UNDP has just launched a new Human Development Index tool on Google! Not only is this a tangible way to visualize global human development statistics on gender, income, education, human security and more, but the data could be used for organizational objectives (logical frameworks), grant applications, development proposals, and evaluation and monitoring tools, and more.  Definitely, a valuable tool for all working so hard in international development.  Here is the link: http://hdr.undp.org/en/
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This note concerns part-time consulting opportunities with Eurasia Group Ltd (http://eurasiagroup.net/), sent from a BC ’06 alum.

Eurasia Group has immediate openings for a wide range of country specialists (see list below) to provide research and analytical support on foreign medical and health systems and infrastructure. The support will be extensive in scope but generally involve the following country-level research activities.

· Foreign consequence management and disaster preparedness for both natural and non-natural (ie, nuclear, biological, chemical, radiological) events

· Pharmaceutical industries, biotech, and manufacturing infrastructure

· International organizations and NGOs involved in country’s health system

In the following countries:

· BRICs

· Cuba

· South Africa

· Afghanistan

· Indonesia

· Somalia

· North Korea

· Mexico

· Saudi Arabia

· Iran

· Kenya

· Turkey

· Haiti

· Pakistan

· South Korea

· Iraq

· Yemen

Ideal candidates will have previous experience, both research/analytical and in-the-field, in the activities identified above, plus an understanding of the current policy environment shaping US-foreign country engagement on global health issues (eg, Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative). Language proficiency in the country specialization is key, as is the ability to do copious amounts of research, analysis, and report writing. This work can be done anywhere in the world, provided you have steady internet access.

If you are interested in applying for a part-time position, please send a tailored resume/CV and detailed talking points (bullet format) expressing how your background fits the activities and countries identified above. Both the tailored CV and bullet points are important as we expect to receive lots of interest given the overarching nature of this research, and your ability to stand out will help ensure we review your profile.

Please send to Cassandra Spratt at Eurasia Group (spratt@eurasiagroup.net). We will evaluate candidates on a rolling basis, starting immediately.

Regards,

Ted

Theodore J. Obenchain

Director, Government Services

Eurasia Group

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Amgen Foundation and Ashoka’s Changemakers Announce Patient Empowerment Competition

The Amgen Foundation, a giving vehicle of human therapeutics company Amgen, and Ashoka’s Changemakers have announced the Patients | Choices | Empowerment competition to help answer the question of how patients’ voices can be elevated to improve health outcomes globally.

The competition’s organizers hope to help build a global community of organizations that are working to ensure that patients have an active role in their personal health care and ultimately lead to sustainable solutions that will have a broad social benefit beyond the competition itself. The competition is seeking the submission of solutions and the nomination of projects that empower the patient and provide avenues for informed decisions. Solutions could include new methods of changing the training and interactions of healthcare providers to act in partnership with patients to make the right decisions at the right time; programs that support the emotional and social needs of patients to promote prevention, wellness, and health literacy; or interactive technologies that provide instant information and local resources for patients and their families to understand health conditions and actively participate in healthcare decisions.

Solutions should ideally work for people where they live — regardless of age, status, or education level. The competition seeks model solutions that can be replicated at the widest scale and across various diseases and populations for maximum impact.

The competition is open to anyone (person or organization) anywhere in the globe. To be eligible for an award, projects should indicate growth beyond the stage of idea, concept, or research. At a minimum, entries should be at the demonstration stage and indicate success. While the competition supports new ideas at every stage and encourages their entry, the judges are better able to evaluate programs that are beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated a proof of impact, even at small scale.

Entries will be accepted in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French.

The three winners of this competition — the finalist individuals or organizations that receive the most votes online — will each receive a cash prize of $10,000. Early entries, received by August 25, 2010, will be considered eligible to win one early entry prize of $1,000, and will remain eligible to win the competition.

Following the Changemakers competition, selected entries may be invited to submit proposals to the Amgen Foundation for future funding consideration. The Amgen Foundation will consider awarding up to $1 million in grants to support promising innovations in patient empowerment submitted by qualifying nonprofit organizations. In particular, the Amgen Foundation seeks innovations that demonstrate potential to produce significant improvement in health and healthcare around the world and that reflect Amgen’s dedication to impacting lives in inspiring and innovative ways. To be eligible for future Amgen Foundation funding, organizations must operate in the U.S. or Europe and meet the foundation’s grant guidelines.

Visit the Changemakers Web site for competition guidelines.

