Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

KNUST Waste-to-Energy Postgraduate Research Scholarship 2021 for African Students

KNUST Waste-to-Energy Postgraduate Research Scholarship 2021

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi; School of Graduate Studies and the Brew Hammond Energy Centre, College of Engineering

Application Deadline: 31st August, 2020.

About the Award: The Brew Hammond Energy Centre, College of Engineering, KNUST has received funding from the ‘Hybrid Waste to Energy as a Sustainable Solution for Ghana’ project to train postgraduate students in any of the following thematic areas: Optimization of anaerobic digestion of municipal solid waste and Pyrolysis of waste. This project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and research (BMBF), aimed at developing tailor-made solutions to tackle the problem of waste management as well as power management in Ghana.

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the following limited funding MPhil degree programmes at the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Department of Chemistry.

Eligible Field(s):

  1. MPhil Agro-Environmental Engineering
  2. MPhil Bioengineering
  3. MPhil Chemical Engineering
  4. MPhil Chemistry

Type: Masters

Eligibility:

  • Bachelor’s degree with First or Second Class (Upper Division), preferably in Agricultural & Biosystems / Bioresources Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, or related programmes.
  • Applicants must not be more than 40 years by 1st August, 2020.

To be Taken at (Country): Ghana

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: The funding is expected to cover Tuition Fees, Accommodation and Research Grant. Payment of stipend is not part of this scholarship.

 

Duration of Award: 2 years

How to Apply: Sale of E-Vouchers/Forms for admission is ongoing.

  1. Purchase e-Voucher for GHc250.00 at the following banks: GCB, CBG or ECOBANK or dial *447*160# on any network and follow the prompts.
  2. Upon payment of the application fee, candidates will receive an e-Voucher containing an application number and PIN that will grant access to the online admissions portal.
  3. Candidates should then proceed to online admissions website: (Here!) and begin the application process.
  4. Once the process has been completed, candidates MUST PRINT OUT 2 COPIES of the completed application form from the portal and submit them (by post) to the School of Graduate Studies together with:
  • Two passport sized photographs
  • Detailed CV and two letters of reference
  • Official transcripts and certificates of BSc degree
  • A letter of motivation (max. 2 pages) with the heading outlining why you want to study, what makes you well-suited to study in your chosen specialisation, current occupation, how the programme will fit into your professional vision, how your Ghana stands to benefit after your training.
  • A short concept note (max. 3 pages) outlining the justification, objectives, methodology and expected outcomes of a research idea.
  • To the following address:

The Secretary

School of Graduate Studies, KNUST

Kumasi-Ghana

 

ELECTRONIC COPIES of completed application forms and supporting documents MUST be sent to tec@knust.edu.gh for your application to be considered.

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American University Emerging Global Leadership Scholarship for International Undergraduate Students

American University Emerging Global Leadership

American University offers the AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship (AU EGLS) annually to one exceptional International Undergraduate Student.

Accepted Subject Areas: Courses offered by the university

Eligible Countries: International students

To be taken at (Institution)American University USA

About Scholarship: The AU EGL scholarship covers all billable AU expenses (full tuition, room and board) for one international student who will need a visa (preferably an F-1 or J-1 student visa) to study in the United States. The scholarship does not cover non-billable expenses such as mandatory health insurance, books, airline tickets and miscellaneous expenses (approximately U.S.$4,000 per year).

The AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship promotes educational access and opportunity while enhancing international diversity. Bringing together the best of AU — academic excellence, leadership development, and global engagement — the AU Emerging Global Leader achieves, inspires, and serves with vision. The AU EGL is dedicated to positive civic and social change, and to returning home to improve under-resourced, underserved communities in his/her home country

Selection Criteria: The most competitive applicants should have:

  • A minimum 3.8 GPA equivalent (or in the top 10 percent of graduating class) for 9th-12th grades
  • A demonstrated commitment to service and advancing the needs of people in their home country
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, with a minimum 90 TOEFL iBT (with no subscore lower than 20) or 7.0 IELTS or 600 paper-based TOEFL (or above).
  • Demonstrated leadership, volunteerism and community service

Who is qualified to apply? AU EGLS applicants must apply Regular Decision for fall (August) 2021. Do not apply Early Decision (ED).

Preference will be given to:

  1. International students who have overcome various obstacles and challenges as well as those from diverse and underrepresented global and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  2. A minimum 3.8 GPA equivalent out of 4.0 GPA (or in the top 10% of graduating class) for 9th-12th grades.
  3. A demonstrated commitment to leadership, volunteerism, community service and to advancing the needs of people in their home country.
  4. Students with one of the following:
    1. 95+ TOEFL iBT (all subscores must be 20 or above)
    2. 7.0+ IELTS (all subscores must be 6.0 or above)
    3. 600+ paper-based TOEFL (taken on or prior to May 31, 2017)
    4. Sub-scores of 24+ on the paper-based TOEFL (Taken after May 31, 2017)
  5. Students who are still enrolled in secondary/high school and graduating by June 2020.
  6. Important: Students in the IB system should plan to graduate with a full IB diploma with at least 3 HL subjects. Students studying in the British A-Levels system must complete at least 3 A levels and finish 13 years of study before August 2020.

