Call for Applications :Web 2.0 & Social Media face to face training Across Africa


Technological innovation is taking place at a breath-taking pace. Simple, open source internet-based applications and services designed to enhance on-line collaboration are now available to the wider public at little or no cost at all. These new online technologies known as Web 2.0 and ‘social media’ enable people to collaborate to create, share and publish information.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation EU-ACP (CTA) has a mandate to facilitate access to and dissemination of information in the fields of agriculture and rural development in 78 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). Supporting the adoption of Web 2.0 applications represents a great opportunity for meeting it.

Benefits to the participants

  • Web 2.0 and Social Media: concepts and principles;
  • Selective access to information via (i) advanced multilingual search options; (ii) RSS and (iii) automated alerts;
  • Content curation: Tagging and Social Bookmarking;
  • Photos for the web;
  • Remote collaboration (e.g. GoogleDrive, Dropbox);
  • Online conversations (Skype, Google Hangouts, Viber, Whatsapp);
  • Online mapping (New Google Maps);
  • Blogging (Blogger or WordPress);
  • Micro-blogging (Twitter);
  • Social networking (LinkedIn and Facebook), risks and mitigation measures;
  • Online Communities of Practice;
  • Web 2.0 and Social Media for Agri-business and marketing.


  • be computer literate and conversant with browsing the Internet;
  • have regular access to a computer ( ownership of a computer is an advantage);
  • be competent in  the use of the English language;
  • have an active e-mail account;
  • be actively engaged in agriculture and rural development / natural resource management / biodiversity conservation in the domains of ICT for development (ICT4D), policies, markets; publishing, communication and media;
  • be in a position to take along a WIFI-enabled laptop to the training;
  • be a resident of the country where the application is made.

locations and their deadlines:

Malawi- 11th August, 2014

Namibia- 11th August, 2014

Lesotho- 11th August, 2014

Swaziland- 25th August, 2014

New Guinea- 8th September, 2014

Nigeria- 1st September, 2014

To apply and for more information visit here

2014 Women Weave the Web Campaign- Lynn Syms Prize Pu(Win $20,000 and a Trip to New York)



World Pulse is the leading network using the power of digital media to connect women worldwide and bring them a global voice

Applications for the WWW: Women Weave the Web campaign- Lynn Syms Prize 2014 are invited from world .This campaigns bring together powerful grassroots women leaders who are generating vital changes on the ground both Digitally and any other way they find it fit. By providing key resources and tools to our community, they can support the empowerment of exceptional women creating positive change:



  • $20,000 monetary prize to be paid out over two years to support her community based work;
  • A feature profile on;
  • An all-expense paid trip to speak her message in New York City.


  • The prize is open worldwide to people 18+ and of the age of majority in their State/Country/Province of residence.
  • It is targeted for a grassroots woman leader based and working primarily in a developing country and having demonstrated ability to elevate community concerns and serve as an inspiration to community leaders elsewhere.
  • Characteristics this woman leader should embody include: courage, commitment, integrity and the ability to communicate effectively for the cause;
  • She must have an established organization, program or project, though in the erly stage of development; and
  • Candidates must also be successfully using digital tools to advance their work and they must participate in world Pulse’s Women Weave the Web.

DEADLINE: 13th August, 2014

To apply and for more information visit here

When not to use crowdsourced data…

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Po Ve Sham - Muki Haklay's personal blog

More or Less‘ is a good programme on BBC Radio 4. Regularly exploring the numbers and the evidence behind news stories and other important things, and checking if they stand out. However, the piece that was broadcast  this week about Golf courses and housing in the UK provides a nice demonstration of when not to use crowdsourced information. The issue that was discussed was how much actual space golf courses occupy, when compared to space that is used for housing. All was well, until they announced in the piece the use of clever software (read GIS) with a statistical superhero to do the analysis. Interestingly, the data that was used for the analysis was OpenStreetMap – and because the news item was about Surrey, they started doing the analysis with it.

