MTN Venture Incubation Programme for founders building viable and scalable digital startups

Applications Open from 1st February – 28th February 2018
Start Date: 3rd April 2018
End Date: 30th June 2018
Location: Solution Space Waterfront, Cape Town South Africa

The Venture Incubation Programme (VIP) in partnership with MTN GROUP is designed to provide a supportive ecosystem to help startups build viable and scalable innovation-driven companies.Startups have access to a range of resources including co-working space, practical learning clinics, mentors, weekly check-ins and staff advisors, and a community of peers who learn and grow together.

The VIP offers startups several key advantages. They’re located in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, where startups are on the doorstep of Africa’s fastest growing tech hub. They offer proof-of-concept (POC) collaboration opportunities with  industry partner MTN Group and a pool of early-stage investors.

MTN Group is looking for startups that are either building a sustainable Africa through digital solutions for health, education, agriculture, fintech, energy and IoT, or enabling businesses through digital solutions for religion, sport, news and e-commerce.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
+ Digital startup with focus on either Fintech, HealthTech, EdTech, AgTech, E-Commerce, Energy, IoT, Sport, News, Religion
+ A Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that has demonstrated demand and ready to further establish product/market fit
+ Team must contain at least two members, and has the right balance of skills/ability to build, test and deliver
+ Founder must be the lead participant and the whole team attend on full-time basis (present at the Solution Space 30+hrs/week during the 12 week program from 3 April – 30 June 2018)
+ Entrepreneurs are hungry, committed, disciplined, doers, and coachable
+ A desire to help other teams and contribute to the community as a whole

APPLICATION PROCESS:
+ Applicants submit online application by 28 February 2018.
+ The Selection Committee reviews the applications and the top 20-30 startups are selected to participate in a five-day design sprint to assess the fundamentals of the business and the team. NB! Applicants should be able to attend this bootcamp in Cape Town, South Africa between 12 – 16 March 2018. Applicants are expected to cover their own costs associated with travel, accommodation.
+ The top 10-15 startups from the bootcamp are selected to participate in the three-month Venture Incubation Programme in Cape Town, South Africa between 3 April – 30 June 2018.

If this is you, submit an application!Click on the link below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSenv7yucFQyodmYNcu_j44uYtpGNWezypX7hG6g2LHFgJynaA/viewform

For more info click here: http://gsbsolutionspace.uct.ac.za/venture-incubation-programme

For further information contact:
Gcobisa Maqanda on +27 (0)21 406 1430 or gcobisa.maqanda@gsb.uct.ac.za

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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Apply for AFRINIC Fellowship

The AFRINIC fellowship is for individuals representing small organisations, universities, and organisation that are actively involved in Internet operations and development or ICT policy in their countries and respective communities. The fellow is expected to positively and actively contribute to Internet number resource management awareness and policy development in the AFRINIC service region.

To qualify for the fellowship, You:

  1. Must be a resident of an African nation
  2. Don’t need to be an AFRINIC member
  3. Are involved in the Internet community.
  4. Are willing to report on how this fellowship has benefited you/your Organisation/country within an agreed time frame.

The Selection Process

The Selection Process is a set of steps used by the Fellowships Team to screen and select the fellows of an upcoming AFRINIC meeting:

  1. Applicants are ranked in order of preference by region. The number of fellowships available will vary dependent on the location of meeting, and budgetary constraints.
  2. Applicants are rated on their attendance and contributions at the local and regional levels on internet-related matters on community mailing lists and meetings. They are also expected to share on what they have learnt from their experience as a fellow.
  3. The Fellowship Team carefully evaluates all the applications then selects the applicants that are best suited for the fellowship, providing opportunities to individuals from a wide range of organisations and geographical locations within the AFRINIC service region.
  4. The Fellowship Team attempts to maintain a balance region-wise and the number of fellows selected varies according to the fellowship budget and location of each Meeting.
  5. The decisions of the Fellowship Team are final and the selected applicants are informed individually by email. A list of selected fellows is then announced on the AFRINIC’s announce list, website and conference website. (Applicants who are not selected are encouraged to apply for future AFRINIC Meeting fellowship)

What AFRINIC Offers

AFRINIC offers fellowship to delegates from across Africa to attend its Public Policy Meetings. Fellowships are funded by AFRINIC. Fellowships are offered for both annual AFRINIC stand-alone meetings and the Africa Internet Summit which is organised by AFRINIC and the other AF*.

