African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC2020)

We are just a few hours away from the opening of the 16th annual African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC2020), and registrations have already surpassed our in-person gatherings in Johannesburg. You can still register here.

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We offer a fee waiver to freelancers, students, community media and others who need it.  To qualify, please send a motivation for a fee waiver to aijc@journalism.co.za.

Once you’ve registered for the conference, please download the conference app. You will be granted access to the app within 24 hours. This is where you will receive instructions on how to join all the sessions and receive daily communication from the team. 

Look out for these sessions THIS WEEK at #AIJC2020

  • Anas Anas went undercover to expose those who profit from quack Covid cures – Tues, Oct 6 at 14:00 GMT+2. 
  • A true Master Class, with BBC’s Paul Myers, in accessing open source information for investigative work with cutting edge skills and resources – Tues,  Oct 6 at 15:30 GMT+2.
  • The FinCEN Files, which reveal the role of global banks in industrial-scale money laundering, is one of ICIJ’s largest investigations, involving more than 400 reporters, including journalists from more than a dozen African countries – Wed, Oct 7 at 14:00 GMT+2. 
  • Tips and techniques as well as easy-to-use online tools for fact-checking and verifying the authenticity of videos – Fri, Oct 9 at 15:30 GMT+2. 

All this and 30 more sessions on the programme at this year’s #AIJC2020. Don’t miss out. 
 Best
#AIJC2020 Team 

Advocacy Accelerator going virtual

The Accelerator is excited to partner with the Mobilisation Lab to bring you a virtual edition of the Campaign Accelerator on 28 September to 9 October 2020. 

If you are an advocate based in Africa, working on gender justice in the region or interested in applying a gender justice lens to your work, this training is for you. You will will learn how to apply design thinking, a systems lens, and people-powered approaches to designing a campaign.  This training will be conducted in English only. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this edition of the training will be delivered in a virtual format. We will use a mixture of virtual plenary work, online break-out groups and offline individual work. By attending this training remotely, you will be able to continue your vital social justice work. Why not take a minute to hear what our alumni had to say about their virtual experience at the Campaign Accelerator.

The training will be delivered in 10 half-day sessions, during which you will learn to:

  • Uncover new opportunities to address the root causes of an issue through systems thinking
  • Generate and test creative ideas to inspire and engage key audiences
  • Foster a collaborative team culture that embraces learning and iteration throughout a project cycle
  • Integrate new planning approaches that help established teams navigate increasingly complex environments
  • Design people-centered campaign strategies and actionable campaign plans

Please learn more about the curriculummeet the trainers and then apply to join the training by 10 August 2020. You will hear from us by 14 August 2020.  There are opportunities for subsidized pricing  and full scholarships on the application page. 

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Have a wonderful week,
The Advocacy Accelerator Team

Youth accelerator program: Covid response transparency & accountability

Virtual Incubator Call for Applications

We’re supporting young people with good ideas for building accountability into the Covid-19 response in Kenya and Uganda. Ten changemakers will be guided through a free, six-month accelerated program for youth initiatives on transparency, citizen-engagement and anti-corruption work. Whether you have a for-profit, nonprofit or are yet to decide, apply today at  https://www.accountabilitylab.org/our-work/accountability-incubator/. Learn, connect and make your impact – supported by Accountability Lab and the Ford Foundation.

A few more details: In exciting news, Accountability Lab has launched a virtual accountability incubator in East Africa with the Ford Foundation two amazing partners Siasa Place and the Evidence and Methods Lab- through which we will be working for the rest of the year with amazing young people to develop new ideas for accountability/transparency of the COVID-19 response.

Tech training for young women: Kisumu, Lamu, Nakuru, Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi (deadline 27 July)

Do you know of any young women interested in technology and ICT? We are launching CodeHack Training for Young Girls in Kenya Covid-19 Edition, sponsored by UNESCO. The focus of the program is to attain the 10th SDG on reducing inequalities and the 5th SDG on gender equality target 5.1b that enhances the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women. The program targets young women aged 17-28 years in Kisumu, Lamu, Nakuru, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kilifi. Here is the application link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAFreEF70s-mXSVKRuQhO01EDw2XPsdil3tGH7gjouPJ1-kw/viewform

The central focus of the CodeHack Training for Young Girls in Kenya – Covid-19 Edition program is to equip young women aged 17-28 years from Lamu, Mombasa, Kilifi, Nairobi, Kisumu and Nakuru with free employable mobile development, design thinking and entrepreurship skills. UNESCO in partnership with KNATCOM will support Pwani Teknowgalz to conduct the program.This activity will be implemented under UNESCOs Youth Mobile Programme and aligned with SDGs on Gender Equality, Education, Health, Access to Information, and Zero Hunger.

