[RUFORUM Press Release] Seventh African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Triennial Conference
Kampala 17 August 2021: The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the Seventh African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Triennial Conference that will be hosted by the Government of the Republic of Benin in partnership with the University of Abomey Calavi, University of Parakou and the National University of Agriculture, from the 06th – 10th December, 2021 at Palais des Congres de Cotonou, Benin. The Seventh African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Triennial Conference will run under the theme “Operationalising Higher Education for Innovation, Industrialisation, Inclusion and Sustainable Economic Development in Africa: A Call for Action” The conference will bring together participants from across Africa and the world to discuss how African universities are working toward improving their mandates of training, research and outreach, to produce innovations and entrepreneurial youth that meet the demands in the global competitive market. The participants will be drawn from Universities, Civil Society Organizations-CSOs, National and International Research Organizations, Development Partners, Governments, Continental and Regional Organizations, African Union Commission, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Non-Governmental Organizations, the Private sector, farmers & farmer representatives, emerging & early career researchers, and young entrepreneurs from especially Benin and other West African countries. Universities, private sector actors and young entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to showcase their innovations, products and services. Due to the restrictions and risks associated with the COVID-19, African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Triennial Conference is being organized using a blended approach, which will include both face-to-face and virtual meetings. RUFORUM will recognise farmers that have made significant contribution to agricultural transformation in Benin as a way of supporting national advancement and transformation of agriculture. RUFORUM shall also recognise scientists and other actors that have made significant contribution and supported the advancement of excellence in research and higher education for the development of Africa. Young Innovators and Entrepreneurs from Benin will be recognised to promote the contribution of the youth to the economic development of Africa and to provide youth with the forum to demonstrate their innovations. The Conference will be preceded by several virtual side events including: Scientific Data Management training for Post-Graduate Students Using R Programming Language, Evaluating the Impact of Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness Training, Social media training for students, Interdisciplinary Training for Early Career Scientists & doctoral students, and a business & entrepreneurship training for Young Innovators and entrepreneurs. This year, because of the COVID-19 restrictions and risks associated with travel during this period, it will not be possible for all delegates to travel to Benin to participate. Therefore, some delegates will be requested to participate virtually through an online platform. We have therefore designed the attendance Questionnaire for RUFORUM Triennial Conference 2021 to enable the organizers know your preference in terms of traveling to Benin or attending the event face to face or virtually. We will also be happy to get essential information about you to enable effective planning. This questionnaire is expected to take not more than 7 minutes of your time. Learn more: https://ruforum.wordpress.com/2021/08/19/press-release-seventh-african-higher-education-week-and-ruforum-triennial-conference/?utm_source=RUFORUM+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=d18db56afe-RUFORUM+Weekly+-+Vol.3+No.25_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcfbb8a0b-d18db56afe-346973753&ct=t()&goal=0_1fcfbb8a0b-d18db56afe-346973753&mc_cid=d18db56afe&mc_eid=d95cf18a8d
By: Madeleine Futter
CULTURE AND SOCIETY+1
The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships
The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships were established in 2011 to identify and mentor the future generation of outstanding African leaders. Each year three Fellows have an opportunity to work in the executive offices of the AfDB (Abidjan), ECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva), with a stipend of $100,000. During their 12-month programmes, Fellows gain both technical and leadership skills, while contributing directly to research and policy design. A special feature of the programme is the opportunity to benefit from the direct mentorship of the heads of the host organisations. Fellows also become members of the Now Generation Network (NGN), through which they continue to contribute their skills and insights to building a better Africa. More information about the opportunity can be found on Mo Ibrahim Foundation website.
By: Derek Tobias
Empowering Youth in Agriculture with Youth-focused Initiatives Webinar
African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) is hosting a webinar 26 Aug 08:00-10:00 EST (14:00-16:00 CAT). This webinar's objectives include: Provide a platform for knowledge and experience exchange on the importance of Agricultural Technological Innovation for food security and as a catalyst to boost productivity and economic growth on the African continent. Focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and education. It is designed specifically for AGRISME Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. Awareness creation on the opportunities and how to maximize the opportunities. Promote an Entrepreneurial mindset as a job generation tool Showcase AGRISME success stories - Success breeds success Promote partnerships and leverage strengths among actors in the Agriculture sector The webinar consists of a two-hour live streamed meeting, open to the public, with an expert panel and the opportunity for Q&A. To Register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eifrlae2a9592f0f&llr=m5euwduab
By: Madeleine Futter
The Emerging African Scholars' Virtual PhD Workshop 2021: Combined Professional Development Workshop
ARCOSA has published a recording of their Emerging African Scholar's Virrtual PhD Wrokshop for anyone to view! This video specifically captures the "Navigating the Publication Process: Advice for Junior Scholars from Journal Editors" session. The session was anchored by Professor Zachariah Mampilly; Marxe Endowed Chair of International Affairs at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at City University New York.
