Deadline for entries: May 22, 2009.

The three winners each receive $5,000 and will be published in the September 2009 “Power of Travel” issue of Condé Nast Traveler.

WE BELIEVE that travelers and the travel industry have great power to do good in the world. JOIN US in this international competition for the best ideas for promoting effective and rewarding global citizenship—helping preserve environments, supporting communities.

ENTER NOW and tell us (1) how travelers can contribute meaningfully to the lives of local people, and/or (2) how travel companies can best engage their guests in the communities they visit. nominate enter discuss The challenge is open to individuals, organizations, and companies.

We will consider all entries that: Reflect the theme of the challenge: We are searching for innovative ideas and projects that use travel to promote good in the world. We are seeking the best ideas on how to promote the principles of global citizenship—through individual travelers and the travel industry. Are at the idea or early implementation stage: We are looking for new ideas or early stage projects in development.

These may be new ideas or new projects from new or long-established organizations or companies. Complete the entry form: Entries must be fully completed and submitted before the deadline of May 22, 2009. Are submitted in English.

Assessment Criteria Innovation: Is this idea or project innovative? Does it describe an original way in which travel can promote good and connect people? Does it solve the problem in a unique manner? This is the knock-out test.

The innovation should be distinct from existing travel projects or initiatives in the field. The best projects will demonstrate a unique model of change by which travelers, travel companies, and local citizens are empowered to create healthier and more sustainable communities that benefit their citizens, heritage, and environment.

As this is a global challenge, we are looking for ideas that could be universally applicable.

Social Impact: What is the social impact of this idea or project? How does it help connect people around the world and stimulate global citizenship? How does it help build empathy, raise awareness, influence public policy, or deepen a community’s understanding through travel? The best ideas will engage individual travelers as well as demonstrate a positive impact on the local community or society at large.

Beyond leisure and entertainment appeal, we are looking for ideas that use travel to influence or lead to systemic change. Sustainability: Could this idea be implemented and, ultimately, sustained? To achieve lasting impact, an innovation needs to be financially and environmentally sustainable. While entrants will not be expected to launch their ideas, we are looking for practical, concrete solutions that have potential to be implemented.

The best ideas would also have potential to be replicated so that they could have far-reaching impact. Challenge Deadlines Entries for the Condé Nast Traveler Challenge will be accepted until May 22, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

The community will be able to vote on entries as soon as they are posted so individuals and organizations are encouraged to submit ideas early. In addition, early entrants may receive more comments, questions, and insights from the Changemakers and Condé Nast Traveler communities, which can be used to improve (and resubmit) their entries before the deadline.

The three winners each receive $5,000. More importantly, all entrants gain great exposure on our website and have their entry read by a global community of innovators and investors. The finalists receive media attention and are showcased on the Changemakers website. THE WINNERS will be published in the September 2009 “Power of Travel” issue of Condé Nast Traveler.

VillageReach Summer Intern

Program Filed Under: youth health rural development

Social Business Intern, Seattle, Washington, USA.

Deadline for Application: April 24, 2009.

VillageReach is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to to save lives and improve well being in developing countries by increasing last-mile access to healthcare and investing in social businesses that address gaps in health and community infrastructure. Since its establishment in 2000, VillageReach has worked with public health systems and global health organizations in Mozambique and Malawi to strengthen logistics, management and services at rural health centers. For more information visit: http://www.villagereach.org. Summer Intern Program: Social Business: Strategy and Market Research for developing Social; Businesses that Support Health Systems and Development Internship Description The summer intern social business position provides highly relevant experience in developing a strategy for identifying, vetting, and starting social businesses that support health systems in developing countries. The position is ideal for a creative individual interested in social entrepreneurship, social businesses, and global health and development issues from a practitioner’s perspective. Job responsibilities include: researching investment strategies and methodologies of venture capital, private equity, and other investment institutions; developing a process manual or methodology for investing; and researching specific investment opportunities. Qualifications o Graduate-level student or recent graduate in business o Experience in venture capital, private equity, or new business development in communications, transport, or energy companies o Experience or familiarity with health or other NGO projects o Familiarity with the developing world, preferably in a professional context o Skilled writer and researcher Commitment This is a full-time 8-10 week (40 hrs./week) summer internship based at VillageReach headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA. The internship is designed for the summer months of June-August, but there is flexibility for the exact starting and ending dates. The position provides $3,000 to support living expenses To Apply Send resume and cover letter to: Info@villagereach.org. Deadline for Application: April 24, 2009.

