Applications open for International Development Design Summits, MIT D-Lab

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) D-Lab will be supporting three summits this year and applications are now open! International Development Design Summits Kenya is July 8 – 22nd and will bring together 36 participants from all over the world to co-create innovative, viable financial products and services that expand access in the low-income space.

What are the International Development Design Summits?

International Development Design Summits (IDDS) are intense, hands-on, community-based design trainings that bring together a diverse group of people to teach them the co-creative design process and how to prototype low-cost technological solutions to improve the livelihoods of people living in poverty.

These summits are programs of the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), a consortium comprising MIT, Olin College of Engineering, Colorado State University, University California in Davis, KNUST in Ghana, USP in Brazil, and NTBC in Zambia. To learn more, check out their website.

During the summit, participants form teams and collaborate with community partners and other stakeholders to better understand a particular challenge in order to create a solution that fits the local context and constraints. At the end of IDDS, the summit organising team makes resources available to teams that have a promising strategy for implementing their solution.

In moving the technologies from ideas to implementation, they aim to create real ventures, not just business plans. IDDS originally started in 2007 and there have since been 22 summits in 12 different countries, involving 800+ alumni and creating over 100 successful projects / ventures.

Bringing financial inclusion to Kenya

This year is the first time IDDS will be hosted in Kenya. It’s also the first summit in Kenya that is focused on solutions which promote financial inclusion. Kenya is particularly well-suited for this because of its strong entrepreneurial culture, its emerging tech sector and its history of being a leader in financial inclusion.

Even though Kenya has seen impressive progress towards financial inclusion, there is still work to be done as the focus shifts from consumers having access to financial products and services to consumers deriving value from financial products and services.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in participating, simply complete this application form and submit it by the 15th of February 2018 at 5pm EST. They will select 15 – 40 participants and will notify each applicant on whether or not their application was accepted (soon after).

No matter your background, this summit is for you. Innovation flourishes at the intersections of disciplines – our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. ​If you have any questions, check out the IDDS Kenya website.

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Call for Papers: On Incarceration, Surveillance, and Policing

Call for Papers: On Incarceration, Surveillance, and Policing

We are pleased to invite submissions for the seventh issue of Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research, slated for publication in June 2018. Young activists, independent researchers, graduate students and fresh graduates are particularly encouraged to apply. We also welcome submissions from seminal contributors in the field.

Prisons are often framed as correctional institutions, and the criminal justice system as one of protection. In framing criminalization as both protective and preventive, not only do states limit protection to the legal apparatus, but they do so in exchange of resources, silence, cooperation, and behavior that does not challenge their status quo. The creation of sexual citizenships that are coopted in surveillance and policing mechanisms contributes in the construction of a national imaginary that rests on binaries of exclusion/inclusion, as illustrated by governmental crackdowns, the most recent of which being on Egyptian queers. In this sense, surveillance and policing are not confined to incarceration or the justice system alone; they are also normalized as necessary to maintain social and institutional norms, and eventually trickle down to peer to peer surveillance. Both in the online and offline worlds, policing and surveillance respectively act as a disciplinary tool and a mechanism of intimidation and control.

For this issue of Kohl, we are looking to understand systems of criminal justice as massive machines for mental and physical isolation, including incarceration, policing, and surveillance from a feminist lens, and expose the effects of liberal reformist politics when it comes to incarceration, and the ways in which such reforms create a system where punishment is more entrenched. We are looking for papers that reclaim agency and bodily integrity and explore the ways in which bodies, movement, sexualities, and genders, among others, are controlled and commodified. We are also interested in critiques of the hegemonic state discourses, as well as those of mainstream allyship, for their disposal of bodies deemed unfit for nationhood, citizenship, and institutions, as well as notions of a virtuous morality on the one hand, and a vulgarization of sex as radical on the other.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Can we speak of a prison industrial complex in the regions of North Africa, Middle East, and South West Asia?
  • Critiques of criminalization and feminist alternatives to systems of punishment: can we speak of transformative justice?
  • The distinctions and intersections between policing, surveillance, and systems of control
  • Policing the body: torture, forced or criminalized abortions, and forced sterilizations
  • Governmental crackdowns, sexual conformity, and the new wave of detention of Egyptian queers
  • Multidimensional and non-individualistic approaches to solidarity in response to incarceration and repression: alternatives to the stereotypical imagery of genders and sexual representations and the resistance/domination binary
  • Social, digital, institutional, and peer to peer surveillance and policing
  • Policing and surveillance as punishments: clandestine work, domestic work, sex work, migrants, and refugees
  • Human trafficking and the commodification of bodies in trade
  • Sexual, economic, and racial privileges in avoiding “systems of justice”
  • Breaking the law: non-conforming sexualities and expressions, bodies of dissent, and their implications on fragile/sexual citizenship, healthcare, and neoliberal economies
  • Disability discourses in the context of war and displacement

The deadline for submissions is February 18, 2018. To submit a paper, please send your blinded piece to kohljournal@gmail.com as a .doc or .docx file, with “Submission Issue 7” as the subject of your e-mail. We accept work in progress, provided full drafts are submitted. If accepted for inclusion, please note that your paper will be translated to a second language by our team.

Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research كحل: مجلة لأبحاث الجسد و الجندر is produced in cooperation with Heinrich Boell Stiftung, Middle East Office, Beirut.

Submissions on gender & patriarchy: literary journal Granta

via https://brittlepaper.com/2018/01/opportunity-african-writers-submit-grantas-metoo-inspired-issue/

As a response to the #MeToo movement, Granta, one of the world’s most celebrated literary journals, is seeking submissions to its Summer 2018 issue on gender and patriarchy. Read the call for submission below from Granta Editor Sigrid Rausing. It contains all the details you need to send in your work. Good luck!

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Dear all,

Granta 144, Summer 2018 – The patriarchy is crumbling… or is it?

As I write, #metoo has gone viral. Women and girls, and some men, are revealing the sexual abuse they have encountered. Many of the people who are now speaking out took sexual violence or inappropriate conduct for granted when it happened. When I was young, being touched up by strangers in a crowded carriage was normal. Wolf whistles from builders, too. Men exposed themselves in parks, and women were routinely belittled by male doctors and other professionals. Women in short skirts were seen as fair game – if a woman was anything other than modest and sober, she had it coming, people said, in compassion or contempt. Culture turns on a dime, we know that. Hopefully for the better, quite possibly for the worse.

This issue of Granta is about gender, about patriarchy, and about all the ways in which the culture is now creakily changing. It’s about empowerment, trigger warnings and activism. Who runs the discourse, and who is excluded and why? Is trial by public opinion ever right? Are we seeing a form of mob rule? What about innocent until proven guilty? Is #metoo a flash in the pan? Will compassion fatigue set in? Will there be a backlash, and what might that look like?

This issue is about what it means to be a woman in this world; it’s about feminist values and wit, what it means to be born a woman, and to become a woman.

We welcome submissions – fiction and non-fiction – from authors who are keen to think about these questions with us.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 2nd April 2018

Please contact editor Sigrid Rausing srausing@granta.com with ideas, submissions and proposals, copying in editorial assistants Eleanor Chandler echandler@granta.com and Josie Mitchell jmitchell@granta.com.

Best wishes,
Sigrid Rausing
Editor Granta”

Opportunities for journalists

One of many active opportunities from IJNet, the international journalists network: https://ijnet.org/en

Cultural journalism fellowship in Colombia

Deadline: JANUARY 11, 2018

Posted on January 03, 2018

Print and digital journalists who are fluent in English and have at least three years of professional experience can apply for a fellowship in Colombia.

The Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for a New Ibero American Journalism (FNPI) and Colombia’s  Ministry of Culture aim to encourage journalists to strengthen their skills in cultural journalism and to narrate cultural stories in English and Spanish.

The fellowship will be held Feb. 28 to March 6 and will bring together journalists from around the world for the 58th Cartagena Film Festival (FICCI) with the aim of delving deeply into the craft of cultural journalism. Fellows will view films and meet directors, actors, and producers. They will share experiences with their colleagues, and above all, will have an opportunity to write under the guidance of prominent instructors.

Fifteen candidates will be selected: five from Colombia, five from Latin America and five from other regions of the world. They will receive roundtrip tickets, accommodations, international medical insurance and some meals.

The deadline is Jan. 11. For more information, click here.

The World’s Only Prize for Legal Empowerment

Dear Friends,

Across the globe, grassroots organizations are combatting injustice by helping people to understand, use, and shape the laws that affect them. Few of them receive the recognition they deserve. We want to change that.

In 2015, we launched the world’s first competition to celebrate great deeds in the field of legal empowerment. This year, the biennial Grassroots Justice Prize returns — bigger and better than before.

The 2017 Grassroots Justice Prize will highlight the inspiring work being done around the world to put the power of law in people’s hands. Each winner will receive US$10,000.

The Elders, UNDP, and the World Justice Project are partnering with Namati to support the global promotion of the prize as well as the selection of the shortlisted candidates and the winners.

This year’s Grassroots Justice Prize will honor the work of non-profits, social enterprises, and public institutions with three different awards:

The Achmed Dean Sesay Memorial Prize for Innovation
The Nomboniso Nangu Maqubela Memorial Prize for Scalability and Sustainability
The Elders’ #WalkTogether Prize for Courage 

Applicants can choose to be considered for one, two, or all three categories.

A panel of judges will determine the winners of the first two prizes and will shortlist candidates for the third, which will then be put to a public vote.

For more information on how to apply or nominate an organization for the Grassroots Justice Prize visit www.justiceprize.org.

The deadline for applications is Friday, November 24th. Nominations must be received by Friday, November 10th.