Wildlife Conservation Society Accepting Applications for Research Fellowship Program

The Wildlife Conservation Society Research Fellowship Program is a small grants program administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society Institute that aims to build capacity for the next generation of conservationists by supporting individual field research projects with a clear application to the conservation of threatened wildlife and wild places.

The program helps train applied conservation scientists from developing countries. Since the RFP’s establishment in 1993, over 2,000 proposals totaling over $23 million have been submitted to WCS for funding, of which 300 proposals totaling more than $3 million have been funded. Over 60 percent of the total funded proposals have come from national conservationists (citizens of the country in which they are conducting their research). All grantees are graduate-level students pursuing masters, doctoral, or veterinary degrees (or equivalents). Collectively, these professionals will help to apply field-tested conservation science to the challenges facing conservation today.

In 2010, the WCS Institute re-established the RFP with a focus on supporting projects that directly address WCS conservation priorities. WCS seeks projects that are based on sound and innovative conservation science and that encourage conservation practices that can contribute to sustainable development. Applicants must be citizens of developing countries. An exception is made for applicants who are Native American (United States) or First Nations, Métis, or Inuit (Canada).

The maximum award amount is $20,000.

Visit the WCS Web site for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements: http://programs.wcs.org/Default.aspx?alias=programs.wcs.org/grants

The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s Senior International Fellows Program provides an opportunity for the professional development of third-sector practitioners from outside the United States who are decision-makers in their professions. The program is also designed to help build third-sector capacity in the fellows’ home countries.

The research topic for fellowships for the 2010 program will be community foundations. Proposals on other topics related to the philanthropic sector will be considered from candidates applying on a tuition- or institutionally sponsored basis.

Fellows are based at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where they will participate in a one-month seminar (October 18 to November 12, 2010) focused on the U.S. and international voluntary sectors. Based on the seminars, readings, discussions with leaders in the field, and the fellows’ own experiences, each participant will produce a position paper with recommendations for the development, adaptation, or expansion of foundations or another approved topic. It is expected that these recommendations will draw from a variety of foundation experiences and will reflect the political, social, economic, and legal frameworks in the fellows’ home countries.

The program is open to senior-level practitioners (generally over the age of 35). Each fellowship covers the cost of tuition. As part of the award, the center also provides furnished accommodations in Manhattan, round-trip air travel to and from New York City, and a stipend to help cover research-related and additional living expenses.

Visit the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society Web site for program guidelines.

AWARDS: MEDIA REPORTING ON DEVELOPMENT
Provocative and Original Stories

The Institute of Development Studies
(IDS) invites entries for their first awards for reporting on international development, soliciting compelling alternative narratives and critiques and encouraging discussion on development issues and processes. Journalists from around the world are requested to submit their best articles, news pieces, critiques, and editorials that focus on poverty alleviation, democracy and governance, rights, health, and other Millennium Development Goals.

There will be 3 awards: one of UKP 500, and two of UKP 250.

Deadline for submission of articles is July 9th 2010.

In order to participate either by submitting a story or commenting on stories submitted by others, please go to The Communication Initiative’s Development Networks Group “Awards: Media Reporting on Development” .

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Journalists must register and join The Communication Initiative’s Development Networks Group “Awards: Media Reporting on Development” in order to participate in this awards process.

Submissions will be open for comments/critique by other members of the “Awards: Media Reporting on Development” Group.

Submissions will be judged and selected for prizes by a group of IDS research fellows, board members, and communication staff.

Criteria:

1. TYPE: The article submitted must have been published in some print or online media form (newspaper, journal, magazine, etc.) in the period from Jan 1 2009 through May 30 2010.
2. CONTENT: The article must have a focus on a recognisable development issue (e.g., poverty, health, rights) or a recognisable development process (e.g., participation, advocacy, policy development, system strengthening).
3. PERSPECTIVE: There should be a prominent focus within the piece on the voices of those most affected and/or those engaged in the development process or issue that is the focus of the piece. The piece will also be judged based on originality of perspective.
4. RELEVANCE: The piece must show the ability to locate the specific development issue or process being reported within overall national or global development dynamics.
5. REPORTAGE: There must be a high standard of journalism demonstrated within the piece.
6. QUALITY: The writing must be of a high standard.

Process:

Beginning June 9th 2010, journalists will be Invited to join the Communication Initiative’s Development Networks Group “Awards: Reporting on International Development” and to submit the stories that they wish to have assessed.

Between June 9th and July 9th 2010, journalists can Submit their work as Posts to the Group, with brief outlines in the posts themselves and their stories attached as PDFs or links to online versions of the full stories.