1.       The Communication and Social Change (CSC) Award
Awarding an individual or organisation for contributions to the theory and/or practice of communication for social change (CSC). In selecting the award winner/s, the CSC jury will consider both significant contributions to the theory of CSC, and notable achievements in applied communication practice. The theoretical and practical work of Award nominees should reflect and/or be directly relevant to contemporary international work being done at the ‘grassroots’ in the field of CSC. The jury will also consider the pioneering contributions made by theorists and practitioners to CSC. Nominations that demonstrate an innovative approach and a strong commitment to long-term sustainable development are also sought.
Deadline: May 1 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/15965

2.       WACC Photo Competition 2009 – Portraying Gender
Inviting photographers to submit photos on the theme “portraying gender” that challenge conventional understandings of ‘femininity’ and ‘masculinity’: photos that portray women or men in ways that offer new perceptions about their roles and responsibilities, as well as photos that break the mould of the male-female ‘divide’. The competition is open to men, women, and children, of all ages and from all countries. Amateurs and professionals are welcome to submit photos that: show women taking leadership and working in roles in public that were previously thought to be the sole domain of men; show men taking on nurturing or caring roles in private that were previously thought to be the sole domain of women; show women or men in a way that challenges cultural understandings of their “place” in society; or show women and men on an equal footing.
Deadline: May 1 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/267603

3.    Fred L. Soper Award for Excellence in Health Literature
Recognising significant contributions to the health literature in Latin America and the Caribbean and promoting the highest standards of research (specifically, research that emphasises regional impact). Only articles published in scientific journals listed in the Index Medicus or in official Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) journals are eligible for consideration. Preference is given to studies involving more than one discipline and to papers related to infectious disease, a lifelong concern of Dr. Soper. Review papers are eligible if their conclusions deal directly with policy primarily affecting Latin America or the Caribbean. The Award is limited to contributions by authors whose principal affiliation is with teaching, research, or service institutions located in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Deadline: May 1 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/267192

4.    Young Voices in Research for Health: Essay Competition
Inviting young professionals under 30 years old, working in or interested in the broad spectrum of health research for development, to enter an essay competition. The competition is seeking entries of 1,500 words or less, written in English, French, or Spanish, on the theme “Innovating for the health of all”. It is being held in conjunction with Forum 2009, the annual meeting of the Global Forum that takes place in Havana, Cuba, from November 16 to 20 2009. The winning essays will be published in The Lancet, and their authors will be invited to attend.
Deadline: May 3 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/268738

5.    Drawing Competition for Children on Gender Equality
Calling on children aged 8 – 10 in developing countries to express their vision of gender equality. This call was extended on International Women’s Day 2009 by the European Commission (EC), who will convene a jury composed of children from the 27 European Union member states. They will select 2 drawings per region, and award a prize totalling €1,000 for each region. An exhibition will be inaugurated during the autumn of 2009. In addition, the winning drawings will be included in a booklet which will be distributed in the schools of the participating countries and in the European schools that have participated in the competition.
Deadline: May 15 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/287324

6.    Raw Deal or Truth Told? Young People in the Media Competition
Inviting young people in the United Kingdom to express their feelings about the way they are portrayed by the media. The Hansard Society and the House of Lords have opened the competition for 11- to 16-year-olds to enter through youth groups, schools, and other official organisations. Young people are asked to look at issues such as media portrayal of youth culture, negative press coverage, and the importance of celebrity and sporting role models. Students can choose how they respond to this issue; possibilities include an essay on the subject, newspaper-style article, presentation, short film, audio clip, or interview with a local politicians and classmates.
Deadline: May 15 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/287865