By: Madeleine Futter
CULTURE AND SOCIETY+3
The Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP) Development program
The Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP) Development program provides funds to support faculty who are conducting important research leading to creative and performance projects or activities in the arts and humanities. This limited funding is designed to support faculty in the development of projects that seem likely to enhance the reputation of the faculty member and the university. Within the Development program, there are two panels that conduct the reviews: the Humanities Research panel and the Exhibition and Performance panel. The Humanities Research panel will review applications that are supporting research projects and scholarship broadly related to the humanities. The Exhibition and Performance panel will review proposals that support scholarship and creative activities leading to an exhibit or performance. See the FAQs for clarification. The deadline for HARP Development applications will be in early-October, with awards announced in February. Funding will be available for a two year period beginning on March 1. What types of projects are eligible? HARP development projects should: produce results or a product that is likely to receive external recognition (e.g., through a publisher's interest or through available distribution or exhibition venues) or be used beyond MSU. ultimately lead to a scholarly or creative product (e.g., book, CD, musical composition, play, artwork) with the potential for significant impact in the discipline or related areas. Who is eligible? Tenured and tenure-track faculty Faculty with uninterrupted, multi-year, fixed term appointments Faculty with one-year appointments who are able to obtain written confirmation from their department chair of pending appointment through the duration of the grant (letters from the chair should be uploaded as part of the project description) Academic specialists in the continuing appointment system who have the majority of their effort in the research category Part time faculty who 1) have had an appointment for two consecutive years prior to the date of their submission, 2) have a commitment from their department chair indicating that their appointment will continue through the duration of the granting period, and 3) have an appointment of at least 50% with MSU Faculty from Arts and Letters, Communication Arts and Sciences, James Madison, Lyman Briggs, Music, Social Science, and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities are eligible to apply for HARP funding. NOTE: Faculty emeriti are not eligible to apply for HARP funding. NOTE: Faculty rank and proximity to promotion and tenure decisions will not be considered in the evaluation of proposals. All applications will be evaluated on the merit of the work being proposed. For more information or to apply, visit the MSU Research and Innovation website
By: Derek Tobias
Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI)
The Discretionary Funding Initiative (DFI), funded by the Michigan State University Foundation, provides bridge funds for tenure stream faculty for additional studies needed for resubmission of an unsuccessful, but nearly fundable, grant application to the same program within a funding agency. To request funding from this program, faculty should submit a proposal via the grant proposal system. Applicants will be expected to provide copies of their previous external reviews, if applicable, and describe the work that will be completed to address the comments provided in those documents. The research associate dean of the applicant's college (lead college if appointed in multiple colleges) will review applications, and submit a prioritized list to the Office for Research and Innovation (OR&I). Requests for support approved by the research associate deans will be reviewed by the OR&I. The maximum award from OR&I will be $25K and will require a 100% (up to $25K) match from units or colleges. Funds will be available for 18 months. For more information or to apply, click here.
By: Derek Tobias
Seeking partners for our emerging community leaders e-course project! Urgent
Michigan Fellows Agribusiness Initiative (MFAI) a Ugandan-based NGO formed by alumni from MSU/AAP PFP, is seeking partners for a proposed project titled: Emerging community leaders E-course. The project will seek funds from the US Missions Kampala under the funding call. Find the link Here. The E-course content focuses on leadership, project management, civil engagement, and fundraising. Interested persons, organizations, institutions with expertise in these four areas and website designing are urgently needed. Kindly reach out to Raymond by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Kindly note that the deadline for submission is fast approaching which is 20th August 2021.
By: Raymond Musiima
Public Dialogue Series: Pathways to Resilience: African Youth and Africa's Transformation
AAP is hosting our next Public Dialogue “Pathways to Resilience: African Youth and Africa’s Transformation” on Wednesday, June 9 at 8:00am-9:30am EDT. In this dialogue session, we will hear from African youth as well as researchers and stakeholders in different sectors that support young people to achieve their goals. We will also discuss the opportunities available with the African Youth Transformation Platform (AYTP), a program established jointly by the AAP and MSU’s Global Youth Advancement Network (GYAN) for youth, researchers, stakeholders from the public, private sector and civil society, and other strategic partners This dialogue is co-hosted by Learn more: https://aap.isp.msu.edu/engage/aap-public-dialogue-series/ To register: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/1116210119333/WN_Q9eQ7_F7SVukBXfNyrP_kw
By: Madeleine Futter
African Alliance for Youth Sport and Entrepreneurship Video
The AAP-funded African Alliance for Youth Sport and Entrepreneurship (AAYSE) program aims to test the effects of a structured, sport-based life skills and entrepreneurship program on life skills and entrepreneurial mindsets of youth in Ghana, Botswana, and Tanzania. Young students were invited to the University of Botswanafor training on entrepreneurship, individual growth, and teamwork through the medium of sports. We look forward to continued success with this team. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQZ7S7LHzdU
By: Madeleine Futter
Young Innovators in Entrepreneurship and Development (YIELD) published a documentary which demonstrates their success in providing youth employment and entrepreneurship opportunities! YIELD calls for agri-preneurship in order to promote employment, value addition, and higher productivity in Africa. AAP first provided a seed grant to YIELD in 2017 and continues to support their work. YIELD aims to improve access and maximize opportunities for young entrepreneurs in agri-food systems with international partners MSU Global Youth Advancement Network, Africa Center for Economic Transformation in Ghana, and Sokoine University of Agriculture. To check out their most recent documentary: https://youtu.be/YxAtO09afMo To explore resources YIELD has given for young agri-preneurs: https://globalyouth.isp.msu.edu/programs-projects/yield/yield-shop-webinar-series/
By: Madeleine Futter
Youth as Catalysts for Agricultural Transformation - Borlaug Dialogue/WFP Side Event
Follow the link to watch the Youth as Catalysts for Agricultural Transformation - Borlaug Dialogue/WFP Side Event recording. This event featured a discussion about research, programmatic and advocacy efforts underway to advance SBAE in Africa, and a call for collaboration across sectors. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to almost one billion people. By 2050, the population of the region is expected to double, and half will be under the age of 18. Known as the “youth bulge,” this sudden population explosion will exacerbate challenges around youth employment and food security unless policymakers take decisive action, today.
By: Elaina Lawrence
FAO webinar on September 30, 2020-- The Power of Youth for Agricultural Transformation: A View from Sub-Saharan Africa Register here: https://fao.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vbCB0KdPSrGYfAjcRIeArg
By: Amy Jamison