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African Sexualities

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Perspectives on Emerging Powers in Africa: December 2011 newsletter

Deborah Brautigam provides an overview and description of China's development finance to Africa. "Looking at the nature of Chinese development aid - and non-aid - to Africa provides insights into China's strategic approach to outward investment and economic diplomacy, even if exact figures and strategies are not easily ascertained", she states as she describes China's provision of grants, zero-interest loans and concessional loans. Pambazuka Press recently released a publication titled India in Africa: Changing Geographies of Power, and Oliver Stuenkel provides his review of the book.
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Tanzania: The budget made easy with new online tool

2012-11-13, Issue 605

The Tanzanian Budget Explorer is an initiative to make information about the way the Treasury allocates taxpayers money more accessible: transparent, easy to understand and exciting to follow. Public access to information about how the government spends money in Tanzania is beginning to improve. When available in reports or budget books, however, this information often is too bulky and complex to grasp. It can be a time consuming job to understand, and many people simply don’t have time to invest in doing it.

Global: Communication and Media for Democracy and Governance

2012-10-02, Issue 599

The Soul Beat Africa Democracy and Governance website is an online space to support knowledge sharing and networking among people and organisations working on democracy and governance issues in Africa, with a particular focus on media and communication. The content consists of programme experiences, resource materials, research reports, events and trainings and covers the following areas: Media and Democracy and Governance; Freedom of Information; Civic Engagement; Anti-corruption; Conflict and Peace; Elections; Gender Empowerment; Rights and Justice; and Parliaments. To view this resource, go to http://www.comminit.com/governance-africa/category/sites/africa/democracy-and-governance-africa To subscribe to the Soul Beat and D & G e-newsletters, go to http://www.comminit.com/africa/user/register (select Democracy and Governance under Development Issue) or send an email to soulbeat@comminit.com

Call for Proposals

Open Society Foundation for South Africa

2012-09-18, Issue 597

The Open Society Foundation for South Africa is pleased to announce the third and final call for grant proposals for 2012. Applications can be made online or application forms downloaded. The deadline for applications is 5 October 2012. For more information, please refer to the application guidelines or email Helene@ct.osf.org.za

Africa: Right to know fact sheet

2012-07-25, Issue 595

A 'Right to Know, Right to Education' fact sheet has been made available by Idasa for parliamentarians. The brochure is intended to provide the necessary information to parliamentarians to advance the right to education and the right to information.

Global: Nominations open for 2013 David Kato Vision and Voice Award

2012-07-23, Issue 594

The David Kato Vision & Voice Award was launched to recognize those who are working to eliminate violence, stigma and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The award celebrates the life and work of human rights activist David Kato, who was murdered in his home in Kampala, Uganda on 26 January 2011. Maurice Tomlinson, an outspoken advocate for LGBTI rights in Jamaica, received the inaugural award in January 2012.

Africa: New and established African poets recognized by a new fund

2012-07-23, Issue 594

Kwame Dawes, Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, is pleased to announce the establishment of the African Poetry Book Fund. Starting in January 2014, the Series will publish four new titles by African poets each year. In addition, the Series will publish an anthology every few years representing themes, ideas and poets from across the African continent. Of the four books published, one will be a winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, and a second will be a new and selected volume by a major African poet. The winner of the Sillerman prize will also receive a $1000 in cash.

Global: Free Alliance Magazine subscriptions

2012-07-23, Issue 594

Alliance Magazine aims to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among philanthropists, social investors and others working for social change worldwide in order to maximize the impact of funding for social development. To help achieve this, Alliance offers free electronic subscriptions to those in countries not designated as high-income countries by the World Bank. Visit their website to find your country on an interactive map and to sign up.

Scholarship for students in financial need

2012-07-05, Issue 592

Through The MasterCard Foundation, students may apply for a scholarship that will cover the costs related to the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University (ASU) including: tuition; round trip airfare from the student’s home country to Phoenix, Arizona; housing; food; living expenses; and experiential learning abroad. A complete application for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at ASU is available at https://scholarships.asu.edu/scholarship/4112 Scholarship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 15 July 2012.