The fellowship includes:

  1. Hotel Accommodation (Bed and Breakfast)
  2. Per Diem
  3. Full travel cost (air ticket and airport drop off from the airport to the venue)
  4. Travel insurance

To apply click on the link below:
https://registration.afrinic.net/events/node/5/

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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Jiactivate Mtaani in Kajiado County

It is a pleasure for Violet Mbiti Foundation to collaborate with Organization of African Youth Kenya Chapter and Kenya Red Cross to organize Jiactivate Mtaani in Kajiado County at The Maasai Technical Training Institute.This was Phase 2 of Jiactivate with the focus being  how  youth can work with local leaders  to find local solutions. There were creative sessions where youth drew a graffiti of Jiactivate and awareness creation on  advocating for change for adolescents and youth sexual reproductive health.Youth from all sub counties in Kajiado County have attended including members of Violet Mbiti Foundation.

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Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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Apply to attend The Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction 2018 Global Summit in Malaysia

We are happy to announce that The Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR’s) 2018 Global Summit will be taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 22nd-25th May.
GNDR’s biennial Global Summit aims to bring their members together to provide opportunities to increase collaboration and sharing of knowledge.
This year’s theme will be “Stronger Together: Connecting Communities” and will aim to:

  1. Improve understanding of the work undertaken across GNDR, the benefits of being a member and update on changes at the Secretariat
  2. Facilitate collaboration between members and (i) other members; (ii) donors, governments and the private sector; and (iii) the Secretariat
  3. Enhance accountability of GNDR’s governance structures and advisory bodies (e.g. the Global Board, Regional Advisory/Steering Groups) to members
  4. Empower members to share knowledge and experience with each other

More information about the Summit can be downloaded here

Though GNDR is able to support some full members financially, any additional members from across the world who are able to support themselves financially are welcome to attend the Summit.

To register your interest in attending this year’s Global Summit,please complete this form  by 28th February.
If you have any questions about the Summit, or you have problems to complete the form, please email summit@gndr.org

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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Collaboration between Violet Mbiti Foundation and Congolese Diaspora in Kenya

It is a pleasure for Violet Mbiti Foundation through its brand Youth County Projects Kenya to have been invited by Embassy of The Democratic Republic of Congo in Kenya to attend the swearing in of Congolese Diaspora in Kenya officials who have taken oath of office led by Honourable Ibrahim Lingo who has been sworn in as The President.Special Thanks to Youth Chair Agathon Angembe.As Youth County Projects Kenya and Violet Mbiti Foundation,we are looking forward to having a fruitful working relationship together that will foster collaboration between Congolese Youth living in Kenya and their Kenyan counterparts.

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Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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Apply to attend Global Youth Summit 2018 in Switzerland (fully-funded)

Deadline for application: 4th March 2018

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The Global Changemakers currently receive applications for the 2018 Global Youth Summit for youths making a positive impact in their respective communities, a joint collaborative program by the Mercator Foundation Switzerland and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation aim to bring together youths making a difference in their various communities.

Who is eligible?

The most inspiring, interesting, enthusiastic, determined, innovative young social entrepreneurs, community activists, volunteers and campaigners who are working towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) across the globe. Participants should be between 18 and 23 years old at the time of the summit.

 What does the program cover?

If you are selected, your flight (from your country’s main airport), transport from Zurich to the summit, accommodation and food costs will be covered for the duration of the summit. Insurance and additional personal expenses, as well as visas to enter Switzerland (for those who require one) will not be covered.​

​How to apply

In order to apply you need to fill in an online application which includes a two-minute video describing your motivation and your efforts to bring about a positive change in your community. There is also a 35 USD application administration fee (the fee is less than 2% of the cost of bringing a participant to the summit).