7.    Geotourism Challenge 2009: Power of Place – Sustaining the Future of Destinations
Launching an online competition to identify and showcase innovators – individuals and organisations – that directly or indirectly support good destination stewardship and the approach known as geotourism: “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place – its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.” The intention is to search for global innovative ideas in tourism that celebrate the distinct destinations of the world by honouring culture, cherishing history, and enhancing the environment.
Deadline: May 20 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/287909

8.    Enlarge Your Vision – European Young Journalist Award 09   
Inviting aspiring journalists aged 17 – 35 from all over Europe to reflect and express their views on Europe and the European Union (EU)’s enlargement. National jury members are  looking for a touch of journalistic flair and analytical treatment in the written print and online articles that are submitted, The 2009 Award welcomes a second category, “radio”. Aspiring young radio journalists will also now be offered the chance to demonstrate their technical and journalistic skills on a European level. National competitions will be offered in the 27 EU member states, EU candidate countries, and EU potential candidates.
Deadline: May 31 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/287869

9.    The World Young Reader Prizes
Awarding newspapers that have devised innovative projects or activities for young readers (under age 25). Projects submitted to the Young World Leader Prize may be in one of 6 categories: Editorial; Making the News; Newspapers in Education (NIE); Public Service; Brand; and Special Prize – Press Freedom.
Deadline: June 5 2009 (with an April 15 deadline for the Press Freedom prize)
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/271905

10.    International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Award
Encouraging youth participation in media throughout the year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will award the annual International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards. The competition is open to radio and television broadcasters who participated in the 2008 ICDB with programmes on the theme “The World We Want”. To be eligible for the ICDB Award, broadcasts must have taken place on or around March 1 2009, and should be for young people and created with some aspect of youth participation. The 2009 theme is “Unite for Children – Tune in to Kids”.
Deadline: June 15 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/268191

11.    Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism
Recognising independent and professional reporting that sheds new light on controversial issues. Established in 2002, the contest awards 2 US$5,000 prizes each year, one to a local reporter in a developing country or nation in transition, and the other to a freelance journalist covering international news. The stories can focus on conflict, human rights concerns, cross-border issues, or any other issue of controversy in a particular country or region.
Deadline: June 22 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/268740

12.    International Essay Contest
Inviting young people throughout the world up to 25 years of age to submit essays for the 2009 International Essay Contest for Young People. Entries are divided into 2 age categories for the awarding of prizes: up to 14 years and 15 – 25 years. The competition’s theme is “The role of science in building a better world: What kind of science and technology do you think is needed for realizing a more equitable, prosperous and sustainable world for all? Please express your vision for the future of science, including examples of studies or researches you wish to engage in.”
Deadline: June 30 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/269692

13.    International Peace Pals Art Competition and Exhibition
Encouraging children throughout the world between the ages of 5 and 15 to participate in The 11th Annual International Peace Pals Art Competition and Exhibition. Entries are divided into 4 age categories for the awarding of prizes: 5-8 years, 9-12 years, 13-15 years, and 16-19 years of age. The competition’s theme is ‘Peace in My Community’. Pictures should include the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. Awards will be decided by a panel of international judges. First, second, and third place entries in each of the categories will be made into greeting cards, which will be awarded to all winners.
Deadline: July 30 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/267243

14.    FAIR Investigative Journalism Awards
Inviting entries for a continental African award for the investigative journalism article or programme that stands out in investigative quality and newsworthiness, relevance, and importance of the subject. The award, called ‘The FAIR IJ Award’, is, according to FAIR, the first African continental prize for investigative journalism. The IJ Award will also include an Editors’ Courage award, extended to an African editor who has courageously, in the face of pressures, threats, and obstacles, moved to publish a good quality and important investigative piece. The related and peer reviewed international Global Shining Light Award is awarded by the Global Investigative Journalism Network, of which FAIR is a founding member. Winners and short-listed candidates for the IJ Award will be forwarded by FAIR to compete for the Global Shining Light Award.
Deadline: July 31 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/288829

