The Commonwealth Foundation’s COVID-19 Special Grants Call (Up to £30,000)

The Commonwealth Foundation’s COVID-19 special grants call is now open for applications. The Foundation’s Grants Programme supports innovative project ideas and approaches that seek to strengthen the ability of civic voices to engage with governments to improve governance and development outcomes through their active participation. In lieu of their annual grants call, they are launching a special grants call in response to the COVID–19 pandemic.

The purpose of the special grants call is to enable the Commonwealth Foundation to deliver support to Commonwealth civil society organisations in response to COVID-19 quickly, efficiently and in a way that both reflects and advances our broader mission. To that end, the focus will be on supporting national initiatives that aim to engage constructively with the government in strengthening relevant institutions, policies and practices as communities and countries seek to recover and rebuild. The Foundation is also aware that the pandemic has created a novel and urgent priorities for civil society action and engagement: from the emergence of acute vulnerability among certain groups to the need for insight into how new laws and policies are impacting on different groups of people. Proposals should address such priorities through the lens of participatory governance.

Applications should relate to one or more aspects of the COVID-19 situation and response. Possible focus areas of the COVID-19 Grant might include:

  1. Research into, and monitoring of, government and civil society responses to the pandemic that aim to identify gaps, weaknesses and good practices that could be used to inform current practice and future policy: including the impact of laws and policies in general, or in relation to specific groups such as women; workers in the informal economy; migrants and refugees or specific issues such as, for example, gender-based violence and access to treatment
  2. Support to civil society organisations, networks and coalitions to enable more effective engagement with government on development and implementation of policies and plans to address the pandemic in the longer term, or respond to new health emergencies
  3. Promotion of civil society engagement with the national government, private sector, and academic institutions to innovate and develop quality products for vulnerable groups that reduce risks associated with pandemics
  4. Facilitating multi-stakeholder discussions or bodies (e.g. taskforce) to review and suggest reforms to policies and programs that can better protect: vulnerable populations; informal workers; and frontline staff during and after the pandemic
  5. Awareness raising and other forms of community engagement aimed at improving social and other protections, especially for vulnerable groups in collaboration with national government
  6. Convening and/or participating in discussions with the national government aimed at improving transparency and strengthening institutions, policies, and practices.


Grants of £10,000 – £30,000 will be awarded for a maximum 12-month duration.


To be eligible for a grant, the following criteria must be met:

  • The applicant and, when applicable, partner(s) are registered not-for-profit civil society organisations (CSOs).
  • The applicant must be registered in an eligible Commonwealth Member State, and, the project should take place in the country of registration. Partner(s) must also be registered in a Commonwealth Member State. A list of countries eligible under this call will be available later on the website.
  • The application is for funding between £10,000 and £30,000 per annum;
  • The applicant is applying for funding for a maximum of one year.
  • The average of the applicant’s total income over the last two years is less than £3m.
  • The project must address one or more of the project areas listed (see Guidelines).

Eligible Regions: Commonwealth Member States

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Applications for the MSIT degree now open at CMU-Africa

Carnegie Mellon University Africa is now accepting applications for the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree program starting 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Important Deadlines:

  • November 15th, 2020: Early Admissions Deadline - Submit your application by this date to be considered for GRE & TOEFL/IELTS test fees payment by CMU-Africa and for scholarships.
  • April 1st, 2021: Final Application Submission Deadline - Submit application with GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores. Last date for test score submission by Early Admission Applicants.

Click here for more Information

Applications open for Commonwealth youth to lead on human rights and democracy

The Commonwealth Youth Human Rights and Democracy Network (CYHRDN) is seeking volunteers for its executive positions to serve from 2020 to 2022. CYHRDN is one of 10 Commonwealth Youth Networks supported by the Secretariat.

Applications are open for eight young people to lead the charge in protecting and promoting human rights across the Commonwealth.