The application deadline is 27th July 2020 00.00 EAT

(Sustainable) Energy Journalism Competition, Hivos & Climate Tracker

FELLOWSHIP: https://east-africa.hivos.org/news/hivos-and-climate-tracker-launch-energy-journalism-competition/

Together with Climate Tracker, Hivos will be training and sending six journalists to cover the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Rwanda, this May (26th-28th).

We are looking for six young journalists from Africa who want to make an impact in their countries by publishing about energy and help shape one of the most important debates of our time.

The Sustainable Energy for All Forum will convene experts and decision makers to take progress on what is working in the establishing of the Sustainable Development Goals and to mobilize resources and new financial instruments. A vibrant meeting place to showcase action towards sustainable energy, with entrepreneurs, community leaders, city leaders, policy makers, financiers and investors.

Your role as a fellow

As a fellow, you will receive training on climate and journalism organized by Climate Tracker, participate in group interviews with high-level officials/experts, and network with people from all over the world!

All expenses will be covered for the fellows as part of the fellowship.

After the Forum, the six fellows will be part of an eight-week-long investigative reporting scholarship guided by Climate Tracker, to have a chance to refine your journalism skills and report on the pressing energy issues of your country.

I am interested! What do I have to do?

You will need to publish and submit an article to the Climate Tracker App by March 18th, 2020

  • What do we mean by publish? You will need to write and publish your piece on the media outlet of your choice. It can be local, national, regional or international. Unfortunately, we can’t accept self-owned blog entries.
  • What should I write about? Energy access, clean energy cooking, the right to energy transition, sustainable energy for all, sustainable energy and climate change.
  • This is only for English speakers? No! You can publish in English, Portuguese, or French.

Climate Tracker and Hivos will revise the articles submitted through the platform, give you feedback and tips, and select the best writers based on the Climate Tracker rating system.

To see all information, tips and questions, you can check the competition page on the Climate Tracker website. But if you still have doubts, feel free to email chris@climatetracker.org.

Political leadership & governance programme (PLGP), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, apply by 14 Feb.

The Political Leadership and Governance Programme emanates from FES Kenya’s renowned Political Leadership Development Programme (PLDP). Like its predecessor, the PLGP seeks to nurture and promote value-driven leadership for democratic governance in a democratic society. The focus is on young future leaders between 18-35 of age drawn from civil society organizations, trade unions and political parties. The training provides young leaders with skills, networks and expertise relevant for political leadership at different levels. The PLGP encourages young Kenyans to take on the shared democratic responsibility that will be needed to build the socially just and democratic Kenya that they and those they will represent in future want.

https://www.fes-kenya.org/

Social entrepreneurship accelerator, IKEA & Acumen

Today, we’re excited to officially open applications for the Acumen and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship East Africa Accelerator.

The closed cohort 19-week accelerator supports social entrepreneurs in East Africa in developing scalable business models that strengthen their enterprise’s capacity to scale and improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable.

Participants will:

  • Learn to scale their social enterprise business model
  • Receive individualized support from IKEA coaches and Acumen facilitators
  • Get to be part of a dynamic peer community of social enterprise leaders
  • Get to take part in a final summit to network with investors and supporters
  • Have an opportunity to be one of two teams who will be selected for $25,000 in seed funding

You are qualified to apply if you:

  • Run a social enterprise (nonprofit or for-profit) based in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, or Ethiopia
  • Have demonstrated market traction and are post-revenue
  • Have a team equivalent to 3 full time staff
  • Focus on promoting livelihoods, equality and inclusion

Applications close January 14th and will be considered in the order they are submitted.

