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Inviting Startups to apply for the NINJA Business Plan Competition for COVID-19

Posted by | 22/07/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Inviting Startups to apply for the NINJA Business Plan Competition for COVID-19

NINJA Business Plan Competition

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the agency that coordinates official development assistance for the Japanese Government in developing countries, has announced the launch of the NINJA Business Plan Competition for businesses emerging during the COVID-19 outbreak. NINJA is short for Next Innovation with Japan; the project was launched this year.

The NINJA Business Plan Competition will target startups and organizations from 19 African countries (the details are described below). The application is open for startups/organizations in all sectors with a specific focus on emerging businesses in COVID-19-related fields including, but not limited to:

  1. Health: Online healthcare support; disease-testing solutions; medical data sharing and privacy protection solutions; distribution of drugs and medical equipment; IoT, including 3D printers, in the medical field
  2. Disaster management: Geo-tracking during disasters; emergency information dissemination
  3. Business services: Support for remote workers; efficient management/operation of online events
  4. Education sector: Remote learning support
  5. Food and agriculture: Efficient food/commodity distribution technology
  6. Finance: Contactless transactions/payment; lending/insurance services to SMEs and individuals
  7. Logistics: delivery service, urban mobility management
  8. Other: Substituting imported goods with local innovative technology

Note:

  • The proposal should introduce some level of innovation in terms of a business model, a new product or service that can be more actively used, and/or profitability in the current and post COVID-19 era.
  • Proposals should be as commercially-oriented as possible.
  • JICA shall cover the budget of the activities up to USD 30,000. The use of proceed will cover costs associated with the proposed activities including, 1) remuneration of staffs, 2) other expenses, and 3) indirect local tax.
  • JICA’s finance is not equity nor debt. However, successful applicants will be obliged to report the progress of their activities, by which JICA will make disbursement.
  • JICA shall establish an evaluation board with outside evaluators experts under strict confidentiality to evaluate proposals.

 

Eligibility Criteria
To take part in JICA’s NINJA Business Plan Competition, startups must:

  • Have their head office or a branch in one of the target countries.
  • Be a profit/non-profit organization registered as an independent legal entity. Proposals from individuals will not be considered.
  • Have a very strong management team of at least 2 people.
  • Have innovative product(s) or service(s) in response or adoptable to the Pandemic and post-Pandemic society OR have a feasible business plan to create prototypes (MVP).

 

Target Countries

  • Angola
  • Burkina Faso
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritius
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

 

Schedule

  1. Application deadline: Wednesday 29th July 2020 (First-come, first-reviewed base)
  2. Interview of selected startups: Mid-Late August 2020
  3. Final selection: September, 2020
  4. Contract with JICA: Around October 2020

 

Note: JICA will request the selected startups to be interviewed online to submit additional documents/a pitch deck if necessary.

 

Contract with JICA

  • When applying, each company is to submit a business plan with the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can be achieved within about 6 months.
  • Before the contract, JICA examines the details of the proposed activity and the validity of the budget (each expense item) and JICA may request the additional documents to determine the detailed activity in the contract.
  • After the contract is signed, startups/organizations must submit monthly reports about the KPIs to JICA. (The duration of the contract will be about 6 months.)
  • JICA will make payments based on the progress of the proposed activities and the submission of the progress reports and/or the expense report with receipt.
  • The payment schedule will be determined by JICA, and in principle, no advance payment at the commencement of the contract.

 

JICA’s consideration about the follow-up support related to this competition

  • A final competition among the successful applicants from each country
  • Matching events to connect the successful applicants with investors/business partners
  • Visit to Japan, as a part of investment/business matching

 

To apply for the NINJA Business Plan Competition, please click https://forms.gle/8E5RQuchUsU5P8Jt7

For any queries about the competition, please get in touch with us at the following email address: edgps@jica.go.jp

Click https://forms.gle/8E5RQuchUsU5P8Jt7 to apply!

Pan African University Scholarships: Masters & PHD

The Pan African University Scholarships is an initiative of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union. It is a Premier continental university network whose mission is to provide quality postgraduate education geared towards the achievement of a prosperous, integrated and peaceful Africa.

Young, qualified, talented and enterprising applicants from African countries and the African Diaspora are invited to apply to join Masters or PhD degree programmes at any of the following four PAU institutes listed below. Candidates with potential, motivation and who desire to play transformative leadership roles as academics, professionals, industrialists, innovators and entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to apply.

