Monthly Archives: October 2012

Social Media and Agricultural Extension in the Caribbean

THE GFAR BLOG

The world over people, communities, industries and sectors are looking to social media tools as the basis for communication. As the medium allows the user to freely generate and share content of their making, the social media phenomenon is now the norm.

The trend has impacted upon the Caribbean as well especially amongst young people. According to the on-line social media statistics website; socialbakers.com Trinidad and Tobago has over 486 000 Facebook users. The largest age group is currently 25 – 34 with total of 155 392 users, followed by the users in the age of 18 – 24. Similarly Jamaica has over 688 000 users.

With a population of 1.3 and 2.8 million respectively, and the number of users growing steadily, these figures are worthy of mention. Many industries within the Caribbean have taken advantage of this penetration into the on-line community found within these nations. The energy, tourism, commerce and fast food industries…

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The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Anita Borg

Dr. Anita Borg (1949–2003)

Anita Borg believed that technology affects all aspects of our economic, political, social and personal lives. A technology rebel with a cause, in her life she fought tirelessly to ensure that technology’s impact would be a positive one. It was this vision that inspired Anita in 1997 to found the Institute for Women and Technology. Today this organization continues on her legacy and bears her name, The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (www.anitaborg.org).

Dr. Anita Borg

The Scholarship

Dr. Anita Borg devoted her adult life to revolutionising the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. Her combination of technical expertise and fearless vision continues to inspire and motivate countless women to become active participants and leaders in creating technology.

As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to furthering Anita’s vision, we are pleased to announce The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Through the scholarship, we aim to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and leaders.
Multiple scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic performance, leadership experience and demonstrated passion for computer science. A group of female Bachelors, Masters, and PhD student finalists will be chosen from the applicant pool. The scholarship recipients will each receive a €7,000 (or equivalent) scholarship.
In June 2013, all scholarship recipients and finalists will be invited to visit a Google office in Europe for a networking retreat. It will include workshops with a series of speakers, panels, breakout sessions and social activities, and will provide an opportunity for all finalists to meet and share their experiences.

Eligibility requirements

Candidates must:

  • Be a female student enrolled in a Bachelors, Masters or PhD programme (or equivalent) in 2013/2014.
  • Be enrolled at a University in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa. Citizens, permanent residents, and international students are eligible to apply.
  • Be studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Informatics, or a closely related technical field.
  • Maintain an excellent academic record (e.g. a First Class Honours degree).

How to apply

The scholarship for 2013 is now open. The closing deadline will be 1 February 2013.

Please complete the online application and submit all requested documents by 1st February 2013. All application documents must be in English. Scholars and Finalists will be notified in April 2013.

You will be required to submit the following:

  • Up-to-date copy of your CV
  • Answers to the following questions (Suggested word count is 400-600 words per question. You should treat question 1 and 3 as technical reports or research papers):
    • Describe a significant technical project you have worked on. If you have worked on a major independent research project (such as research for a Master’s or PhD programme), please describe that work here. Give an overview of the problem and your approaches to the key technical challenges. If this was a group effort, be sure to specify your individual role and contributions.
    • Give one or two examples of your leadership abilities. Explain how you were influential and what you were trying to achieve. These need not be demonstrated through formal or traditional leadership roles. Feel free to think broadly and examine the many ways you impact members of your technical community.
    • Suppose someone gave you the funding and resources for a 3- to 12-month project to investigate a technical topic of your choice. Write a short version of a proposal, including a description of the project, your planned methodology, and your expected results. Please pick something other than the project you described for the first question.
  • Transcripts
    • Bachelors: A copy of your current academic record.
    • Masters: A copy of your previous and current academic records.
    • Phd: A copy of your previous academic records.
  • Enrollment confirmation for 2013/2014 or confirmation of graduation date
    • Please include with your application an official enrollment confirmation or a confirmation of your graduation date issued by an official authority of the university e.g. your departmental administrator or a professor.
  • Recommendation letters
    • Two strong referral letters from individuals who are qualified to evaluate your academic and leadership accomplishments, e.g. from a professor, adviser or supervisor.

For specific questions not answered on this page or in the FAQ section, please e-mailanitaborgscholars-emea@google.com.

