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Applications are open for the 2024 “We Can Work” Narrative Competition

The “We Can Work” Narrative competition is a platform for young individuals with disabilities to express themselves creatively. Whether you’re a writer, audio producer, videographer, visual artist, or photographer, this competition welcomes all forms of storytelling.

Applications are now open for the 2024 “We Can Work” Narrative Competition. Are you a young storyteller between the ages of 18 and 35 with a disability? Do you hail from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Senegal, Ghana, or Nigeria? If so, we invite you to showcase your creative talents in the “We Can Work” Narrative competition!

Application Deadline: June 28, 2024.

Prizes:

  • Winners of the competition will receive exclusive access to events and career mentorship sessions.
  • Additionally, there are opportunities for paid internships and online features to further amplify your voice and talents.

More here: https://www.opportunitiesforafricans.com/the-light-for-the-world-we-can-work-narrative-competition-2024/

Jasiri Growth Accelerator

The Jasiri Growth Accelerator is designed to provide comprehensive support to existing businesses with substantial growth potential, assisting them in reaching crucial growth milestones and preparing them for investment. This programme targets startups from Rwanda and Kenya that have pioneered market-creating innovations, which are businesses dedicated to solving complex challenges and delivering valuable goods or services to a broad previously underserved audience.

To be eligible for this accelerator, these businesses are required to have achieved product-market fit. Early-stage businesses often face fundraising challenges due to inadequate traction. Market-creating innovations, by their nature, demand substantial investment for development. This accelerator supports ventures by bridging the crucial funding gap that exists for them.

Apply here: https://jasiri.org/jasiri-growth-accelerator/

ESP x Mastercard Foundation Bootstrappers Community

To all entrepreneurs in Rwanda operating in the tourism and agriculture industry, ESP in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation through the Grow 2 Scale initiative, has opened applications for the Bootstrappers community.

ESP works with entrepreneurs at all stages to foster their businesses into commercially successful, disruptive businesses.

Apply here: https://espscale.espartners.co/application/new?program

Internship

Apply for the CorpsAfrica/Rwanda Volunteership

Mission of CorpsAfrica

CorpsAfrica provides Africans the opportunity to serve as Volunteers for ten months in rural, underserved communities in their own countries to facilitate small-scale, high-impact projects identified by local people and funded by partners from Africa and around the world.

Basic Description of CorpsAfrica Service

CorpsAfrica Volunteers undergo one month of Pre-Service Training and then serve for ten months in a community chosen for its perceived need, existence of local partners and essential infrastructure, location, and other criteria. The Volunteer dedicates his/her time to living and working with local people to identify an area of concern for the community, co-create and design solutions to address the concern, implement the solutions with local partners, and monitor and evaluate the results. To achieve this, CorpsAfrica Volunteers receive professional training before and during their service, support from CorpsAfrica staff (both nationally and internationally), a modest living allowance, health insurance, and a readjustment allowance upon successful completion of the program. Volunteers are required to submit reports and make presentations regularly.

General Expectations of a CorpsAfrica Volunteer

Commit to working in a highly underserved community in Rwanda to improve the quality of life of the community
Serve where CorpsAfrica asks them to serve, under conditions of hardship, if necessary
Recognize that their success is based on building trust and confidence with their host community
Understand that they are responsible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for their personal conduct and professional performance
Engage with host community partners in a spirit of cooperation, mutual learning, and respect
Exercise good judgment and personal responsibility to protect their health, safety, and well-being

More here: https://www.tfaforms.com/5113217

UNDP Internships

UNDP is Hiring YouthConnekt Intern

The Sustainable Growth Unit at UNDP in Rwanda is seeking a graduate student with an interest in youth empowerment issues to assist in the implementation of the UNDP Youth portfolio and the One UN Joint Youth Programme. This post will give the intern the opportunity to assist in support programme management, coordination, resource mobilization and monitoring and evaluation of the UNDP Youth portfolio and One UN Joint Youth Programme. This internship includes project management, support in monitoring and evaluation, communication as well as support in identifying resource mobilization opportunities.

Apply here: https://estm.fa.em2.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_1/job/17783?utm_medium=jobshare

Deadline: 05/06/2024, 05:59 AM

UNDP is hiring a Documentation Intern

The intern will be in charge of providing support for effective records control in the office and delivering effective support on Registry office business management.

More here: https://estm.fa.em2.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_1/requisitions/job/17747

Deadline: 05/06/2024, 05:59 AM

Education

Great Lakes Creative Producers Lab 2024

Calling all fiction producers in the Great Lakes region!

Join the Great Lakes Creative Producers Lab—a 5-day program to boost your network and production skills through hands-on workshops, mentorship sessions, and more.

Producers are eligible for the program if they:
· Have accumulated three years of professional experience within the film industry

· Are nationals of a country from the following: Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Ethiopia

· Are able to communicate in English in a professional context

· Have produced at least 2 short films or 1 feature film

· Have a feature project in hand and the legal right (by way of ownership or option or attachment agreement) to produce the script

The ideal applicant should demonstrate the following attributes:

· Entrepreneurial spirit

· Self motivated

· Collaborative and willing to contribute to their peers

To be eligible, the producer cannot be the author and/or director of the submitted project.

