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John Snow Inc. (JSI) Selected to Manage Grants For New DREAMS-Innovation Challenge Fund

An ambitious US Department of State initiative, the DREAMS-Innovation Challenge aims to dramatically reduce new HIV infections among adolescent girls and women in 10 sub-Saharan countries.

BOSTON, Aug. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — John Snow, Inc. (JSI) has been selected as funds manager for the DREAMS Innovation Challenge (DREAMS-IC). JSI will oversee awards to more than 50 organizations selected to implement innovative DREAMS activities.

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DREAMS is dedicated to reducing new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women by 40 percent in the high-burden geographic areas of 10 African countries by the end of 2017. It was developed under a public-private partnership between PEPFAR, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Girl Effect, Johnson & Johnson, Gilead Sciences, and Viiv Healthcare.

As the DREAMS-IC funds manager, JSI provides financial oversight of and provision of technical support to grantees. JSI has a strong record in grants management and technical assistance for strengthening institutional and technical capacity to halt new HIV infections, and has supported more than 500 nongovernmental organizations over the past 10 years.

“We are so pleased to be working with DREAMS-IC implementing partners to improve opportunities for adolescent girls and young women,” commented Joel Lamstein, JSI president. “DREAMS funding will help them complete secondary school, gain employment, and access all the health and social services needed to prevent HIV infection.”

DREAMS-IC will work in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to help girls and young women become Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe Women. This initiative supports new program approaches and robust documentation of successful strategies.

Between 2008 and 2013, JSI managed two New Partners Initiative programs that oversaw grants to more than 35 NGOs across East and Southern Africa, helping many to become prime recipients of PEPFAR funds.

JSI also implements USAID’s AIDSfree Project, which aims to improve the quality and effectiveness of high-impact, evidence-based HIV interventions to meet country-specific goals and objectives. JSI also advances community-owned programs to improve population health under the USAID-funded Advancing Partners and Communities project globally, including DREAMS-IC countries.

Learn more about the DREAMS-Innovation challenge.

Contacts
Penelope Riseborough
Director of Communications
penelope_riseborough@jsi.com
(617) 482 9485

Folami Harris
Project Director
folami_harris@jsi.com
(617) 482 9485

Prix UNCA 2016 Concours de la Meilleure Couverture Mediatique de l’ONU et de ses Agences

Remise des prix le vendredi 16 décembre 2016 à New York au Gala de l’UNCA
sous la présidence d’honneur du Secrétaire général Ban Ki-moon, au restaurant Cipriani Wall Street, New York

NEW YORK, 24 août 2016 /PRNewswire/ — L’association des Correspondants de presse des Nations Unies (UNCA) invite les médias du monde entier — presse écrite, télévisuelle et radio, presse en ligne et sur le web — à participer au 21ème concours annuel de la meilleure couverture de l’ONU, de ses agences et de ses opérations de terrain.

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Le montant global des récompenses s’élève à $60,000, à répartir entre les gagnants des différentes catégories.

La date limite de réception des formulaires en ligne et des travaux soumis au jury est le 1er septembre 2016.

Le concours est ouvert aux journalistes du monde entier.

Voici les prix qui seront remis:

  1. Prix Elizabeth Neuffer, parrainé par la fondation Alexander Bodini, pour la presse écrite (dont les médias en ligne) qui couvrent l’ONU et ses agences. Créée en l’honneur d’Elizabeth Neuffer, chef du bureau du Boston Globe à l’ONU,  décédée en 2003 alors qu’elle était en reportage à Bagdad.
  2. Prix Ricardo Ortega pour la couverture radio et TV de l’ONU et de ses agences. Ricardo Ortega était correspondant à New York de la chaîne espagnole Antenna 3. Il a été tué en 2004, alors qu’il était en mission en Haïti.
  3. Prix Mondial du Prince Albert II de Monaco et de l’Association des correspondants de presse de l’ONU pour les changements climatiques. Il récompense la couverture par la presse écrite, en ligne et audiovisuelle, du changement climatique, de la biodiversité et  de la gestion des ressources en eau.
  4. Prix de la Fondation de l’ONU. Pour la meilleure couverture par la presse écrite et en ligne, la radio et la télévision, du travail des Nations unies et de leurs agences dans les domaines humanitaire et du développement.

