Ashoka Changemakers and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invite Entries for Innovations for Health Competition

 

Ashoka Changemakers and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio have launched a new competition, Innovations for Health: Solutions that Cross Borders, to promote healthcare solutions from anywhere in the world that have the potential to be applied in other countries to improve health and healthcare. The competition is intended to help build bridges toward a more accessible, cost-effective, consumer-engaged, and outcome-driven system of health services.

The competition is seeking breakthrough innovations such as those that deploy the full spectrum of healthcare workers and providers, thereby improving the capacity, reach, and quality of healthcare services; use simple low-cost interventions to improve medical, preventive, and dental care; help people find and access the health information, services, and providers they need through new tools and processes; provide high quality and personalized care in non-traditional settings; and find new ways to engage patients in their care, particularly patients with chronic illnesses.

The competition’s organizers seek initiatives that have demonstrated impact, and are particularly interested in those that have the potential to help vulnerable and underserved populations in other countries that are experiencing similar barriers to health.

Three winners selected by a panel of expert judges will each receive $10,000. Entries received by the early deadline of December 12, 2011, will also be eligible to win one of two $500 awards and one of two private consulting sessions with industry experts.

In addition, following the Changemakers competition, selected entries may be invited to submit proposals to RWJF’s Pioneer Portfolio for future funding consideration. The foundation will be looking for innovations that show potential to produce significant improvement in health and healthcare in the United States. Only organizations in the United States and its territories are eligible for this post-competition funding opportunity.

Entries are welcome from any country. Entries are accepted in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Visit the Changemakers Web site for complete program guidelines and entry procedures.


NOTE: I am just the messenger!  If you have any questions about this competition or wish to apply, please contact info@AfricaAwards.com, or visit the website for more info: http://www.africaawards.com/

2011 Legatum Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship, which recently opened for entries and offers a Grand Prize of $100,000 and five further prizes of $50,000 each.

Recent research from the Legatum Institute* confirms that entrepreneurs – and the businesses they lead – are the enablers of growth and innovation in every economy. The Africa Awards, now in its fourth year, is designed to recognise and reward these role models: by championing their expertise and experience, we celebrate high standards of business excellence, encourage aspiring small business owners, and stimulate the flow of investment capital within the continent.

Enabling and celebrating entrepreneurship is therefore critical to the local and national economy, as well as to business owners. Nominate your business!!!!

The Africa Awards are open for entries until August 24th 2011 and the winners will be announced at a televised Gala Awards Banquet on December 8th 2011 in Nairobi, which marks the culmination of  a high level one-day conference on entrepreneurship.

Please let them know if you have any questions; further information regarding the awards can be found online at http://www.africaawards.com/ or by contacting info@AfricaAwards.com.  Please join their online discussions  through Twitter (@AfricaAwards), LinkedIn (Legatum Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship), or Facebook.

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Be Free Global is inviting applications for grants of $1,000 as part of its second annual micro-grant campaign. Be Free Global’s mission is to link action and ideas for children by providing alternative funding opportunities for creative projects worldwide that work to improve the lives of children of diverse backgrounds.

Each year, Be Free Global will select nonprofit organizations whose work positively impacts children in their immediate communities around the world to receive a micro-grant to fund a specific initiative.

As a start-up foundation, Be Free Global’s first initiative is to identify small and rising nonprofit organizations and encourage their participation in the foundation’s micro-grant program. The foundation’s vision is to link doers for children around the globe in a global conversation where ideas are exchanged and cross-cultural dialogue is fostered around shared solutions to common issues. Financial support for the grant program is provided through charitable donations and fundraising events.

In this grantmaking cycle, Be Free Global is seeking to fund a select group of not-for-profit organizations on several continents that focus on providing educational resources to displaced children and children otherwise disconnected from traditional public and private resources. Grant applications are invited from organizations that use innovation, creativity, and direct solutions to overcome the challenges facing children in their community.

Complete program information and the grant application form are available at the Be Free Global Web site.