Further information can be obtained from http://www.google.com/anitaborg/emea/index.html

“Ideas4Work: Youth Employability and Entrepreneurship in Africa” – Call for Abstract

December 4-6, 2012Dakar, Senegal

Members of the GPYE, including the International Youth Foundation (IYF), Youth Employment Network (YEN), and Understanding Children’s Work (UCW), are convening this three day learning symposium to provide an opportunity for policy makers, practitioners, researchers, youth, and donors to learn from each other through a variety of interactive sessions. The agenda will focus on gathering and disseminating evidence-based research on youth employment and entrepreneurship outcomes in Africa, as well as providing examples of effective programs and policies to help address the challenges facing young people in their transition to employment in the region. GPYE is supported by the World Bank, and is joined in sponsoring this event by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Jacobs Foundation.

Researchers are invited to submit abstracts for recently completed research on youth employment by completing a short online form. Approximately 5 applicants will be selected to present their research findings at this event. Submissions should be in line with the proposed themes of the event. Selected researchers will be provided with a travel bursary and their research findings will be featured in the conference publication, the Youth Employment Inventory, and resulting policy and program documents. GPYE will widely disseminate the evidence amongst its partners. Applicants are encourage to make their submissions as soon as possible, as submissions will be considered upon receipt and on a rolling basis. The final deadline to submit abstracts is Monday, October 29 2012 at 11:59 CEST.

 Click here to view the conference concept note and check back here later in October for more information about this event. If you’re interested in receiving updates about the conference, including an invitation and announcement when registration opens, please email: gpyeconference@iyfnet.org.

Call for Applications – CARRINGTON YOUTH FELLOWSHIP INITIATIVE 2013

Program Overview

The Carrington Youth Fellowship InitiativeCYFI, is a dynamic youth-based initiative launched in 2011 by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. CYFI brings together Nigerian youth of exceptional vision, skills and experience to design and implement projects that have a positive impact on Nigerian society. Former Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, was a champion of civil liberties, democracy and closer ties between the U.S. and Nigeria. CYFI fellows are committed to putting the ideals of Walter Carrington into practice. The theme of the 2012 CYFI year is “Youth Engagement.”
The CYFI Board of Directors, in conjunction with the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, selects fellows who demonstrate exceptional vision, skills and experience. Fellows are them grouped into teams based on interest, and teams then develop and implement their own Youth Engagement Project (YEP) over the course of the one-year fellowship duration. In addition to working with their team to bring their YEP into fruition, CYFI fellows have the opportunity to attend various networking events, roundtables and forums on relevant social issues, hosted by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. The year will conclude with an awards ceremony for fellows, where fellows will be inducted into the CYFI Alumni Program.

 

Application

2013 CYFI Application Instructions

The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative is now accepting applications for the 2013 program year. This year, applicants for CYFI can apply as individuals or as a group (maximum three members). There is no advantage to applying either way. Please find detailed application instructions below. Application deadline is December 15, 2012. The CYFI Board will interview shortlisted individual and group applicants in January 2013, and selected CYFI fellows will be announced by February 2013.
NOTE: Due to logistical and budgetary constraints faced by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, we regret that all 2013 CYFI projects must be held in Lagos State. All applicants must be legal residents of Nigeria.
Please do not exceed word limits on the application. We will stop reading after the word limits are reached.
INDIVIDUAL APPLICANTS: Applicants who apply as individuals will complete and submit the Standard Application Form online (text of link:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SFDR8JKand the “Hypothetical Scenario Essay.” Find instructions for the Hypothetical Scenario Essay here.

The purpose of the Hypothetical Scenario Essay is to judge the individual applicants’ ability to develop a plan of action in a logical, step-by-step manner. Individual applicants who are selected for the fellowship will be grouped into teams based on their interests as expressed in the written application and interview. Please carefully review the Hypothetical Scenario Essay instructions. Individual applicants should not e-mail in a project proposal.
GROUP APPLICANTS: Applicants who apply as part of a group will complete the Standard Application Form and submit a Group Project Proposal.
Find instructions for the Group Project Proposal here (text of link: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6T9EBWuP9l4TGZjenRaUjY5dlE).
Groups can consist of two or three applicants. Each group will submit one proposal via e-mail to carringtonfellows@gmail.com and each applicant will submit his or her own Standard Application Form. Groups selected for the fellowship will likely have to substantially revise their project proposals upon joining CYFI. Group applicants do not have to answer the Hypothetical Scenario Essay. Note again that all projects must take place in Lagos state.
Here is an example of a Group Project Proposal: Build a Village proposal

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for CYFI?
Please refer to the Application section of this website.