The AU EGLS selection process is most competitive. Priority consideration will be given to those AU EGLS applicants who apply and complete the AU EGLS application, Common or Coalition Application, and international admissions process by December 15, 2020

Number of scholarship: One

What are the benefits? The scholarship provides everything from full tuition, fees, room and board for one first-year (freshman) high-achieving international student

Duration: It is renewable for a total of four years of undergraduate study, based on continued satisfactory academic performance.

How to Apply: Priority consideration will be given to those AU EGLS applicants who apply and complete the AU EGLS application, Common or Coalition Application, and international admissions process by December 15, 2020.

To apply to the AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship, simply complete the online application from the link below.

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Rural youth employment opportunities for Agribusiness Hubs at IFAD

Youth employment opportunities

This call for proposals is to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive a four-year IFAD grant financing to implement the project: Rural youth employment opportunities: Support to integrated agribusiness hubs initiative, for a total amount of up to US$3.5 million.

The recipient can be an inter-governmental and governmental organizations, TVET and business development institutions, a civil society organization (including NGOs), an academic/research institution or a private sector entity. In the case of a consortium, an organization can join more than one consortium but can be leading only in one of them. The recipient must demonstrate a strong focus, experience and expertise in working on youth employment in rural settings.

  • This grant programme will be implemented in around eight countries in Africa. However, as part of a phased approach, this current call for proposals is focused on three countries (Mozambique, Kenya and Cameroon) of the entire programme with a set limit on funding (US$3.5 million) for all three hubs.
  • The applicant(s) may: (a) apply independently or as a consortium. Although, it is highly encouraged to apply through a consortia given the nature of the grant and (b) apply to deliver on one hubs OR more of the hubs to deliver the work.

The selected organization or consortium must have:

  • Ability to provide shared facilities and equipment alongside business development, market access, technology transfer and linkage to services (such as financial services) that are backstopped through mentorship and networking
  • Readiness to facilitate a holistic and proactive process focussed upon early-stage development of agribusiness growth and train on key technical/business skills along entire value chains, leading to enterprise start-up/or entry into food chain labour markets
  • Willingness to interact and constructively engage with the larger farming community
  • Flexibility in developing mentorship modules of the main ingredients of integrated agribusiness hubs and above all, post-mentorship support services, e.g. setting up support services for mentored agri-preneurs, as well as incentives, prizes and recognition systems; be inclusive and able to create relevant strategic partnerships to create service/market deals and/or financing linkages for youth entrepreneurs with relevant stakeholders (e.g. the private sector and the government)
  • Business continuity to implement the project in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Financial management of the grant, including the capacity to receive, record, monitor and report on multiple sources of grant funding in line with IFAD requirements.

While no upper limit is set, the applicant must ensure a minimum counterpart contribution of US$150,000.

How to submit a proposal:

  1. Prepare a project proposal that should be submitted using the IFAD Grant Design Document template with a detailed budget using the activity based budget table. The proposal must be aligned with the Grant Concept Note and Project Description provided. Please read the Letter of Invitation, Grant Concept Note and Project Description for further explanation.
  2. Submit a completed Bidders’ self-certification of eligibility for IFAD grant financing.
  3. Submit a brief institutional profile, detailing experience in the priority area and specific theme outlined in the Grant Concept Note, and in the region/country(ies) where the grant would be implemented.

Deadline to receive proposals is 17 August 2020, 23:59 CEST.

Proposals submitted after this deadline will be considered ineligible.

All proposals and communications should be submitted via email to:

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Participation of PWDs in Humanitarian Action Funding Opportunity

Participation of PWDs in Humanitarian Action

The humanitarian sector has long acknowledged that the participation of people affected by crises (PWDs) in all stages of humanitarian programming can improve accountability and the quality of humanitarian assistance, as well as strengthen the resilience and capacity of those affected (ALNAP, 2003).

Despite lots of policies and guidance that echo the need for participation of people PWDs in Humanitarian Action, there has been slow progress in mainstreaming such practices in humanitarian settings. Where participation does take place it often builds on pre-existing structures and representatives which may exclude the most marginalised and vulnerable, such as older people and people with disabilities.

THE PROBLEM

Although available data on disability is not comprehensive, global estimates suggest that around 15% of people in a given population will have some kind of disability. This may be substantially higher in humanitarian settings (WHO, 2011). Older age intersects significantly with disability as an estimated 46% of those over 60 have a disability (ADCAP, 2018).

Despite representing significant proportions of a given population, people with disabilities and older people are often excluded from decision-making in humanitarian programming. As a result, the rights, perspectives and agency of older people and people with disabilities are frequently overlooked, leaving them to be disproportionately affected by crises.

In recent years, there has been a renewed effort in moving beyond the rhetoric of participation and embedding it into humanitarian practice. Examples of this are the “Participation Revolution” workstream part of the Grand Bargain (2017), the participation commitment within the Core Humanitarian Standards and the Humanitarian Inclusion Standards for People with Disabilities and Older People (2018). Yet examples of mechanisms that enable the meaningful participation of older people and people with disabilities in humanitarian programming, as well as evidence around their effectiveness, remain rare in the sector (HIF Gap Analysis, 2020).

