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.


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.


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


Applications for YALI RLC East Africa Cohort 10 & 11 is on!

Deadline: May 17, 2016

Applications for YALI RLC East Africa Cohort 10 and 11 are now open. The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by President of the United States Barack Obama as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The need to invest in grooming strong, results-oriented leaders comes out of the statistics: nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.

Selected participants will engage in innovative leadership training across three tracks of study: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, and Public Management by immersing themselves in a 12-week format (three weeks of residential learning on-site at the Center in Nairobi, eight weeks of virtual distance learning via technology from your home country, and a final week on-site at the Center in Nairobi for wrap-up and presentations). During the program, participants in their chosen track will be required to contribute individually and in teams to an interactive and experiential education course through project-based development and achievement.

Who can Apply?

Open to young East African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are 18 to 35 years of age at the time of application submission,
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Burundi, Central African Republic. Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda,
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Are eligible to receive any necessary visa to Kenya, and
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, listening and speaking English.

Selection Criteria

Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications:

  • A demonstrated leadership in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.
  • Active engagement in public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
  • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others.
  • Strong social and communication skills.
  • An energetic, positive attitude.
  • A demonstrated knowledge, interest, and professional experience in the sector/track selected, and
  • A commitment to apply leadership skills and training to benefit your country and/or community after the program.

Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

How to Apply!

You need to first Sign Up to submit application.

See the FAQ or go to YALI East Africa for more information.

AYC’s Great African for May 2016 – Wilberforce Kakaire from Uganda

May 2016

We are pleased to introduce our Great African for the month of May 2016, Wilberforce Kakaire from Uganda.

Wilber having studied for a Bachelors of Information Technology at Makerere University, one would have expected him to practice his profession. He however chose to take on a Volunteer Peer EdNew York 684ucator role in a rural community in Uganda just after he graduated in 2011. It was this foundation that has curved his passion and the work he does even today. Wilber is now very passionate about development that he is not only pursuing a Masters Degree in International Development but was present as a youth Delegate in the 70th United Nations General Assembly that launched the New Sustainable Development Goals last year in New York. Back Home, Wilber is working with a network of youth led organizations to hold Ugandan government accountable to all commitments on youth priorities under the SDGs.

Having picked interest in youth issues as a Volunteer in 2008, Wilber has been instrumental in the Post 2015 youth involvement, including channeling the youth voice on Means of Implementation and Global Partnership. He has good competency in this area, especially in regards to the Central and South

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Wilber at the UN General Assembly in 2015

ern Africa context, being an active member of the United Nations Major Group on Children and Youth (UNMGCY) and the UNDP local for a in Uganda. Wilber has engaged constructively with a variety of government, CSO and community stakeholders in increasing meaningful youth participation in their programs. He trains up youth to have a strong voice in government negotiations and is himself an outstanding speaker on behalf of young people’s views.

Wilberforce signed up to be an Accountability Advocate, meaning he will be taking a lead in holding leaders accountable to their commitments and citizens demands. He is also referred to as the SDG Youth Ambassador. This is so because of the cause he is championing of ensuring that Young people are not left behind, because he believes the Global Goals are about us. “It’s us who will be there in 2030 running governments, we will be parents and leaders of all kinds” he says . This therefore means that we have to create an accountability Network comprised of like minded Civil society organization with the objective of monitoring the implementation of the sustainable development Goals and advocating for under-served critical areas that need urgent attention to ensure sustainable development.” he says.

Wilber is a great team player, great leadership and interpersonal skills and is passionate about youth participation and generating leaders. Wilber has workArusha traininged with NGOs since 2008, building his skills, knowledge and expertise around youth issues. Wilber has steadily moved through different positions and is currently in a management position with Restless Development as a Skills Development Manager for young people supporting the USAID Youth Leadership in Agriculture projects in Uganda.

Wilberforce says: “It’s time for youth to explore their potential, fight for their space hold our leaders accountable, seek knowledge build our skills and networks. If we don’t stop forward as rights bearers we will be denied the space we need to curve our future.”

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