What is the duration of the CYFI program?

 CYFI is a one-year fellowship.
  
Can CYFI give grants or funding to my preexisting project or organization?

While CYFI is a program that supports youth leadership and projects with a social impact, CYFI is a fellowship program, not simply an organization or NGO that gives grants. CYFI fellows are put into teams (or, for CYFI 2013, can apply and join as a team), and each team works collectively to design and implement a project with a social impact. Though some of these projects do indeed dovetail with existing projects and organizations that the fellows are involved in outside of CYFI (and CYFI is not opposed to that), the CYFI project is intended to be a team effort, and an original effort. CYFI is meant to bring like-minded young leaders together.
 
What are the benefits of being a CYFI fellow?
  • Implement concrete, youth-oriented solutions to issues that concern you
  • Access U.S. Government resources and contacts
  • Catch the attention of American and Nigerian leaders in the public and private sectors
  • Work alongside talented and motivated peers with diverse backgrounds, but similar visions
  • Participate in CYFI Alumni Program
What are CYFI projects?
  • Teams of 2-4 fellows submit project proposals to the CYFI Board
  • Projects should be achievable in scope and address a current issue in Nigeria
  • The CYFI Board supports fellows by working to connect them with resources and contacts
  • Fellows work on their own time to implement projects
  • Projects and fellows are celebrated at an end of year recognition ceremony for fellows
  • All projects for CYFI 2013 must be carried out in Lagos State
What is expected from a CYFI fellow?
  • Complete a project as part of 2-4 fellow project team
  • Attend monthly project status meetings with CYFI Board of Directors in Lagos
  • Participate in roundtables, networking events, and teambuilding events
  • Prospective fellows should note that all meetings and groupwork for the CYFI project will be conducted in Lagos. Fellows who live outside of Lagos state and are unable to attend frequent meetings with their project teams and monthly meetings with the CYFI Board, in Lagos, will not be considered for the fellowship. Unfornately, CYFI does not have the resources to expand outside of Lagos State at this time. CYFI fellows must be legal residents of Nigeria
How can I, or my company or organization, contribute to CYFI?

We are very glad you asked! Please contact the CYFI Board at carringtonfellows@gmail.com for more information on how companies, organizations and individuals can assist CYFI through sponsorship or in-kind donations. We welcome any support you are willing to offer, and we are willing to work with you to determine how you can best assist us. Some different ways to assist are detailed below:


–       Sponsorship and Funding
Sponsor 1 team/project
Give a donation to the CYFI initiative
–       In-kind support
This can be in the form of an offer of meeting space, equipment, or anything else your organization can contribute.
–       Mentorship
Mentoring 1 team on a semi-regular basis, to be determined jointly by team and mentor
One-time situational consulting/mentoring
–       Internships
Offer an internship opportunity with your organization to a CYFI fellow, to start at the end of the CYFI program year (Feb 2013).
–       Participation in program events
We are always looking for individuals willing to speak at events on various program-related topics, and for keynote speakers for our CYFI Awards Ceremony.

GCARD: More than a mere conference!

THE GFAR BLOG

October 2012 is going to mark an important event for those involved in Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D). More than 600 people from all over the world will attend the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2), organized by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), in association with CGIAR, the global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. We expect close to 1,000 people to participate to the conference remotely, through our webcasting and social reporting.

Development changes needed to achieve the Millennium and Development Goals (MDGs) are often complex and require actions and interactions of multiple stakeholders at national, regional and international levels. The GCARD process is about reshaping agricultural innovation and its significance in meeting key MDGs. It brings together all sectors involved in AR4D: The public sector, national and international policy makers, agricultural Institutions…

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The Road from GCARD1 to GCARD2, and beyond

Taking Agricultural Research for Development to another level. Read more about GCARD2 on gcardblog.wordpress.com

THE GFAR BLOG

Man herding cattle in Mali

The three main themes of The Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2)  are:

  • Foresight for Impact- Matching research priorities to future development needs
  • Partnerships for impact
  • Capacity development for impact

The key elements emanate from the GCARD1 Roadmap which paved way for relevant and more responsive agricultural research for all development systems in the world. GCARD2 builds its foundation on it, looking at where we stand currently, how the changes they predicted/promised are happening and what impacts can be shown.