It is suggested you prepare your application and video by reading  and ensuring that you have a PayPal account or credit/debit card ready to be able to pay the 35 USD application administration fee.

STep 1: Pay your non-refundable application fee. 

NB Please make sure to copy your Transaction ID, Order Number or Money Transaction Number to paste it on the online application form.

STep 2: Make and upload the 2 minute application video. 

STep 3: Fill in the online application form. 

NB You cannot save your application, so it is suggested that you prepare your written application using the application guide as a reference and copy- paste your answers directly to the form thereafter.

 The application deadline is Sunday 4th March 2018 6 p.m. CET

To apply click on the link below
https://www.globalyouthsummit.net/

 

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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Jiactivate Mtaani in Makueni County

It is a pleasure for Violet Mbiti Foundation to collaborate with Organization of African Youth Kenya Chapter and Kenya Red Cross to organize Jiactivate Mtaani in Makueni County at The County Hall.This was Phase 2 of Jiactivate with the focus being  how  youth can work with local leaders  to find local solutions. There were creative sessions where youth drew a graffiti of Jiactivate and awareness creation on  advocating for change for adolescents and youth sexual reproductive health.Youth from all sub counties in Makueni County attended as well as Athi River Resource Center team from Mavoko Sub County Machakos County who are a success story of Jiactivate and have come to share with youth on how they have engaged The County Government and National Government on matters Governance.

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Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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Facebook:Youth Projects Kenya
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Is your business innovative?Apply to participate in this Global Competition

Junior Achievement Kenya together with NIC Bank have an innovation competition for youth aged 18-35 who have: a start-up, an idea or business that has been in operation for less than 3 years.
The competition is seeking to find the most innovative business to win KES 300,000 and thereafter participate in the Global Finals that will held in Portugal.
Click on the link below to apply:
https://goo.gl/forms/YtkTFBGBaqzKiCCs1

 

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

Follow us on
Twitter@youthprojects
Facebook:Youth Projects Kenya
Instagram:YouthProjectsKenya
Subscribe on Youtube:Youth County Projects Kenya

Jiactivate Mtaani in Machakos County

It was a pleasure for Violet Mbiti Foundation to collaborate with Organization of African Youth Kenya Chapter and Kenya Red Cross to organize Jiactivate Mtaani in Machakos County at The Youth Resource Center.This was Phase 2 of Jiactivate with the focus being  how  youth can work with local leaders  to find local solutions. There were creative sessions where youth drew a graffiti of Jiactivate and awareness creation on  advocating for change for adolescents and youth sexual reproductive health.Youth from all sub counties in Machakos County attended as well as County Government officials.It is also a pleasure to have been featured in today’s Daily Nation Newspaper.

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Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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Invitation to attend a panel discussion on the changing landscape of media in Kenya Courtesy of The Political Leadership & Governance Program Alumni Network and Daystar University

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A panel discussion on the changing landscape of media in Kenya

Where: Daystar University, Valley Road auditorium

When: Thursday 8 February 2018

Panelists: Henry Maina (Article 19), Victor Bwire (MCK), Hassan Kulundu (editor’s guild), Dr Nancy Booker (Aga Khan school of media studies), Catherine Gicheru (Code for Kenya), Prof Levi Obonyo (Dean, School of communication, Language & Performing Arts, Daystar University.

Organised by: Daystar University in partnership with Political Leadership & Governance Programme (PLGP) Alumni Network

To be broadcasted live on KTN News.

Brief

Media plays a key role in advancing democracy and Governance. In Kenya, the media has gone through turbulence in recent times starting with the period when the digital migration was effected. Recently 3 leading private TV stations were shut down by the government. How can the 4th estate navigate these waters to ensure that article 34 of the Constitution of Kenya is protected? How can the media steer the country into achieving SDGs?

Call Dannish Odongo, Chairman of the PLGP Alumni Network on 0720348865 for more information.

