Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Announcing the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) ASIA – AFRICA 2013

Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) ASIA – AFRICA 2013

Calling all for-profit business ideas that create high social impact

The GSVC is the world’s largest and oldest student-led business plan competition whose mission is to promote entrepreneurial businesses that:

·         have clear and measurable social objectives and impact
·         are financially sustainable, i.e. profitable or self-supporting through revenue generation

The Indian School of Business (ISB) as the Asia – Africa Partner is responsible for promoting the GSVC in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, UAE and in parts of Africa, especially Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Namibia.

Eligibility for participation:

·         Teams must have at least one member currently enrolled in any full time masters level (post graduate) programme or who has completed such a course within the last two years (not before 2011)
·         Team size: minimum 3, maximum 5
·         Existing social ventures that are less than three years old can apply as long as the above two criteria are satisfied

For more information, do visit our website at   

Important dates:

1.      December 27, 2012: Submission of Final Business Plans to ISB at

2.      January 12, 2013: Preliminary evaluation of B-plans at ISB

3.      March 8 - 10, 2013: GSVC Asia - Africa Regional Finals at ISB

5.      April 10 - 13, 2013: Global Finals at Haas, Berkeley



gsvc logo 2012 S Subramonia Sarma
Mayura Balasubramanian
Saumya Joshi
Anitha Pothini
040-2318 7157 / 7193

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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Goi Peace Foundation UNESCO International Essay Contest for Young People 2012

What kind of future do you wish to create for yourself and the world? The Goi Peace Foundation UNESCO International Essay Contest for Young People offers you the opportunity to share your dream and ideas for making it a reality. Plus monies to be won.
The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO are offering International Essay Contest for young people around the world. The international Essay contest is aimed to enable young people develop their full potential, as they are crucial for the shaping of our future. UNESCO’s objective is to help empower young people, reaching out to them, responding to their expectations and ideas, and fostering useful and long-lasting skills.goi peace essay competition
This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

Essay Theme
“Creating the Future We Want”
Future begins with the vision we hold now. What kind of future do you wish to create for yourself and the world? Please share your dream and ideas for making it a reality

AGIP Postgraduate Scholarships, 2012/2013

Scholarship Name: Nigerian AGIP Exploration Postgraduate Scholarship Program

Brief description
AGIP Scholarship 2012/2013: Nigerian AGIP Exploration invites application from qualified and interested Nigerian graduates for the Postgraduate Scholarship Award in 2 categories: Nigerian and Overseas scholarships

Accepted Subject Areas?
Only candidates offered admission to study in areas related to the under-listed courses should apply for AGIP Scholarship:
  • Geosciences
  • Engineering (Petroleum, Mechanical, Sub Sea, Electrical, Marine, Chemical)
  • Petroleum Economics
  • Oil and Gas Law

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Goodluck Jonathan’s Gift Horse By Wole Soyinka

This is one gift horse which, contrary to traditional saying, must be inspected thoroughly in the mouth.
Primary from all of us must be a plea to the MKO Abiola family not to misconstrue the protests against the naming of the University of Lagos after their heroic patriarch. Issues must be separated and understood in their appropriate contexts. The family will acknowledge that, among the loudest opposing voices to Jonathan’s gift horse, are those who have clamoured tirelessly that MKO Abiola, the Nigerian nation’s president-elect, be honoured nationally, and in a befitting manner.

Next is my confession to considerable shock that President Goodluck Jonathan did not even think it fit to consult or inform the administrators of the university, including Council and Senate, of his intention to re-name their university for any reason, however laudable. This arbitrariness, this act of disrespect, was a barely tolerated aberration of military governance. It is totally deplorable in what is supposed to be a civilian order.

After that comes the bad-mouthing of MKO Abiola and the Nigerian electorate by President Jonathan who referred to MKO as the “presumed winner” of a historic election. While applauding the president for finally taking the bull by the horn and rendering honour unto whom honour is due, the particularities of this gesture have made it dubious, suspect, and tainted. You do not honour someone while detracting from his or her record of achievement. MKO Abiola was not a presumed winner, but the President-elect of a nation, and thus universally acknowledged.

