07 Agustus 2009

International Opportunities

  1. 2009 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition; Deadline: August 24, 2009 for development project; September 30, 2009 for research proposals/papers.
  2. Touching Lives: CGAP Microfinance Photo Contest Now Open to Entries; must be received by CGAP before noon EST September 14, 2009.
  3. International Foundation for Science (IFS) Research Grant; For administrative purposes, we have two application deadlines, 30 June and 31 December.
  4. Youthink! International Youth Day Essay Competition; The deadline for submissions is August 12, 2009.
  5. "Inspire and Educate" Competition; The deadline for all competition categories is 12 September 2009.
  6. Humanizing Development - Global Photography campaign; The campaign will be open for participation from 1 June to 1 October 2009.
  7. Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) Small Grants Program; Applications are open from 15 July until 14 August, 2009.
  8. Announcing the 2009 Asia Pacific Human Development Fellowships; Please do encourage prospective applicants to submit applications by the deadline of September 1st, 2009.
  9. Internews Launches Competition for World’s Best Climate Change Reporting; Deadline: September 7, 2009 (12.00 pm, Paris-time, GMT+2).
  10. 7,700 Euros await winners - ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) invites photographers to zoom in on biodiversity; The contest will run until 30 August 2009.
  11. Children’s International Photography Contest Focuses Worldwide Lens On Biodiversity; Entries must be received by Sept. 8, 2009.
  12. The Development Gateway photo competition 2009; Deadline for submitting entries is September 18, 2009.
  13. Plural+ Competition; Submissions will be open from 1 June to 30 September, 2009.
  14. The World Forestry Institute (WFI) International Fellowship Program; Applications are accepted throughout the year.



2009 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition

The Global Development Network (GDN) is now accepting submissions for the 2009 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition. The Competition offers cash prizes and travel expenses to all finalists to attend GDN's Annual Global Development Conference, held each year in a different country, to present their research proposals/papers and showcase an interesting on-project before an eminent jury for the final round. This year the final selection will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from January 16-18, 2010. The competition is generously funded by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan and other donors.

GDN’s competition is one of the biggest annual contests in the field of development research, receiving the largest number of applications globally from researchers working on development issues. Submissions for new research proposals, completed research papers and proposals for scaling-up on-going development projects are now being accepted under the categories listed below:

1. Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development: For applicants who have outstanding new research proposals that add a unique dimension to research on any of the three themes listed below
Prizes: First Prize: US $30,000; Second Prize: US $5,000

2. Medals for Research on Development: For excellent completed research papers on any of the three themes listed below
Prizes: First Prize: US $10,000; Second prize: US $5,000

3. Japanese Award for the Most Innovative Development Project: For exceptional on-going development projects that have given the maximum benefit to the local communities and need further financial assistance for scaling-up the project
Prizes: First Prize: US $30,000; Second Prize: US$ 5,000

The 2009 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition themes are:

- Globalization, Regulation and Development

- International Migration: Crossing Borders, Changing Lives?

- Regional Integration- Convergence Big Time, or, an Opportunity Wasted?

The competition is open to researchers and organizations from developing and transition countries. Submissions are welcome from all disciplines of social sciences.

Deadline: August 24, 2009 for development project; September 30, 2009 for research proposals/papers.

For more information please go to: http://www.gdnet.org/cms.php?id=2009awards.




Touching Lives: CGAP Microfinance Photo Contest Now Open to Entries


How are people using finance in nontraditional ways? What innovations are financial service providers using to serve people who would not otherwise be reached? And what impact is microfinance having, whether directly on the lives of poor clients, or more broadly on the world it touches?

By sharing your striking images, you’ll reach countless others with the message of microfinance, and help us tell the story of this remarkable industry: its unique textures, vibrant new developments, and impact on the lives of poor people.

Over the past few years we’ve asked you to use your imagination in capturing the diversity and dynamism of microfinance. As a result, stunning images have been shared with the microfinance community and others around the world. This year, we’re asking you to focus on how microfinance touches the world—the sights, the sounds, the tastes, and the textures.