The open positions are:

1. Policy Research and Advocacy Coordinator

2. Communications Coordinator

3. Education and Training Coordinator

4. Partnership Engagement Coordinator

5. Disability Rights Coordinator

6. Rapporteur on Discrimination

7. Rapporteur for Migrants and Refugees' Rights

8. Rapporteur for Gender-based violence

Applicants must:

1. be a Commonwealth citizen aged 15 to 29 years;

2. have a strong commitment to promoting human rights and democracy;

3. have experience of working with youth-led organisations or initiatives focused on human rights and democracy;

4. and be available to commit 10-15 hours per week to the network’s activities.

Applicants should submit their resume and a cover letter outlining their experience to by 5 September 2020. The email subject line should include the position you are applying for and your full name. 

Commonwealth Youth Awards 2021 open for entries

Exceptional young people can now submit entries for the 2021 Commonwealth youth awards to win prestigious titles and cash grants.

The awards recognise and reward young people whose work has made a major impact on people and communities in their country.

Regional categories

Young leaders from across the 54 Commonwealth countries can enter five regional categories:

  1. Africa;
  2. Asia;
  3. Caribbean;
  4. Europe and Canada; and
  5. Pacific.

A pan-Commonwealth panel will judge the entries based on the impact, sustainability and level of innovation.


  • Judges will choose 20 finalists who will each receive a trophy, a certificate and £1,000 in cash.
  • Of the 20, five regional winners will be chosen and awarded an additional £2,000.
  • The finalists and regional winners will be announced during Commonwealth week in March 2021.
  • There will be an overall winner who will receive the title of Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2021, and a total cash prize of £5,000.

This year’s award includes special recognition for young people who have made outstanding efforts to tackle development challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Turning adversity into advantage 

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has severely upended the lives and prospects of our young people. It has created an unprecedented health challenge, unavoidable disruption to work, training and education, and a future full of uncertainty.

“Without a strong, global response, young people could be staring down the barrel of decades of poverty, unemployment alongside the social upheaval that comes with economic setbacks.

“But despite these challenges, we are seeing a youth population that is ahead of the curve, harnessing their talent, passion and ingenuity to turn adversity into advantage.

“To recognise their contributions in these turbulent times, the Commonwealth Youth Awards will give young people a global platform to showcase their ideas, solutions and technologies. It will highlight the powerful and positive impact they are making in their communities, countries and across the globe.”


To be eligible, you must:

  • be a Commonwealth citizen aged 15 to 29 years;
  • have been engaged in development work for at least 12 months as a professional or volunteer; and
  • show a strong track record of implementing impactful development work and contribute to one of the 17 sustainable development goals.

Entries must be received by 23:59 on 21 October 2020.

The awards were launched today at a Commonwealth Action Series webinar to mark International Youth Day.

Apply here:

Pan African University Scholarships opportunity

The Pan African University is an initiative of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union. It is a Premier continental university network whose mission is to provide quality postgraduate education geared towards the achievement of a prosperous, integrated and peaceful Africa.

Young, qualified, talented and enterprising applicants from African countries and the African Diaspora are invited to apply to join Masters or PhD degree programmes at any of the following four (check the page “Institutes & programs”) PAU institutes listed below. Candidates with potential, motivation and who desire to play transformative leadership roles as academics, professionals, industrialists, innovators and entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to apply.

Closing date for the submission of applications with all supporting documents is 10 September 2020. 

Here is the link for further information: 

NINJA Business Plan Competition

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has announced the launch of the NINJA Business Plan Competition for businesses emerging during the COVID-19 outbreak. NINJA is short for Next Innovation with Japan.