Call for proposals: Africa in the information society era

Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)

2012-07-09, Issue 592

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is calling for proposals for its new Multinational Working Group (GMT) on the theme of "Africa in the Information Society Era". The MWG is an important CODESRIA program aimed at promoting multinational and multidisciplinary reflections on issues affecting the African community of social science researchers. Each MWG will be led by two or three coordinators and will include a maximum of fifteen researchers. Two to three senior researchers will be selected as independent assessors and will also be resource persons during meetings of each Group. The average length of a MWG is two years during which all phases of the research process should be completed and final results prepared for publication in the CODESRIA Book Series.

Global: Resilient NGOs wanted

2012-06-21, Issue 590

This article gives some pointers for NGOs experiencing a funding crisis. 'In recent years, NGOs nationally have faced dire circumstances due to the reduction of funding by, or the exit of, key funders both local and international, inadequate funding and, in numerous cases, delayed disbursement of funds by the South African government. These funding shocks - financial challenges with deep negative impact - have resulted in many NGOs downsizing staff, services and branches, or closing altogether.'

Global: e-Atlas series makes it easy to visualize data on key issues

2012-06-17, Issue 589

To what extent is China investing in experimental research? Which African countries have the most out-of-school children? How have graduation rates for girls in Latin America changed over time? The new UNESCO eAtlas series provides users with a powerful new tool to visualize data on critical policymaking issues in the field of education as well as science and technology. The three subjects covered are research and experimental development, out-of-school children and gender equality in education - an online companion to the print edition of the World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education.

2012 Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing

CODESRIA

2012-06-17, Issue 589

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce its Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing for the year 2012. The grants serve as part of the Council’s contribution to the development of the s...

Africa: Wiki farming is live

2012-05-16, Issue 585

Based on the Wikipedia model, FarmAfriPedia is a platform for different stakeholders in the agricultural sector from the African continent to collectively learn and share from each other; and especially on issues pertaining to best farming practices using local content.

Global: Financing development after the financial crisis

2012-05-08, Issue 584

The faltering economies and tighter budgets of Europe and America, the traditional providers of development financing, have left organizations and communities wondering where the continued funding of their development projects will come from. In this special report on the Peace and Conflict Monitor website, veteran fundraiser and development guru Jürgen Carls reviews the remaining instruments and possibilities for north-south financing, and argues that the solution may be in a completely new approach to fundraising - an approach based on longer term relationships between funders and recipients, characterized by trust, openness, honesty, commitment, and international cooperation.

Request for proposals

African Peacebuilding Network Research Grants

2012-05-13, Issue 584

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) invites research grant applications from African researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners working on conflict and peacebuilding at universities and research institutions or regional governmental and non-governmental organizations in Africa.

Global: Marable's Malcolm X biography wins Pulitzer Prize

2012-04-22, Issue 581

To celebrate the fact that the late Manning Marable has been awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for history for his ground-breaking book, Malcolm X – a life of reinvention, Race & Class has made available for free the seminal articles that Professor Marable wrote on the politics of the black working class in the US. The free downloads are: - ‘Rethinking black liberation: towards a new protest paradigm’ (Race & Class Vol. 38 no. 4, 1997) - ‘The divided mind of Black America: race, ideology and politics in the post-Civil Rights era’, with Leith Mullings, (Race & Class Vol. 36 no. 1, 1994) - ‘Memory and militancy in transition: the 1993 march on Washington’ (Race & Class Vol. 35 no. 3, 1994).

Regional Research grants on Global Health Diplomacy

Call for Applicants, Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET)

2012-03-29, Issue 579

This call is for applicants for grants for policy research into global health diplomacy , and particularly in relation to the manner in which African interests around equitable health systems are being advanced through health diplomacy.