For Masters Programme Admissions

Candidates must satisfy the following conditions

Maximum age of 30 years for male and 35 years for female applicants
Undergraduate degree from a recognized university, with at least a second class upper division or its equivalent, in a relevant field;
Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts (from university and high school)
Passport or National I.D. card (personal details page)
Clear colored passport size photograph (2cmx2cm)
Detail CV
Recommendation letter from ONE of his/her former University lecturers
Names of 3 Reference University lecturers (with email adress and whatsapp number) (*Mandatory)

For Doctoral Programmes

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

Maximum age of 35 years for male and 40 years for female applicants;
A Master’s degree in a relevant field from PAU or any internationally recognized university;
Certified copies of relevant certificates, transcripts
Passport or National I.D. card (personal details page);
Clear colored passport size photograph (2cmx2cm);
Detail CV;
Recommendation letters from 2 Professors;
A 3 to 4 page Research Concept Note (tentaive title, research questions, objectives, significance of the research etc…);
Names of 3 Reference University Teachers (with email adress and whatsapp number);(Mandatory);

In addition to these requirements above:

  • Candidates may be required to undergo a written/oral examination after pre-   selection.
  • Candidates for the Master in Conference Interpreting and Translation programmes are required to have excellent knowledge of at least two of the African Union’s official languages (Arabic, English, French and Portuguese).

Please click on this link to apply

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Young Professional Development Program at OPEC Fund for International Development

Young Professional Development Program

The OPEC Fund’s Young Professional Development Program (YPDP) is a structured two-year program designed to prepare young professionals from the OPEC Fund’s member countries for a career in global development.

We are currently seeking applicants with a passion for and commitment to international development who demonstrate academic excellence and relevant professional experience.

We especially want to hear from those with the drive and ambition to help developing countries address their most pressing challenges in the quest for social, environmental and economic progress.

What does the YPDP offer?

In short, the YPDP offers training, coaching and mentoring, the opportunity to experience different departments and access to professional networks. The program equips young professionals with the skills and knowledge to meet the minimum requirements for an entry-level position with the OPEC Fund.

The YPDP will enable young professionals to develop an appreciation of how different departments / units contribute to the OPEC Fund’s overall strategic and operational goals. Under the structured talent management program, participants will have the opportunity to contribute to achieving the OPEC Fund’s vision of a world where sustainable development is a reality for all.

YPDP participants spend at least 50 percent of the program in a ‘home’ departement / unit and rotate to other departements for the remainde of their time. This enables participants to broaden their experience and benefit from differing coaching and mentoring styles, while building their professional network.

After participants have successfully completed the two-year program, they may be offered a job at the OPEC Fund, based on their performance and the business need.

Eligibility

To be selected for the YPDP program, applicants must:

  • be an OPEC Fund member country national;
  • be 30 years of age, or younger;
  • hold a Master’s degree;
  • be able to demonstrate outstanding academic credentials;
  • be fluent in English and proficient in at least one other language;
  • specialize in development, engineering, economics, finance, business administration, law, information technology, human resources or any other discipline relevant to the OPEC Fund’s operations;
  • be able to work in an international, multicultural and diverse environment;
  • understand the OPEC Fund’s mandate; and
  • be willing to work with the OPEC Fund in Vienna for a minimum of two years upon completion of the YPDP, if offered a position.

Application process

Deadline for applications

The deadline for applications is September 21, 2020. Successful applicants are chosen following a rigorous selection process. Those offered a place on the YPDP are expected to respond within two weeks.

To apply, candidates must submit:

  • A YPDP online application form
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • An application essay (in Word or PDF format)
  • Academic certificates and transcripts.

Important considerations

  • Please ensure you meet the minimum eligibility criteria, outlined above;
  • Please submit the application essay and transcripts under the ‘Additional Documents’ section in the application form;
  • Please submit a valid and current email address. Email us at ypdp@ofid.org with new contact details should they change during the application process;
  • Answer all the questions in the application form; and
  • Please ensure that your application essay adheres to the below guidelines.

Application essay

The OPEC Fund works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world.

It does this by providing financing to build essential infrastructure, strengthen social services and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade.

The OPEC Fund’s work is people-centered, focusing on projects that meet basic needs – such as food, energy, infrastructure, employment (particularly relating to MSMEs), clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education.

In fewer than 1,000 words, please write an original essay addressing
(i) the potential of development actors such as the OPEC Fund to help developing countries overcome obstacles to social, environmental and economic progress, and
(ii) about how you would hope to contribute to development if you were selected to work for the OPEC Fund.

You may focus on a region or set of countries and / or your area of expertise to formulate your essay.

Please remember, the OPEC Fund will only consider applications from candidates who meet the above criteria and submit an official online application before the deadline of September 21, 2020.

Also, please note that we will only reach out to short-listed candidates.

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African Changemakers Mentorship Online Program 2020

Posted by | 02/07/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020, Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

African Changemakers Mentorship Online Program 2020

African Changemakers

African ChangeMakers Mentorship program serves as a platform for emerging youth, women, men, teen boys and girls to learn, share, collaborate through mentoring.