INFORMATION IMPORTANTE POUR LES CANDIDATS:

La couverture souhaitée de l’ONU et de ses agences est précisée dans chaque catégorie. Le Comité accepte tous les sujets, en particulier ceux concernant les Objectifs du développement durable pour 2030, les opérations de maintien de la paix et la non-prolifération, y compris l’élimination des armes nucléaires, chimiques et bactériologiques.

Les travaux présentés (articles de presse écrite ou sur internet, programmes de radio ou de télévision) doivent avoir été publiés entre septembre 2015 et août 2016.

Le jury privilégiera les travaux démontrant perspicacité et originalité et prendra en considération le courage et les qualités d’investigation et d’écriture des journalistes. La participations de médias de pays en développement est particulièrement encouragée.

Les travaux peuvent être présentés dans n’importe laquelle des langues officielles de l’ONU (anglais, français, arabe, chinois, espagnol, russe).

Une transcription écrite en anglais ou français est recommandée pour faciliter la sélection.

Chaque candidat peut soumettre des travaux pour DEUX prix AU MAXIMUM, avec un maximum de trois travaux pour chaque prix.

Il faut envoyer vos travaux par voie électronique en incluant le lien ou en téléchargeant tous les documents directement sur le formulaire d’inscription.

COMMENT FAIRE ACTE DE CANDIDATURE:

Les travaux sont soumis en remplissant le formulaire en ligne.

FORMULAIRE D’INSCRIPTION

http://unca.com/unca-awards-call-for-submissions-form/

**Les envois électroniques sont obligatoires**

Votre candidature doit être reçue au plus tard le 1er septembre 2016

Pour toute question au sujet du concours, veuillez contacter:
le Bureau de l’UNCA au 1-212-963-7137
Ou envoyer un email à l’adresse suivante: uncaawards@unca.com

UNCA Awards Committee: Giampaolo Pioli (Président de l’UNCA), Bouchra Benyoussef (Trésorière de l’UNCA), J. Tuyet Nguyen, Kahraman Haliscelik, Valeria Robecco, Sylviane Zehil,  Gu Zhenqiu, Talal Al-Haj, Sherwin Bryce-Pease, Emoke Bebiak, Seana Magee, Richard Roth.

2016 U.N. Correspondents Association Awards For Best Journalistic Coverage Of The United Nations And U.N. Agencies

WINNERS WILL BE HONORED AT GALA EVENT BY THE U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16th 2016 AT CIPRIANI WALL STREET, NEW YORK.

NEW YORK, Aug 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) invites media worldwide to submit entries for its 21st annual UNCA Awards for the best print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online, web-based media coverage of the United Nations, U.N. agencies and field operations.

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The prizes amount to over $60,000 to be distributed among the prize categories and winners.

Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2016

The awards are open to all journalists anywhere in the world. The Awards are:

1. The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, sponsored by the Alexander Bodini Foundation, for written media (including online media). The prize is for print and online coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Elizabeth Neuffer, The Boston Globe bureau chief at the U.N., who died while on an assignment in Baghdad in 2003.

2. The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast (TV & Radio) media. The prize is for broadcast coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Ricardo Ortega, formerly the New York correspondent for Antena 3 TV of Spain, who died while on an assignment in Haiti in 2004.

3. The Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for Climate Change. The prize is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio) for coverage of climate change, biodiversity, and water.

4. The United Nations Foundation Prize. The prize is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio) for coverage of humanitarian and development aspects of the U.N. and U.N. agencies.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS:

Coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies is specified in each category; the committee welcomes coverage of all issues particularly on the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, peacekeeping operations and nonproliferation, including the elimination of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Work in print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online coverage must be published between September 2015 and August 2016.