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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Women Empowerment Programs courtesy of US Embassy American Center Nairobi

This is a call to participants of a series of Women empowerment programs. Please register at the link https://tinyurl.com/ycweqobw  You shall be contacted with details of each program. This program series is not limited to female participants but open to all.

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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Join the Swedish Institute Management Programme for change-makers

Deadline 6th February
Do you want to be a part of a network of emerging leaders with a shared interest in exploring 21st century business perspectives? Join the Swedish Institute Management Programme for change-makers focusing on lasting success through responsible leadership and sustainable business.

 

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The mission of the Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP) is to lead change for responsible leadership and sustainable business practices. The programme challenges traditional approaches of doing business and explores how business can become more people and planet focused in market driven economies.

As a participant in the programme you will meet prominent figures in the commercial and political sectors as well as academia who will be presenting topics such as climate change, responsible financing, stake-holder engagement and leadership development. The curriculum includes theoretical approaches, problem-solving using real business cases and interactive workshops with experienced practitioners. It also includes company visits and coaching on your own business case.

By the end of the programme you are a part of a long-lasting and active network of business leaders working for a sustainable future in Asia, Africa and Europe.

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SIMP will give you:

  • A global network of leaders focused on sustainble business and responsible leadership
  • Increased knowledge about environmental, social and financial aspects of sustainable business
  • Increased leadership competence
  • Insights into business cases in Sweden, one of the leading countries in sustainable business practice
  • Exchange of experience with prominent practitioners in business and in the public sector

Can I apply? 

  • You aspire to make sustainability an integral part of your business strategy
  • You are in a leading position within trade, industry or the public sector
  • You have mandate to influence the business strategy for your organisation
  • You are between 25-45 years old (born 1973 – 1993)
  • You have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English
  • You are a citizen and resident of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia
  • You can take part in all parts of the programme
  • You are willing to forward competences and knowledge you gain from the programme

Programme timeline

Kick-off, 2 days in one of the selected countries in Africa, 14 – 15 June 2018 
You are introduced to the programme curriculum and topics of focus. Regional business cases creates the framework for your learning.

Module 1, 2 weeks in Sweden, 17 – 29 eptember 2018
You deep dive into how sustainble business contributes to innovation, production and increased trust in business on the global market. You explore topics such as leadership, stake-holder engagement, climate change and company visits. You also have a chance to initiate your own business case and receive coaching and peer-feedback.

Module 2, 1 week in one of the selected countries in Africa, 11 – 16 February 2019
The focus is on reconnection with the network and harvesting learnings from module 1. You have the opportunity to visit and analyse a real business case.

All parts of the programme are mandatory. The programme is intense and includes evening activities.

Costs covered and arranged by Swedish Institute

  • Training and content
  • Accommodation, food and domestic transport during the programme
  • Flight tickets to and from Sweden
  • Insurance covering acute illness and accident when in Sweden

Costs covered and arranged by you

  • Flight tickets to and from the kick-off and module 2
  • Visas costs, when necessary, to all programme modules
  • Occasional meals
  • Occasional airport transfers
  • Insurance when modules are held outside of Sweden

Application Procedure

  1. Create your application online in the application portal.
  2. Save your application as a PDF
  3. Send your application together with your CV to simp.africa@business-sweden.se

Before applying kindly note that it takes about 60 min or more to finish the application form and there is no session saving possibility. Please heave a headshot photo ready for uploading at the end of the application.

Evaluation of  Applications

The applications will be evaluated according to the following selection criteria:

  • The relevance and quality of personal motivation and commitment, and the applicant’s answers in the SIMP application form.
  • An assessment of the CV.
  • The general qualifications of the applicant.

Interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews as a second step in the selection process.

Admission

The Swedish Institute will admit about 30 applicants to SIMP Africa.

The Swedish Institute will recruit participants based on the recommendations of the selection committee as well as the candidates’ general suitability for the programme.

As far as it is possible, the Swedish Institute will ensure that there is an even distribution of candidates from the different countries. However, it is worth noting that we are striving for as much diversity as possible in the group in order to maximise the exchange of experience between the participants. It is therefore possible that the actual distribution of candidates from each country may differ slightly.