The NINJA Business Plan Competition will target startups and organizations from 19 African countries. The application is open for startups/organizations in all sectors with a specific focus on emerging businesses in COVID-19-related fields including, but not limited to:

  1. Health: Online healthcare support; disease-testing solutions; medical data sharing and privacy protection solutions; distribution of drugs and medical equipment; IoT, including 3D printers, in the medical field;
  2. Disaster management: Geo-tracking during disasters; emergency information dissemination;
  3. Business services: Support for remote workers; efficient management/operation of online events;
  4. Education sector: Remote learning support;
  5. Food and agriculture: Efficient food/commodity distribution technology;
  6. Finance: Contactless transactions/payment; lending/insurance services to SMEs and individuals;
  7. Logistics: delivery service, urban mobility management;
  8. Other: Substituting imported goods with local innovative technology.


  1. Organisations with their head office or a branch in one of the target countries. 
  2. Profit/non-profit organisations registered as an independent legal entity. Proposals from individuals will not be considered.
  3. Companies with a very strong management team of at least 2 people.
  4. Businesses that have an innovative product(s) or service(s) in response or adaptable to the Pandemic and post-pandemic society OR have a feasible business plan to create prototypes (MVP).

Applicants must meet all criteria mentioned.


  1. Winners from each country will be given a chance to sign a work contract with JICA for their innovation(s).
  2. Winners will be eligible for equity/debt-free sum of up to USD 30000 by JICA for covering costs associated with the proposed activities including, 1) remuneration of staffs, 2) other expenses, and 3) indirect local tax.
  3. Winners may also get the opportunity to travel to Japan for further investments and business partnerships sponsored by JICA.


  1. The proposal should introduce some level of innovation in terms of a business model, a new product or service that can be more actively used, and/or profitability in the current and post COVID-19 era.
  2. Proposals should be as commercially-oriented as possible.
  3. JICA may establish an evaluation board with outside evaluators experts under strict confidentiality to evaluate proposals.
  4. Each country will have 8 to 10 finalists out of which up to 5 winners will be selected.
  5. Winners from each country will participate in the grand finale


Angola, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.

Applications from these countries will be accepted.


  1. The application deadline has been extended to August 05th, 2020
  2. Interview of selected startups: Mid to Late August 2020 Final selection: September 2020 Note:
  3. JICA will request the startups invited to be interviewed online to submit additional documents/a pitch deck if necessary.


  1. When applying, each company is to submit a business plan with the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can be achieved within about 6 months.
  2. Before the contract, JICA will examine the details of the proposed activity and the validity of the budget (each expense item) and JICA may request the additional documents to determine the detailed activity in the contract.
  3. After the contract is signed, startups/organizations must submit monthly reports about the KPIs to JICA. (The duration of the contract will be about 6 months.)
  4. JICA will make payments based on the progress of the proposed activities and the submission of the progress reports and/or the expense report with receipt.
  5. The payment schedule will be determined by JICA, and in principle, no advance payment at the commencement of the contract.

To apply for the NINJA Business Plan Competition, please click here

For any queries about the competition, please get in touch with us at the following email address:

African Union youth volunteer corps 2020

Dear Youth, are you eager to serve our continent for 12 months through African Union Youth Volunteer Corps program?
Apply here.

Application deadline: 16 August 2020.

Commonwealth Professional Fellowships 2020 for Mid-Career Professionals to Study in the United Kingdom (Fully Funded)

Commonwealth Professional Fellowships are for mid-career professionals from low and middle income Commonwealth countries to spend between six weeks and three months at a UK Host organisation working in their sector on a programme of professional development.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Professional Fellowships provide talented and motivated professionals with the opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in their given sector.

These Fellowships are offered under six development themes:

1.Science and technology for development
2.Strengthening health systems and capacity
3.Promoting global prosperity
4.Strengthening global peace, security and governance
5.Strengthening resilience and response to crises
6.Access, inclusion and opportunity

Purpose: To provide professionals with the opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in their given sector, and to have catalytic effects on their workplaces.

Intended  beneficiaries: Mid-career  professionals  (with  five  years’  relevant  work  experience)  working  in development-related organisations in low and middle income Commonwealth countries.

