Extra scholarships for graduate classes, Hewlett Foundation, MIT

Extra scholarships for graduate classes

Masters degree in development economics, income-based, first courses online, no barriers to entry, MIT (US university) https://micromasters.mit.edu/dedp/

We have an exciting new scholarship opportunity for those of you who were born in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Hewlett Foundation has recently offered to provide scholarships to learners from the region who demonstrate a strong interest in the program. All learners, old and new, are invited to apply for the chance to receive a scholarship from the Hewlett Foundation that will cover the costs of up to two courses for the summer semester.

Learners selected for this scholarship will gain all the benefits of being a paid learner, including accessing private webinars, direct access to the MIT teaching assistants, and the community forums, with job opportunities and advice from your fellow learners. If you are interested, please complete an application form soon. We will select learners on a rolling basis until the payment deadline of July 13, but recommend that you enroll quickly, as the summer semester launches on June 5.

It is particularly wonderful to have the opportunity to take these often challenging courses with a friend, so this is a great opportunity to alert your peers and colleagues from Sub-Saharan Africa about the opportunity to get involved with this program. This is also an opportunity to gain financial support for completing all five courses in time to apply to the Blended Master’s program, and earn a Master’s degree from MIT that could be fully sponsored by the HewlettFoundation. The applications for the Blended Masters program will open at the end of the upcoming fall semester (December 2018), and thus we urge you to seize this scholarship opportunity to enroll in (up to two) MicroMasters courses this summer, in order to be able to apply for the Blended program.

If you have any additional questions about this opportunity after reading over the application instructions, please reach out to us at micromasters-support@mit.edu. We look forward to reading your applications and witnessing the growth of this robust community of learners from Sub-Saharan Africa!

Programme details

Data, Economics, and Development Policy MicroMasters

The MicroMasters credential in Data, Economics, and Development Policy equips learners with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing developing countries and the world’s poor. Through a series of five online courses and in-person exams learners will gain a strong foundation in microeconomics, development economics, probability and statistics, and engage with cutting-edge research in the field. The program is unique in its focus on the practicalities of running randomized evaluations to assess the effectiveness of social programs and its emphasis on hands-on skills in data analysis.

More at https://opportunities254.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/masters-degree-in-development-economics-income-based-first-courses-online-no-barriers-to-entry-mit-usa/

 

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Workshop: Physical Planning Forum, Sauti ya Nairobi, TISA, Uraia

The Citizens Coalition for a Better Nairobi ‘Sauti ya Nairobi’ steering team in collaboration with The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA) and Uraia has organized a one-day workshop scheduled for  Wednesday 27th  June 2018  from 8 .00 a.m.- 1 p.m. The workshop will bring together various stakeholders including both State and non-State actors such as Residents associations, Civil Society movements etc to share both their views, experiences and projections in physical planning matter.

The objectives of the Workshop include:

  • To share findings of an initial review on the current legal framework on physical planning in the City of Nairobi.
  • To establish cross cutting partnerships and networks in the field of physical planning.
  • To discuss and document the efforts and experiences of the various stakeholders in the field of physical planning.
  • To derive next steps necessary for legal reform or other required changes in physical planning. To utilize the discussion to improve the framework of the development of a Sauti Strategy

Sauti has offered a few places to members of the built environment who attend Naipolitans Forums and events to attend this forum.

If you are interested in attending the forum, please get in touch with Constant Cap <constant.cap@gmail.com>.

As there are limited places available, these will be issued on a first come first serve basis.

The Citizens Coalition for a Better Nairobi, ‘Sauti ya Nairobi’ was formed in 2017 by a group of concerned residents and professionals. The concerned persons sought to bring together various actors who have been driving for change though a non-political voluntary group. Sauti has brought together various non -state city stakeholders including community leaders, professionals, youth groups, partner organizations and institutions and make use of our strengths as well as available citizen participatory means to advocate and drive towards better planning, accountable urban management and reliable services for citizens in Nairobi.

Sauti aims at utilizing partnerships, studying best practices and making tactical strategies that can help improve the quality of lives of citizens in Nairobi.

Sauti has identified physical planning as one key area that citizens lack not only awareness but are also almost powerless. The city is experiencing growth at alarming levels and the absence of any structured plan or framework in which this is happening is of growing concern. Residents are experiencing ‘change of use’ and ‘extension of use’ within their neighbourhoods that are giving authorization to incompatible land uses.

Many residents are not aware of how they can petition against developments. Majority do not know the development approval process and their rights in this process. There is very little data available (especially Spatial Data) that can enable residents to respond to the various change of use advertisements in the newspapers. Finally, the city lacks a clear legislated zoning policy. The City relies on the 2008 Nairobi City council zoning ordinance. As a number of these zones have been ‘under review’, this has resulted into loopholes in physical planning such as developer’s obtaining a leeway in going beyond the designated plot ratio and ground coverage.

 

Digital journalism free class (mooc)

The news cycle is relentless: it doesn’t allow for journalists to take weeks off to learn new skills.

That’s why Code for Africa, with support from Google News Lab and the World Bank’s Global Media Development Programme, has launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) specifically designed for African journalists.

The MOOC is free of charge and launches with 47 lessons created by some of the world’s leading digital journalism experts. Structured around six initial courses, the lessons start with basic numeracy and continue to advanced subjects such as mapmaking and video production. The lessons are designed to help to speed up newsgathering processes; improve journalists’ ability to check facts quickly; and provide the background necessary to produce charts, graphics and content for social sharing. Additional lessons offering new techniques or increasingly advanced skills will be added on a regular basis.

Sign up to start learning today: https://courses.academy.africa/

 

Newsletter from Arterial Network, Africa creative civil society network

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Arterial Network is a civil society network of artists, organisations and activists engaged in building sustainable networks, information dissemination, training, policy formulation, advocacy, research and African-centred theory, all geared towards growing and strengthening the cultural and creative sectors in Africa…

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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.

Digital Security Training for Women Journalists, AMWIK, deadline 30 January

Let us know if anyone needs further info or wants help making a good argument for why you need this… leave comment or email info@kenyanikwetu.org.

AMWIK will hold a one-day Digital Security Training for Women Journalists on Friday 2nd February 2018 from 8am-5pm at Meridian Hotel Nairobi.

The training is a partnership initiative with Safe Sister Project of DefendDefenders with support from Bread for the World and Internews. The objective of the training is to equip members with practical digital skills to enhance their online safety.

If you have never benefitted from any digital security training, then this opportunity is for you. Kindly send an email to info@amwik.org explaining how this training will benefit you. Students studying journalism are also encouraged to apply. Your email should reach us by Tuesday, 30th January 2018 at 5pm.

Participants will be required to carry their laptops and smartphones for the practical lessons.

Great advice: applying to jobs on KamaKazi

Great advice from KamaKazi.co.ke, whose website has hundreds of jobs to apply to…

We wanted to give you some pointers as to our application process to help you out:

  • Always read the Job Description (JD) carefully and make sure you understand what skills and experience you have for this job. When we call you for interview and you say ‘I can do it!’ that is not enough! Simply not enough. We want to hear what experience you have in the past that shows us you have done something similar. And we want to see that you understand the skills required and can show you have those skills from past experiences.
  • Application – we ask that you apply for every job you want to – one application is not enough. Why? Similarly to the above we want to know that you have read the JD and understood it for each job rather than simply applying for multiple jobs.
  • Skills – We ask that you fill in a section for skills. These are NOT your generic skills. They are skills SPECIFIC to this job description. If you do not demonstrate here that you have the specific skills that the job is looking for we may not even consider your application.
  • IT Skills – again we want to see if you have read the JD and understood what IT skills are imperative to this job.

Then you must attach your CV and any documentation that is RELEVANT to the job. Qualifications, certificates and recommendation letters are good.