YCSRR Africa: Building Youth Leadership Call for Applications

The Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) is organizing the Africa Regional Training for Sexual and Reproductive Rights Advocates to build knowledge of youth activists on the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD PoA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) review processes on regional and international levels, and assess how their commitments have been implemented at the country level.

The training will be held from February 18 – 21, 2013.

Training Goals

  • Build the capacities of young leaders to incorporate youth SRHR issues in the ICPD 2014 Review process, MDG 2015 Review and national poverty reduction strategy (PRS) processes.
  • Mobilize young people to advocate for youth SRHR in their respective national, regional and international ICPD and MDG review processes.

Training Learning Objectives

  • Increase understanding of young people’s SRHR and its links to gender equality and poverty reduction.
  • Increase knowledge of ICPD PoA, Beijing Platform for Action, and MDG commitments, their review processes and implementation through national-level processes.
  • Strengthen advocacy skills of young people to influence policy at national, regional and international levels in the lead up to ICPD and MDGs review processes.

The YCSRR welcomes Letters of Interest from progressive youth-led and youth focused organisations who meet the eligibility criteria to nominate two young people from your organisation to participate in the training.

The deadline to submit applications is 14 December 2012. For more information, visit this link.

WHO Call for Letters of Intent Grants Programme for Implementation Research

The World Health Organization (The Alliance Health Policy and Systems Research-HSS/AHPSR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases-IER/TDR, Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction-HRP and the Child and Adolescent Health and Development-FCH/CAH) has announced a Call for Letters of Intent Grants Programme for Implementation Research as part of an Implementation Research Platform lead by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and supported by a grant from the Norwegian Government. This initiative has been established to speed up efforts for the achievement of three health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDG 4,5 and 6) which seem to remain unattainable despite the increased support through various national and international levels.

Implementation research here has been referred to a research that “Identifies common implementation problems and their main determinants which hinder effective access to interventions; develops and tests practical solutions to these problems that are either specific to particular health systems and environments, or that addresses a problem common to several countries in a region; and c. Determines the best way of introducing these practical solutions into the health system and facilitates their full scale implementation, evaluation and modification as required.”

The objectives of the grant programme are:

  • Supporting new and ongoing research that contributes to the scaling-up of effective health interventions relevant to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4, 5 and 6 in a manner that synergises with health system needs;
  • Strengthening institutional research capacity with an emphasis on low- and middle-income countries;
  • Disseminating research results for their effective use in the strengthening of health systems;
  • Promoting evidence-informed policy formulation and implementation towards MDGs 4, 5 and 6.

The deadline to submit the letters of intent is 31 July 2010. For more information, visit this link.

Download End Water Poverty’s Advocacy Guide for influencing MDGs

End Water Poverty, “an international campaign to end the global injustice that causes millions to live without access to clean water and sanitation” has come out with the Advocacy Guide: UN High-Level Plenary on the MDGs to help “organise lobbying activities in order to influence the outcome of the UN’s MDG+10 Summit in September 2010.”

The Millennium Development Goals or the MDGs set by the Heads of the State in 2000 to achieve targets to end world poverty by 2015 will be gathering this year (20-22 September 2010) in New York to “review progress made to date, and agree to a plan to accelerate progress in the remaining five years.”

There are several targets under the MDG which may remain unachievable by 2015 like the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). According to End Water Poverty campaing, this sanitation MDG target “example, will not be met on current trends in Sub-Saharan Africa until the 23rd Century.” However, it is expected that such off-track issues will be considered in 2010 summit and renewed focus will be made to achieve these targets. In such a context, End Water Poverty sees an opportunity to launch campaigning at both national and international level to advocate for the issues relating to water and sanitation.

The Advocacy Guide seeks to accelerate efforts for achieving MDGs and invest particularly in sanitation “as part of a comprehensive approach to tackling poverty, hunger and ill-health.” The guide outlines the calls for action in this context and also lists out some relevant strategies for undertaking the advocacy of these issues. From influencing governments to holding poverty hearings, there are some interesting approaches for organizations networking together for this movement.

