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CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT MATTERS: NIGERIA SUDDEN OPPORTUNITY GRANT

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Call For Proposals

Are you concerned about the low level of citizens’ influence in governance processes in Nigeria? Do you wish to undertake a collective action to reverse the trend of a shrinking civic space affecting the freedoms of assembly, speech and association? Do you wish to challenge the direction of unfair practices in society affecting the most marginalised and discriminated groups in Nigeria? Is there a national opportunity for strategic advocacy and/or litigation, peaceful offline protests, or coordination of CSOs for collective action that can lead to change in policy/laws, or a shift in public attitudes and practices?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then consider applying for this Sudden Opportunity Grant to demonstrate that meaningful citizen engagement matters! This grant is available from Euro 5,000 to Euro 200,000 for an intervention that will last between 6 and 12 months.

What do we wish to fund?

Collective action that will impact at least one or more of the below rightsholder groups;

  • Women facing exploitation, abuse and/or violence,
  • People with Disabilities,
  • Age discriminated (youth and elderly),
  • Indigenous People and Ethnic Minorities.

Voice has a strong preference for projects that intend to work with more than one of the above rightsholder groups to address overlapping vulnerabilities.

Additionally, Voice is about diversity and inclusion. This means that all applicants are expected to be able to interact with and learn from a diverse group of people coming from different backgrounds, orientations, and experiences. Interested applicants must be willing to work in and with a diverse community, which includes representatives from all of the Voice rightsholder groups.

Your project needs to focus on any or all of the following themes:

  • Improved access to (productive) resources such as land and/or employment
  • Improved access to social services, particularly health and education, and
  • Fostering space for political participation and citizen engagement.
Who do we wish to fund?

Applications are being accepted from a coalition, network or consortia with participation of human rights defenders, private institutions and companies, journalists, bloggers, NGOs and self-interested individuals or intellectuals who jointly and collectively seek the promotion and protection of civil and political rights of Voice rightsholder groups. It is important to note that the lead applicant must be a locally registered Nigerian organisation.

Application deadline: December 31, 2019.

For Further information on eligibility and how to apply, visit https://voice.global

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Just Imagine If… 2020 Competition

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Do you have an innovative idea for a world-changing enterprise? Enter the JUST IMAGINE IF… 2020 competition for a chance to turn your idea into reality.

ABOUT

just IMAGINE if… is an annual international social enterprise and innovation competition, hosted by Durham University and Ella’s Kitchen founder, Paul Lindley.

The competition is open to anyone across the global who has a business idea which tackles at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. just IMAGINE if… exists to drive social, economic and environmental change in the world by helping little ideas become big impact realities.

Ten shortlisted finalists will present their business idea in front of a panel of expert business leaders at the March 2020 final in Durham.

THE PRIZE

Each finalist will receive mentoring from a leading businessperson and professional pitch training from One Young World to perfect their presentation ahead of the event, and will attend a bespoke course at Durham Business School.

The winner will receive bespoke research support worth over £75,000 from Durham University, plus invaluable bespoke support from key business partners.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants will need to submit a video and written document which will be judged by a panel of judges. Applicants will need to:

  • Demonstrate a clear vision of how the business idea will work and its viability.
  • Provide a clear explanation as to the sustainability and scalability of the business idea.
  • Provide a definition of which of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals the idea aims to tackle and how.
  • Explain the impact that winning the research prize will make on your ability to develop your business idea.

Learn more and apply below. Any questions, email info@justimagineif.co.uk.

APPLY

DEADLINE: 2 FEBRUARY 2020

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2020 AL-SUMAIT PRIZE FOR EDUCATION

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Administered by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and a Board of Trustees, the annual Al-Sumait Prize honors individuals or institutions who have through their work or research made significant advances in the fields of food security, health and education in Africa.

The prize is awarded annually within one of three fields – Food Security, Health and Education – and has a value of $1,000,000 (One million US dollars).

The Prize is to be awarded to individuals or institutions who through their research projects or initiatives have made significant advancement within one or more of the following areas (or other related fields):

  • Improving people’s access to basic education, vocational & training programs and/or higher education.
  • Improving literacy among all members of society.
  • Decreasing the dependence of children’s education on the socio-economic status of their parents.

Conditions and requirements:

  1. The nominated candidates’ research work or projects and initiatives must be innovative and must have achieved high-impact in line with international standards for the prize.
  2. The submitted work must be of paramount importance in promoting significant economic, social, human resources and infrastructure development in the African continent within the announced field of the prize. Submitted research work of a nominated candidate should be composed of studies and applied research, published in peer-reviewed journals and recognized at a global level within the announced field. The research outcome needs to have been applied after publication in African countries within the past ten years. Adequate supporting evidence needs to be provided including collaboration with African and international NGOs and institutions.
  3. Nominations are to be accepted from institutions and scientific centers (universities, institutes, and centers of scientific research) as well as from competent regional or international and UN organizations and awards and former winners in the field of the prize or former evaluation members. Self nominations are not acceptable
  4. All submissions must be submitted in English. If the work is carried out in other working UN languages, a comprehensive summary of the nominated work in English must be submitted.
  5. Fill in the prize application form and send it along with the scientific production works electronically in PDF format via CD, DVD, Flash Memory or via the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) Prizes Office email alsumaitprize@kfas.org.kw The nomination form can be obtained from the http://www.alsumaitprize.org/nominations/. Applications are addressed to the Director General of the foundation.
  6. The application and submitted works must be received before 30/06/2020
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