The judges will look for entries with impact, insight and originality, and will take into account the courage and investigative and reporting skills of the journalists.  Entries from the developing world media are particularly welcome.

Entries can be submitted in any of the official U.N. languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian).

A written transcript in English or French will facilitate the judging process.

Each candidate can submit to no more than two (2) prize categories, with a maximum of three (3) stories in each. Joint entries are accepted.

Electronic files and web links uploaded to the online Entry Form are required.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

Entries are submitted online by completing the UNCA Awards Entry Form.

On the first page, please complete your personal information and bio and upload your photo, then proceed to submit your work electronically by including web links and or/uploading files directly to the Entry Form.

** Electronic entries are mandatory **

All entries must be received by September 1st, 2016

For Questions regarding UNCA Awards & entries please contact:
The UNCA Office, 1-212-963-7137.
Or send an email to uncaawards@unca.com

CLICK ON THE ENTRY FORM BELOW TO GET STARTED:

ENTRY FORM

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UNCA Awards Committee : Giampaolo Pioli (UNCA President), Carole Landry (UNCA Treasurer), Nabil Abi Saab, Valeria Robecco, Seana Magee, Emoke Bebiak, Sherwin Bryce-Pease, Olga Denisova, Zhenqiu Gu, Sylviane Zehil, Bouchra Benyoussef, J. Tuyet Nguyen, Richard Roth.

Western Cape Education on learner support mechanisms

WCED’s bold initiative to fast-track learners onto a career path

One of the biggest challenges we face in education across the country, and also in the Western Cape, is the number of youth dropping out of school before completing matric. The reasons are varied, but we usually see this happening in Grade 9, or when a learner reaches 15 (the age when they are no longer legally required to attend school).

Many learners do not complete Grade 9, which is a requirement for admission into a TVET college. They are then left without any formal qualification and their opportunities in life are severely limited.

The WCED has gone to great lengths to help such learners. We are continually applying our minds to ways in which we can assist learners who cannot, or who do not wish to, complete a formal academic curriculum in our public schools, but wish to study further in other fields.

In 2013, the WCED introduced a pilot project called the Youth Focus Project (YFP) to enhance learner support in Grade 9.

The intention of this project is to target Grade 9 repeat failures and provide them with skills, with the assistance of the TVET Colleges, Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) and Adult Education and Training (AET) Centres.

The project provides a twelve month funded bridging programme which culminates in an occupation orientated qualification at TVET Colleges, or a skills programme for learners wanting to take this option.

To date, the WCED has matched 2 000 Grade 9 learners to TVET colleges across the province.

The Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA) is a valuable partner to the Youth Focus Project of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).

In 2015 and 2016 W&RSETA contributed R22 million towards the Youth Focus Project that aims to assist 480 NEET youth (Youth Not in Education, Employment, or Training), who have completed a bridging programme funded by the WCED, to achieve a National Certificate: Wholesale and Retail Operations.

Over and above this investment, the W&RSETA also funded the establishment of retail training centres at participating colleges to assist with the training and improvement of skills of the students selected for the wholesale and retail learnership programmes. They also fostered relationships with business to host these learners for the duration of these programmes, and to further support the TVET’s by establishing retail simulation centres and implementing lecturer capacitation sessions.

For the 2016/17 financial year, the WCED allocated R49.056 million towards this programme.

As a Government we are committed to providing opportunities for our Youth by partnering with various organisations to increase access to skills development programmes and training. The focus is on critical skills needed for the growth of our economy – but we cannot do this alone. This is why Partnerships such as this are an example of an effective public- private initiative driven by a desire to find lasting solutions to this issue.

Northlink College got involved with the Youth Focus Project in 2013, offering the Wholesale and Retail level 1 programme to 90 learners. These learners went on to complete an Assistant Chef course at Northlink, a W&R Level 2 Programme at Boland College, and Competency Base Modular Training (Engineering studies) at Northlink College. I would also like to thank Northlink for their commitment to improving opportunities for our youth.

