Call for Applicants, Future Leaders Connect

from British Council:

Future Leaders Connect – The global network for emerging policy leaders


Future Leaders Connect is where exceptional individuals (aged 18-35) from around the world join a long-term network of emerging policy leaders. You will develop your policy making expertise, make valuable connections and gain the skills to have real impact. Together you will discuss major global policy issues in the Houses of Parliament, engage with inspiring leaders, visit some of the UK’s leading global institutions and collaborate to produce innovative policy recommendations. The skills, experience and connections you will make through Future Leaders Connect will support you to seize your leadership potential.

We are now accepting applications from individuals living in Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, and the UK.

Complete your online application by Sunday 14th May 2017, 23.59pm (GMT).

In the interests of equal access, the costs of participating in Future Leaders Connect will be covered by the British Council. We are looking for exceptional individuals with the ideas, energy and commitment to work collaboratively with all members of Future Leaders Connect and with senior global leaders. You must also be able to travel to the UK between 18th to 27th October 2017

Exhibition Launch, Sibanthontisele

‘Sibanthontisele – An Exhibition Launch by Owen Maseko’

Date of Exhibition Launch: Wednesday 12 April 2017

Time: 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium Maendeleo House, Monorovia Street Nairobi

Admission is free. Drinks and snacks will be available.

Exhibition will run until 5 May 2017


Monday To Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The works in Sibanthontisele depict the Matebeland and the Midlands
Gukurahundi massacres perpetrated by the 5th Brigade (former division of Zimbabwean army). The killings happened after the expulsion of ZAPU (Zimbabwe African Peoples Union) from the post-independence government led by President Robert Mugabe when the party was blamed for plotting to overthrow the government after arm caches were allegedly discovered on ZAPU-owned properties. Almost 20 years after the guns fell silent, the government has urged Zimbabweans to ‘move on’ from the period Mugabe has described as “a moment of madness”. The majority of those affected still feel that the issue needs to be adequately discussed before it can be consigned to history. In 2010, Maseko exhibited Sibanthontisele, meaning “we drip on them” in isiNdebele, referring to a torture technique the army used during that “moment of madness” where soldiers would drip hot melted plastic on civilians. Less than 24 hours after the exhibition opened at Bulawayo National Arts Gallery, Maseko found himself in police custody, arrested because of his work, according to authorities, ‘undermined the authority’ of President Robert Mugabe. Maseko challenged the charges with assistance of the Zimbabwean Lawyers for Human Rights. In 2013 the court finally ruled that his exhibition could be taken down and not be displayed publically anywhere in the country ever again.

Owen Maseko is considered one of Zimbabwe’s most prominent controversial artists.

This Exhibition is a collaboration between Goethe Institut and the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA).

Event: Supercharging Human Rights Defenders in East Africa, Small Media (17 March)

I am excited to invite you and your colleagues to the launch of a report titled, “Supercharging Human Rights Defenders in East Africa”. The event will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 as from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM EAT at Strathmore University, Kenya.

Please register here:

Over the past year, Small Media has been working in partnership with The Collaboration on International Policy for East and Southern Africa, The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (Defend Defenders), and Strathmore University Centre for IP and IT Law (CIPIT) to produce a new report evaluating the digital threats facing civil society organisations working across East Africa – in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania.

At this session, Small Media and its partners will present the findings of its latest report Supercharging Human Rights Defenders in East Africa, and then engage in a discussion with a range of stakeholders about how to best support regional civil society organisations to overcome the multitude of digital security challenges they face.

The schedule for the session is as follows:
14:00-15:00 – Report Presentation and Q&A
15:00-15:30 – Coffee break
15:30-16:30 – Break-out sessions based around key themes and research findings
16:30-17:00 – Discussion around recommendations and next steps
17:00-18:00 – Networking and drinks

Bizarre Bazaar Summer Craft Festival, tables from 12k KES

Application for the Bizarre Bazaar Summer Craft Festival 2017
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 2017

Bizarre Bazaar Craft Festivals are trade shows featuring traditional and contemporary crafts and mostly handmade products from across Africa and the world. Two festivals are held each year in June and November. Bizarre Bazaar is an open air marketplace where artists and craftspeople can demonstrate their skills and sell their creations directly to the public in a fun, relaxed and beautiful environment.

Please download the application form with all the required information by clicking on this link. Kindly complete the application form and ensure that you understand all the terms and conditions. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. We look forward to hearing from you and very much hope that you will join us at Bizarre Bazaar Summer Craft Festival.

Event: Think before you post – Hacks Hackers, Article 19, Kictanet

Topic: Think Before You Post!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 6 – 8 pm
Venue: Nairobi Garage, Ngong Road, Piedmont Plaza, 4th Floor

Guest speakers:
Henry Maina – Article 19
Grace Githaiga – Kictanet

Today, many people can easily access the internet either on their cellphones, through free Wi-Fi at educational institutions or workplaces.  The thousands of cyber-cafes that have come up in most urban and some rural areas have also increased internet access.