Contact details

Programme Manager
Matilda Axelsson
matilda.axelsson@si.se

Administrative Officer
Hridi Karim
hridi.karim@si.se

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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Invitation to attend Creative Peace Talks by ONUG Kenya

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ONUG – KENYA and partners invites you to Creative Peace Talks scheduled for 9th February 2018 at the Clarion Hotel, opposite Jevanjee Garden, as from 4pm to 7pm.
The forum targets youth and women professionals with the aim of sharing knowledge, skills and networking for peace building in Kenya.
Certificates of Integration will be awarded including music and snacks.

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

Follow us on
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Facebook:Youth Projects Kenya
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Subscribe on Youtube:Youth County Projects Kenya

2018 Competition!Ideas for Action courtesy of The World Bank

Ideas for Action, a joint program of the World Bank and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, is a youth competition centered around financing sustainable development. Every year, students and young professionals from around the world participate to design ideas for financing and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. Winners of the competition present their ideas during the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings, receive support from a dedicated startup accelerator at the Wharton School, and benefit from unique networking opportunities with other young leaders as well as some of the most senior decision-makers in international development, academia, and the private sector.

Timeline —

  • Deadline for proposal submissions: February 28, 2018 at 11:59PM (PST)
  • Announcement of submissions selected for the final round*: Early April 2018
  • Announcement of winners: May 31, 2018

* Teams may be asked to amend their proposals for the final round if recommended by the jury.

Awards      —

The finalists and winners will be selected by a panel of academics and experienced development professionals from public and private sector institutions. Winners of the competition get the opportunity to:

  • Present their ideas at an event during the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group,
  • Receive support from a project incubator at the Wharton School, and
  • Benefit from unique networking opportunities with experts from international development, academia, and the private sector.

Your Proposal     —

Your proposal should include the following:

  • Title and team name
  • Short abstract
  • Explanation of the problem and context: Briefly describe the problem that your proposal is addressing.
  • Your solution: Succinctly describe your idea (including design, target population, stakeholders, incentives, and implementation)
  • Expected impact: Why is it relevant?
  • Are there similar examples? If so, where and how?
  • Challenges: What are challenges you might face and how can they be addressed?

Registration and Submission     —

Eligibility: Students and young professionals between the ages of 18-35 years from around the world are invited participate.

Team Registration: Teams must consist of two to six members and may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries, nationalities, etc. We recommend all teams to register for our listserv above to receive updates on I4A programs and events leading up to the competition deadline.
Register using the link below.
http://www.ideas4action.org/ideas-for-action-2018-competition-team-registration/

Submission: Proposals must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format using the SurveyMonkey link below.
https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/DTKXCRZ

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

Follow us on
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Facebook:Youth Projects Kenya
Instagram:YouthProjectsKenya
Subscribe on Youtube:Youth County Projects Kenya

Are you a youth driving change in your community?Register your details with Amref Health Africa and Advocacy Accelerator

Deadline:February 12, 2018

Amref Health Africa and the Advocacy Accelerator are implementing the Youth Advocacy Project, a newly funded initiative working with youth, partners and communities to strengthen the voice, skills, and participation of youth across Kenya to advocate for youth-identified policy and resource priorities in the areas of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

Young people under the age of 35 make up 70% of the Kenyan population, yet often face huge barriers to engaging with decision-makers and making the changes they seek, especially in the areas of gender equality and SRHR.  The Youth Advocacy project will work with youth across Kenya to overcome and remove these barriers in order to take advantage of the huge opportunities that currently exist for youth to shift Kenya’s political landscape.

