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Apply for the 2020 Local Pathways Fellowship for Young Urban Leaders

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Young urban leaders can now apply for the 2020 cohort of the Local Pathways Fellowship Program. The launch of call for applications was announced by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth).

The Local Pathways Fellowship is one of the world’s leading training and research programs on SDG11 for young urban leaders. It offers the knowledge, resources, and platform needed to empower young urban innovators to take local actions for the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda in their localities by: 

  • Guiding and informing their advocacy and outreach work;

  • Providing them with a framework for engagement with local stakeholders;  

  • Facilitating mutual learning and exchange of urban solutions; and

  • Supporting their efforts to promote local understanding, dialogue and problem-solving for sustainable development.

Calling on Young Urban Leaders

Each year, the Local Pathways Fellowship brings together a network of more than sixty young thought leaders, urban planners, sustainability practitioners, researchers, and innovators. Selected from more than fifty cities across the world, these individuals work to advance local dialogue, collaboration, and problem solving around Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11). The aim of their work is to make cities and urban settlements “smart, fair and sustainable”.

The Local Pathways 2020 cohort is expanding to a hundred cities and has redesigned its curriculum to help fellows develop skills that will be in high demand in 2020. 

Application Process

Local Pathways Fellowship welcomes young applicants across the globe, passionate about sustainable urban development. Requirements for the applicants:

  • Be between 18 and 30 years old (exceptions may apply);

  • Be based in the same city throughout the Fellowship (January to November 2020);

  • Demonstrated commitment to working toward urban sustainable development;

  • A minimum of one year of professional or academic experience in development practice, urban planning, community engagement, and advocacy, or similar.

The 2020 Local Pathways Fellowship application period opens on November 1, 2019, and runs until December 15th, 2019. The selected fellows will be notified on January 25th, 2020.

Applications and additional information are available at www.localpathways.org.

 

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5 Reasons To Invest in Money Market Fund While Young

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At several points in a young individual’s life there can be times you have money you don’t know what to do with. In many situations, the money ends up spent rather than invested. Rather than go on a spending spree anytime you have with “free cash”, it would be wiser to look at easy ways to get guaranteed returns on investing the money.  One way of investing is money market fund.
 
 
In Nigeria, a typical money market fund gives an individual exposure to several highly liquid, low-risk investment. Examples include treasury bills, bonds, commercial papers,repurchase agreements and Certificate of Deposits.
 
Here are 5 reasons to invest in Money Market Funds:
 
  • You run very little risk of losing your money in securities like bonds and treasury bills. As they are issued by the Federal Government, your money is safe
  • Your investment is very liquid. This means you can convert it to cash on short notice with any accrued profits for that period. For certificates of deposit, you can cash out anytime you need to, however, you may incur penalties
  • The investment return arrangement of money market funds makes for an attractive investment. The earn rate of money market fund is higher than inflation rate by design and is better than a savings account
  • Investments in money market fund is possible with little amounts of money. Minimum investment amount varies per mutual fund manager chosen
  • Investing in money market fund is an easy and convenient way to start to learn about investments and financial literacy
 
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Africa-UK: Female Tech Founders 2020 Applications(Funding available)

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Applications are open for fast rising female entrepreneurs based in Nigeria, Kenya or South Africa. Launched by the International Tech Hub Network, the Africa-UK: Female Tech Founders 2020 is a programme for female entrepreneurs using tech to solve a local development challenge.

The programme will bring 15 of the continent’s most ambitious development-focused women entrepreneurs to the UK in January. 

Programme details:

Across a three day tailored programme (20 – 22 January), participants will benefit from masterclasses, events and workshops designed to provide in-depth training on how to scale and grow their business, expand into the UK, and how best to position their purpose-driven organisations. Participants will discover the UK’s thriving tech ecosystem, exploring new opportunities for global partnerships and increased investment through peer-to-peer networking.

The agenda will include: 

  • Training session led by successful female tech leaders sharing their funding journey
  • Masterclass event covering: protecting IP and raising offshore funding; accessing finance; scaling a purpose driven social impact business; protecting customers’ data
  • Roundtable with GEP alumni addressing scaling successfully in the UK
  • Tailored mentoring event with UK startups, including female founders
  • Innovation tour of co-working spaces, including Google Campus
  • Networking dinner with UK and African entrepreneurs

Activities will be delivered by UK tech experts and the Department for International Trade’s Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP) Dealmakers and alumni, including prominent female tech leaders. 

The programme will be delivered alongside the Africa Investment Summit, taking place in London on 20 January. Winners are expected to be able to attend the Summit.

Five founders from each country will be selected to join the delegation to the UK in January 2020. 

Application deadline is 21 November 5pm (GMT).

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