BE AMONG THE FIRST TO APPLY

Fund: HEVA, the first creative economy catalyst program for East Africa

Sign up for more info and future deadlines: http://www.hevafund.com/

“Since 2013, HEVA has innovated financial models specifically for the East African creative economy:

“We have invested in more than 20 creative businesses in the fashion, digital content, crafts and decor value chains. From Nairobi, Kampala, Kigali, Arusha, Lamu to Dar es Salaam, the creative sector is where the creation of new products and new cultural experiences is happening. We want to be in the forefront of helping producers of cultural goods and services to build high-value, profitable businesses where new ideas will come to life, and where the highest potential for great profits, great jobs and happy people will be found.”

Internships at InformAction, deadline 29 March

OPPORTUNITY FOR INTERNSHIP AT INFORMATION LTD

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR INTERNSHIP POSITION

March 2019

The organization

InformAction (IFA) is a not-for-profit human rights and social justice organization that uses film and community discussions to get ordinary people to speak out on their shared concerns and take action for responsibility and accountability by public officials. IFA operates through mobile field teams – using a car, screen, projector and camera – to show films to thousands of ordinary people throughout Kenya every week and facilitate discussion on the relevance of the issues in the films. Experienced activists and facilitators lead community discussions on human rights, social justice and governance, while video journalists film the discussions and continuously record people’s experiences on human rights, social justice and public governance dynamics.

IFA’s core principle is that sustainable, progressive, democratic change requires an informed citizenry empowered to speak truth to power. It catalyzes ordinary people to hold peaceful actions to demand accountability and change. By screening films in the regions and holding dynamic community discussions, IFA encourages diverse opinions within communities, and cross-community empathy and understanding.

Since its founding in 2010 InformAction has empowered hundreds of thousands of Kenyans in rural and marginalized areas, profiling the demands for change through innovative media and action. It has focused on human rights, impunity, governance, and justice for victims of political violence.

The Vision of IFA is an informed and empowered society that speaks truth to power and demands accountability and social justice and its Mission is to inform and empower communities in Kenya in order to catalyze public debate and action for a just and accountable society.

Internship Position:

InformAction now seeks to recruit an intern to join its Administration and Human Resources Management and Development team in the Nairobi Base. The key functions of this position are:

  • Support the IFA Administrator in the implementation of administrative and human resources management policies, procedures and decisions
  • Work with the Administrator on ensuring the organization’s conformity to and compliance with all statutory obligations and requirements relating to administration and human resources management
  • Work closely with the organization’s senior management and field team leaders to continuously assess and appropriately respond to needs for office equipment, facilities, supplies and utilities
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on developing and executing an organization-wide internal communication strategy
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on communication of executive and management decisions, follow-up on implementation and feedback
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on generating and drafting policy and position documents on various organizational and external issues
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on ensuring effective execution of work place safety and security policies, procedures and practices

Minimum requirements:

The suitable candidate must have and demonstrate the following as a minimum;

  1. Be a Kenyan citizen, resident in Nairobi or prepared to be resident in Nairobi during the period of internship;
  2. Be a first degree graduate in any of the following areas of university study: Political Science, Public Administration, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication, Journalism and Media Studies, Creative and Performing Arts, or Law;
  3. Should have graduated (first degree) within the period starting March 2017 and ending March 2019
  4. MUST be desirous of, focused on and committed to pursuing civic activism, defense and promotion of human rights, social justice and accountable public governance in the context of public benefit or civil society sector;
  5. Demonstrate ability to work independently and as a tolerant and patient team player;
  6. Demonstrate well developed written and oral communication skills, as well as negotiation and representation skills, with ability to communicate clearly and sensitively with staff and external stakeholders;
  7. Be resilient, flexible and adaptable to an ever changing work environment and situations, able to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including high security risks;
  8. Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to diversity at the workplace and ability to work in diverse cultural contexts appropriately;
  9. Must be well planned and organized especially in a flexible working environment and have capacity for initiative and decision making with analytical and problem solving skills;
  10. Must be emotionally mature;
  11. A good knowledge of financial management and accounting procedures will be an added advantage.

This is not a paid position. InformAction will however offer a monthly stipend limited to the successful candidate’s reasonable public transport commuting expenses. The successful candidate must be willing to commit to a six (6) months’ internship tenure.

If you are interested in this opportunity and you meet the above qualifications, please send an email with your CV with 3 referees, and a cover letter latest by the 29th of March 2019 to info@informaction.tv