For the analysis to be correct, you need to assume that all the building polygons in OpenStreetMap…

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2015-2017 Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program in Montreal, Canada.



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Application Deadline: 1st of September 2014

2015-17 Theme: Public Leadership for Culturally Diverse Societies – Jeanne Sauvé Foundation

Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program invests in the next generation of public leadership to help solve global challenges.

This intensive, in-house, intercultural and international program is based at Sauvé House in MontrealQuebecCanada. Every program brings together a group of young leaders from Canada and around the world to live and work together and to share their personal passion for addressing a particular globally significant challenge.

Participants bring to the program their own expertise and perspectives, shaped by their experiences working to address this issue in their respective contexts, communities and countries.

The Program invests in the capacity of these young leaders to effect positive change by cultivating in them the skills required to work across cultures, countries, disciplines and sectors in the public sphere. It does this by:

  • Inviting young leaders to rethink a key global issue from diverse cultural and disciplinary perspectives
  • Inciting them to innovate through joint action
  • Investing in their public leadership skills with professional and personal development programming
  • Incubating their ideas by providing time and space for compelling individual initiatives to take root

The 2015-2017 Program Fellows will collectively take up the challenge of Public Leadership for Culturally Diverse Societies.


  • Be between 25 and 30 years of age (inclusive) on 15 August 2015
  • Have completed at least one university degree
  • Possess high oral and written proficiency in English (French language skills are an asset)
  • Have at least 3 years of full-time professional experience
  • Have a strong record of leadership benefitting a particular community or cause in the public interest


While in residence, Fellows benefit from:

  • Interaction with a thriving network of public leaders
  • Access to resources (including the auditing of courses) at McGill University, our program’s academic home, and at Concordia University, our academic partner
  • Tailored leadership development programming with a focus on the skills necessary for public leadership
  • Personal coaching in support of participants’ leadership development
  • Guidance from academic and professional mentors at the top of their fields
  • The time, space and liberty to pursue individual initiatives in a supportive environment
  • Free accommodation at Jeanne Sauvé House.
  • A stipend to cover basic costs of living in Montreal

Apply Now for the 2015/2017 Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS : 2015-2016 Czech Government Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries




Application Deadline: September 30th 2014


The Government of the Czech Republic offers scholarships within the framework of its Foreign Development Assistance in support of the study of foreign nationals from developing countries at public institutions of higher education in the Czech Republic.

what the scholarship covers:


1. in Bachelor/Master/Doctoral study programmes plus one-year preparatory course of the Czech language (which is combined with other field-specific training). Government scholarships of this category are awarded to graduates from upper secondary schools, or Bachelor’s/Master’s degree courses, as applicable, who can enrol only in study programmes in which instruction is given in the Czech language.

2. in follow-up Master study programmes or Doctoral study programmes. Government scholarships of this category are awarded to graduates of Bachelor or Master study programmes, respectively, who enrol in study programmes with instruction in the English language.


  • The scholarships are intended  solely to promote the studies of adults who are foreign nationals from developing countries. Therefore, Neither a citizen of the Czech Republic, nor a citizen of a member state of the European Union, nor any other foreign national with a permit to permanent residence on the territory of the Czech Republic may therefore be granted this type of scholarship.
  • Furthermore, the scholarships may not be granted to persons under 18 years of age. (The applicants have to  have turned 18 as of 1 September of the year when they commence studies in the Czech Republic at the latest.)


  • A limited number of scholarships is offered also to applicants from selected developing countries through the UNESCO. Each applicant is obliged to fill out an electronic application form available at:
  • Prospective applicants are advised to address their inquiries concerning, among others, their eligibility and closing date for applications to the Czech Embassies in their countries.