Access to digital media technologies  means that everyone can now become a publisher (blog) can create and distribute radio (podcast) and TV (video) far and wide especially through social media platforms.  But how many people think of the risks they face when they click that button to share some interesting content they have come across or have created?

There have been reports in the media of people being arrested because of what they post online and others have lost their jobs as a result of statements made online.  When journalists publish online, they are bound by their code of ethics.  What issues should other netizens take into consideration before posting information online?

Our guests for the February session of Hacks/Hackers Nairobi #HHNBO will help us address the following questions:

1.       What ethical considerations do I need to make before posting online?

2.      What are the legal ramifications of what I post online?

3.      Do my posts pose a risk to my personal security?

In addition, Code for Africa will showcase tools to track deleted tweets.

Guest speakers:
Henry Maina – Article 19
Grace Githaiga – Kictanet

Hacks/Hackers Nairobi is a forum where journalists and techies meet on a monthly basis to discuss issues that affect their work.

Speak out! Let your voice be heard!
To participate in the conversation, please sign up here and share the invite widely.

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AYM Retreat & Youth Empowerment Forum, 16-20 March ($50 fee) – deadline TODAY

AYM Retreat & Youth Empowerment Forum on the Implementation of the SDGs and Agenda 2063

16 – 20 March , 2017
Nairobi – Kenya
(dates are not inclusive of traveling dates: you are expected to arrive on the 15th March and leave on the 21st March)

The adoption of Agenda 2063 by the Africa Union (AU) and the Agenda 2030 by the United Nations (UN) are firm commitments to address the most important challenges affecting the continent and a determination to make Africa and the world a better place to live. The SDGs are expected to influence the course of the history of humanity in the next fourteen years, while tackling issues such as poverty, inequality and unemployment, which are crucial to Africa. The implementation of SDGs will require the participation of all, Leaving No One Behind.

African youth have an important role to play in pushing governments to formulate comprehensive policies and incorporate the agenda into national development strategies. The mantra of “Leave No One Behind” means the inclusion of all especially the poorest and most marginalized, youth, women and children. At the May 2013 AU Summit, African countries echoed the same sentiments and committed to realizing seven aspirations which are to be “driven by its own citizens and represent a dynamic force in the global arena”.

Afrika Youth Movement (AYM) is a Pan-African action-oriented social movement that strives for the development, active participation and Leadership of African youth in the fight for peace and social justice. AYM is a community of committed and united young Africans who aim to change the reality of Africa by generating together creative solutions.The movement has over 5,000 active young Africans from 40 countries in Africa and the diaspora using innovative digital tools and strategies to advocate and run campaigns such as #AfricaSmile, #ILoveMyContinent.

AYM retreat will be 4 days strategic meeting, 16-19 March 2017, gathering 40 AYM members and new members to strategize and co-create ways to strengthen our continental youth led movement (limited spaces).

The Youth Empowerment Forum will be a public event on the 20th March 2017, at the United States International University Africa, in partnership with the Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, gathering +100 participants and giving them a platform to question and critically address global agenda from the lens of Africa’s agenda; most importantly examine the role of the youth in creating the Africa We Want and engage with different stakeholders.

NOTE: AYM does NOT provide funds to cover the travels and accommodation for participants but you can request a sponsorship letter to fundraise for your participation.

For Participants based in Kenya, 50 USD conference fees will be applied.
Email: for all inquiries and further information
Deadline for Registration: 15th February 2017

Call for proposals: Civic Engagement for Open Contracting, Hivos & Article 19

link here

Call for proposals: Civic Engagement for Open Contracting

Are you involved in a project, initiative or organisation aimed at improving the transparency and accountability of public institutions in Indonesia, The Philippines, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi or Guatemala? Do you have experience in the field of open contracting? Could you use advice on concrete ways to positively adjust the trajectory and outcomes of your project? Hivos and ARTICLE 19 are offering a programme that you might be interested in!

Why do we do this? We are launching a global programme to build the capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), media, entrepreneurs or social start-ups in analysing public contracting data, for lobby and advocacy purposes.

What do we offer? In the course of six to nine months, selected partner organizations will receive a package of support, mentorship and training tailored to their capacities and needs to effectively engage with open contracting in their country. This support package is inspired by the Engine Room’s Matchbox Program to enable the partner organisation to design and implement their project proposal and use open contracting data for lobby and advocacy purposes.  We aim to support partner organisations to adapt new capacities that enable them to achieve demonstrable outcomes, that lead to organisational transformation and are sustainable…

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