Application Deadline: 4pm (BST) on Friday 20 September 2019.

Click here for more information: Commonwealth Professional Fellowships 


Dear Youth,

This is an exciting opportunity for highly motivated and result-driven professionals who are citizens of East African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Uganda) to apply for the different positions at East African Community.

Here is the link for more details including the list of vacant positions. 

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships 2020 for Master’s study in LMICs of the Commonwealth

Applications for the ACU Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship 2020 are now open.

A Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship is a unique opportunity to study for a two-years Master’s degree in low or middle-income country of the Commonwealth.

Aimed at students who are committed to creating change in their communities, the scholarships are a life-changing opportunity to experience a new country and culture, to broaden horizons, and to build a global network that will last a lifetime.

Through cultural exchange and academic collaboration, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholars help bring about positive change and find solutions to the shared challenges we face – both in their home countries and those that host them. As an active part of the Commonwealth network, scholars will help shape its future.

Applications are now open and will close at 4pm (UCT) on 15 January 2020.

Please find the link for more information:


Minisiteri y’Urubyiruko n’Umuco ku bufatanye n’Inama y’Igihugu y’Urubyiruko, Inama y'Igihugu y'abafite ubumuga (NCPD),Ishami ry'Umuryango w'Abibumbye rishinzwe Iterambere(UNDP) n’abandi bafatanyabikorwa batandukanye yateguye gahunda yo gutanga ibikoresho (toolkits) k’urubyiruko rufite ubumuga bahawe amahugurwa y’ubumenyingiro (vocational skills) ariko bagahura n’imbogamizi z’ubushobozi mu gushyira mu bikorwa ubwo bumenyi.

Iyi gahunda igenewe Koperative/amashyirahamwe y’urubyiruko ikaba igamije kuzamura imibereho myiza y’urubyiruko rufite ubumuga rwahawe amahugurwa ku bumenyingiro binyuze mu kubagenera ibikoresho (toolkits) bijyanye n’ubumenyi bahawe.

Abazitabira iyi gahunda bagomba kuzuza ifishi iboneka ku rubuga rwa Minisiteri y’Urubyiruko n’Umuco (, ndetse n’urubuga rw’Inama y’Igihugu y’Urubyiruko

Ibisabwa byose bizoherezwa hifashishijwe uburyo bw’ikoranabuhanga (online application system ) buboneka ku mbuga zavuzwe haruguru.


Kuva kuwa 21 Ugushyingo kugeza kuwa 7 Ukuboza 2019



-          Abagenerwabikorwa bagomba kuba barahawe ubumenyingiro (Vocational Skills);

-          Abagenerwabikorwa bagomba kuba bari muri  koperative/ ishyirahamwe;

-          70% by’abagize koperative/ ishyirahamwe bagomba kuba ari urubyiruko (16-30);

-          Kuba bafite ubumuga;

-          Kuba   koperative/ ishyirahamwe ifite icyangombwa kiyemerera gukora.


-          Urutonde rw’abanyamuryango ba koperative ;

-          Icyangombwa kibemerera gukora (legal Working permit) ku bagifite;

-          Inyandiko isobanura ibikorwa bya koperative;


 1.     Kanda  hano wandikishe  Koperative cyangwa ishyirahamwe

2.     Kanda hano niba Ushaka iri tangazo( Copy)


Applications for Master of Science Degrees now open at Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Carnegie Mellon University Africa is now accepting applications for the Master of Science in Information Technology degree and the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree programs starting 2020 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Application Deadlines:

·         November 15th 2019: Early Admissions Deadline - Submit your application by this date to be considered for GRE & TOEFL/IELTS test fees payment by CMU-Africa and for scholarships.

·         May 1st 2020: Final Application Submission Deadline - Submit application with GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores. Last date for test score submission by Early Admission Applicants.

Follow this link for more information

Click here to apply.