We do not believe in one-size fits-all approach, we acknowledge the various specific needs of youth, women, men, teen boys and girls through investing in education, leadership development and life-skills that’s critical in strengthening the vital roles youth, women, men, teen boys and girls can play in building a stronger Africa community, career and business.

African Changemakers Mentorship (#ACMentorship) close the gap of self-development with our powerful support network at every level in life for emerging youth, women, men, teen boys and girls from every background by connecting them to established, skilled, expert and professional’s women and men from different sectors both local or global for knowledge transfer/sharing, solutions-to-problems, self-development, open doors of opportunities and empowerment of a new generation of African leaders.

African Changemakers Mentorship (#ACMentorship) makes a difference in the lives emerging youth, women, men, teen boys and girls by sharpening mindset, developing local and global views, human empathy, leadership, civic engagement and entrepreneurial skills for both personal and career development.

African Changemakers Mentorship program is very flexible with everyone put at the heart of the program development, as we are creating a sense of urgency in youth to step-up to leadership roles in their communities and at the global stage through African ChangeMakers Mentorship program.

As A Mentor: African Changemakers is challenging you to step-up your game in every areas of your life skills, expertise and experience to supercharge your ability and double your efforts to mentor others (youth, women,men, teen boys & girls) in your community, somebody, somewhere helped you and open doors of opportunity for you to get to where you are in life. Why not “PAY IT FORWARD” to others? 

As A Mentee: African Changemakers is challenging you to step-up your game and double your efforts beyond in every areas of your life that needs development and improvement by connecting with a mentor at ACMentorship events (either online or face-to-face event) to learn skills, expertise and experience from mentors in your community/country.

Only completed application will be accepted and processed.
African ChangeMakers Online Mentorship Program Application for Cohort 2, 2020.
    The application opens June 1, 2020.
    The application close July 29, 2020.
    Selected Applicants Notification: October 2020.
    African ChangeMakers Mentorship Program Duration: October – November, 2020
ELIGIBILITY
  •     18 – 23 years old
  •     A citizen from any of the 54 African countries.
  •     Training is in English Language – can read and speak in English.
  •     Have access to internet,data, computer, laptop or mobile device to connect to online program.
  •     Able to commit a full 3 hours a week to the program.
  •     Passionate about developing your career and professional skills.
  •     Passionate about using your skills to make positive impact in your community and businesses.
  •     Interested in leadership and innovation for Africa sustainable development.
  •     Can demonstrate leadership and collaborative skills with people.
  •     Can demonstrate initiative, self-direction, and a “can-do” attitude.
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AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens

Posted by | 02/07/2020 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020, Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020

AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens

AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens

Solving Global Crises Requires Young Global Citizens | Deadline for Applications: 28 July

Pandemic. Climate crisis. The need for young global citizens has never been greater. They are driving the changes urgently required to address and solve our shared challenges.

This annual AFS Prize will recognize one extraordinary young person for their commitment to improving the global community with a US$10,000 cash prize, participation at the AFS Global Conference, international recognition and membership in the AFS community of young and active global citizens.

Applications for the 2020 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens are welcome until 28 July 2020.

Who can win this prize?

The AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens will recognize one young person for their commitment to improving the global community and whose actions contribute to a more just, peaceful, and tolerant world.

The Prize will be awarded to an individual who:

  • Is no older than 30 years old by October 22, 2020.
  • Is in charge of a project that is currently running or has been completed between January 2018 and January 2020. Both must have already demonstrated success in achieving their stated goals.
  • Demonstrates how their project is successfully addressing a pressing global issue, tackling one or more of the challenges outlined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and what this translates into in real-life impacts.
  • Shows how their project successfully engages others outside their own community/culture and how this aspect is crucial to advancing their work. Projects must rely on intercultural understanding and global competence.
  • Articulates how their initiative has significant potential to be scaled up and extended.#

2019 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens Winner

Luisa Fernanda Romero Munoz, co-founder of Get Up And Go Colombia, won the first-ever AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens in 2019 for advancing peacebuilding in her home country by converting former Colombian armed conflict zones into cultural tourism destinations.

This work directly addresses UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG #1: No Poverty.

Get Up And Go Colombia has impacted more than 20,000 people by helping residents develop transferable employment skills by learning English and working as tour guides, and supporting local businesses.

Get Up and Go Columbia partners with government agencies reintegrating former combatants and providing support services for victims of the armed conflict.

Candidates who fit the criteria can apply for the 2020 AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens by filling in the application form and submitting it before the deadline. Only one application (focused on one project) per person will be considered.

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