Free webinar: Preparing the Next Generation of African Development Professionals (Devex) (15 June 5pm EAT)

Preparing the Next Generation of African Development Professionals

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
7pm EAT

In a recent Devex survey of global development recruiters, they named the continent of Africa as the region where they expect the most hiring to take place in 2016. At least half of those positions, if not significantly more, are expected to be filled by national, rather than international, candidates.

As the gravity of foreign aid further shifts to the Global South, more and more opportunities are opening up for young professionals to take a leadership role in the development of their home countries. But what kinds of opportunities are available and what skills, education and training should aspiring professionals seek to qualify for these positions today and in the future?

In this Devex exclusive webinar, we will discuss development hiring trends across Africa and how budding development workers can prepare for these new opportunities. Speakers:

  • Ericka Copening, World Bank
  • Kate Vivian, Sciences Po, PSIA
    • Kate Warren, Devex

Recruitment Manager (Mobisol)

Mobisol is one of the world’s leading companies for Solar Home Systems with approximately 500 passionate employees, delivering a clean and affordable alternative to fossil fuels for low-income households, living without access to reliable energy. Our dedicated product line combines solar energy with innovative mobile technology and accessible microfinancing. Having successfully installed more than 47,000 solar home systems in Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya, Mobisol is now moving the business to a larger scale, helping to stimulate economic and social development in developing countries while simultaneously contributing to global environmental protection. Our commitment to quality, product innovation and sustainable development makes us a highly inspiring community to work with.

To support our international growth we are looking for a

Recruitment Manager (m/w) based in Nairobi, Kenya

As Recruitment Manager you will coordinate all recruitment processes and HR marketing, shaping the recruitment efforts within Mobisol Kenya. In this role, you will be responsible for putting Mobisol on the map for high potentials and actively attracting the most outstanding candidates. In this dynamic position you will be responsible for…

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Free evening session on “Radical Collaboration” at Amani Institute (23 May, 6:30pm, Lavi)

You are invited to the following event:


Monday, May 23, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EAT)

Amani Institute View Map Muthangari Road, Nairobi (inside a gated area) 

Join this free evening session at Amani Institute Radical Collaboration, a key leadership skill to make things happen and scale impact! 

Collaboration is one of those tricky things that sound great but are easier said than done…

Learn how to better manage your defensiveness – becoming a better collaborator and negotiator – both in your team and working with stakeholders, in the social and private sectors.

This session also serves as an opportunity for you to network and get to know more about our programs. Amani Institute provides world-class training for leaders who want to increase their impact addressing some of the toughest challenges in the 21st century.

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Creative Designer contract (WASH United)

Call For A Creative Designer

Who we are:

WASH United Africa is looking for a designer or design team who can help us create a training toolkit for play-based sanitation and hygiene interventions for children.

The toolkit consists of a set of props and a 12-page booklet with game instructions/facilitation guides. For this job we need someone (or two people) with stellar illustration skills (about 50 illustrations of game situations will have to be created) and a lot of proven experience in and talent for editorial design (organization of different levels of information on a page).

Who You Are:

Illustration and editorial design are what you do and love

You are a reliable, experienced designer, with an eye for detail

You have time to work with us full on from May 20 to June 10

Get In Touch:

Please share your work portfolio (online or as PDF) with our colleague Grace Kadenge at ASAP latest by May 15

Call for Creative Content for Wetiko Campaign (The Rules) (due 20 May)

Here’s the context:

In July 2016, we are launching an ambitious new cultural campaign that focuses on the Indigenous concept of “Wetiko”, a term popularized by the great Native American philosopher and scholar, Jack Forbes, in his book Columbus and other Cannibals. Essentially we are arguing that the ‘memetic virus’ of wetiko started from our disconnection to nature during the Neolithic Revolution. It mutated into the Industrial Revolution, colonialism, imperialism, and now, late-stage capitalism.  We are all incentivized to be short-termist, extractive, selfish and cannibalistic. Indeed, we call this ‘rational behavior’ and its the main driver of GDP growth, our global measure for ‘progress’.

