Malawi: The Warm Heart of Africa

Malawi is a southeastern African country which is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. It is a landlocked country bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique on the east, south and west. Malawi is over 118,000 km 2 (45,560 sq mi) with an estimated population of 16,777,547 (July 2013 est.). Its capital is Lilongwe, which is also Malawi’s largest city; the second largest is Blantyre , the third is Mzuzu and the fourth largest is its old capital Zomba. The name Malawi comes from the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. The country is also nicknamed “The Warm Heart of Africa”.

Malawi gained independence from the United Kingdom on July 6, 1964. English language as its official language of Malawi and Chichewa is the recognised national language.
Malawi is among the smallest countries in Africa. Lake Malawi takes about a third of Malawi’s area. The area of Africa now known as Malawi was settled by migrating Bantu groups around the 10th century. Centuries later in 1891 the area was colonised by the British. In 1953 Malawi, then known as Nyasaland, a protectorate of the United Kingdom, became a protectorate within the semi-independent Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. The Federation was dissolved in 1963. In 1964 the protectorate over Nyasaland was ended and Nyasaland became an independent country under Queen Elizabeth II with the new name Malawi. Two years later it became a republic. Upon gaining independence it became a one-party state under the presidency of Hastings Banda , who remained president until 1994, when he lost an election. Arthur Peter Mutharika is the current president. Malawi has a democratic, multi-party government.

Malawi is among the world’s least-developed countries. The economy is heavily based in agriculture, with a largely rural population. The Malawian government depends heavily on outside aid to meet development needs, although this need (and the aid offered) has decreased since 2000. The Malawian government faces challenges in building and expanding the economy, improving education, healthcare, environmental protection , and becoming financially independent. Since 2005, Malawi has developed several programs that focus on these issues, and the country’s outlook appears to be improving, with a rise in the economy, education and healthcare seen in 2007 and 2008.

Malawi has a low life expectancy and high infant mortality . There is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS , which is a drain on the labour force and government expenditures. There is a diverse population of native peoples, Asians and Europeans, with several languages spoken and an array of religious beliefs. Although there was periodic regional conflict fuelled in part by ethnic divisions in the past, by 2008 it had diminished considerably and the concept of a Malawian nationality had re-emerged.

Malawi has two sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Lake Malawi National Park was first listed in 1984 and the Chongoni Rock Art Area was listed in 2006. Malawi’s climate is hot in the low-lying areas in the south of the country and temperate in the northern highlands. The altitude moderates what would otherwise be an equatorial climate. Between November and April the temperature is warm with equatorial rains and thunderstorms, with the storms reaching their peak severity in late March. After March, the rainfall rapidly diminishes and from May to September wet mists float from the highlands into the plateaus, with almost no rainfall.

Animal life indigenous to Malawi includes mammals such as elephants, hippos, big cats, monkeys, lemurs and bats; a great variety of birds including birds of prey, parrots and falcons, waterfowl and large waders, owls and songbirds. Lake Malawi has been described as having one of the richest lake fish faunas in the world, being the home for some 200 mammal, 650 bird, 30+ mollusc, and 5,500+ plant species.

The ecoregions include tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands of the miombo woodland, dominated by miombo trees; and the Zambezian and mopane woodlands, characterized by the mopane tree ; and also flooded grassland providing grassland and swamp vegetation.

There are five national parks, four wildlife and game reserves and two other protected areas in Malawi.

Source: Wikipedia

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2017 African Development Bank Internship

Application Deadline: May 30, 2017

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

Participants in the Program are selected on a competitive basis, based on business needs of the Bank.

Objectives

The broad objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide students with an opportunity to acquire professional and practical experience at the African Development Bank.
  • Provide the Bank with a pool of potential candidates for future recruitment purposes.

However applicants should not expect the internship to lead to immediate employment with the AfDB.

Terms and conditions

The fields of study from which interns are selected must be within the job families of the Bank, particularly Economics, Agriculture, Private Sector Development, Human Capital Development (Education and Health), Environment, Finance, Infrastructure Development, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Communications, Law, Internal Audit, Budget, Governance or any other field of study that the Bank may deem relevant to its operations.

Special consideration shall be given to students who are working on projects that have a direct bearing on the mission of the Bank.

Internships shall be performed either at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) or in any one of the Bank’s field offices or Regional Centres.

Timeline for the 2017 Program :

Summer – Session : July through December 2017.