A competition for businesses that improve the environments in which young children grow up

Organisation

BiD Network and the Bernard van Leer Foundation

Deadline

May 31, 2011

Region / Country

Brazil, India, Peru, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda

Summary of RFP

Submit a business plan that will improve the environment in which young children grow up and you could…
* Receive feedback on your plan and get access to useful business tools.
* Get support from a coach to write your business plan. Win a business trip for trainings, b2b, and investor meetings.
* Get access to over 100 investors interested in financing SMEs in developing countries.
* Get access to a network of more than 36,000 like-minded entrepreneurs, coaches, and investors.

Participation criteria:

1. Check the general participation criteria.
2. Your business should have a positive impact on young children by improving the physical environment in which they grow up. For example: cleaner energy, water and sanitation solutions, better housing, safer transport, safe places to play, etc.
3. Your country of business should be: Brazil, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, India, or Turkey.

Submission Instructions

How to submit your business plan?

1. Become a member of the BiD Network. Register at the link below.
2. Create a profile in the BiD Network.
3. Fill in and submit an online application and answer the 15 questions about your business idea.

Submit your application for coaching services before:

Peru and Brazil: the 15th of March 2011
India, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda: the 31st of March 2011

Please pay special attention to the timeline of the competition.

4. Submit a complete business plan. If you already have a complete business plan you can attach it to your application directly. You can also submit it once your application is accepted.

Make sure to submit your complete business plan before the competition deadlines:

Peru and Brazil: the 30th of April 2011
India, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda: 31st of May 2011

What happens after you submit your plan?

1. Your plan will enter the assessment process. You will receive extensive feedback in each stage.
2. In the beginning of May they will select the finalists from Latin America. In June they will select the finalists from Africa, Turkey and India. The entrepreneurs will be invited for a business trip for trainings, b2b, and investor meetings in their respective regions.
3. Whether or not you become a finalist, all high quality business plans are eligible for the BiD Network Investor Matchmaking Services.

This business plan competition is a collaboration between Bernard van Leer and BiD Network.

For more information, please visit: http://www.bidnetwork.org/page/179834

Engineers Without Borders Canada is  seeking exceptional leaders to join their African Programs Staff (APS) in the following positions:

With the Agriculture Team (in Ghana and Zambia):

Agricultural Value Chains Team Market Development Field Officer

Agricultural Value Chains Team Market Development Project Manager

African Business Development Team

With the Malawi Water and Sanitation Team:

District Capacity Development and Decentralization Policy Analyst

Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Leader

To apply, go to http://my.ewb.ca/volunteering/applications/. Applications are due on February 11th, 2011.

They are recruiting for the Agricultural Value Chains Team  (Ghana, Zambia) for departures starting in March 2011. In this project aimed at removing rural farmers’ barriers to agricultural input access, EWB will be partnering with donors. By becoming a part of the donor chain, The Agricultural Value Chains Team will be able to share field realities and will have the respect and understanding needed to drive change for farmers.

They are searching for African Business Development Team members for departures beginning in March 2001. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that have long been neglected by development initiatives are finally getting recognition from Social Investment Funds (SIFs) that have emerged to provide capital investment to these businesses. EWB’s African Business Development Team will continue to provide technical assistance to rural African businesses, as EWB has for years, while partnering with SIFs to provide services at scale.

They are seeking a leader for Malawi’s leading sanitation initiative, Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) to start in March 2011.  CLTS is an innovative approach, holding open community discussions to confront taboo sanitation behaviors. The change is owned and led by the community itself, with the CLTS team acting as facilitators and encouraging follow-through on community-set goals.

We are recruiting a District Capacity Development and Decentralization Policy Analyst to join the Malawi Water and Sanitation team as early as March 2011. Since 1998, Malawi has been undergoing a process of decentralization. This process, meant to increase the districts’ power to provide sustainable and effective services to their constituents, particularly in the water and sanitation sector, has been slow and requires acceleration to improve service delivery. This role is aimed at using understanding of field realities to increase capacity development at the district level and to advise decentralization partners (namely the Malawi-Germany Program for Democratic Decentralization) on policy.