Is there a moment or a place where you’ve witnessed the impact of microfinance on poor people’s ability to manage their own lives? Have you seen it provide new opportunities? Has your lens captured its vivid impact on the environment? Or have you seen how microfinance has responded to the global financial crisis, the food crisis, and the downturn in the real economy? Tell the powerful story of microfinance through your photos.

Twenty to 24 finalists will be selected for the 2009 CGAP Microfinance Photography Contest. Judges will award first, second, and third prize winners. And up to two special prizes will be awarded, at the judges’ discretion.

The winning images are published by CGAP and displayed online at www.cgap.org. They are included in a slideshow that will be shared with the industry for use at conferences. Winning images may be printed for exhibition in partnership with the World Bank and Citi. In addition to the opportunity to put their photos before the eyes of the world, winning photographers may receive the prizes listed below.

WHO: The CGAP Microfinance Photo Contest is open to all photographers at least 18 years of age, except the operational team of CGAP, the World Bank, and their immediate families.

WHAT: We are looking for original, striking images of the impact of microfinance around the world. These images may reflect the wide variety of microfinance and microenterprise development around the world, representing a range of products, institutions, and methodologies, and may touch on a broad range of social, economic, developmental, and technological issues. We encourage entries from all regions, in both rural and urban settings. Each photo submission must be accompanied by a brief description of the photo, including the place and country where the photo was taken, and how it tells the story of microfinance and reflects advances in access to finance.

All entries, whether submitted electronically or mailed or shipped, must be received by CGAP before noon EST September 14, 2009. CGAP will not be held responsible for mail that was not received. Receipt of packages cannot be acknowledged. Entries will not be returned.

HOW: A total of up to 20 photographs may be submitted per person. We prefer to receive digital entries by e-mail, but entries may be digital files, digital prints, color prints, or black-and-white prints.

http://www.cgap.org/p/site/c/template.rc/1.26.10901/



International Foundation for Science (IFS) Research Grant

Project proposals are welcome at the IFS Secretariat throughout the year. For administrative purposes, we have two application deadlines, 30 June and 31 December. However, we urge you not to wait until the deadline – please submit your application at least one month before. Applying earlier in the six-month cycle allows us to contact you for more information if needed.

To allow time for our comprehensive evaluation process, notification of the granting decision for applications that arrive at the Secretariat between January and June is made during January-February of the following year; notification of the granting decision for applications that arrive at the Secretariat between July and December is made during July-August of the following year.

A researcher may only submit one application at a time for consideration by IFS. The IFS Application Form Applications for IFS Research grants must be submitted using the standard IFS Application Form in English or French.

You can download the electronic version from http://www.ifs.se/Forms/list_of_all_ forms.asp.



Youthink! International Youth Day Essay Competition

International Youth Day was established by the UN in 1999, to raise awareness of the importance of youth participation and investing in youth. The theme of the day for 2009 is Sustainability: Our Challenge. Our Future.

Answer the question below in an essay of no more than 1000 words: “What are your tangible ideas for how youth can create effective, long-lasting change? How can youth in your country—or around the world—work together to really make a difference?”

The winner will receive an iPod Nano (4GB) and a Youthink! bag.

2 runners-up will each receive a Youthink! bag and a copy of the book “Change the World for Ten Bucks—a book of simple, everyday actions that we can all do”.

The deadline for submissions is August 12, 2009

Open to participants aged 16-25 (winners will need to provide proof of age)

http://youthinkblog.worldbank.org/youthink-international-youth-day-essay-competition



"Inspire and Educate" Competition

New Climate Change competition! FAO, WAGGGS, YPARD and Practical Action have joined forces to encourage young people to make an active contribution to our world. The “Inspire and Educate” Competition is being held as part of the educational initiative “Our World, Our Climate, Our Food”, our worldwide project designed to raise awareness on climate change, environment and food security issues. Be ready to take part of this fun and creative initiative and send us your best ideas.