Amref Health Africa are looking for youth advocates who are driving change in their community.Register your details by clicking on the link below:
http://youthadvocacyportal.com/ 

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists

Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

Follow us on
Twitter@youthprojects
Facebook:Youth Projects Kenya
Instagram:YouthProjectsKenya
Subscribe on Youtube:Youth County Projects Kenya

 

Call for Proposals by UN Climate Resilience Initiative and InsuResilience

Deadline: Sunday, Feb 11, 2018 at 20:00:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Developing countries, and particularly the poorest and most vulnerable communities, are disproportionately affected by climate change. Exposure to shocks, such as floods and storms, and stresses such as droughts or changing rainfall patterns, can also affect those who are not poor but remain vulnerable. With the frequency of such events set to rise with climate change, communities’ capacity to absorb climate shocks and stresses represents a key component of climate resilience.

Climate risk insurance and social protection measures can help reduce affected populations’ vulnerability to shocks and stresses. Well-designed climate risk insurance schemes, when applied as part of broader risk management strategies, can act as a buffer for people shortly after an event occurs and protect people from falling (back) into poverty. Social protection, such as cash transfers and retraining, together with a wide range of other programmes aiming to reduce poverty and vulnerability, is increasingly recognised as a tool to help communities to adapt to climate impacts. Social protection can also improve incomes in the long term.

The UN Climate Resilience Initiative and InsuResilience are seeking innovative ideas for linking climate risk insurance with other forms of social protection to further enhance communities’ ability to absorb the impacts of climate change. The contest winner will receive seed funding to implement the proposal (worth 40,000 euros) and mentoring, training and technical assistance (worth 12,000 euros).

Judging Criteria

We are calling for proposals that outline an innovative, practical solution combining climate risk insurance with other forms of social protection to help vulnerable communities absorb climate impacts.  Proposals could take the form of new schemes, products or methodologies or build on existing approaches.

This contest seeks proposals that:

  • Are linked to a specific context;
  • Highlight how the proposed innovation will enhance the target group’s’ capacity to absorb and cope with climate impacts;
  • Address how long term feasibility and local ownership could be secured in the proposed approach.
  • Include a detailed budget with a timeframe for implementation (detailed budgets will be requested at semi-finalist stage).

Proposals can be at any stage of development:

  • Well thought-out ideas that require additional research, design or planning;
  • Comprehensive strategies or schemes that are ready for prototyping or implementation;
  • Initiatives and projects that have already achieved success and are ready to be scaled;
  • Best practices that need refinement or support in order to scale;
  • Methodologies for designing  or improving the design of strategies and schemes.

Judges will be asked to evaluate proposals on the following criteria:

  1. Feasibility: Feasibility of the actions proposed in the proposal. Judges with different kinds of expertise will evaluate the technical, economic, social, and political feasibility of the proposals.
  2. Impact: Impact and ability of the actions proposed to contribute to vulnerable communities’ ability to  absorb and cope with climate shocks and stresses. This includes the impact of the proposal in reaching a number of vulnerable people on the ground and the magnitude of the proposal’s impact on communities’ and individuals’ capacity to absorb.
  3. Novelty: Novelty of the proposal’s ideas. Innovative thinking and originality in a proposal will be valued more than encyclopedic knowledge.
  4. Presentation Quality: Proposals that are well-presented will be favored over those that aren’t. Presentation quality includes how well written a proposal is, how well it uses graphics or other visual elements, and how compelling are its artistic representations of possible future worlds (if any). Semi-finalists will also evaluated on the quality of the proposed detailed budget for the use of seed funding for implementation.

The Climate CoLab Impact Assessment Fellows can help you estimate the potential impact your proposal can have on preventing fatalities and damages, which the Judges will take into consideration when assessing your proposal.  See your proposal’s Impact tab for more details.

Judges will evaluate proposals, and deliberate as a group to select the Semi-Finalists, Finalists, Winners, and possibly other awardee(s) at their discretion.  Judgments of desirability are also made in the final stage of the contest, by the Climate CoLab community through popular vote, and by the Judges through their selection of the Judges’ Choice winner(s).

For the contest schedule and phases, please see the blue schedule bar on the contest.

