Mohammed Bouazizi Fellowship for Grassroots Activists: Zimbabwe Organization For The Youth In Politics (ZOYP)

Deadline: 15 September 2014

 

6 – 10 October 2014

The Zimbabwe Organization For Youth In Politics (Z.O.Y.P) will be hosting the Mohammed Bouazizi Fellowship for Grassroots Activists from the 6th-10th of October 2014 at a venue to be announced here in Midlands. The fellowship was named in honor of Mohammed Bouazizi a street vendor and Tunisian activist who self immolated himself in protest and sparked the Arab Spring revolution in 2010. This one week intensive fellowship seeks to develop young grassroots activists with skills to enhance their activism and create a platform where they can network and exchange ideas. Protest music, poetry, theater, leadership, development etc will be part of the trainings at this fellowship.

About 30 young activists between the ages of 16-35 years will be selected from across Zimbabwe. All who are interested must send their application letters or expression of interest to:

bouaziziactivistsfellowship@gmail.com

Selected candidates will be fully sponsored and all the expenses catered by the hosting organization, which is the Zimbabwe Organization For The Youth In Politics (ZOYP).

For more information  contact :

Nkosilathi Emmanuel Moyo (Mr)

Executive Director

Z.O.Y.P

Cell;+263 775 037 579

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19 Struggles Of Having An Outgoing Personality But Actually Being Introverted

19 Struggles Of Having An Outgoing Personality But Actually Being Introverted

Introversion Effect

Like many categorizing systems, the separatist thinking behind them attempts to firmly place us in one container or another.  The flaw in these types of systems is that they don’t always take into account the middle areas of the spectrum.  And any system is just that: a spectrum.  I’ve long stated with unequivocal certainty that I’m introverted.  My friends, however, look at me askance, because I’m actually very fun-loving and outgoing when I need to be.  So on that introvert/extravert spectrum, I fall somewhere to the introverted side, but exhibit limited extroverted tendencies.  Here is an article found online that I have updated to reflect this spectrumized system.

1. You’re not anti-social, you’re selectively social.

2. At any given point, you have one (maybe two) best friends who are your entire life. You’re not a “group of friends” person. You can’t keep up with all that.

3. Social gatherings…

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Call for Citizen Journalists – Sauti ya Mtaa

   
 
An exciting new project dubbed Sauti ya Mtaa is calling on enthusiastic writers, journalists and photo or video journalists to express their interest by applying to be a member.

Sauti ya Mtaa is a project hosted at PAWA254, and funded by Making All Voices Count (MAVC), meant to highlight the fascinating stories about Nairobi’s slums and its neighborhoods which do not always get covered in the media.

Through this project, a strong network of citizen journalists will be built around Nairobi’s slums, with two different hubs located in Kibera and Kariobangi where journalists will have a free space to network and file their stories.

The project will also include trainings on journalism and a web platform where the citizen journalists will submit their stories and be remunerated.

Potential citizen journalists include journalists, writers and photographers.

Interested citizen journalists across the city should submit their curriculum vitas, cover letter and samples of written work for consideration.

Send your application to info@sautiyamtaa.com

Deadline to receive applications is 5th of September 2014

CLIMATE CHANGE IN NIGERIA: ANY IMPACT?