The competition is divided in 3 sections: photo section, video section and climate change adaptation section.

http://www.fao.org/climatechange/54402/en/



Humanizing Development - Global Photography campaign

How do you see development? How can you portrait the human face of the development processes? How do you show that development initiatives and programmes improve the lives of people? This Global Photography Campaign aims to show examples of people winning the battle against poverty, social exclusion and marginalization. It is intended to raise awareness of the successes in the development process. The campaign is intended to counterbalance the frequently shown images of desolation and despair. A photo gallery will to be permanently located at IPC-IG office and open for public visitation. A series of photo exhibitions will also be organized in several cities around the world. Everyone can and is strongly encouraged to participate in this global effort and contribute with a photograph. Join us now in showing development through a different lens! Let’s promote and share successful development initiatives!

This campaign will enable people to contribute photographs related to a wide array of development situations. Everyone can contribute with a photograph: professional and non-professional photographers, students, civil society activists, government officials, UN staff members and so forth.

The campaign will be open for participation from 1 June to 1 October 2009. Photographs need to be sent through the online form given.

http://www.ipc-undp.org/photo/



Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) Small Grants Program

GYCA members have frequently expressed they have inadequate funding to implement their projects on the ground. Therefore GYCA is pleased to announce the partnership with the American Jewish World Servicehas continued and GYCA is currently launching the 2009 round of the Small Grants Program to help outstanding young leaders working on HIV to successfully implement projects in their communities!

Since the spring of 2008 American Jewish World Service supported GYCA’s Small Grants Program and made it possible for GYCA to assist ten young outstanding graduates of our e-courses to implement projects that address documented needs in their communities and to learn the basics of grant management and reporting. Projects included Awareness-Raising about HIV/AIDS Among Young Womenin Pakistan and Voluntary Counseling and Testing Campaign Project in a rural area in Rwanda among a number of other impressive initiatives. This partnership is continuing through 2009 and 2010 enabling GYCA to provide 10 more grants to outstanding young people.

In order to be considered for a grant you have to be a GYCA member and be 29 years old or younger. Further you must have: Completed at least one GYCA e-course, OR Completed a training equivalent to a GYCA’s e-course related to leading a project and planning/management. The duration of the course

must be at least two full days or longer, OR Have broad experience in leading a youth organization on HIV and AIDS issues.

Applications are open from 15 July until 14 August, 2009.

http://www.youthaidscoalition.org/page/smallgrants



Announcing the 2009 Asia Pacific Human Development Fellowships

There are two types of Fellowships: Media or Academic, both of which are directly or indirectly intended to support building of HD capacity among nationals from programme countries.

This year the theme for the Media Fellowship is ‘Gender’, linked to the forthcoming APHDR, which will contribute to dissemination. The theme for the Academic Fellowship is ‘Climate Change’ to encourage researchers to focus on the theme selected for the APHDR to follow Gender.

The theme for the APHDR following the one on gender has been revisited in light of global happenings. The decision is to do the next APHDR on climate change, which has the potential to thwart the achievements of the MDG and human development and increase inequality. The issues underlying social exclusion will continue to receive much attention through, for example, publications such as the global HDR on migration, the regional HDR on gender, and ongoing analysis of the social impact of the financial crisis.

We would be grateful if you could pass this information on to those individuals and institutions who you think would be interested in applying. Applications and queries should be sent to hdfellowships.rcc@undp.org. We look forward to applications from Ph.D. students and media professionals!

Please do encourage prospective applicants to submit applications by the deadline of September 1st, 2009.

The brochure with information on the fellowships is available at http://www2.undprcc.lk/about_us/fellowship.php



Internews Launches Competition for World’s Best Climate Change Reporting


Earth Journalism Awards to Culminate at Pivotal Copenhagen Conference Internews, the global media assistance organisation, opened the Earth Journalism Awards on World Environment Day, June 5, with a call to professional and citizen journalists around the world to enter their best reporting on climate change. Winners will be invited to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen this December, where they will cover these pivotal negotiations and be honoured at a high-profile awards ceremony.