  • The scholarship covers the necessary costs related to staying and studying in the CR. The scholarship amount is regularly amended.
  • Currently the amount paid to students on a Bachelor’s, Master’s or follow-up Master’s study programme stands at CZK 14,000 per month, whereas the amount paid to students of a Doctoral study programme stands at CZK 15,000 per month.
  • The above scholarship amount includes an amount designated for the payment of accommodation costs. Costs of accommodation; food and public transport are covered by scholarship holders from the scholarship under the same conditions that apply to students who are citizens of the CR.
  • Should healthcare exceeding standard care be required by the student, s/he shall cover it at his/her own cost. Travel expenses for travelling to the Czech Republic and back to the student’s home country are paid by the party that nominated the student to study in the CR or by the foreign national at his/her own cost.

How To Apply:

Apply Online for the Czech Government Scholarship
Download the Application Guideline Brochure

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  Czech Government Scholarships

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Acumen East Africa Fellows Programme 2014



Acumen’s East Africa Fellows Program is providing the opportunity for emerging leaders to receive world-class training and collaborate with like-minded individuals so that they can be the change that East Africa needs.

When Fellows join the Regional Fellows Program, they embark on a leadership journey. Over the course of the year, Fellows engage in deep reflection, challenge their assumptions about the world, and strengthen their moral compass. Through these programs, we hope to create an interconnected web of global leaders who share values, collaborate with each other, and drive change.

Each year, the East Africa Fellows Program brings together 20 emerging leaders from different regions, sectors, and socio-economic backgrounds in East Africa. Join our next class and apply today.

Who Becomes a Regional Fellow

  • Individuals who are working to end poverty in their community through some kind of social change project.
  • Fellows can be entrepreneurs who started their own organization, or individuals who are influencing change within an existing organization
  • Fellows come from of all age groups and education levels, but must be able to fully participate in a program that is conducted in English.
  • Fellows must be from East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, or Ethiopia) and must show a demonstrated commitment and concrete connection to East Africa.
  • Fellows must demonstrate strong personal integrity, unrelenting perseverance, and moral imagination.
  • Fellows must be ready and willing to undergo an intensive year-long personal transformation and leadership journey.


  • During the course of a year-long program, Acumen Regional Fellows remain in their jobs and come together every 6-8 weeks for a series of 5 seminars focused on developing the skills needed to be the next generation of social change leaders.
  • Acumen Fellows focus on gaining the financial expertise, operational expertise, and moral imagination necessary to solve the world’s toughest problems.
  • In addition to developing the core areas of Acumen’s leadership model, Fellows meet with prominent leaders from across sectors and build relationships within their cohort and Acumen Fellows Alumni around the world

 Application Process

The online application consists of:

  • Background information
  • Resume/CV
  • Short & long answer questions

The Selection Process

The selection process for this program is very rigorous and highly competitive. Here is a general timeline of the process:

  • Applications open: July 7, 2014
  • Applications close: September 8, 2014
  • Telephone Interviews: October 2014
  • In-Person Interviews: November 2014
  • Final Selection: December 2014

Apply Now for 2014 East Africa Acumen Fund Fellowship

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Acumen East Africa Fellows Programme

2014 African Graduate Fellowship at the American University in Cairo.

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The African Graduate Fellowship is a competitive  program for bright, highly motivated African students interested in pursuing a master’s degree at AUC. Each year, fellowships are offered to nationals of African countries (not including Egyptians) for full-time study (nine credits or more) in any of the graduate programs offered at AUC.

Eligibility of the applicants 

  • Non-Egyptian African nationals
  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a minimum overall rating of very good, an overall grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent
  • Satisfy AUC graduate admissions requirements, including submission of AUC graduate application, additional documents and any required test scores (GMAT for MBA applicants, GRE for economics, economics in international development, and journalism and mass communication applicants)
  • Submit an International TOEFL iBT exam score or an IELTS exam score meeting the cut-off scores for AUC graduate admissions.


Fellowships are awarded for two academic years and the intervening summer session.

