may feel like I am swinging to join those gone before me.

But then I stop just for a brief moment…

What would the great beyond look like? Will there be light? Will there be warmth? Will there be laughter and mingling? I cry that I am unloved here; will there be anyone to love me there? I lament for not being appreciated here; will anyone appreciate me there? I cry when I fail my grades here; will there even be an institution there for me to attend? I cry that I am broke here; are there riches awaiting me there? I cry for a lack of opportunities here; is there any opportunity waiting for me there? I cry that my parents and everyone else do not understand me here; will I even have any parents there or anyone else for that matter, it may be total isolation. What if death is just a total state of darkness with no air, no light, and no essence?

On second thought, what if there is life after now, beautiful, sweet and lovable, I will definitely love to live there. But will I be welcomed if I arrived without invitation or notice? Whose beautiful house would I stay when I haven’t lived long enough to build one. What if I am treated with scorn as a leprous one because I had wished myself death? What if they treated me worse than I already feel now, then where would I run to, certainly I cannot return back to this world. How come no one has ever returned to tell us the tales of what goes on over there. Many have toiled the path I am contemplating but no news has ever reached me from there. I have heard tales of old men who want to remain in this world afraid to walk that path. They may have good reasons for wanting to remain here despite their old age.

I think I know what to do now. I must speak with these older ones, in fact, anyone who cares to listen to me. Then I must find the essence of my being in this world. I must look at the poor beggars on the street who have nothing, yet struggle to live each day and find meaning in life. To look at the man who lost his job with a large family and responsibility to take care of, yet goes out each day to find a means of survival.  In the end, I must learn to survive by myself. I must see the constantly divorced couples who find love often to remarry and know that love is at my fingertip, I only have to reach out. I must know that life is cruel and has killed me a thousand times from which I resurrected but I am not as cruel to kill life; my life; because it is just one and can never resurrect once it’s dead. Suicide is never the option.

Nasser Leadership Fellowship

Gamal Abdel Nasser Leadership Fellowship

Introduction

Nasser Fellowship is the first (African-African) fellowship to target young African executive leaders with diverse operational disciplines within their communities, as well as one of the critical mechanisms of empowerment of the African transformational leadership endorsed by the African Union’s Agenda (in text) in order to stimulate and promote African values through self-reliance, solidarity, hard work, collective prosperity, building on the African successes, experiences and best practices for the formulation of the African model of transformation and development. The Fellowship is also one of the mechanisms of “harnessing the demographic dividend through investment in youth” in conjunction with the assumption by Egypt of the presidency of the African Union in 2019.

The Fellowship was named after the late leader Gamal Abdel Nasser as he is one of the most important leaders of the African continent and one of the most unique leading models. He was nicknamed “Father of Africa”, Nasser is a pure African model, and a political and historical example of transformational leadership.

What are the objectives of the Fellowship?

– Implement the recommendation of the 2nd Pan African Youth Forum on the Education Sector which is called #1Millionby2021 .
– Transfer of the Egyptian experience in national institution-building.
– Create a new generation of young African transformational leadership whose vision is in line with the orientations of Egypt’s presidency of the African Union, and which is committed to serving the objectives of African unity through integration.
– Hold a meeting of the most influential African leaders at the continental level through the implementation of the necessary training, skills enhancement and application of strategic visions.

What are the target groups?

The Fellowship targets 100 young African executive leaders:
– (50% males, 50% females)
– (Decision-makers in the Government Sector, Executive Leaders in the Private Sector – Civil Society Activists – Heads of National Councils for Youth – Faculty members at Universities – Researchers in Strategic Research Centers – Members of Trade Unions – Journalists and Media Professionals … etc).

What are the target countries?

– Member States of the African Union

What is the timeline of the Fellowship?
– Two weeks (from 8 to 22 June 2019).