The call:

We are calling all painters, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, dancers, graffiti artists, fine art students, animators, sculptors, designers, actors, propagandists, poets, writers, illustrators, tech specialists, crafters and anyone with a passion for creating to help support the upcoming campaign, Seeing Wetiko.

We invite you to join us in Seeing Wetiko for two weeks this July.

We are pleased to offer eight gifts of $500 to support the development of the most exciting and engaging concepts. We will offer them to our favorite concept proposals that come in for the campaign.

/The Rules (/TR) can help you explore the concept of Wetiko, and will then work to place your work in the mainstream (Wetiko) media and public spaces; specifically, those places where people think and talk about key issues like global poverty, inequality and climate change.

Seeing Wetiko:

A key lesson from both social sciences and the healing arts (psychotherapy, restorative justice, etc.) is that when we are conscious of the narratives that shape our lives and culture we are less likely to replicate them blindly. Conscious awareness is the beginning of an antidote, like green shoots through concrete.

Therefore, one of the starting points for healing is the simple act of “Seeing Wetiko” in ourselves, in others, and in our cultural infrastructure. And once we see it we can name it, which is critical because words and language are a central battleground in the fight for a better future.

If Wetiko exists, it is because it exists within us. It is also entangled with the broader superstructure, relationships and choice architecture that we are confronted with as we live out our lives within a neoliberal system on the brink of collapse.

Once we are in the mode of Seeing Wetiko, we can hack the cultural systems that perpetuate its logic.

Elements of the campaign:

There will be a multi-media campaign including a ‘white paper’, academic articles (in journals focused on cultural evolution, communications, anthropology and psychology), a social media blitz, ‘meme briefings’ with leading journalists from around the world, written content (from articles in cultural magazines like Harper’s and Aeon to more popular op-ed pieces), visual content (including a short film to highlight the concept), and ‘artivism’ (e.g. graffiti art at key Wetiko monuments like Wall Street and the Lord Mayor’s House in the City of London) to create a visual language around Wetiko.

More about Wetiko

All over the world, there is a feeling that something is deeply wrong. It is often felt more than seen, an unnamed darkness that keeps millions (even billions) of people disconnected from the reality of authentic life-affirming experience. Too many of our so-called leaders are asleep at the wheel—they talk about economic growth-at-all-costs as the only viable solution to mass poverty, wealth inequality, the climate crisis, and other planetary-scale crises humanity must confront in the 21st Century.

Those with a spiritual bend might say that a shadowy presence has shrouded much of the Earth. People are sleeping through the same nightmare, unable to awaken within the dream.

Wetiko is an Algonquin word for a cannibalistic spirit that is driven by greed, excess and selfish consumption (in Ojibwa it is Windingo, Wintiko in Powhatan). It deludes its host into believing that cannibalizing the life-force of others (others in the broad sense, including animals and other forms of Gaian life) is a logical and morally upright way to live.

Every time someone is seen justifying the destruction of life for profit — it is Wetiko.

Every time compassion is vitally missing during a time of suffering — it is Wetiko.

Every time fear or disgust is used to manipulate for personal gain — it is Wetiko.

How to submit a concept

We have 5 x $500 awards to distribute to help people develop their ideas into physical reality.

If you are interested in accepting the invitation and applying for one of these awards, please send a short description (and perhaps a simple sketch/recording/film, if it helps you to communicate it) of your concept to seeingwetiko at before May 20th 2016.

We’ll then assess all the contributions we receive and select the 5 ideas we think best meet the criteria (detailed on the website) to receive the $500 funding. Successful entries will have until the 24th June 2016 to complete their artwork and submit it.

We hope you’ll join us in seeing Wetiko. Also, we’d love for you to send this to other people you think may be interested. If you have any questions, please email us at seeingwetiko at

Grants: Mama Cash Fund (deadline 31 May)

Applications open for Mama Cash Fund

Mama Cash was the first international women’s fund in the world and supports women’s rights initiatives around the globe that challenge the root causes of injustice. Mama Cash supports ambitious feminist and women’s rights organisations and initiatives led by and for women, girls and trans* people.