For questions or more detailed information please contact projects@ewb.ca.

The Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) has opened the door for nominations for the AGFUND International Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects. It invites the United Nations, international, and regional organizations as well as NGOs, ministries, public institutions, universities, and research centres worldwide to submit their nominations for the Prize amounting to $500 000 in its four Categories. The theme of the prize for the year 2011 is ‘Empowering Youth through Entrepreneurship and Job Opportunities.’ subdivided to match the four categories of the Prize are as follows:
•  First Category:
The role of international organizations in supporting the developing countries’ national policies and programs for empowering youth through entrepreneurships and job opportunities. (For projects implemented by UN, international or regional organizations)

• Second Category:
NGOs-led efforts to empowering youth through entrepreneurships and job opportunities. (For projects implemented by national NGOs).

• Third Category:
The governmental bodies’ efforts in adoption of pioneering entrepreneurships for empowering youth and increasing their job opportunities. ((For projects by government ministries and public institutions).

• Fourth Category:
Individual-led efforts to empowering youth through entrepreneurships and job opportunities. (For projects initiated, sponsored and/or implemented by individuals).

The Communications Department is receiving nominations at the address of the Arab Gulf Programme for Development: Riyadh 11415, P.O. Box 18371, KSA; or the email address prize@agfund.org. For more information and for downloading the nomination form, please visit the AGFUND website www.agfund.org . Nomination forms will be accepted until May 31st, 2011.

The projects submitted for the Prize are evaluated with high objectivity and transparency by juries chosen every year with regard to the experience and specialization relevant to the Prize theme. The number of projects which have won the Prize since its inception in 1999 amounts to 38 projects, implemented by UN and international organizations as well as NGOs and individuals. More than one hundred developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe have benefited from the prize.

The Prize Committee is composed a number of distinguished world personalities representing the world’s geographical regions. The Committee convenes annually to discuss the evaluation results of the nominated projects and to choose the winning projects. Prizes are presented in a ceremony to which representatives of the winning organizations, specialists and experts in the field of development, celebrities interested in development issues, and media representatives are invited.

Countries: Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire / Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone

Rolling Deadline

Through its main grantmaking programme “Rural Women Creating Change”, New Field Foundation supports African rural women, their organisations, and networks in sub-Saharan Africa to increase their agency over resources, information, and policy. Rural Women Creating Change grants are intended to enable:

Local Organising: to bring significant improvement to rural women’s organisations, their families, communities, and countries; Movement Building: to contribute to a dynamic movement of rural women who are creating social change; and Systemic Change: to promote African rural women’s leadership that creates economic justice, gender equity, and peace at local, provincial, and national levels.

New Field chooses to concentrate its support in regions that are going through transformation after years of conflict or other upheaval. The programme concentrates on three focus areas: 1) Casamance, Senegal: Kolda district; Kerewane, Gambia; 2) Mano River Union: Kissidougou, Guéckédou, and N’zerekore districts of Guinea; Kailahun and Kono districts of Sierra Leone; Lofa county of Liberia; and 3) Niger River Basin: border area between Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Mali.

The majority of these grants go to support local groups that are organising collectively to create “thriving, equitable, and peaceful communities for rural African women and their families.”  New Field Foundation is particularly interested in organisations that:

Are African-based, women-led, and community-centred; Increase the resources and agency of rural women’s organisations and networks; Can receive and manage international funds; Are well established in the communities in which they work; Demonstrate well functioning management, finance, and programmatic systems; and  Are benefiting rural women and their organisations through systemic change.

Application Information

New Field invites the submission of introductory information from organisations that have carefully reviewed their priorities and are a strong match in terms of programmatic focus, institutional identity, women’s leadership, and geographic location. New Field spends significant time getting to know an organisation before inviting a full proposal.

Contact

New Field Foundation

1016 Lincoln Boulevard
Mailbox 14

San Francisco CA

94129

United States

Tel: + 1 415 561 3417 Fax: + 1 415 561 3419

http://www.newfieldfound.org/grants.priorities.html

info@newfieldfound.org