What are the selection criteria?
The applicant must be a non-Egyptian African and non-resident in Egypt.
– Passport valid for 6 months after the end of the Fellowship.
– English speaking proficiency (Speaking, Reading and Writing).
– Experience in field work.
– The applicant shall have the nationality of an African Union country or African Diaspora.
– If you get chosen, an appointment will be set for an interview (via Skype).
– An email will be sent if you get accepted.

Financial terms:
1- The Ministry of Youth and Sports shall bear accommodation/subsistence costs of the delegations.
2- The Ministry of Youth and Sports shall bear the costs of the tourism program.
3- The Ministry of Youth and Sports shall bear the costs of internal transfers.
4- The participant shall bear the cost of the international round-trip ticket.

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Reputation, So what? (Part 1)

Frustrated and jobless, I came up with an idea to checkmate organizations in Nigeria by calling them out for their products or services, if its good we praise and if it’s bad we lash just to give organizations a sense of accountability. So there I was, excited about this new idea and decided to share with a friend and his response gave me chills. He said, “ this is Nigeria and it will not work, most organizations don’t care about their customers because in Nigeria you can get away with almost anything. The people won’t make a noise about it and will forget about it almost immediately”. The bitter truth it was. Countless times as a people we have and still experience the nonchalant attitude of organizations towards ‘us’ like we don’t play an important role.  Organizations need to see the importance of paying attention to what kind of picture the people outside perceive which in all is their reputation.

 

Going by Topalian’s definition[1], reputation refers to “the expectations, attitudes and feelings that consumers have about the nature and underlying reality of the company as represented by its corporate identity.” In Nigeria, most organizations have failed to see the importance of reputation and its management. Maybe because of the unpopular opinion that “Nigerians memories are short termed and they will always come back to what did them wrong”. This might be true in so many ways but should not stop organizations from doing the right things. Big brands have emerged and some have also fallen. It takes years to build a reputation and only a second to have all you have worked for crumble. Reputation does not occur by chance, it relates to the leadership, management and organizational operations such as quality of products and services, relationships with stakeholders, as well as communication activities and feedback mechanisms. What reputation management does is to help identify organizations’ key indicator and how these can foster the growth of the organization. Organizations need to put up a changed attitude and understand that reputation is EVERYTHING. An example of how bad reputation management led to the downfall of an organization; ‘United Airlines took a huge reputational hit after footage emerged of a passenger being dragged off a plane after refusing to give up his seat on an overbooked flight. The airline’s stock price fell after the incident, and CEO Oscar Munoz was forced to issue not one but two apologies to the public. However, that was only after Munoz initially claimed the passenger was “disruptive and belligerent”’. I’m sure a number of persons can relate to this and have had awful experiences with organizations in Nigeria but only a few have been bold enough to raise dust about it. We have airlines, financial institutions and a host of others who treat customers in such ways but little or nothing is done to checkmate them.

 

Allow me to digress to job seekers because not only organizations that have a reputation which should be managed. As individuals, we have reputations which should be managed.  We have to be mindful of our interactions, attitude and behaviour. Using social media, the world being a global village all thanks to the internet, we can now brand ourselves and interact with people from around the world, have online presence. The internet never forgets and nothing actually get deleted from the internet. People have been rejected by organizations and some have been fired also because of what was posted on their social media account. Just recently a BBC radio broadcaster, was fired after posting a picture of a baby chimpanzee when tweeting about the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison. Also, embassies like UK, US and Australia now require applicant’s social media accounts for background checks before applicant are granted visas. Before you post that tweet, or message as the case may be either on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, ask yourself if you are proud of it and if whatever organization you dream of joining will be proud to call you their representative. Online reputation matters for individuals and organizations. The internet never forgets! So next time you want to make a post ask yourself/organization this question; is this who I/we want to be seen as?

 

 

 

[1] TOPALIAN, A. (1984), Corporate Identity: Beyond The Visual Overstatements, International Journal Of Advertising, Vol. 25, Pp. 61-4.