Internships shall be granted to each candidate for a period not less than three (3) months and not more than six (6) months. The internship is authorized only once for any candidate.

Interns shall be responsible for their air travel (where applicable) to and from the Bank’s location as well as their upkeep.

Interns shall be responsible for their medical insurance coverage and for obtaining entry and residence visas in the host country of the Bank.

Eligible Interns will be provided with a monthly stipend.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for internship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Students, aged between eighteen
  • (18) to thirty (30) years, and
  • currently enrolled in a Master’s level degree program or its equivalent in a recognized public or private institution of higher learning.
  • The candidate can apply for an internship within one (1) year of having obtained such a degree.
  • Provide a letter from their school confirming their enrollment or a copy of the above mentioned Degree.
  • Citizens of one of the Bank’s member countries.
  • Applicants must be fluent in at least one of the Banks’s two working languages (English or French).

Strategic Focus areas:

The specific disciplines and specialist professional areas are aligned to the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy (TYS) and the gender strategy. In addition to the fields that are in the job families of the Bank, focus will be on the following areas:

  • Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth;
  • Agriculture, Human and Social Development;
  • Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization;
  • Economy, Statistics;
  • Governance and knowledge Management
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Human Resources and Corporates Services: IT, Language Services, General Service a& Procurement, HR Management
  • Audit, Anti-corruption
  • Evaluation;
  • Communication & External Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Gender.

Application Procedure

Applicants will only be considered if they submit an online application and attach a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV).

See more here

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Amplify Fellowship for Content Creators and Storytellers in Africa 

Application Deadline: July 7, 2017

aKoma is now accepting applications for Amplify II, the second cohort of the Fellowship for Content Creators and Storytellers in Africa. The application process will run from May 26th through July 7th 2017. They are looking for originals, applicants cut from that unique creative ilk that defines an amazing creative. They are not looking for ordinary people. Instead aKoma wants content creators and storytellers that are non-conformists who are laser focused on making the authentic yet fantastic stories that Africa deserves, stories that the world will use as the lenses with which the real Africa is viewed. They are looking for photographers, videographers, writers, animators, graphic artists, storytellers.

Amplify applicants should be open to challenging defaults, demonstrate resilience, and embody a multitude of viewpoints. Fellow characteristics aKoma likes include rigor, ownership, vision, grit, curiosity and teamwork. In addition to tangible evidence of progress in their craft, every potential Amplify should be able to show their passion for their country and Africa 

The Selection Process

The Amplify II Fellows will be selected by the aKoma crew. They select Fellows based on their creative pursuits so far, content creation aspirations, alignment with Amplify’s vision, and other factors. They are interested in the possible range and impact of the potential Fellow’s work, the diversity of their creative work, and the ability to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by Amplify

This is a very competitive program. They will be selecting thirty (30) Fellows in total – ten in Lagos, ten in Nairobi, five in Accra, and five in Kigali.

There will be two rounds:

The first round will run through July 7th

A final round will run from the 7th to the 14th of July, when we will announce the Amplify II Fellowship recipients

Requirements

Applicants should reside or be available in one of these locations:

  • Accra, Ghana
  • Kigali, Rwanda
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Lagos, Nigeria

Applicants must commit to 8-10 hours every week to participate in Amplify activities. No exceptions will be made. Please do not apply if you can’t make this commitment

Be able to show samples of your work, and have a visible presence on social media that displays your work on the web

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Caroline Mutoko Leadership Award

About Caroline Mutoko

Caroline Mutoko is a One Young World Counsellor, the CMO of Radio Africa Group and a leading Kenyan media personality with a radio career that spans more than 15 years. Caroline is, without doubt, the first female broadcaster to command the morning airwaves with a mix of love, charity and brutal honestly for the issues that affect Kenyans most.

Caroline believes that now more than ever, media must look at where Kenya needs to be, where Kenya needs to go and actively and boldly pursue after the conversations, personalities, issues and topics that allow that reality to unfold.

This year Caroline will provide one young leader the opportunity to participate in the upcoming One Young World Summit in Bogotá through the Caroline Mutoko Leadership Award.

What does the scholarship include?

  • Access to the One Young World Summit 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Hotel accommodation on a shared basis between 4 October and 7 October
  • Catering which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Transport between the Summit accommodation and the Summit venue.
  • Summit hand-outs and support materials.
  • The cost of travel to and from Bogotá.

Who can apply?