For technical issues contact: africa-techsupport(at)
For questions to the recruitment teamcontact

Amal Clooney Award

The Amal Clooney Award is open globally to individuals identifying as women between 11 and 30 years old on the date of 15th March 2020. Candidates may put themselves forward for an award, or be nominated by someone who can vouch for their story. Candidates are not required to currently be enrolled or have been previously enrolled in any Prince’s Trust programmes. Instead, the Prince’s Trust International is proud to be working in partnership with Ms Clooney to highlight the global work of young women who have succeeded against the odds and made a difference to those around them.

Candidates will distinguish themselves through the demonstration of four qualities:

Inspirational: How the candidate inspires those around them in an area of their lives.

Impactful: Demonstrates how they have made a difference to themselves and their family, or the community around them.

Sustainable: They are in a positive outcome through education, training, volunteering or employment.

Life-changing: Highlighting any impact their work has had on their local community, wider family or other young people.

Candidates or nominators should send their application to enquiries(at) with their statement in 500 words or fewer by the 31st December 2019. Nominations are open until 31st December 2019 and shortlisting will begin in January 2020.  Shortlisted candidates will be notified and may be asked to provide further references.  Candidates and nominators consent for their details to be held by Prince’s Trust International until March 31st 2020. Applications over this length will not be considered.

More information

Directeur(trice) de la communication de l’OIF

L’Organisation internationale dela Francophonieregroupe 54 Etats et gouvernements membres, 7 associés et 27 observateurs répartis sur les cinq continents, rassemblés autour du partage d’une langue commune : le français. Consciente des liens que crée entre ses membres le partage de la langue française et de valeurs universelles, elle œuvre au service de la paix, de la coopération, de la solidarité et du développement durable. 

Titre du poste :

 Directeur(trice) de la communication de l’OIF (réaffichage)

Lieu d'affectation :


Statut et grade :

 Emploi à recrutement international (niveau D, Grade D1-1 / D1-12)

Durée de l'engagement :

 3 ans renouvelables, assortie d’une période probatoire de 6 mois

Traitement annuel de base :

 Entre 66 211 euros et 92 029 euros

Ajustement annuel de poste :

 Entre 14 732 euros et 20 476 euros

Autres avantages :

 En cas de recrutement en dehors du lieu d’affectation : prise en charge du transport A/R du lieu de recrutement au lieu d’affectation (+ indemnité de première installation) ;
Allocations, indemnités et participation au régime de prévoyance de l’Organisation

Date limite d'envoi des candidatures :


Numéro de l'appel à candidatures :

 AC/SRH, N°10/2019 du 24 septembre 2019

 More information

Applications for 2020/2021 Chevening Scholarships are open until 5 November 2019

Chevening is the UK Government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals from all over the world to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.

Chevening provides fully-funded scholarships, leaving you free to focus on achieving your academic goals and enjoying the experience of a lifetime. You will live and study in the UK for a year, during which time you will develop professionally and academically, grow your network, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK.

If you have ambition, leadership potential, and a strong academic background, we encourage you to apply before 5 November 2019.

Click here for more information

Click here to apply

MIST applications now open in CMU Africa

Carnegie Mellon University Africa is now accepting applications for the Master of Science in Information Technology degree program starting 2020 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Application Deadlines:

·         November 15th 2019: Early Admissions Deadline - Submit your application by this date to be considered for GRE & TOEFL/IELTS test fees payment by CMU-Africa and for scholarships.

·         May 1st 2020: Final Application Submission Deadline - Submit application with GRE and TOEFL/IELTS scores. Last date for test score submission by Early Admission Applicants.

Follow this link for more information

Click here to apply.

For technical issues contact: africa-techsupport(at)
For questions to the recruitment teamcontactapplyafrica(at)

Mandela Washington Fellowship

The Mandela Washington Fellowship will bring up to 700 young leaders to the United States in the summer of 2020 for a comprehensive executive-style program that is designed to build skills and empower Fellows to lead in their respective sectors and communities.

