The Ashoka Advantage - March 2011 | Democracy | Internship

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CONTENTS Fellow News Awards & Funding Conferences Information for Fellows Networking & Communication Tools Changemakers® Volunteers, Interns, Partners Fellow News
Andreas Heinecke Hits The Big Apple German Fellow Andreas Heinecke is the creator of “Dialogue in the Dark” where participants experience darkness and blind people teach them how to see. The exhibition has been presented in many countries and will have a grand opening in New York City this summer! At the South Street Seaport on Manhattan’s lower Eastside, visually impaired guides will invite visitors to enter complete darkness, changing their perspective on visual impairment for ever!" Read more about this event here. largest monetary prizes in any category – equal to the Nobel Prize.” The award honors a charitable organization or an NGO which has made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering anywhere in the world. The Prize is not only intended to recognize and advance the efforts of the recipient organization, but also to call attention to the worldwide need for humanitarian aid and encourage others to expand their support. For more information, click here. Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa Deadline: March, 30 2011 The MILEAD Fellows Program is a one-year leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African women leaders to attain and succeed in leadership in their communities and Africa as a whole. They must commit to a community leadership service project and be between 19 - 25 years of age. For additional information, click here. World of Children Awards Deadline: April 1, 2011 Through three distinct awards, the program seeks to honor and bring acclaim to outstanding children's advocates and the work they do, as well as to raise public awareness about the issues affecting the world's children. For more information, visit www.WorldofChildren.org. Society of Environmental Journalists Deadline: April 1 2011 The SEJ honors work on the environment that has appeared in newspapers, magazines, newsletters, online services, books as well as on radio and TV from journalists

Awards/Funding
Economist’s Innovation Awards Deadline: call for nominations in early March 2011 Readers are invited to nominate outstanding innovators in seven categories: bioscience, energy and the environment, computing and telecoms, "no boundaries" (which includes materials science and nanotechnology), consumer products, business process, and social and economic innovation. Bottom line is recognition of individuals who have pioneered novel technologies and business models that improve everyday lives. For details, click here. The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize Deadline: March 14, 2011 The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is the world’s largest humanitarian award established by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in 1996. It carries an award of $1.5 million annually and it is considered to be “one of the

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internationally. The work will be recognized in six categories, each carrying a cash prize. Please visit http://www.sej.org/ for more information Lola Kenya Screen 2011 Film Awards Deadline: April 15, 2011 The Lola Kenya Screen is an annual international audiovisual event that seeks to place production tools in the hands of children and youth for the advancement of literacy, gender equity, self-expression, and democracy in their world. For more information, please visit http://comminit.com/en/node/306792/38 International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management Deadline: April 30, 2011 Swiss Re invites entry in the annual International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management, acknowledging leadership in the implementation of the principles of sustainability in watershed management. It is worth US$150,000 in total and is granted to one or several projects selected by an international jury. For more information, click here. The Goldman Environmental Prize Deadline: April 22, 2011 The Goldman Environmental Prize is the world's largest prize program honoring grassroots environmentalists. The Prize awards $125,000 annually to six environmental heroes from each of the inhabited continental regions. Recipients are chosen for their sustained and important environmental achievements. There is no application for the Goldman Prize, and unsolicited nominations are not accepted. Contact Cat Jaffee at cjaffee@ashoka.org if you would like to be nominated. For more details go to http://www.goldmanprize.org. Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships First call for nominations is in April The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service. The Humphrey Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and

understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellows’ home countries. To apply, please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country for more information about application procedures and deadlines. Click here for a list of eligible countries and in-country contact information. Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by October 1. The deadlines for applicants vary by country. For more details, click here. National Endowment for Democracy Deadline: Rolling The NED supports projects that promote political and economic freedom, a strong civil society, independent media, human rights, and the rule of law. The Endowment’s flexible and efficient grants program is able to assist democratic activists in diverse situations, such as transitional countries, where the goal is democratic consolidation, and authoritarian countries, where the goals are liberalization, and the protection of human rights. For more details, go to http://www.ned.org/about/about.html African Women's Development Fund: Solidarity Fund Deadline: Rolling This fund allows African women to participate in exchange visits, conferences, seminars and workshops. This provides them with valuable opportunities for networking and information, "all of which are vital to the strengthening of the African Women's Movement." For more information, go to http://www.awdf.org/ Kellogg Foundation Grants Deadline: Rolling The Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. We award the majority of our grants to tax-exempt organizations in the United States. Please view current details regarding funding in the southern Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean regions. For more information go to www.wkkf.org