In order to apply you must be:

  • Aged 18 – 30
  • A current resident of Kenya
  • Successful candidates will excel in the following areas:
  • Evidenced commitment to creating positive change in Kenya. This commitment can come in many forms; ranging from a high level of involvement in community initiatives to social entrepreneurship or from leading responsible business practices to public service
  • Show leadership ability
  • Show concern for local and related global issues
  • Ability to generate and articulate impactful ideas
  • Demonstrate teamwork
  • Be able to highlight why youth are so critical for the future of Kenya and Africa

How to apply

Submit an online application before midnight 26 May.

Find additional information here

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2017 Free Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Teachers Training Workshop

​WAAW Foundation is excited to announce that application is now open for 2017 Free Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) teachers training workshop.
The one-week intensive programming training is set up to train 100 secondary school STEM teachers from the 36 states of Nigeria on digital literacy training.

Carefully selected participants will have the opportunity to learn Web Development, Renewable Energy systems such as solar and wind mill systems, ICT skills, Arduino, Integrative Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development Skills and also participate in team building exercises etc.

At the end of the training, teachers would return to their schools to launch STEM tutoring and mentoring programs including integrating skills learnt in existing science clubs of their respective institution

Details of this year’s camp:

Date: July 31 st – August 4 th , 2017

Venue: 3 rd Floor, NEPZA Building, 2 Zambezi Crescent, Maitama, Abuja.

Click to apply
Registration for the STEM camp is open till July 30, 2017.

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7th FEMRITE Regional Residency 2017 for African Women Writers in Uganda (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 15th July 2017

FEMRITE is delighted to announce the call for submissions for the 7th Regional Residency for African Women Writers which will be co-hosted with Karavan, a Swedish literary magazine, with support from the Swedish Institute.

The 10-day writing residency will take place, in Kampala, in February 2018. The 10 selected writers will re-work their submitted manuscripts, participate in peer reviewing of work(s)-in-progress, receive feedback from mentors, participate in a public reading, share information on writing, and work with selected schools to start reading and writing projects.

Requirements

Any African woman writer who lives on the continent, is working on a novel or memoir manuscript, writes in English and hasn’t published more than one book, can apply.

Benefits

The residency will cover your return air ticket, accommodation, and meals for the period of the residency.
What you need to submit:

  • An extract from a novel or memoir manuscript that you would like to re-work during the residency (Maximum 5000 words)
  • A short story for publication in the residency anthology (minimum 3000 words)
  • Biography (150 words or less)
  • A passport-size photo

Send the documents as .docx attachments. (Use Times New Roman font, size 12, 1.5 spacing.)

Do not include illustrations.

FEMRITE will notify successful applicants by 30th August 2017.

For submissions or further inquiries, please send an email to info@femrite.org and copy to info.femrite@gmail.com

See more information here

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​UONGOZI Institute Leadership Essay Competition 2017 for Young Africans ($USD 2,000 Prize & Funded to Johannesburg, South Africa)

Application Deadline: Tuesday, 14th July, 2017
African citizens between the age of 18-25 are invited to submit an essay for this year’s Leadership Essay Contest organised by the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute).

The essay contest aims to provide a space for the youth of Africa and the next generation of leaders in the region to contribute to important discussions on leadership.
The essays should respond to the following question:

“If you were a leader, what would you do to ensure that peace and security is achieved and sustained in Africa?”

The essays should be no more than 2 A4 pages long. The format shall be of single spaced, Arial font size 11, and sent as a Microsoft Word document.

Essays will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, use of language and appropriateness to the contest theme.

All essays must be written in English.

Eligibility

Applicants must be African citizens between the age of 18-25 currently residing in Africa.

The selected winners will be required to travel to Johannesburg on 23 August, 2017, therefore valid identification and travel documents will be required for this purpose.

Prizes

A grand prize of USD $2,000 will be awarded to the overall winner of the essay contest. A total of five winners will be selected. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the second to fifth place winners.

The top 5 winners will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, to receive their awards at a prize giving ceremony to be held during the Africa Leadership Forum Dinner Gala on 24 August, 2017, which will be attended by senior leaders from across Africa in the public, private and civil society sectors.

The overall winner will be asked to read the winning essay at the event.

How to Apply

Essays should be submitted by email to: submissions@uongozi.or.tz .

Applicants must also submit a written statement of originality and ownership of intellectual property rights.

The final deadline for submission will be Tuesday, 14 July, 2017 (5pm GMT). The top five finalists will be notified via email by the first week of August. Feedback will not be provided on individual essays.

Get more information here

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