Eligibility criteria

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

·         Are between the ages of 25 and 35 on or before the application deadline, although exceptional applicants ages 21-24 will be considered;

·         Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States;

·         Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa;

·         Are not employees or immediate family members of employees of the U.S. Government (including a U.S. embassy or consulate, USAID, and other U.S. Government entities);

·         Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English (applicants who are deaf should refer to the English Language instructions on the Resources page);

·         Are citizens of one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, or Zimbabwe;

·         Are residents of one of the above countries; and

·         Are not Alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Please note that Fellows are not allowed to have dependents, including spouses and children, accompany them during the Fellowship. The U.S. Department of State and IREX reserve the right to verify all information included in the application.  In the event of a discrepancy, or if information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.

What are the criteria for selection?

The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):

·         A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in business, civic engagement, or public service;

·         A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;

·         The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and to respect the opinions of others;

·         Strong social and communication skills;

·         An energetic, positive attitude;

·         A demonstrated knowledge of, interest in, and professional experience in the preferred sector/track; and

·         A commitment to return to Africa and apply leadership skills and training to benefit the applicant’s country and/or community after they return home.

Application Timeline

·         September 12, 2019 | Application opens

·         October 9, 2019 | Application deadline

·         December 2019 – February 2020 | Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates

·         Late March 2020 | Applicants are notified of their status

·         May 2020 | Visa processing and Pre-Departure Orientations for Finalists

·         Mid-June 2020 | Fellowship begins in the United States

Please click on the following link for more information and apply

INNOVATE4DisabilityInclusion Hackathon Application (Deadline 18th Semptember 2019)

The Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA) in partnership with MINIYOUTH, the National Council of People with Disability (NCPD) with the support of UNDP invite all Innovators in Rwanda to participate in the INNOVATE4DisabilityInclusion Hackathon. The INNOVATE4DisabilityInclusion Hackathon is a national design competition which consists of developing Assistive Technologies (with digital solutions) that contribute to addressing needs of people with disability, increase their equal participation, safety and autonomy. Developed Solutions will be key for Rwanda to bridge the disability digital divide.

Focus: This competition is in line with the SDGs and NST1 principles to leave no one behind. Innovators are free to address the needs of people with different forms of disability (ex: physical, sensory, psychiatric, neurological, cognitive and intellectual or multiple disabilities etc.).


  • Call for application: 4th-18th Sept 2019
  • Shortlisting: 19th -20th Sept 2019
  • Boot camp: 23rd -27th Sept 2019
  • Final Pitching&Award: 30th Sept 2019

Selection Criteria:

  • Clear Problem statement
  • Proposed solution to the problem 
  • Relevance
  • Impact
  • Viability

Who can apply?

  • An individual
  • A group of people /Team
  • A startup/ A company/ Organization

Note: Teams of 2 to 4 are encouraged. A person is allowed to be in one team only.

What should you submit?

  • An idea you team will work on in the competition
  • A prototype of a solution
  • A Working Solution/Product


Follow the link to submit your application by 18th September 

If you have a special need or pertinent question, contact us:


  1. This is an Inclusive competition: Persons with disabilities, pregnant and nursing women are welcome   
  2. Participants will be automatically disqualified if they submit plagiarized work/solutions.
  3. Winners will be greatly rewarded and supported to further develop and implement their solutions.
  4. Information on People with Disability visit the National Council of People with Disability-
  5. Interested candidates are welcome to attended a stakeholder’s workshop brainstorming on this subject with a confirmation of attendance via  innovate4disabilityinclusion(at) This isn’t mandatory to your application.

Nominations open for 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards

Nominations have opened for the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards, which will see winners awarded a cash grant to scale-up development work benefiting their communities.

The Commonwealth Youth Awards recognise the exemplary work undertaken by young people across the 53 member countries.