Prizes

The Judges’ Choice Winner will be selected by the judging panel.  The UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R and InsuResilience will provide the Judges’ Choice Winner with seed funding for implementation of the proposal (worth 40,000 euros) and mentoring, training and technical assistance (worth 12,000 euros) as outlined below.
Seed funding for implementation of the winning proposal (worth 40,000 euros)
The Judges’ Choice Winner will receive seed funding to support the implementation of the winning proposal. The funding will be spent according to a budget submitted by the team, to be agreed on with the contest organisers. Budgets detailing how the seed funding would be spent will be requested from semi-finalists to the contest. The terms and conditions associated with the seed funding will be set out in an agreement with the winning team.
Mentoring, training and technical assistance (worth 12,000 euros)
Mentoring, training and technical assistance will be provided to the  Judges’ Choice Winner. Suitable mentors will be identified to support the implementation of the winning proposal, with online and face-to-face mentoring provided on a monthly basis for the duration of three months. In addition, a training and technical assistance plan will be developed with the winning team, with the support of the mentors identified. The form of support will be determined depending on the team’s needs but could include a relevant training course or a field study on a relevant topic.  The details will be set out in an agreement with the winning team.
The Judges’ Choice Winner will also receive wide recognition and visibility by MIT Climate CoLab.

The Popular Vote Winner will be chosen by popular vote, at the semi-finalist stage of the contest. The Popular Vote Winner will win an expenses-paid trip (including flight, accommodation, and meals to attend the InsuResilience Global Partnership Forum in 2018 during COP24, where the winner will be given the opportunity to present the proposal to a community of practitioners, policymakers and private sector representatives.

Additional awards and prizes may be given by either the Judges or MIT Climate CoLab in order to recognize other top proposals.  See contest rules for details.

Submit Proposals: https://climatecolab.org/contests/2017/absorbing-climate-impacts

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists
Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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Call to writers courtesy of US Embassy Nairobi

This is a call to all writers. Please register at the link below
https://tinyurl.com/yartbng3

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists
Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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OYAOP Ambassadors Program for SDGs

Oya Opportunities is one stop opportunity sharing platform made for the youth who wish to fill colors in their dreams. This platform is created mainly of the youth. Oya Opportunities believes the mantra to success is “opportunity at correct time and hard-work”, so this platform is created so that no youth has to terminate their dreams due to lack of information about opportunities. Hence, Oya Opportunities is a global platform for connecting the active and ambitious youths of today with the opportunities around the world. Oya has been working in more than 45 different countries with the help of Ambassadors and are connecting to more than 1 million youths with the help of our platform.

Oyaop Ambassadors Program is a platform where active youths from various corner of the world are selected as the country representative. These Ambassadors have some responsibilities as well as some benefits.

Who is eligible??

  • Active and ambitious youth
  • Can be committed for at least 1 year of period
  • Should be capable to aid the concept of Oyaop
  • Have good social profile

Ambassadors Responsibilities *

The major responsibilities of the Ambassador are listed below

  • Promote Oyaop-themed content
  • Help in organizing the event organized by Oyaop
  • Assist in leading the Oyaop group and other management-related discussions.
  • Update the Oyaop page/group regularly.
  • Generate new concept for the promotion and management of Oyaop.
  • Promote UN SDGs in your country and region

*The details of responsibilities will be mailed upon your selection

How will Ambassadors be benefited?

All Oyaop Ambassadors will receive the following benefits:

  • Special recognition in our ambassadors page.
  • Direct access to the Oyaop team and conference organizing team.
  • Recommendation letter from Oyaop.
  • The most active Ambassador will receive Ambassador of the year award.
  • Yearly meeting of Ambassadors.
  • Access to a global publishing platform and distribution system.
  • Priority assistance from the Oyaop team.
  • Receive scholarships to attend Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp organized by Oyaop in different nations.
  • Receive scholarships to attend Oyaop partner organization’s events.
  • Opportunity to be involved in the Oyaop core team.

 

To be an ambassador,click on the link below to apply
http://oyaop.com/oyaop-ambassadors-program/

 

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists
Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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World Youth Essay Competition

1700 USD Grand Prize | Submit your essay online!

Topic and Criteria

The WYEC 2018 gives you the unique opportunity to write about a subject that interests, motivates and inspires you the most! There is no topic restriction and you are free to write about topics such as

  • aspects of society
  • environmental issues
  • science and technology
  • global affairs
  • and more.