It is sad, very sad, that after his predecessor who, for eight full years of presidency, could not even bear to utter the name of a man who made his own incumbency possible, along comes someone who takes back with the left hand what the right has offered. However, there is hope. Legalists have claimed that there is a legal flaw to the entire process. The university, solidly backed by other tertiary institutions nation-wide, should immediately proceed to the courts of law and demand a ‘stay of execution’. That should give President Jonathan time to re-consider and perhaps shift his focus to the nation’s capital for institutions begging for rituals of re-naming. After all, it is on record that the House of Assembly did once resolve that the Abuja stadium be named after the man already bestowed the unique title of “Pillar of African Sports”. He deserved that, and a lot more. What he did not deserve is to be, albeit posthumously, the centre of a fully avoidable acrimony, one that has now resulted in the shutting down one of the institutions of learning to whose cause, the cause of learning, President-elect MKO Abiola also made unparalleled private contributions.

Let me end by stressing that my position remains the same as it was when the University of Ife was re-named Obafemi Awolowo University. I deplored it at the time, deplore it till today, have never come to terms with it, and still hope that some day in the not too distant future, that crime against the culture of institutional autonomy will be rectified. Let us not compound the aberrations of the past with provocations in an era that should propel us towards a belated new Age of Enlightenment.

Wole Soyinka

Nigeria LNG Undergraduate Scholarship Award 2012/2013

Requirements are: 

1. Scanned copy of Letter of identification from Local Government of Origin.
2. Scanned copy of JAMB and University admission letters.

3. Scanned copy of WAEC/NECO/GCE/O’Levels or A’ Level results.
4. Scanned passport sized photographs.
5. Scanned copy of School Identity card.

Good Luck!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Essay Competition for Youth

More information Here


To mark the centennial of The Rockefeller Foundation, we are seeking the knowledge and innovative ideas that will solve problems for the next 100 years.
In the face of these 21st century realities, achieving the Foundation's overall goal to build resilience and more equitable growth, especially for poor or vulnerable people, relies in part on our commitment to a continuing search for, and openness to, new ideas and new ways of building solutions to these complex crises.
As many as 9 out of 15 finalists will be selected by the Foundation to apply for up to $100,000 in grant support to further develop or implement their ideas.
ENTER BY MAY 25, 2012

World Bank Young Professionals Program (YPP)

World Bank Young Professionals Program (YPP) is a starting point for an exciting career in the World Bank.

It is a unique opportunity for young people who have both a passion for international development and the potential to become future global leaders. The Program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to the World Bank's operations such as, economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, and natural resource management.

In order to be competitive for this highly selective program, candidates need to demonstrate a commitment to development, proven academic success, professional achievement, and leadership capability. We value diversity in our workplace, and encourage qualified men and women with diverse professional, academic and cultural backgrounds to apply.

Since its inception, the YP Program has hired over 1,500 people who now hold position ranging from entry-level to vice presidents and managing directors. It is a unique opportunity to experience development and gain exposure to the World Bank's operations and policies.

World Bank Young Professionals Program (YPP) 2012

Minimum Requirements
The following are minimum requirements to be eligible for the Young Professionals Program.
  • Be 32 years of age or younger
  • Have a Master’s degree or equivalent
  • Be fluent in English
  • Be fully proficient in one or more of the Bank’s working languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
  • Specialize in a field relevant to the World Bank’s operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, and natural resource management
  • Have at least 3 years of relevant experience at the policy level or continued academic study at the doctoral level.
Additional Qualifications
In order to be competitive for the limited number of positions, a combination of the following credentials is highly desirable:
  • Display a commitment and passion for international development
  • Possess outstanding academic credentials
  • Exhibit excellent client engagement and team leadership skills
  • Have international development country experience
  • Be motivated to relocate and undertake country assignments
Please note that the Young Professionals Program does not recruit individuals with degrees in disciplines such as: Computer Science, HR, Accounting, Marketing, Law and Linguistics unless they are combined with other relevant degrees that are listed above.