The lack of inclusive mechanisms for participation means that people with disabilities and older people often face a range of barriers to participating in decision-making for programmes and activities that directly affect them. Representative organisations such as organisations for people with disabilities (OPDs) and older people’s organisations (OPAs) are also often left out of discussions where their voice and expertise could contribute to the development and implementation of more inclusive programmes.

To enable the sustainable mainstreaming of any inclusive mechanisms for participation, they will need to be backed up by evidence of their effectiveness. However, there are currently few approaches, metrics and tools on how to assess the effectiveness of such participation mechanisms. Our Gap Analysis found that there is a lack of documented evidence on the impacts and outcomes of increased participation of people with disabilities and older people in decision making. There is also a need for increased understanding of the effectiveness of OPDs in enabling meaningful participation.

We are looking for innovative mechanisms to increase the meaningful participation of people with disabilities and older people in humanitarian action, and innovative ways of assessing the effectiveness of these mechanisms.

Projects will be at the Invention or Adaptation stage of humanitarian innovation. Projects at the Invention stage will generate ideas and develop a prototype for early-stage testing. Those at the Adaptation stage will match an existing solution to a new problem and context.

The handbook of the challenge can be downloaded here

Read more on Frequently asked questions and further application instructions via this page

Norad RFP for Combating Modern Slavery Through Civil Society

Norad RFP for Combating Modern Slavery

Norad invites civil society organisations to submit proposals for projects combating modern slavery for the period 2020/2021-2023.
  • See the full call in MFA/Norad’s Grants Portal.
  • The application deadline is 1 October 2020 at 13:00 CEST.
  • Norad aims to complete the assessment of applications in early 2021.

General Information

The call for proposals Combating Modern Slavery Through Civil Society is a component of Norway’s Development Programme to End Modern Slavery, which will be published shortly. The programme’s main objective is to reduce the prevalence and scope of modern slavery in selected partner countries and sectors and with three related outcomes (see below).

This aligns well with Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and end child labour.

The target of Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 is to “take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labourend modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms”.

Combating modern slavery contributes to ensuring that the most vulnerable are not excluded from development, in line with the leave no one behind principle.

Civil society actors play pivotal roles at both a country level and internationally in monitoring and holding authorities and businesses accountable and challenging power structures. Futhermore, they set the agenda and develop policy, and bring people together around a common agenda, in order to prevent and end modern slavery. Additionally, civil society plays a role in delivering services to marginalised and discriminated groups and individuals. The rehabilitation of survivors of modern slavery is one example.

This call for proposals provides up to NOK 190 million in funding for the period 2020/2021-2023. The call is to support civil society organisations’ work within this thematic area over a project period of up to four years. Only organisations who have an ongoing grant agreement with Norad may apply for projects starting from 2020. Other applicants may apply for projects starting from 2021.

Objectives and Target Groups

The call for proposals will contribute to achieving the overall vision of ending all forms of modern slavery. The planned impact is that the prevalence and scope of modern slavery in selected partner countries and sectors is reduced. There are three related outcomes that contribute to the impact:

  • Outcome 1: Governments have implemented efforts to prevent, identify and address modern slavery, and to protect vulnerable groups and survivors.
  • Outcome 2: The corporate sector has implemented efforts to prevent, identify and address human trafficking and forced labour, including the worst forms of child labour, in their company operations and supply chains.
  • Outcome 3: Vulnerable individuals and groups are resilient in the face of recruitment to modern slavery.

The prioritised target groups include the most vulnerable in society that are easy targets for recruitment into modern slavery, and the survivors of slavery-related situations.

Women and girls are in many places particularly vulnerable to recruitment into slavery. The gender dimension must be addressed in all efforts under this grant scheme.

Children make up approximately 25 per cent of all survivors/victims of modern slavery. The particular vulnerability of children must be addressed explicitly in the supported efforts.

Country and Sector Priorities

The targeted countries under this call for proposals should be in Sub-Saharan Africa and among the Partner Countries in Norway’s Development Policy.

Given the complexity and the risk involved in the efforts to end modern slavery, countries that are also pathfinder countries of Alliance 8.7, or that that have documented interest to become pathfinder countries, and therefore have expressed a political will to combat slavery, will also be prioritised.

Based on the above, the following countries in Sub-Saharan Africa will be prioritised under this call for proposals: Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi and Uganda. Applications covering other Sub-Saharan African countries may be considered if they demonstrate a particular contribution towards the stated impact and outcomes.

For sector-specific projects, this call for proposals will give priority to the agricultural sector. The agricultural sector is a high-risk sector for forced and child labour. 70 per cent of all child labour occurs within this sector, with the highest prevalence seen in Africa.

Forced labour and child labour are driven by poverty in agricultural areas, migration and a lack of alternative job opportunities. Climate change and conflict also influence working conditions in the agricultural sector.

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