Download the advocacy guide from this link.

The Stockholm Challenge Awards 2010

The Stockholm Challenge is a pioneer in promoting the use of ICT tools and technologies for the development of people and society. The Challenge, now owned by the Royal Institute of Technology (RIT) and mainly sponsored by SIDA, Ericsson and the City of Stockholm, helps “counteract social and economic disadvantage, wherever it occurs, by promoting the use of ICT for development. It is mostly targeted towards developing regions and community or social sectors such as gender equality and minorities with the greatest needs.

Projects can be submitted in the following categories, considering the most significant areas of social and economic life. These categories have been selected to match the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The categories are:

  • Public Administration
  • Education
  • Economic Development
  • Culture
  • Health
  • Environment

If your project or organization is using ICT applications to improve the conditions of the people in the above mentioned categories, you can apply for these awards. The entry rules of this competition are:

  • All submissions must be made in English and on line, using the entry form.
  • All competing projects must be fully implemented, or piloted in a realistic setting, for at least three months before the closing date for entries. Plans, draft concepts or ideas are not eligible. The jury will only evaluate and compare projects that can show measurable outcomes and impact.
  • All indicated fields of the entry form must be filled out or the jury will not evaluate your project.
  • Each project may enter only one category.
  • Participants must illustrate how their use of ICT improves traditional services and/or products, or creates new ones that are beneficial for human and social development.
  • Be verifiable, i.e. able to present credible references from independent third parties.
  • Refrain from promoting religious, political or other personal beliefs.
  • Previous winning projects of the Stockholm Challenge Award cannot participate again.

The deadline to submit entries is 1 August 2010. For more information, visit this link.

World Summit Youth Award

“The WSYA (World Summit Youth Award) selects and promotes best practice in e-Content and technological creativity, demonstrates young people’s potential to create outstanding digital contents and serves as a platform for people from all UN member states to work together in the efforts to reduce poverty and hunger, and to tackle ill-health, gender inequality, lack of education, lack of access to clean water and environmental degradation.

WSYA is therefore both a showcase to the world for young e-content creators, journalists and writers, application designers, technologists and as well as a contribution on a global scale to adressing poverty, protecting the environment, sharing knowledge and empowering young people.

The WSYA is promoted in all UN member states through the networks of the World Summit Award (WSA) the UN Global Alliance for ICT, other participating UN Organisations and Agencies, governments and NGOs, youth organisations and all those committed to making a real difference in the achievement of the MDGs.

The WSYA will be organised in 2010 as a follow up activity of the World Summit on Information Society and its action plan towards the year 2015 and with a special focus on the MDG Review of the heads of state and government in September 2010.

It will be conducted in five plus one categories. The finalists and category winners will be invited to the WSA Events in September 2010 in New York City and at the UN Headquarters.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the WSYA,

  1. the project must be initiated and executed by youth under the age of 30
  2. The product should be fully functional and operational at the time of submission; projects which do not function will not be juried
  3. It must be accessible over the Internet (whether it is designed for fixed line, broadband or mobile use)

Submissions must be

  1. made under one of the six categories: Fight Poverty, Hunger and Disease; Education for all; Power 2 Women; Create your Culture, Go Green and Pursue Truth
  2. free of offensive or plagiarized content which violate dignity or human rights will not be evaluated
  3. made by an authorized person

Please note that members of the WSYA Board, the Volunteer Team at ICNM and employees of sponsors are not eligible to participate.”

The deadline to participate in the contest is 20 June 2010. For more information, visit this link.