Application Deadline
30th June, 2012

How To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Program Manager needed at the International Youth Foundation, USA

Oversee the IYF Global Fellowship Program for Young Social Innovators and manage a portfolio of country programs.    

The International Youth Foundation (IYF), a global nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives and conditions of young people worldwide, is seeking a Program Manager to contribute to the growth of a premier IYF program focused on youth-led social innovation, including the management of a vibrant network of young social entrepreneurs, and expansion of the program in multiple countries. The ideal candidate will have experience managing programs, entrepreneurial drive, innovative thinking, and knowledge about youth-led social innovation field. This full-time position will be based in Baltimore, MD.  For more information please consult

  • Provide day-to-day management of the YouthActionNet® Global Fellowship program from Fellow recruitment to program implementation.
  • Manage the YouthActionNet® Global Fellows Network and design creative ways to ensure long-term engagement of alumni.
  • Lead the management and expansion of YouthActionNet® National Institutes in selected countries as designated.
  • Support program evaluation and impact assessment efforts including: data collection, analysis and sharing of learnings with key stakeholders.
  • Conduct specific research and document innovative approaches to community development emerging out of the YouthActionNet® Global Fellows Network.
  • Be an authoritative spokesperson for the program in a variety of settings, including external meetings with donors as well as public presentations for key stakeholders. 
  • Manage special projects and events organized by the program and institution (e.g. briefings for funders, meeting minutes, conferences/workshops, monthly program reports, mailings, etc.) as designated.
  • Provide support to the Program Director in the preparation of grant proposals and other documents to support resource generation activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience and a Master’s Degree in international development or a related field preferred.
  • Strong understanding of positive youth development, preferably in the area of youth leadership and social innovation/entrepreneurship. 
  • Strong understanding of positive youth development, preferably in the area of youth leadership and social innovation/entrepreneurship. 
  • Experience working internationally highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with technology standards, emerging technologies, and social media best practices preferred.
  • Experience working with public-private partnerships and/or corporate-funded programs preferred. 
  • Ability to think analytically, assume responsibility, be creative, work independently and as part of a team, and establish priorities. 
  • The ability to work successfully within a variety of cross-cultural settings and make judgments in a fast paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills required. Communications must be clear and courteous, especially in dealing with diverse cultures and languages. 
  • Ability to communicate in a second language, verbally and in writing, highly preferred.
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and computer software skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  
  • Readiness/availability to travel with some frequency to other countries.
Baltimore, MD USA
The International Youth Foundation (IYF) is a global nonprofit organization that works with the business, government, and civil society sectors in 70 countries to improve the lives and conditions of young people worldwide. Founded in 1990, IYF equips today's youth with the necessary skills to be healthy, productive and civically engaged individuals. To deepen its impact, IYF scales up effective and sustainable programs that are making a lasting difference in young lives. IYF receives support from bilateral and multilateral donor agencies, companies, foundations and individuals.  International Youth Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
for more information on how to apply see

Thursday, 10 May 2012

One Word

how could you...

leave without a word...

friends, i tot we were,
yet u slipped out of my world,
no clue, as to wat went wrong,

i return everyday,
that u've done same...
yes, it's wat they say,
"Ada travelled and will be back soon"

it did not feel right,
but i still hoped i wasnt right,
from d first dawn u disappeared,
it struck me that something was amiss,
but... ofcourse...
i wished i wasnt right,

so i arrive from work with anticipation,
but retire to bed with dissipation,
scouting ur fb wall for activity,
only to meet unwelcome passivity,

how cud i have known...

maybe i wud have been better off,
if i had no means to reach u,
if we just neva met again,

hash i may sound,

but i speak, not from these frail fingers;
my emotions swell from a four-chambered contraption buried within my chest,

LIFE... pheew!

certainly, we've both moved on,
but i demand one last word,
y did u leave without a word???