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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Global Girls Awards

The With and For Girls Collective is a group of eight organisations – Mama CashPlan UKempower,novo FoundationThe Global Fund for ChildrenThe Malala FundNike Foundation and Stars Foundation – with a track record of supporting civil society organisations working to improve the lives of girls and their communities.
The Collective is developing a global awards process that will provide a total of $1m to strong local girl-led and girl-focused organisations next year.
Awarding Girls
In its first year, the Collective will make up to 20 awards of flexible funding to small- and medium-sized grassroots organisations in five regions: Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Central Asia; The American Continent and the Caribbean; The Middle East and North Africa; and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The awards will not focus on a particular theme, but will instead be open to organisations with a range of development outcomes – from health and education to challenging negative attitudes toward girls in their schools, families and communities.  
What matters is that the awards identify effective, girl-driven organisations working to change the lives of – and the enabling environments for – adolescent girls where they live.
Seat at the Table
A feature of the awards is their insistence on the participation and agency of girls throughout the process.
In addition to working with networks and thought leaders knowledgeable about girls’ rights and programming, a group of adolescent girls will also provide meaningful input throughout the selection process.
The awards will seek to amplify the voices of those less often heard – the voice of girls, the voice of locally-led development efforts.
By elevating these organisations in spaces of influence, the With and For Girls Collective hopes that donors will recognise the critical insight of grassroots development initiatives that prioritise girls' participation, and that more donors might join forces with us – or start their own collectives – to unlock the power and potential of local organisations and the girls they work with.
Read the original pledge made at the Girl Summit.
Watch the With and For Girls video played at the 2014 Trust Women Conference.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Rising Star Awards 2015 for talented Young People

The Rising Star Programme – recognizes, celebrates and connects talented young people in the workplace aged 28-40 who have a capacity for achievement, success and make a valuable difference. We are looking for entries in the ICT sector.                                                                              

The programme intends to:
  • Raise awareness of the breadth and depth of talent in the 28-40 year age bracket
  • Create opportunities for young talented individuals to grow, connect and give back
  • Provide inter-connected, interactive group driven social and growth platforms for young talented individuals

If you have anyone in mind, nominations for the 2015 Rising Star Awards are currently open on the right hand side of our website and its free to nominate anyone in your company:
The 2015 Awards will recognise individuals in the following 10 business sectors in Kenya:
  • Banking & Financial Services Sponsored by CFC Stanbic Bank
  • Construction, Energy & Chemicals-Sponsored by Engen
  • Entrepreneur
  • ICT (telecoms & technology) Sponsored by Airtel
  • Manufacturing, Retail & FMCG
  • Media & Marketing
  • Professional Services
  • Service: Public & Private
  • Transport, Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Tourism Leisure & Hospitality

We recommend companies to nominate up to 5 candidates from the company.
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone in your company, organisation or network who may be interested!
Please find attached the information regarding the upcoming 2015 Kenya Rising Star Awards. (www.rising-star.co.ke ). Also watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlWH9izaWMQ#t=25
Entries close the 10th February 2015.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Empoderando a los agentes de cambio

Please feel free to sign up for this new Fellowship program at www.oas.org/OpenGovFellowship (the website is in Spanish, though). If you consider yourself a highly qualified young leader who wants to work on Transparency, Access to Information, and Civic Participation in the Americas, please apply or get in touch with Matthias Jaeger (MJaeger@oas.org). They are accepting applications through January 31.

Programa OEA para la Promoción de Gobiernos Abiertos en las Américas
La Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) ha lanzado la iniciativa “Agentes de Cambio para la Promoción de Gobiernos Abiertos en las Américas” (conocido en inglés como “The OAS Fellowship on Open Government in the Americas”), que se enmarca dentro de los distintos esfuerzos que vienen realizando los países y la comunidad internacional para implementar prácticas de Gobierno Abierto en la región.
El objetivo de este programa es crear una red de jóvenes agentes de cambio que reúna a la siguiente generación de líderes de toda la región, ofreciéndoles un espacio para la reflexión, el debate y el intercambio de conocimientos y experiencias en temas de Gobierno Abierto. Desde una orientación multidisciplinaria e integradora, la red vinculará a participantes provenientes de la esfera pública, del sector privado y de la sociedad civil, con el fin de que generen propuestas innovadoras para enfrentar los actuales desafíos que enfrenta la región.
Para llevar a cabo esta iniciativa, se han formado alianzas estratégicas con varios socios que comparten los objetivos de la OEA de impulsar y reforzar las prácticas de Gobierno Abierto en la región, entre ellos: los Gobiernos de México y Canadá, la Fundación AVINA, el Centro Carter, la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) e Hivos, quienes contribuirán técnica, logística y financieramente al Fellowship. Estamos agradecidos de contar con el apoyo de dichos actores y convencidos de que el trabajo conjunto nos permitirá lograr sinergia de esfuerzos, un mayor alcance del programa y mejores resultados. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Young Leaders Program.

The application process for the Young Leaders Program - as well as youth scholarships to attend the Women Deliver 2016 Conference - is now open! 
·         Young Leaders Program
The Young Leaders Program is a three-year fellowship program for young people (under the age of 30) who are passionate about maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights. 
Women Deliver works to develop the skills of youth advocates through our online learning communities, seed grant funding, and high-level networking and media opportunities. In addition to being awarded a full scholarship to attend the Women Deliver 2016 Conference on 16-19 May 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Young Leaders will also have the opportunity to:
·         Participate in capacity-building e-learning opportunities that cover sexual and reproductive health and rights issues, advocacy, communications, proposal writing, project management, and monitoring and evaluation.
·         Apply for seed grant funding to implement a community-based project.
·         Make connections with a wide range of people working in the field, including high-level policymakers, donors, and journalists.
·         Join a network of former and current Young Leaders as well as professional mentors to increase advocacy around sexual and reproductive health and rights in their home countries.
·         Attend a two-day youth pre-conference workshop on advocacy around maternal health, with a focus on communications and new technologies, and serve as a youth representative at the conference.
While the total time required to fully participate in the Young Leaders Program depends on the individual, Young Leaders should expect to commit an average of up to 10 hours per week.
To apply for the Young Leaders Program, fill out the application here.
Youth Scholarships to attend the Women Deliver 2016 Conference are awarded to incredible youth advocates, under the age of 30, who are working to advance the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women in their community and around the world.
This opportunity includes:
·         A scholarship to attend the conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in May 2016
·         A chance to serve as a youth representative at the conference and connect with the wide range of policymakers, donors, activists, and journalists in attendance
To apply for a youth scholarship, fill out the application here.
The deadline to apply for both opportunities is March 1, 2015.
Have a question? Check out our "Frequently Asked Questions" here.
Please note that a passport and visa may be needed to enter Denmark. Women Deliver will cover the costs of obtaining the visa and provide supporting documentation, if needed.
Scholarships to attend the conference for people over the age of 30 will open on March 1.