So what are these elements, their corresponding outcomes and their links to the conference themes?

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The Innovation Prize for Africa

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The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) are delighted to announce the call for applications for the 2013 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). Too often, innovators and entrepreneurs are not highly profiled on the African development agenda. It is IPA’s mission to elevate attention around innovative work and help support the vision of entrepreneurs. The prize honours and encourages innovative achievements that contribute towards the development of new products, increased efficiency or cost savings in Africa. The prize also promotes the efforts of young African men and women pursuing science, technology and engineering careers as well as business opportunities that aim to contribute to sustainable development in Africa.

The goals of the 2013 Prize are to:

  • Mobilize leaders from all sectors to fuel African innovation
  • Promote innovation across Africa in key sectors of interest through the competition
  • Promote science, technology and engineering as rewarding, exciting and noble career options among the youth in Africa by profiling success applicants
  • Encourage entrepreneurs, innovators, funding bodies and business development service providers to exchange ideas and explore innovative business opportunities.

IPA anticipates contributing to the following outcomes:

  • Increased commercialization of research and development (R&D) outputs in Africa
  • Increased funding of start-ups, adoption of new and emerging technologies and accelerated growth of an innovative and dynamic private sector; and
  • Increased economic activity and African led development that results in lasting impact.

The 2013 IPA prize will consist of three prizes: first prize $100, 000, runner-up prize $25,000 and special prize for social impact innovation $25,000 in the areas of:

·         Agriculture and agribusiness

·         Environment, energy and water

·         Health and wellbeing

·         ICT’s

·         Manufacturing and service industry

Ready to get started?

1. Read our full 2013 IPA Call for Applications and Criteria for Entries.

2. Learn about our 2013 Priority Areas.

3. Apply for the 2013 Prize!


The ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Science and Technology II (S&T II) Call for Proposals launched

The ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Science and Technology II (S&T II) Call for Proposals, was launched on 08/10/2012. This second Call for Proposals under The ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Science and Technology, builds upon the lessons learnt  from the first Call for Proposals launched in 2008.

The global objectives of this Call for Proposals are:

  • To address the scientific and technological divide between ACP member states and the most industrialised countries.
  • To strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in ACP countries to enable creation, update and use of scientific knowledge.
  • To enhance the use of STI as a key enabler for poverty reduction, growth and socio-economic development.

In line with the ACP Group of States’ priorities and the EU Agenda for Change, the Programme prioritises Actions in the fields of Energy Access and Efficiency as well asAgriculture and Food Security. However, other sectors and/or interdisciplinary approaches are not excluded as long as the foreseen actions and activities are in line with the objectives of the Programme.

Deadline for submission

The deadline for the submission of applications is 7 February 2013.

Budget

The overall indicative amount made available under this Call for Proposals is EUR 20 800 000.

This call for proposals is divided into 2 Lots, one for each of the below-mentioned funding sources. Each lot has identical objectives, results and activities but different eligibility criteria towards participating countries.

LOT 1 – EDF – concerns the EUR 17 800 000 EDF contribution

LOT 2 – DCI – concerns the EUR 3 000 000 EU South Africa DCI contribution

How to apply

Before drafting their proposals, the applicants should read the attached Guidelines for Grant Applicants. In addition, we advise to consult the instructions on the Concept Note and the Full Application Form included in the Grant Application Form (Annex A to the mentioned Guidelines). Applicants must apply in English or French.

The Guidelines and its annexes can be downloaded from the EuropeAid websiteor from the ACP Secretariat web site.

Additional information

Information sessions on this Call for Proposals will be held in Brussels and in the regions of the ACP  Group of States.  Information on the dates and venues of these Information Sessions will be available on the Programme website.

Questions for clarification on this Call, may be sent by e-mail no later than 21 days before the deadline for the submission of applications to Call2012@acp-st.eu, indicating clearly the reference of the Call for Proposals.

In addition, it is advised that the applicants to consult the Project Cycle Management Guidelines (pdf) for guidance on the proposal’s preparation process.