Regional winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in London on Commonwealth Day 2020.

Award, nominees must be:

  • ·         aged 15 to 29 years;
  • ·         a citizen of a Commonwealth member country;
  • ·         been engaged in development work for more than 12 months - either in a professional or voluntary capacity;
  • ·         have a strong track record of implementing innovative ideas and linking their development work and its impact to one of the 17 SDGs;
  • ·         and have demonstrated an understanding of the importance of youth engagement in key areas of development.

Entrants can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone who is not a relative and who can testify of the impact of their work.

Sixteen finalists will be shortlisted from four Commonwealth regional categories: Africa and Europe; Asia; the Caribbean and Canada; and the Pacific. A winner will be selected from each region, and one exceptional entrant will be awarded the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year.

This year’s finalists will receive a trophy, a certificate and cash grants to help them continue their development work. All finalists will be awarded £1,000. Each selected regional winner will receive an additional £2,000. The Commonwealth Young Person of the Year will also receive an additional cash grant of £2,000.

Click here for more information about the awards, and to apply or nominate someone.

Entries must be received online via the link by 23:59 GMT on 31 October 2019.

Only six days left for the 2019 #YouthConnekt Awards applications

The Ministry of Youth (MINIYOUTH) in collaboration with the National Youth Council, Districts, United Nations Development Programme, Korea International Cooperation Agency and other partners are calling young entrepreneurs to apply for the 8th YouthConnekt Awards competition.

This annual competition that aims at increasing entrepreneurship skills and capabilities towards job creation brings together top selected young innovators countrywide, where best innovations are awarded and finalists get grand prizes.

Since its initiation, the YouthConnekt Awards has been a channel of youth empowerment through competition, knowledge sharing and business modelling trainings that demonstrated to be a tool of job creation.

Young entrepreneurs who wish to participate in the competition have to fill in the forms available in their sector offices not later than 15 July 2019.

The downloadable form is available here as well.

TVET Youth Challenge application is open now!

The Government of Rwanda aspires to reach the upper middle-income status by 2035 that will require intense improvements in both the size and the quality of human capital. Youth empowerment is one of the fastest approach to ensure a sustainable and qualified human capital.

The Government of Rwanda has reinforced its education system by establishing TVET schools to develop practical knowledge based curriculums to create solution makers for community challenges and an upskilled workforce for the private sector.

The TVET Youth Challenge is introduced to support the match between students’ practical knowledge with on ground challenges. Set as a competition, the TVET challenge will be conducted in all higher learning TVET schools, selecting outstanding innovative applicable projects that are at least on prototype phase. 

The overall objective for organizing the TVET Youth Challenge competition is to instill entrepreneurship spirit among students and support promising projects as well as connecting practical studies acquired in solving problems in our communities.

The competition will be conducted in a way that promotes TVET students’ projects and viable prototypes to the next level of producing concrete solutions as well as generate revenues.

Eligibility criteria

Being Rwandan with 16-30 yrs old;

Enrolled under a recognized TVET higher learning school in Rwanda;

Having a running project or have a proven feasible prototype that is embedded with technologies that modernize agriculture, health, trade, tourism, governance, and business or service systems among others;

Having demonstrated entrepreneurship eagerness and commitment to develop presented project beyond the education system.

Application is open from 27/05 to 07/06/2019.

Application forms are available at all eligible TVET higher learning institutions.  

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships open for applications

Please note that applications for the second cycle of 2019-20 Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships are now open. Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) are fully-funded Master’s scholarships open to all Commonwealth citizens. Successful applicants can access a wide range of courses and benefit from the expertise provided by universities in a range of countries. Developing new skills, gaining a qualification and experiencing life in another country through a scholarship is of huge benefit both to the individual and their home country and community.

Further information on the programme and details of scholarships, including eligibility, host universities and details on how to apply, please  Click here!