During this time, other members of the Group will be able to Comment on these stories – in order to both inform the judges’ deliberations and encourage a process of mutual support and guidance.

The Decisions on the award winners will be made by the IDS-convened judges group between July 10th and July 16th 2010.

The winners will be announced on or just after July 19th 2010.

The Top 10 outstanding stories will be featured within The Communication Initiative process after the awards are announced.

For more information, contact:
Deborah Heimann
The Communication Initiative
http://www.comminit.com
dheimann@comminit.com

Ashoka Changemakers “Changing Lives Through Football” competition
deadline to enter is June 11, 2010

Nike and Ashoka’s Changemakers are pleased to kick-off the “Changing Lives Through Football” competition, building on the success of two collaborative competitions that have helped surface the best ideas in the emerging field of sport for social change (the “Sport for a Better World” and “GameChangers: Change the Game for Women in Sport” competitions).

Whether through their partnerships in Africa that support communities that fight HIV/AIDS, or its “Stand Up Speak Up” campaign to empower sports fans to voice their opposition to racism, Nike has long recognized the power of football (“soccer” in the US) to affect real change.

Join us to identify, inspire, and bring together the next wave of leaders who are eager to find ways that football can unleash the potential of young people, strengthen their communities, boost development, and affect change.

Football is the sport that unites the world. Billions of fans cheer their favorite teams. As anticipation mounts for this year’s World Cup tournament — the first ever played on the African continent — there’s no better time to translate the excitement into new ideas that empower youth.

The global stage is set to inspire social change through football, and Nike and Changemakers invite you to join the team. Help find the next wave of leaders who are using football to unleash the potential of young people by participating in the Changing Lives Through Football collaborative competition on Changemakers.com.

Sport enables human potential, allowing new leaders to emerge on the playing field of sport or life. We invite individuals, teams, and organizations that are using football for social change join us on Changemakers.com between March 24 and August 11, 2010.

Do you have a new idea or a thriving program that encourages youth by expanding access to football? Share your knowledge with our global community. Tell us how to magnify the impact of a football-based innovation by applying it around the world.

There are several ways you can participate: you can recommend a project or idea that should enter, post a comment or question in the online dialogue, and vote for the winners. Your experience and insights are invaluable. Together we may uncover the creativity – and natural drive to innovate – within each of us.

Invite your friends and colleagues! Together we can use the sport as a powerful tool to drive social change, educating, supporting, and protecting our world’s young people.
Guidelines, Criteria and Prizes

The Changing Lives Through Football competition is open to all types of individuals and organizations (charitable organizations, private companies, or public entities) from all countries. We consider all entries that:

* Reflect the theme of the challenge: Changing Lives Through Football. The scope of the competition is to identify innovative solutions that use football to strengthen community, accelerate development and drive social change. Entries are invited from organizations and individuals in all countries.
* Indicate growth beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated impact and sustainability. While we support new ideas at every stage and encourage their entry, the judges are better able to evaluate programs that are beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated a proof of impact.
* Are submitted in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

Please complete the entire entry form and submit by June 11, 2010, 5PM US EST. All decisions of the judges will be final.

Assessment Criteria

The winners of this Changemakers Collaborative Competition will be those entries that best meet the following criteria:

* Innovation: This is the knock-out test; if the work is not innovative the judges will not give it high rankings. The application must describe the systemic innovation that it is focused on. The innovation should be a unique model of change demonstrating a substantial difference from other initiatives in the field with the possibility for large-scale expansion.
* Social Impact: It is important that the innovative idea provides a system-changing solution for the field it addresses. Some innovations will have proven success at a small level, while others will have potential to grow, engaging millions of people. Still others will achieve their impact quickly, while some will seed change for the long term. Regardless of the level of demonstrated impact, it is important to see that the innovation has the ability to be applied in the U.S. and other countries. This will be judged by considering the scale strategy, ability to be replicated, clear how-tos, and the entrant’s ability to formulate a clear “road map” to reaching larger goals.
* Sustainability: For an innovation to be truly effective it must have a plan for how it will acquire financial and other bases of support for the long-term. Entries should describe not only how they are currently financing their work, but also how they plan to finance their work in the future. The most successful entrants go beyond discussing whether or not they will charge for services and describe a business plan. They should also demonstrate that they have strong partnerships and support networks to address an ongoing need, and to aid in scalability and the maintenance of a clear financial strategy.