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African Development Foundation (ADF) Deadline: Rolling USADF provides funding support to projects that are focused on the development of micro, small, and mediumsized enterprises, the enhancement of trade and investment (T&I) opportunities for small and medium-scale enterprises, and participatory community development projects. For more information go to http://www.adf.gov/funding.html The Priority Grant Program of the US Institute of Peace Deadline: Rolling The Grant Program increases the breadth and depth of the Institute's work in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and Sudan. For more details, click here. The IZUMI Foundation Rolling Deadline The IZUMI Foundation gives assistance to the world’s poorest people by supporting programs that improve

health in developing countries. The Foundation looks for promising, practical innovations that reduce the burden of infectious disease while also strengthening the ability of communities to keep children and families healthy. Its aim is to do as much as possible to improve the health outcomes of people living in the most impoverished areas of Africa, Central America, and South America. The Foundation accepts letters of inquiry at any time during the year. The Board of Directors meets three times a year (April, June and November) to review proposals. For further details go to http://www.izumi.org/ Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights (UAF) No deadlines This is a global women’s fund that exists to protect, strengthen and sustain women human rights defenders at critical moments in time. By intervening quickly when defenders are poised to make great gains or face serious threats to their lives and work, UAF provides an efficient and effective model of strategic philanthropy. For details, click here.

Conferences
Media and Democracy Conference: Towards Sustainable Stability in Africa Accra, Ghana // August 17-19, 2011 Deadline for submission of abstracts: April 22, 2011 The conference is designed to address various issues of media in the practice of democratic governance in Africa. Interested individuals are invited to submit abstracts for papers or ideas for panel discussions, which must address specific media practices in the context of democracy in Africa, such as the role of radio commercials as political communication tool in electioneering, the corrosive effects of partisan media practices in popular democracy, or the role of the media in the concept of popular democracy. For more information about the conference, click here.

Information for Fellows

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INCORE Summer School on Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Application deadline is 25 March 2011. Source: University of Ulster The INCORE Summer School provides a structured learning opportunity to analyze the dynamic and constantly changing field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Participants are invited to compare, contrast and learn from different perspectives. For details, go to http://www.incore.ulst.ac.uk/courses/ss/. TEDActive Projects

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Over the year, many of you have asked “How can TED help us bring the incredible ideas presented at the conferences more into the world, through collaboration and action?” As we step forward into The Rediscovery of Wonder at TED 2011, we are launching an experiment to encourage this aspiration known as, ‘The TEDActive Projects Initiative.’ Visit http://www.ted.com/ for more information. Join the conversation and follow the progress of the TEDActive Projects at http://conferences.ted.com/TEDActive2011/projects/.

Changemakers®
Get Ready to Vote: Sustainable Urban Housing - Collaborating for Livable and Inclusive Cities Voting Period: March 23 to April 6, 2011 You can vote for the winning solutions for sustainable urban housing that will win US $10,000 each in the Sustainable Urban Housing: Collaborating for Livable and Inclusive Cities competition, hosted by Ashoka’s Changemakers, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. The most competitive entrants will be showcased and reviewed at an event that closes the competition in June 2011 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. where they will be viewed by public and private partners, including prospective funders. Enter a solutions competition: Powering Economic Opportunity - Innovations for a Stronger Global Workforce Beginning: March 30, 2011 Enter a competition hosted by Ashoka’s Changemakers and The Opportunity Project, an initiative of the eBay Foundation, to find innovative, market-based solutions that generate sustainable jobs for underserved populations. Click here for more information.

Volunteers, Interns, Partners

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Volunteers Need help with Strategic Planning? Fundraising? Translation? Volunteers can help! In-person assistance? Virtual help? Volunteer teams? Let us know what you need, and we‘ll help you find what you‘re looking for! Please give specific details regarding your plans for using a volunteer and information about what type of work they‘ll be doing, special skills required, time-frame, accommodations available, etc. Email Beth Inabinett at volunteers@ashoka.org Interns Would you like to advertise for an intern on the Ashoka Volunteer website? Many capable undergraduate and graduate students are visiting the website looking for a way to get involved and gain experience in their field of study, especially over the summer. Contact Beth Inabinett for an Intern Request Form at binabinett@ashoka.org

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