NGOs invited to submit nominations for the Informal Interactive Hearings of the United Nations General Assembly in New York

Source link: http://www.awid.org

The ‘MDG Summit,’ a High-level Plenary Meeting is to be held from 20-22 September 2010. As part of providing inputs to the preparatory process, the UN General Assembly has requested the President of its 64th session to convene “Informal Interactive Hearings of the General Assembly with Non-governmental organizations, Civil society organizations and the Private sector.” The Hearings will take place from 14-15 June 2010 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

There is a Trust Fund established to support the participation of NGOs and civil society representatives from developing countries for the Hearings. There is also a Task Force of such representatives for advising the GA President on the format and participation of the Hearings. It is expected that such a programme will facilitate interactions between Member States and the representatives from NGOs and civil society groups from developing countries. Although the format of the Hearings has not yet been framed, it will take “the stocks of the status of implementation of the MDGs ; emerging issues and challenges such as climate change and the global financial, economic and food crises; lessons learnt to accelerate progress at national and international levels; and an action-oriented agenda for the summit.” The issues to be discussed will be related to “poverty, hunger and gender equality; health and education; sustainable development; emerging issues and evolving approaches; the special needs of the most vulnerable; and widening and strengthening partnerships.”

Nominations can be made through the nomination form available online at the link given below. The deadline to submit nominations is 16 April 2010. For more information, visit this link.

NGOs invited to submit nominations for the Informal Interactive Hearings of the United Nations General Assembly in New York

Source link: http://www.awid.org/Issues-and-Analysis/Library/Call-for-Nominations-Speaking-Role-at-the-Informal-Interactive-Hearings-of-the-General-Assembly-with-Non-governmental-organizations-Civil-society-organizations-and-the-Private-sector

The ‘MDG Summit,’ a High-level Plenary Meeting is to be held from 20-22 September 2010. As part of providing inputs to the preparatory process, the UN General Assembly has requested the President of its 64th session to convene “Informal Interactive Hearings of the General Assembly with Non-governmental organizations, Civil society organizations and the Private sector.” The Hearings will take place from 14-15 June 2010 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

There is a Trust Fund established to support the participation of NGOs and civil society representatives from developing countries for the Hearings. There is also a Task Force of such representatives for advising the GA President on the format and participation of the Hearings. It is expected that such a programme will facilitate interactions between Member States and the representatives from NGOs and civil society groups from developing countries.

Although the format of the Hearings has not yet been framed, it will take “the stocks of the status of implementation of the MDGs ; emerging issues and challenges such as climate change and the global financial, economic and food crises; lessons learnt to accelerate progress at national and international levels; and an action-oriented agenda for the summit.” The issues to be discussed will be related to “poverty, hunger and gender equality; health and education; sustainable development; emerging issues and evolving approaches; the special needs of the most vulnerable; and widening and strengthening partnerships.”

Nominations can be made through the nomination form available online at the link given below. The deadline to submit nominations is 16 April 2010. For more information, visit this link.

http://esango.un.org/irene/index.html?page=static&content=process&section=15

European Funding for building capacities of Civil Society and Local Authorities in Pakistan

The European Commission (EC) has this call for proposals, “Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development: Actions in Pakistan, 2009-2010” with the overarching objective of reducing poverty in the context of sustainable development including the pursuit of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aims at strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations and local authorities as a pre-condition for a more equitable, open and democratic society through support to their “own initiatives.”

“The programme will focus on building the capacities of the Pakistani NSAs and LAs to effectively contribute to the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development policies, placing high priority on advancing the role of women, and processes at all levels. This will in turn foster a greater culture of accountability, transparency and civic responsiveness to the national development agenda. The applicants are required to clearly demonstrate in their proposals how the capacity building aspect will be part of the action. Under this call for proposals priority will be given to Actions focusing on:

“Improving the provision of water and sanitation service delivery to vulnerable communities in NWFP and Balochistan through capacity-building of the service providers and the communities, reformed delivery systems, and an improved awareness among the communities on hygiene.”

As a restricted call for proposals, only concept notes have to be submitted initially based upon the given format. All applicants should have prior registration at PADOR. Concept notes have to be presented in electronic format (CD-ROM) and delivered to the local office of the Delegation of the European Union to Pakistan in Islamabad, Pakistan. Selected applicants will be requested for full proposals. The deadline to submit the concept notes is 12 April 2010. For more information, visit this link.