  • Climate change has become a new reality and a worldwide phenomenon but a second look at the topic suggests that Nigeria may be immune from it.
    In effect, climate change will mean a change in such weather condition for a particular location over time.
    Impact as used may be negative or positive or a combination. A literal definition of climate states that a significant time variation in weather patterns occurring over periods ranging from decades to millions of years and area such as Nigeria over a period of time.
    What therefore is climate change; can Nigeria be affected; what impact has it on Nigeria? How can we mitigate the negative impact and ensure that climate change/global warming does not have disastrous consequence on Nigeria?
    Giving answers to these questions are at best guesstimate as no one can be definitive about them, but we still need to start thinking about them today to find answers to tomorrow’s challenges.
    What then is climate change? This can be looked at as the continuing change of the earth’s climate, which, in time past, was seen to be caused by natural causes.
    However, the term ‘climate change’ today is generally used when referring to the change in our climate which has been observed since the early part of the 20th century.
    The changes which are seen over recent years and those which are predicted over the next century are thought to be mainly due to human behavior rather than due to natural changes in the atmosphere.
    What causes this change cannot be treated in isolation without looking at greenhouse effect which is caused by the release of destructive gases by human action which in turn brings about the warming of the earth surface by increase in the earth’s temperature.
    The increase in temperature in turn causes the melting of ice which contributes to the rise in sea level among other disastrous consequences.
    Arising from this, is the question: “Climate Change in Nigeria: Any Impact?” In this regard an example may suffice.
    According to the report complied in 2010, investigations revealed that over 200 people were killed by meningitis in Nigeria and Niger Republic in one week. There were outbreaks in 76 areas. There were 25,000 suspected cases and 1, 500 deaths in the first quarter of 2009. Although meningitis is a disease caused by an infection of the meanings, which is the thin lining that surrounds the brain and the spinal cord, experts have found a correlation between the weather and this disease. It is generally known that the disease attacks more people during the dry season because of dust, wind and cold nights. There were indications in the past one month that many people were treated for acute pneumonia in some hospitals as a result of the erratic and unpredictable weather which has also confused farmers about planting seasons raising fear about food production and security.
    Apart from the reign of diseases as a result of harsh weather conditions in Northern Nigeria agriculture has been affected as a result of erratic weather patterns. The dryness has led to dry waterbeds and movement of people and their pasture to the southern regions thus causing tension and conflicts between the original inhabitants and the new comers. Experts at the United Nations and other global bodies have found over the years that the world’s climate has changed.
    The drought of the 1970s that swept most of the Sahel region of Africa left the region, including Nigeria, with general water resources issues. The consequence of that are the low agricultural output, limited water supply and inadequate water reserve for power generation which the region is associated with.
    Again the increasing flooding in the coastal and non-coastal regions of the country is indicative of the expected effect of climate change.
    There are two extremes of the expected challenges of the climate change in Nigeria, viz, increase in rainy and dry seasons with each lasting approximately six months on the average, that is, April to October and October to March, respectively.
    Nigeria daily temperature average differs according to location and period of the year. Average temperature ranges from 25oC in the southern coast to 40oC in the north.
    A rise in temperature of between 1.4oC to 5.8oC by 2100 according to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, will have serious negative effect on the socio-economic wellbeing of the country in the following ways: increase in amount of rains and number of rainy day-flooding in the coastal areas, higher risk of 100years flooding occurring at shorter intervals;
    • Deforestation as a result of relocating of people from the flood affected areas of the coast;
    • Change in land use in the coast may have drastic effect on agricultural output and hence livelihood;
    • Desertification will increase and more droughts which encourage locusts and white flies, which in turn will affect food and water supply;
    • Wildlife will also be affected with possible effect on the entire food chain.
    • Landslides especially in erosion prone areas;
    • high temperature in the north will cause increase health issues such as meningitis, cataracts, malaria and yellow fever etc
    • High cost of construction especially in the coastal areas;
    I will stop by saying if we don’t put all this in mind, then what will our future be?
    “Climate change in Nigeria is a ticking time bomb and it exists little or even nothing to mitigate its effects.” Nnimmo Bassey, Nigeria.CLIMATE CHANGE IN NIGERIA: ANY IMPACT?

DR. ZUMA – SAVE THE DATE: September 22, 2014. 2ND GLOBAL TELECONFERENCE ON “AGENDA 2063” WITH THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION

2063
 
 
 

 
H. E. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the White House Dinner during the US-Africa Summit in August 2014.
 
Keynote Speaker: 2nd Global Teleconference on Vision 2063
Her Excellency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Chairperson of the African Union Commission
 
 

 
 
We are more than pleased to announce that Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, will participate in the 2nd Global Teleconference on the “Nkosazana’s African Agenda 2063,” which will take place on September 22, 2014
 
This date was arrived after Dr. Chika Onyeani met and spoke with Her Excellency Dr. Dlamini-Zuma on  August 3rd, 2014 at the commissioning of the new Africa House, headquarters of the African Union in Washington, DC., and again at the Civil Society Organization forum the next day, which was attended by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.  After the discussions, Her Excellency appointed one of her senior advisers to confirm the date of September 22, 2014.  
 
The 2nd Global Teleconference on Vision 2063 is informed by the 1st Global Teleconference, which took place on  March 15, 2014. Her Excellency Dr. Dlamini-Zuma called into the program but due to the format designed for participant discussions,  she did not have the opportunity to make detailed  presentations.
 
The 2nd Global Teleconference is specifically organized for the Chairperson of the African Union Commission to talk to a global African Diaspora audience about her vision of Africa.  As we wrote last time, “On the 24th of January, 2014, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the African Union Commission Chairperson, penned a historical and exciting document about what she envisions as the future of our continent – Africa. 
 