Fellowship Worth

  • Waiver of tuition fees
  • Monthly stipend
  • Student services and activities fee
  • Medical service and health insurance fees
  • A monthly housing allowance for non-residents of Cairo or accommodation in University Residences at AUC New Cairo
  • In support of their professional training, fellows are assigned 12 hours per week of related academic or administrative work.

To Apply


  • Applications and all supporting documents should be submitted by December 15.
  • Selection is made in April. Fellowships begin the following September.
  • For inquiries, contact

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the American University in Cairo

2015 AWARD Fellowships for African Women



African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is seeking 70 top African women agricultural scientists from 11 countries for its 2015 fellowships.  This  is a career development programme that equips top women agricultural scientist across Sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills through two-year fellowships.

Now in its seventh year, AWARD is offering 70 fellowships on the basis of intellectual merit, leadership capacity, and the potential of the scientist’s research to help improve food security and the livelihoohs of African smallholder farmers, especially women.


  • AWARD fellows benefit from two-year fellowships focused on fostering mentoring psrtnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity.
  • Fellows stay in their institutions, continue their research, travel to AWARD training courses held in various locations in Africa.


  • Women agricultural scientists who are citizens of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia.
  • Applicants must be resident in Africa throughout the fellowship period.
  • Applicants should have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree in one of the disciplines in agricultural science and related courses.

DEADLINE: 8th August, 2014

To apply and for more information visit here

SA Young Scientists Summer Programme


Applications are now open for the 2014-2015 Southern African Young Scientists Summer Programme (SA-YSSP). Now in its third year and organized by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and South African Partners, this three months research training programme will bring together talented young researchers to work with scientists from South Africa and IIASA.

The programme will take place from 2nd November 2014-31st January, 2015 at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Participants will work on a collaborative research project jointly advised by IIASA and South African senior researchers.


  • The SA-YSSP provides a unique opportunity for academic and personal growth, bringing participants in contact with an international group of young scientists and faculty in a collaborative environment.
  • Participants receive accommodation and meals for the duration of the SA-YSSP programme, inclusive of an honorarium to cover other living costs. Participants from South Africa and from other countries of the Southern African Development Community additional receive coverage for their travel expenses.
  • Collaborate with IIASA and South African Scientists on a project relevant to the participant’s research
  • Contribute to collaborative research by senior advisors.
  • Broaden their research into interdisciplinary and trans-boundary research relevant to national, regional, and global needs.
  • Publish their research in collaboration with IIASA and South African Scientists.
  • Gain exposure to international research through interaction with national and international experts taking part in programme supervision and the seminar series.
  • Build international, interdisciplinary collaborations with programme advisors and other programmes participants.


  • The SA-YSSP is PhD students from South Africa, sub-Saharan African countries, and other IIASA member countries are eligible to apply.
  • Current registration for a doctoral programme
  • Ability to work independently and to interact with other scientists
  • Fluency in English and ability to communicate in a scientific environment
  • Willingness to participate in a range of interdisciplinary scientific activities
  • Commitment to completing the SA-YSSP research by submitting a resultant manuscript to an international scientific journal.

DEADLINE: 3rd August, 2014

To apply and for more information visit here

Chongqing Technology and business University International Scholarship Programme in China




The government of China is funding scholarships for foreign students  to study at Chongqing Technology and Business University. These  scholarships are available for  pursuing Bachelor’s, Master’s and training programme in China. Scholarships are awarded for studying all the programmes offered by the university.


  • Master’s Degree: 6,500 to 20,000 yuan RMB per academic year
  • Bachelor’s Degree: 5,000 to 17,000 yuan RMB per academic year
  • Chinese trainee: 4,000 to 13,000 yuan RMB per academic year


  • The age of applicant should be under 40
  • The applicant must be non-Chinese citizen
  • The applicants should promise to obey Chinese laws and regulation as well as rules of CTBU
  • The applicants can not apply for the President’s scholarship while he/she has gotten other Chinese Government Scholarship

DEADLINE: 30th December, 2014

To apply and for more information visit here