The essay has to be between one to eight pages in the English language. You can also use pictures and graphics in your essay to visualize your words. Please submit your essay as PDF file (preferred). The WYEC 2018 jury judges each essay individually based on various criteria which may include creativity, writing style, knowledge skills and more. The WYEC 2018 Finalists will answer three short questions towards personality and achievements: The jury selects the winners based on your essay and your personality!

Eligibility | Who can participate?

All high school and university students can participate in the WYEC 2018 international essay competition. The WYEC 2018 is open to students from all countries! Every student is welcomed to submit his essay. Because WYEC 2018 wants to encourage students from certain countries, the jury gives special attention to submission from these countries:

Nepal, India, Mauritius, Germany, Thailand, Gambia, Philippines, Kenya, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia, Zambia, Indonesia, Morocco, France, Brazil.

If you are from one of these countries, you have a great chance to become a finalist and we highly encourage you to participate in WYEC 2018!

Prizes and Awards

The jury receives many outstanding submissions from all around the world. The WYEC awards honor a variety of excellent essays from exceptional youths and students.

WYEC Grand Prize 2018

The overall best submission receives the WYEC Grand Prize 2018 of 1700 USD. The exceptional student that receives the WYEC Grand Prize will be invited to Germany for a special winner ceremony with all flight and accommodation expenses covered! In Germany, you will meet with current international leaders and professionals.

WYEC 2. Prize and 3. Prize

The second and third best submissions receive the WYEC 2. prize and 3. prize of 2018. The award honors your extraordinary writing style and your creative mind. The 2. Prize and 3. Prize Winners will also be featured in one of the world’s most notable youth journals: You will be interviewed by journalists towards your motivation to inspire other youths around the world!

10x Award of Excellence

The jury selects ten submissions for exceptional creativity, knowledge or language skills. You will receive the WYEC Award of Excellence to obtain encouragement and honor for your future achievements and professional career.

All Finalists

All finalists will receive a special WYEC finalists certificate with honorable jury notes.

All Participants
All participants will receive a WYEC 2018 participation certificate.
Timeline and Deadlines
 01.1.2018 | Submission Opens
You have now time to collect your ideas, to be creative and to write your essay. You can submit your essay online via the submission form here: Submit Essay. You have time to submit your essay until 31. March 2018 at 23:59 UTC+0 time.
 31.3.2018 | Submission Deadline
The WYEC 2018 jury reads all essays and makes a careful evaluation based on your submission. The jury will determine the finalists of WYEC 2018 until 19. April 2018.
 09.4.2018 | Announcement of Finalists
WYEC 2018 is about the story and the person behind it! In the second stage, all finalists will answer three short question so that the jury learns more about your personality, your achievements, and your talent!
 31.5.2018 | Deadline for Finalist Questions
The WYEC jury will make a final decision based on your essay and your answers to nominate the Grand Prize Winner, 2. Prize, 3. Prize and ten Awards of Excellence.
 11.6.2018 | Announcement of Winners
The winners will receive their awards and jury feedback. The Grand Prize Winner will be invited to Germany for a special WYEC 2018 winner ceremony with all flight and accommodation expenses covered!
until 30.9.2018 | Grand Winner Ceremony
Click on the link below to submit
http://wyec2018.glsci.org/submit

 

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists
Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

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Apply to attend UNLEASH 2018 in Singapore

The 2018 Program will be held in Singapore, and the innovation lab will run from May 30 – June 6, 2018.
The next cohort of talents can apply for UNLEASH 2018 at www.unleash.org.
This year we are looking for more young people, who are committed to creating positive change and help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. You can read more about the requirements for becoming a talent at www.unleash.org/sdg-talents.

Why Violet Mbiti Foundation,Vijana Network International Limited and Youth County Projects Kenya exists
Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach. Want to partner with us?

Follow us on
Twitter@youthprojects
Facebook:Youth Projects Kenya
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