In 2063, what would be the fate of Africa, what would be its standing in the world?  This is a document that needs to be discussed seriously by Africans throughout the world – Continental Africans and Diaspora Africans.  Fortunately, technology has made it possible for us not to spend millions of dollars to have another Global African Diaspora Summit to discuss this very important document as to the shape and future of our continent.”  
 
Unlike the Ist Global Teleconference where participants engaged in interactive discussions, Her Excellency Dlamini Zuma will be the only speaker. After speaking, questions will be directed at her. The questions will be culled from those who have registered and provided their questions.  After the questions are answered, if there is still time, individuals will be called upon to ask further questions or elucidate on earlier points.  This platform will be strictly followed.  
 
Suggestion: Participants should call in 15 minutes before the appointed time.
 
Note: Please, you may  go to Yahoo and sign in with ID: africanagenda2063, password: Oyidiya7. (period after 7) in order to register and also post your questions.

 
MODERATOR: Ambassador Joseph Huggins, former US Ambassador to Botswana; Executive Director for African Affairs, U.S. State Department. 

ADVISORS:

Ambassador Erieka Bennett: Founder, African Union Diaspora African Forum, Accra, Ghana

Dr. Sam Chekwas: Author, CEO Seaburn Publishing, personally translated and published Amiri Baraka’s 20 Poems into Greek

Prof. Mamadou Diouf:  Director of the Institute of African Studies, Columbia University

Rev. Marcia Dyson: Founder, Women’s Global Initiative

Mr. Melvin Foote:  President, Constituency for Africa

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Dr. David Horne: Acting Chair, Africana Studies Department, California State University, Northridge, CA

Ambassador Howard F. Jeter: Former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, President’s Special Envoy to Liberia

Dr. Stranger Kgamphe:  Director, African Scientific Institute, Southern Africa.

Please, you can read the envisioning of Africa by H.E. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma:  Vision 2063
Here are  the summarized topics discussed at the 1st Global Teleconference on Vision 2063.
Agenda 1: ADOPTION OF DR. NKOSAZANA’S “AGENDA 2063” AS AFRICAN WORLD-WIDE PLAN OF ACTION

Agenda 2: CONFEDERATION OF AFRICAN STATES
Dr. Nkosazana: “In fact, if Africa was one country in 2006, we would have been the 10th largest economy in the world! However, instead of acting as one, with virtually every resource in the world (land, oceans, minerals, energy, forests) and over a billion people, we acted as fifty-five small and fragmented individual countries.
That was the case in 2013, but reality finally dawned and we had long debates about the form that our unity should take: confederation, a united states, a federation or a union.
As you can see, my friend, those debates are over and the Confederation of African States is now twelve years old, launched in 2051″

Agenda 3: FORMATION OF AFRICAN UNION CLUBS IN SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES
Dr. Nkosazana: “The role played by successive generations of African youth contributed to our success. Already in 2013 during the Golden Jubilee celebrations, it was the youth that loudly questioned the slow progress towards integration.
They formed African Union Clubs in schools and universities across the continent, and linked with each other on social media. Thus we saw the grand push for integration, for the free movement of people, for harmonization of education and professional qualifications, with the Pan African University and indeed the university sector and intelligentsia playing an instrumental role.”

 

This program is made possible by Celebrate African Foundation,  a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, creator the “BEST AFRICAN COUNTRY OF THE YEAR AWARDS”; and the African Sun Times, Africa’s No.1 newspaper in America.

For more information 
on the 2nd Global Teleconference on Vision 2063, contact:

Dr. Chika A. Onyeani
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
African Sun Times: www.africansuntimes.com
 
Tel: 973-675-9919
Cell: 917-279-4038
 
 

 

Call for applications: UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative Consultancy Roster Africa Please see below a call for applications to a new PEI Africa consultancy roster.

UNDP-UNEP’s Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) Africa is seeking to establish a roster of experts (Individual Contractors) who would provide their services when needed in the field of Environment Natural Resource and Climate Change (ENR-CC) on poverty-environment mainstreaming. PEI Africa is particularly looking for consultants with expertise and experience in at least one of the following areas:

A1 – Economic Assessments & Cost Benefit Analysis
A2 – Public Finance Management and Budget Processes (including PER)
A3 – Poverty and Gender

The required language/s are: English and/or French and/or Portuguese.  
 
To apply for this consultancy, kindly read through the Terms of Reference (TOR) and General Terms and Conditions which can be found at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=17615      
 
Please submit your personal CV and a cover letter no later than September 16th as requested in the TOR. Applications should be submitted by email to: facility.unpei@unpei.org. All applications must be complete and submitted by the deadline for consideration.  

Best Regards,