More here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfB4Gd-GbaWYs-bepN7hxijMK2Fjg8jLxjZ9rHsMdJ9er4_OA/viewform

Improve your English Language skills

The English Immersion Program is designed for aspiring students aiming for ALU admission, professionals seeking career advancement, or anyone eager to master English, and this program offers the perfect mix of in-person sessions, online semi-synchronous learning, individualized self-study, and exciting socialization opportunities.

Learn more: https://aluexec.alueducation.com/english-immersion-programme/ 

Mount Kigali University May 2024 Intake

Events

KURA Event “For Us, With Us”

The event will be held on Thursday, 30th of May, at ALX (Nyarutarama, Deco Center) from 2 pm to 4:30 pm.

The audience is composed of people from the Mastercard Foundation, students from ALU, and ALX, and other young people from diverse backgrounds.

The event ”Empowering Young Voices” is a dynamic and inclusive platform crafted to serve as a fertile ground for the engagement, empowerment, and expression of the youth. Centered around the theme “For us, with us” the event is dedicated to unearthing and nurturing the unique perspectives of young individuals on societal challenges, aiming to weave their fresh insights into the fabric of collective action and innovation.

Register here: https://kura.rw/our-first-ever-kura-event

Grants

GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize Competition

The 2024 GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize Competition invites agrifood entrepreneurs from across Africa to showcase their startup business ventures. Judges will be looking for innovative founders and co-founders aged 18-35 with the vision to establish sustainable scalable businesses, drive resilience, increase food security, and create jobs in the agri-food sector. Applications are open from 8 April to 10 June 2024 at https://gogettaz.africa/gogettaz-agripreneur-prize-2024/

This year’s competition will recognize and celebrate African entrepreneurs whose business solutions address the pressing need for efficient local production of nutritious food, with business models that embrace scale and innovation, while also helping to mitigate climate and broader environmental challenges. The top competitors selected this year will have the opportunity to shine at the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize final pitch competition, set to take place during the prestigious Africa Food Systems Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, from 2 to 6 September.

D-Prize Challenges Competition win up to 20,000$ for your idea

The D-Prize Global Competition is LIVE! 

Are you a bold leader with a dream of starting an organization to eradicate poverty? You can win up to $20,000 to start an NGO or social venture to fight poverty through distribution.

D-Prize funds entrepreneurs to start new ventures in developing countries. We fund ideas across sectors including agriculture, energy, health, and water.

This year, we’ve also added a new challenge: reading glasses!

Learn more and apply by July 14 at: https://d-prize.org/

Africa Business Heroes Grant

Exciting news! The 2024 Africa’s Business Heroes competition is here! Calling all entrepreneurs!
Win up to $300,000 in grant funding, mentorship, and global exposure! Don’t miss this opportunity to take your venture to new heights.

ABH aims to identify, support, and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are making an impact in their local communities, working to solve the most pressing problems, and building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future.

The initiative aims to be as inclusive as possible. Applications are open in English and French to entrepreneurs from all African countries, all sectors, and all ages who operate businesses formally registered and headquartered in an African country, and that have a 3 year-track record.

Every year, ten finalists will be selected to compete in the ABH grand finale pitch competition. These finalists also receive extensive exposure through the high-quality video narratives ABH produces about their stories and their ABH journeys. Throughout the process, we work with local media and influencers across the continent to secure interviews spotlighting their businesses and the impact they are having. The finalists ultimately compete for a share of US $1.5 million in grant money.

All finalists also join an exclusive community of like-minded entrepreneurs, business professionals, investors, and mentors. In addition, they get access to training and networking opportunities to further support them on their business journey.

Apply now: https://africabusinessheroes.org/en/apply-now

Mastercard Foundation Agribusiness Challenge Fund

The Mastercard Foundation Fund for Resilience and Prosperity is the second phase of a program from the Mastercard Foundation. The first phase was the Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity, an eight-year program established in 2014. That Fund supported 38 participants from 15 countries in Africa innovating and scaling financial products and services targeting the rural population with a large focus on agriculture. One major highlight is the Fund enabled over 5.3 million people to have access to financial products and services, exceeding an initial target of 1 million.

As a result of this success and learnings gathered, the Mastercard Foundation Fund for Resilience and Prosperity, a new, seven-year, US$ 126 million Fund was established in 2023. This Fund aims to support Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) across the agriculture, climate adaptation and digital economy sectors in 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The main objective of the Fund is to unlock enterprise growth and catalyze, scale-up and sustain the creation of dignified and fulfilling work opportunities for young women and men.

The Agribusiness Challenge Fund is a rolling call for proposals open from 18 March 2024 to 22 November 2024, with three application harvest periods in between.

Learn more here: https://www.frp.org/
Apply here: https://www.frp.org/apply