15.    AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards
Honouring outstanding reporting for a general audience by individuals (rather than institutions, publishers, or employers) for their coverage of the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. United States (U.S.) Categories: large newspapers; small newspapers; magazines; television (2 awards: spot news/feature reporting and an in-depth reporting); radio; and online. International Category: Children’s Science News award is for work distributed via any medium – print, broadcast, or online. The prize recognises excellence in reporting science news for children, including young teens up to age 14. Note: Provide English translations of international entries whenever possible.
Deadline: August 1 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/269120

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Please VOTE in our NEW Early Childhood Development POLL:

What is the most persistent problem facing marginalised female children?

Problem:
* Lack of access to education.
* Lack of inheritance and ownership rights.
* Societal acceptance of sexual teasing and harassment.
* Forced customs related to sexuality: e.g., FGM, arranged marriage, involuntary prostitution.

VOTE and COMMENT at http://www.comminit.com/en/node/288613/303

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
http://www.comminit.com/en/funding.html

16.    Visiting Scholar in Feminist Perspectives on Globalisation 
Inviting applications for a research programme on feminist perspectives on globalisation. This 6-month (2009-2010) programme offers highly qualified researchers working on issues of globalisation from a feminist perspective, from developing countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific, the opportunity to spend a research term in Ottawa based at one of the two Canadian universities. The universities are seeking either a Francophone Visiting Scholar or a Visiting Scholar fluent in French. The focus of the Feminist Perspectives on Globalization programme is on the broad area of “rights”.
Deadline: May 1 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/146900

17.    Global Competition on Climate Adaptation
Seeking innovative solutions addressing climate adaptation. The 2009  competition plans to identify 20-25 early-stage projects to receive a US$200,000 grant for implementation over 2 years. The competition focuses on 3 sub-themes: Resilience of Indigenous Peoples Communities to Climate Risks; Climate Risk Management with Multiple Benefits; and Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management. Individuals may not apply, and special eligibility criteria apply to the first sub-theme.
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/289503
Deadline: May 18 2009

18.    PAHEF Grants Program
Supporting innovative, results-oriented projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. This Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) programme focuses on two priority areas: 1) promoting healthy ageing; and 2) combating childhood obesity and improving nutrition. PAHEF invites PAHO technical units and country offices/centres, recognised non-governmental organisations (NGOs), universities, semi-autonomous government laboratories, research centres, and other nonprofit organisations in Latin America and the Caribbean to apply for one- or two-year project grants in the US$5,000 to US$25,000 range.
Deadline: June 1 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/267467

19.    Documentary Photography Distribution Grant: A Grant to Encourage New Ways of Presenting Documentary Photography to the Public
Offering a grant to documentary photographers who have already completed a significant body of work on issues of social justice, to collaborate with a partner organisation and propose new ways of using photography as a tool for positive social change. All photographers must have another entity (such as a nonprofit, NGO, or community-based organisation) that will work with the photographer to design an innovative distribution strategy that focuses on specific communities and advocates for social change. Grants of US$5,000 to US$30,000 will be awarded.
Deadline: June 19 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/281538

20.       KPC Mentorship Program
Seeking new grantees preparing to embark on their first Knowledge Practice Coverage (KPC) Survey or a veteran in need of an extra hand conducting a KPC survey and host participant organisations. This KPC Mentorship Program is designed to match new trainees with a CORE member’s KPC survey teams to learn by going through the entire process. Trainees must be an employee or consultant for a CORE member organisation or a new Child Survival and Health Grants Program (CSHGP) grantee, and must be sponsored by a CORE member organisation.
Deadline: July 14 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/287926

21.    Alter-Ciné Foundation Documentary Film Grants
Offers a yearly grant to young film and video makers born and living in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to direct a documentary film on the theme of rights and freedoms, including social and economic rights, women’s rights, the right to culture, and artistic creation. The Foundation will award a grant of CDN$10,000 to a video or filmmaker to assist in the production of a documentary project
Deadline: August 15 2009
http://www.comminit.com/en/node/282407