Grant Support for Social Inclusion and Social Protection of Informal Economy Workers and Vulnerable Groups…1

The European Commission’s (EC) thematic programme called as ‘Investing in People’ has been developed with a broader aim of reducing poverty and working towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). There are several components and themes under this programme to address various development issues in poor and developing countries. One of these themes also includes the need to promote social cohesion, employment and decent work conditions in low-income regions of the world. The Commission has prioritized this area on its agenda and also highlights the fact that “full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people, is now a firm target under MDG 1.”

In poor and developing countries, informal economy plays a critical role for generating employment for most of the people. A large portion of the population depends upon informal work to carry out livelihood activities. Informal economy can include various small and medium-sized enterprising activities, but they do not fall under any of the formal structures of government taxes, labour laws and social protection schemes. It could include unregistered companies or self-employed, small-scale activities carried out mostly by low-skilled and poorly financed people.

Informal economy in developing countries creates its own difficulties and challenges for the poor involved in it. As women comprise of a majority of these workers, they are vulnerable to different socio-economic, health and cultural hazards. Besides women, the poor, indigenous people, migrants, people with HIV and AIDS, persons with disabilities etc face long-term insecurity due to lack of appropriate social protection measures. Ensuring social protection for the poor and the vulnerable is one of the crucial targets for the achievement of MDGs.

In this context, the European Commission has issued a call for proposals to provide financial support for organizations to implement actions in least developed countries for enhancing social protection for those people working in the informal sector and also those belonging to the vulnerable groups.

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Grant Support for Social Inclusion and Social Protection of Informal Economy Workers and Vulnerable Groups…2

Under this 2009-2010 call for proposals, the European Commission is considering to provide grant support for actions relevant for providing social protection to informal economy workers and vulnerable groups. Earlier, the EC made financial allocations for evaluating social policies on social protection. During the current call, it is seeking to promote social protection as an important means for building capacities of informal economy workers and other vulnerable groups so that they are not only capable of managing risks but they are also able to overcome poverty.

The overall objective of the call is “to contribute to poverty reduction and to social inclusion for workers in the informal economy and vulnerable groups.” Specific objectives and expected results (not exhaustive) are:

  • “The development of sustainable initiatives (including capacity building of local communities) to strengthen social protection and employment at community level for workers in the informal economy and/or vulnerable groups as well as the dissemination and exchanges of related good practices at local, national or transnational level.
  • Cooperation and partnerships between non-state actors and government at local and national level are encouraged with a view to developing innovative, community-level schemes for social protection and employment for vulnerable groups and workers in the informal economy.”

Expected results:

  • Sharing and learning from best practices in community level initiatives in the field of social
  • protection and employment carried out;
  • Local communities capacities to identify needs of the informal workers and vulnerable groups
  • strengthened;
  • Sustainable social protection and employment in the community-level improved.”

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Grant Support for Social Inclusion and Social Protection of Informal Economy Workers and Vulnerable Groups…3

Proposals can be submitted under this call for proposals to the EC for projects addressing the social protection needs of the informal workers and most vulnerable groups such as elderly people, people with disabilities, children, ethnic minorities, and migrants. Proposal guidelines list out some actions or activities (not exhaustive) that can be proposed in the project:

  • “Collection, exchange, transfer and dissemination of good practice concerning community-level interventions for the social inclusion of workers in the informal economy and vulnerable groups at local, national or transnational level;
  • Capacity-building activities for local communities, including support to organisations of informal workers to address needs and challenges of informal workers’ access to better and more productive employment;
  • Development and implementation of integrated packages of policy responses at community level for vulnerable groups and workers in the informal economy. These may include activities in diverse fields such as financial services (capacity building for the development of micro-insurance, credits, savings), business development services, social services (health care; child care; community based rehabilitation), occupational safety and health, sub-sector development and vocational training;
  • Innovative activities aiming to extend social protection coverage in a sustainable manner (such as developing linkages between statutory social security schemes and community based social protection mechanisms);
    Development of mechanisms to extend social protection to groups that are difficult to cover due to their specific characteristics.”

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