Deadline: September 7, 2009 (12.00 pm, Paris-time, GMT+2).

Details of the awards are available at http://awards.earthjournalism.org.



7,700 Euros await winners - ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) invites photographers to zoom in on biodiversity

Calling all professional, amateur and student photographers! The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is now accepting entries to the First ASEAN-wide photo contest “Zooming in on Biodiversity”.

In partnership with the European Commission, ASEAN Member States, and the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication, the photo contest seeks to popularize the values of biodiversity through the medium of photography.

The contest will run until 30 August 2009 with a total of 7,700 Euros total prize at stake.

For contest details and mechanics, log on to www.aseanbiodiversity.org.


Children’s International Photography Contest Focuses Worldwide Lens On Biodiversity


Youngsters around the world are invited to enter the "See the Bigger Picture" photography contest by submitting images illustrating plants, animals or anything else that captures biodiversity to www.seethebiggerpicture.org. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., and will meet with renowned photojournalist Joel Sartore, a contest judge.

Entries must be received by Sept. 8, 2009.

"See the Bigger Picture" contest rules can be found on www.seethebiggerpicture.org as well as in the July and August issues of National Geographic magazine and in the June/July and August issues of National Geographic Kids magazine. In the United States the contest is open to kids ages 6-14, and internationally to kids ages 6-16.

The Development Gateway photo competition 2009

The Development Gateway photo competition is open to ALL photographers at least 13 years of age, except employees of Development Gateway and their immediate families. Your entry to the contest constitutes your agreement to allow your photograph, name, occupation, city and state of residence, to be published as the selected award winner; published or used on the Web sites; and used for the promotion of Development Gateway including, but not limited to, Web pages, brochures, fact sheets, and other materials. Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of their photographs. The Development Gateway shall have the right to verify, in its sole judgment, winner eligibility.

We are looking for compelling photographs of socio-economic development in developing countries. Four types of photographs will be accepted. 1) The images may show information and communications technologies. 2) The images may show people making something, selling wares, working in a field, constructing a building or type of infrastructure, or acquiring knowledge. 3) The images could be abstract images representing hope, the future, or capacity building. 4) The photographs may also include images of original artwork from a developing country. Please do not include photographs of groups of people posing.

Deadline for submitting entries is September 18, 2009.

http://www.dgfoundation.org/news-events/photo-contest.html



Plural+ Competition


Young people from around the world are warmly invited to participate in a video competition organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), on the theme of migration and diversity.

Youth around the world are invited to participate in a dynamic video festival organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with other international partners including the Anna Lindh Foundation, Baka Forum, Chinh India, the Royal Film Commission of Jordan, the Media That Matters Film Festival and UNICEF.

Recognizing youth as agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and ethnic and religious divisions, the PLURAL + video festival is aimed at involving youth in addressing questions on migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights and social cohesiveness wherever they be in the world.

The practical contributions of young people - whether they are migrants, 2nd generation immigrants or indeed non-migrants – in not just identifying constraints but also in promoting a climate of respect and appreciation for each other can help show the way forward in creating a more enlightened world.

Youth worldwide are invited to submit short videos on their thoughts, experiences, opinions, questions and suggestions on these issues and on promoting harmonious coexistence in diverse cultural and religious contexts.

Submissions will be open from 1 June to 30 September, 2009.

Full details on PLURAL http://www.unaoc.org/content/view/346/257/lang,en/



The World Forestry Institute (WFI) International Fellowship Program

The World Forestry Institute (WFI) Fellowship program brings professionals in natural resources to conduct a practical research project at the World Forestry Center. In addition to projects, fellows participate in weekly field trips, interviews and site visits to Northwest forestry organizations, research labs, universities, public and private timberlands, trade associations, mills and corporations. The Fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable forestry from the Pacific Northwest forestry sector and to work with colleagues from around the world.

Fellowships are open to all countries. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

http://wfi.worldforestry.org/fellowship-1.htm


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