East Africa Philanthropy Awards

Call for nominations

2012-03-30, Issue 579

The East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG) is elated to announce the call for nominations for the inaugural East Africa Philanthropy Awards (EAPA) 2012. Launched in 2011, the Awards seek to identify, recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations to strategic social development and to the growth of the philanthropic movement in East Africa.

The Africa/Asia/Latin America scholarly collaborative program

Research grants call for applications 2012

2012-03-26, Issue 578

The Collaborative Tri-continental Program was launched in 2005 by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) with the purpose of carrying out high quality social science research and enhancing the production of knowledge suitable for fostering southern perspectives on critical issues, and feeding these into global debates. The Program includes an annual South-South summer institute, research conferences, and grants for advanced research. The research grants are intended to promote collaboration among researchers from the South and to stimulate analytical empirical studies on topics of relevance for their regions and for the Global South.

Egypt: A biographical history of the Egyptian revolution

2012-03-21, Issue 578

Students at the American University in Cairo have created a biographical history of the Egyptian revolution. Many of the personalities profiled are not widely known in the Western press, but have been important in the evolution of events in Egypt.

Global: Gender equality in journalism

2012-03-15, Issue 576

This handbook is a timely, illustrated and easy-to-read guide and resource material for journalists. It evolved primarily out of a desire to equip all journalists with more information and understanding of gender issues in their work. It is addressed to media organisations, professional associations and journalists’ unions seeking to contribute to the goal of gender equality.

Global: Alternatives to privatisation

2012-03-07, Issue 574

The Municipal Services Project, which explores alternatives to privatisation, has a new website which is well worth a visit. It has links to publications, blog posts and a twitter feed.

Global: How institutional philanthropy can support the occupy movement

2012-03-05, Issue 572

Can institutional philanthropy - foundations established by the very wealthy and capitalized by investments in the stock market, hedge funds, and offshore investments - support a movement that challenges the very capitalist economic system that sustains it?

Global: Events listing at farmlandgrab.org

2012-02-27, Issue 571

www.farmlandgrab.org has launched an 'events' listing. This listing -http://farmlandgrab.org/events - allows you to publish and browse short notices about events related to land grabbing and what people are doing about it. These may be investor summits, film screenings, mobilisations, rallies, conferences, workshops, fact-finding missions or other. 'We hope this new feature will be particularly useful to activists and social movements who are struggling to stop land grabbing all over the world.'

CODESRIA: 2012 Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing

Call for Applications

2012-02-13, Issue 569

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce its Small Grants Programme for Thesis Writing for the year 2012. The grants serve as part of the Council’s contribution to the development of the s...

South Africa: Publishers invitation programme to the Cape Town Book Fair

2012-02-12, Issue 569

The Goethe-Institut, in co-operation with the Cape Town Book Fair and APNET, is once again offering an invitation programme for publishers from sub-Saharan African countries. The aim of this initiative is to support the participation of publishing ho...

OSIWA 2012 Call for Proposals

Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)

2012-01-26, Issue 567

OSIWA calls for proposals that seek to: 1. Foster building of strong governance institutions, processes and structures that are transparent, accountable and intolerant of impunity; 2. Build the capacity of civil society organizations and increase c...

Egypt: The timeline of a one-year old revolution

2012-01-26, Issue 567

Wednesday 25 January marked the one-year anniversary since the beginning of 18 days of protests that ousted the previous regime of Hosni Mubarak. Since that day, Egypt remains struggling to see the revolution succeed. Website [url=http://www.bikyamas...

Africa: Award encourages female scientists in developing world

2012-01-18, Issue 566

An award for young women scientists in developing nations is helping to motivate female researchers and assist them in overcoming cultural barriers. The 2011 OWSD (Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World) Award for Young Women Scie...

Global: The Mobile Media Toolkit, making media mobile

2012-01-18, Issue 566

The Mobile Media Toolkit, published by MobileActive, is a resource to help professional and citizen journalists, news outlets, and media development organisations find, evaluate, and deploy tools for reporting and sharing content on and to mobile dev...

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