Competition Deadlines, Procedures, and Rules

Online competition submissions are accepted until June 11, 2010 at 5PM US EST. At any time before this deadline, competition participants are encouraged to revise their entries based on questions and insights that they receive in the Changemakers discussion. Participation in the discussion enhances an entrant’s prospects in the competition and provides the community and the judges an opportunity to understand the entrant’s project more completely.

Winners will be expected to spend any prize money awarded in furtherance of the purposes of the project and/or organization for which the applicant has submitted an entry form.

There are four main phases in the competition:

* Entry Stage, March 24 – June 11, 2010: Entries can be submitted until 5PM US EST on April 21, 2010, and throughout this stage anyone can participate in an online review discussion with the entrants.
* Online Review and Judging, June 11 – July 20, 2010: Online review and discussion continues. Simultaneously, a panel of expert judges and a team of Ashoka staff select the competition finalists.
* Voting, July 21 – August 11, 2010: The Changemakers community votes online to select the award-winners from the field of finalists.
* Global and Regional Winners Announced– August 18, 2010

Prizes

3 Global Winners:

ONLINE WINNERS – A panel of independent judges selected by Ashoka or Nike and Ashoka staff will select between 10 and 15 finalists from all of the entries submitted in the competition. All entries will be evaluated pursuant to the criteria as stated above. From among these 10-15 finalists, the Changemakers’ online community will vote for 3 winners. In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken by a vote of the independent judges. Any person may sign into and register with Changemakers at: http://www.changemakers.com/en-us to vote.

* The finalist individual or organization that receives the most votes – will be our Grand Prize Winner and receive $30,000 USD.
* The finalist individual or organization that receives the second most votes will be our 2nd Place Winner and receive $20,000 USD
* The finalist individual or organization that receives the third most votes will be our 3rd Place Winner and receive $10,000 USD

Winners will be announced August 18, 2010.

3 Regional Winners:

None of the three global winners from the ONLINE COMPETITION will be eligible. The Regional Prizes will be selected by our expert panel of judges at the conclusion of the voting period according to the criteria as stated above.. All decisions by the judges are final. To be eligible, the individual’s or organization’s work must be focused on the particular region.

* The Brazil Prize: The best entrant individual or organization based and serving one or more communities in Brazil will be selected by our panel of expert judges and will receive $10,000 USD.
* The UK Prize: The best entrant individual or organization based and serving one or more communities in the UK will be selected by our panel of expert judges and will receive $10,000 USD
* The Africa Prize: The best entrant individual or organization based and serving one or more communities in Africa will be selected by our panel of expert judges and will receive $10,000 USD

Winners will be announced August 18, 2010.

2 Early Entry Prizes: The best two entries submitted by 5pm EST, April 28, 2010 will be eligible to win a digital camera (with a value equivalent of up to USD $400) and will be highlighted in Ashoka’s Changemakers marketing materials. Being an Early Entry Prize winner does not preclude you from winning the competition in any way, or guarantee finalist status. All entries will be equally evaluated per the Changemakers criteria at the completion of the entry period.

3rd HALF and NCDO Early Entry Prize: (Nationale Commissie voor Internationale Samenwerking en Duurzame Ontwikkeling – National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development). NCDO helps people and organizations in the Netherlands who dedicate themselves to improving the position of people in developing countries. It supports these local development projects with advice and subsidies.

Entry Deadline: May 12, 2010, 5:00p EST

Criteria:

* Must be an innovative small to medium project that uses sport as a tool for social change
* The entry must be submitted in English
* The project must be based in the Netherlands but focus its work on South Africa
* Aims to be a self-sustaining venture in the next 3 years. The entrepreneur/entrant is the legal owner of the initiative and therefore has the authority to decide with whom to cooperate and/or negotiate the terms of a potential deal.

Selection:

* A Dutch jury selected by NCDO will choose 5 finalists
* The finalists will pitch their ideas to the Dutch jury in the Dragon’s Den Final on June 3, 2010 – This final takes place during a big business event of SANEC (the South African chamber of commerce) and the Dutch Royal Football Association.
* Winner and 2 runners up will be announced on June 3, 2010

Grand Prize Winner:

A seven day all expenses paid trip for 2 (max) to South Africa during the World Cup (June 17 – 24, 2010) for the winning entrant. During this trip the implementation process of the business idea will start.

Second and Third Place Winners:

Win business training by a top consultancy firm.

Click here to find out more about NCDO’s 3rdHALF.

Participation in the challenge provides the opportunity to receive feedback from fellow entrants, Changemakers staff, judges, and the Changemakers community. Showcasing initiatives and demonstrating social impact advise potential investors about how best to maximize the strategic impact of their investments.