How to apply to Mama Cash if you are not a current grantee-partner:

Mama Cash will receive Letters of Interest from applicants who are not current grantee-partners from 1 April – 31 May 2016.

Groups that apply during this grantmaking window will receive a response from Mama Cash by 30 June 2016.

We advise groups wishing to apply to consider the Mama Cash selection criteria and priorities (

View Mama Cash’s priorities here:

The Letter of Interest format is available here:

Mama Cash is a fund with limited resources. More groups apply for funding than we can fund. In 2014, we received over 750 funding requests of which we could approve 19 to new grantee-partners in our portfolios of Body, Money and Voice. In 2015, most of our grantmaking budget was spent on renewing our commitments to the groups we granted in previous years, and we also supported a number of movement building convenings around the world.

Because we have limited resources, we have to make difficult decisions on which groups we can support. The Mama Cash selection criteria and priorities lead our decision-making process. For 2016, we expect to approve grants to approximately 20 new groups, in addition to the planned renewal grants to current grantee-partners.

The application window is not relevant for current grantee-partners wishing to apply for renewal during the course of 2016.


Mama Cash supports groups and initiatives that:

1.Work from a feminist and/or women’s rights perspective

Example: A group working on women and housing puts the particular experiences of women at the core of its work and therefore is able to speak about the ways in which the barriers women face in accessing decent and affordable housing are different from the barriers men face. They also speak to the challenges of different groups of women (e.g. urban women and rural women) in accessing housing. They are able to explain how these challenges to accessing decent and affordable housing relate to the economic policies being implemented in their country.  Finally, the solutions that they propose integrate all these elements.

2. Are self-led by the women, girls and/or trans* people they serve

Example: If a group is working on trans* rights, it should be trans* people deciding about the groups’ policies, activities and how their money should be spent. The spokespersons for the group should be trans*, as well as those being paid. Non-trans* or cis people can also work for the group in different capacities providing they are not the ones leading it.

3. Have the promotion of women’s, girls’ and/or trans* people’s human rights as their primary mission, and not just as the focus of part of their programmes

Example: An organisation advocating for girls’ access to reproductive health services and whose mission states: To ensure the fulfilment of the sexual and reproductive rights of girls.

4. Push for structural and fundamental change

Example: An Indigenous women’s group provides health services to other Indigenous women in order to respond to their immediate needs in the short-term. But the group also works to tackle the fundamental barriers to accessing such services so that other Indigenous women they can’t or don’t reach can also benefit in the longer-term.

5. Focus on issues that are under-addressed and/or contested

Example: In an environment where governments and NGOs are heavily investing in addressing HIV and AIDS in women of reproductive age, a group of post-menopausal women living with HIV and AIDS organise for their rights and try to make their concerns heard when they are not considered important or urgent in their context.

Mama Cash prioritises groups and initiatives that:

Have an annual budget below 200,000 euros

Mama Cash may partner with larger groups through our Accompaniment portfolio (formerly known as our Strategic Partnerships Portfolio) but will not prioritise providing financial support to them through our thematic portfolios (Body, Money and/or Voice)

B. Who & What does Mama Cash support?

Mama Cash makes grants in most countries of the world. Even though contexts are significantly different, we have found that the concerns of some specific groups of women, girls and trans* people tend to be unaddressed and/or contested in most societies (and social movements). So these groups are often found among our grantees.

Mama Cash focuses on three broad thematic areas – Body, Money and Voice – and we support groups whose work falls within them (for further information, see here).

For example, Mama Cash supports groups that work on:

  • Forced sterilisation of women living with HIV and AIDS
  • Exclusion of Indigenous women from decision making over their land
  • Labour rights of women and trans* people in sex, domestic or industrial work
  • Confronting legal and social discrimination against lesbian and bisexual women, or against migrant and refugee women
  • Sexual rights of women, girls and trans* persons living with disabilities
  • Decision-making for girls and older women (65+) about their lives (education, health, relationships)
  • Political and public participation for women, girls or trans* persons from ethnic or religious minorities

This list is merely indicative. Mama Cash is open to supporting groups organising on other issues that are relevant for their context and have not been mentioned, provided they meet our criteria.