60 students are currently participating in a Wholesale and Retail Level 3 programme at Northlink and Boland College, also funded by W&RSETA. These students have successfully progressed through the college system during the last three years.

I am very encouraged by this project, which will lead to an alternative education development programme for over-age learners in the school system. This project is aimed at turning a problem into an opportunity for youth to receive training in priority and scarce artisan skills.

The Youth Focus Project is expected to provide scarce skills within industrial sectors, and to lessen poverty and unemployment, as reflected in the Industrial Policy Action Plan. The fact that the targeted youths will be first-time entrants into the job market also brings the project under the ambit of the National Skills Development Strategy. The project aims to provide participating youth with a viable occupational qualification that will allow them to find decent employment and the dignity and self-worth that brings with it.

It is a bold initiative by the WCED to fast-track learners not progressing in the schooling system onto a career path.

Education is the key to creating opportunities and changing lives. It is the key to improving ones living standards and the economy as a whole.

Source: Government of South Africa.

Municipal Ward Committees: What you need to know

With most councils having been constituted following the 2016 Local Government Elections, the focus now shifts to another important aspect of the local government system in South Africa — the formation of ward committees.

SAnews looks at the role and functions of ward committees since the system was introduced in 2005 in the local tier of government.

According to legislation, the first meeting of the newly elected council must take place within 14 days after the election results are gazetted.

Why are ward committees important?

Ward committees are crucial in the local government system as they are the link between the councillor and the community.

The ward committee system is also said to play a critical role in giving meaning to the notion of “the people shall govern”. This is so because local government is regarded as the level of government closest to the people and ward committees are just one way to ensure that citizens give input to the decisions that local councils make.

The South African Local Government Association, which is the sole representative of all municipalities, says ward committees are also important in fostering relations between ward councillors and key stakeholders at ward level, such as traditional councils and community development workers.

Terms of office for ward committees

The terms of office of ward committees are aligned to that of municipal councils and the municipality must, as soon as possible after the results of the elections have been declared, arrange ward meetings in order for the interest groups in the ward to be identified and subsequently for the ward committees to be elected, according to the system applicable in each respective municipality.

Election of ward committees

Salga has developed a Code of Conduct for ward committee members, which are available at all municipalities. However, municipal councils must make the rules regarding the election of ward committee members, including how often meetings take place and the dissolution of ward committees.

The Speaker shall call a meeting in the ward for the election of a ward committee.

Nominations shall be open for 10 but not more than 15 nominees.

Closure of nominations may be proposed when there are 10 nominations and, if carried, there shall be no voting if nominations exceed 10, then voting shall take place. The ward councillor and Community Participation and Action Support Unit must ensure that meetings are a fair representation of all recognised sectors identified by the municipality and a quorum of at least 100 qualifying community members are present to vote. An attendance register must also completed.

What are the functions of ward committees?

According to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, a ward committee may make recommendations on any matter affecting its ward to the ward councillor, or through the ward councillor to the municipal council, the executive committee or support committee.

The ward committee will be regarded as the statutory structure recognised by the municipal council as its consultative body and communication channel on matters affecting the ward, including, but not limited to:

” representing the community on the compilation and implementation of the Integrated Development Plan;

” ensuring constructive and harmonious interaction between the municipality and the community;

” attending to all matters that affect and benefit the community;

” acting in the best interest of the community, and

” ensuring active participation of the community in the municipality’s budgetary process.

More facts on ward committees

” Ward committees are made up of representatives of a particular ward.

” They are made up of members who represent various interests within the ward.

” Ward committees are chaired by the ward councillor.

” They are meant to be an institutionalised channel of communication and interaction between communities and municipalities.

” Wards give community members the opportunity to express their needs, their opinions on issues that affect their lives and to have them heard at the municipal level via the ward councillor.

” Wards are advisory bodies created within the sphere of civil society to assist the ward councillor in carrying out his or her mandate in the most democratic manner possible.

Source: GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEM