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  • Digital Upscaling Training: Content Management Strategy and Reporting Webinar
    Content is king for social media marketing, without it you have blank pages that are not communicating anything or engaging with anyone.   In our recently ended training on this topic, we talked about Digital Writing and the How Tos of Content Management and Creation. You can re-watch Day 1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMqiis_Jmz8) and Day 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMnh7Torf58) videos of the training respectively. We spoke into the tonalities and writing need of creating content and how to engage with your audience.   We return in October for three (3) days, from the 27- 29, 2021 with a continuation on Content Marketing specifically Content Management, Strategy and Reporting. We will train you on how to create content strategies, create implementation plan for them and measure their outcomes for reporting purposes. Registration for the October intake is free and you can register on this Link: https://bit.ly/3kISitv. Webinar ID: 834 2058 3977 | Webinar Passcode: 097870. We encourage you to share this opportunity with your networks when you are done with your Registration.   Kindly take 5 mins to fill in this form by clicking the link below (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/digitalupskilling2021) to enable us tailor the training based on your needs.
    By: Raquel Acosta
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  • Digital Communications Workshop at LUANAR
    AAP is proud to highlight the new digital strategy work recently accomplished with our affiliates at @LUANAR led by AAP’s communications coordinator @Wisdom Nelson Chimgwede. LUANAR has currently moved to improve dissemination of best practices including research findings through digital means.   Speaking at a web, social media and on-line content management training the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Emmanuel Kaunda said the development is aimed at enhancing the university’s relevance among farmers and stakeholders in the provision of the much needed information and knowledge on agricultural transformation.   Through its affiliation with AAP, LUANAR identified some gaps revealing the need to strengthen the communications functions and AAP has offered to provide technical assistance through the communications section at the university.    Attached is a video feature from the workshop.
    By: Raquel Acosta

  • Building Sustainable Research Management Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa: AAP Co-director Published
      Co-director of AAP MSU Office, Jose Jackson-Malete, has recently had a chapter published! “Building Science Systems in Africa” is a culmination of a project focused on building capacity of African science councils to collaborate with each other and the private sector. The project was led by the African Centre for Technology Studies, the Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO), the Scinnovent Centre, and the Association of African Universities. Jose Jackson, alongside co-authors Karin Dyason, Dipalesa Mpye, and Zimasa Sobuza, wrote the chapter “Building Sustainable Research Management Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa” which discusses the increasing professionalization of research management.   The e-book is made available open access on the ACTS website and also the SGCI website. https://www.acts-net.org/publications/books/building-science-systems-in-africa  
    By: Madeleine Futter

  • Call for Manuscripts: African Journal of Rural Development
    About the JournalThe African Journal of Rural Development (AFJRD) is an online open access scientific journal that publishes articles on a quarterly basis (March, June, September, December). It is a multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal with an ultimate purpose of sharing and increasing the depth of knowledge on aspects of sustainable rural development. The Journal welcomes submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of domain significance and scientific excellence. All articles published in AFJRD will be peer reviewed. AFJRD is an open access journalOne key request to researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal and thus increases the visibility and impact of published works. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. AFJRD is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published. Call for ArticlesAFJRD welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of domain significance and scientific excellence, and will publish: Original Research articles: These should describe new and carefully confirmed findings. In addition, experimental procedures and/or approach used by the study should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify work done. The length of a full paper should be the minimum required to describe and interpret the work clearly. Short Communications: A Short Communication is suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, innovative approaches and methods, techniques or apparatus. Reviews: Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged. Reviews manuscripts are also peer reviewed. Submission of ArticlesWe invite you to submit your manuscript(s) via email directly to our editor: editor@afjrd.org for publication. Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript (s) within a period of three months from the date of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue. The guide to authors and other details are available on www.afjrd.org. You are required to register on the website before submitting your manuscript. In case of any queries, contact us via info@afjrd.org. Submission Timelines:AFJRD receives manuscripts for consideration for publication throughout the year.
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    International Rising Talents- 2022 Call for application
    https://www.forwomeninscience.com/challenge/show/25?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
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    Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Through a generous founding gift from Edward O. Wilson, Faculty-Curator Emeritus and University Research Professor Emeritus, and with support from additional donors, the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University has established the E.O. Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This program supports postdoctoral researchers at MCZ to pursue the discovery and formal taxonomic description of Earth’s animal species. Fellows will work under the supervision of one or more MCZ faculty-curators, who will provide office space, access to lab facilities and necessary research support. The program aims to achieve broad taxonomic coverage and is not restricted to any particular taxon.  Learn about the recipients of the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellowship and the species described during their fellowship. Eligibility  A Ph.D. with relevant research experience in taxonomy and/or systematics is required. All formal requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed before the start of the fellowship, though degree receipt may be forthcoming. The EOW fellowship program is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. Applicants need to identify at least one faculty-curator who has agreed to supervise the fellowship. Criteria for selection Applications will be evaluated by a committee of Harvard faculty who will prioritize the following in the selection process: The likelihood that the proposed work will result in the discovery and formal taxonomic description of animal species new to science. Fully developed and well thought out research programs with significance of proposed research clearly highlighted.  The use of integrative methodologies that combine several data types in crafting solutions to taxonomic problems. A strong academic record of taxonomic/systemics research. Additional considerations Preference will be given to applicants not currently affiliated with Harvard University, and to those who have received their doctoral degree within the previous three years. In order to encourage a diversity of expertise within the MCZ, preference will be given to individuals studying taxonomic groups not currently under investigation by an active EOW Fellow (please refer to the list of active fellows). At this time, the selection committee will not consider proposals emphasizing the taxonomy and systematics of fossil/extinct species. Terms & Conditions Stipend of $55,000/year Benefits-eligible Research and travel allowance of $4,000/year Start date flexible, but within 12 months of extended fellowship offer Maximum two-year appointment, with funding for year 2 contingent upon successful performance during year 1 Residence in the Cambridge area is required Relocation allowance negotiable after fellowship awarded Application Components  A cover letter no longer than one page. A research proposal, no longer than four pages and single-spaced, should describe: the nature and scope of the proposed research project; the approach and methods to be employed; how existing MCZ collections would be utilized and augmented with new specimens; laboratory and equipment requirements; the proposed MCZ faculty-curator sponsor, and likely products (publications, etc.) to be completed by the end of the fellowship period. Research budget: Include a simple, one-page budget that itemizes anticipated research and travel costs, not to exceed the fellowship allowance. A curriculum vitae no longer than three pages. Up to five pertinent publications. Three letters of recommendation from non-Harvard scientists. Include names and contact information of the three referees with the application. The letters will be submitted separately from the application through an online system (see below). Letters are due within two weeks follwing the application deadline. The application is complete only when all three letters are received. Interview: A subset of applicants may be asked to further discuss their proposals with the selection committee via videoconference. Submission through Harvard Academic Recruiting Information eSystem (ARieS) Deadline September 30, 2021 Questions Please email inquiries regarding the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellowship
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    2021 Call for Nominations AGNES Grants for Junior Researchers
    https://repository.ruforum.org/system/tdf/AGNES-JUNIOR-RESEARCHER-GRANT-CALL-2021.pdf?file=1&type=node&id=39369&force=&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
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  • British Ecological Society: Training & Travel Grants
    Objectives These grants help PhD students and postgraduate research assistants to meet the costs of specialist field training courses and to network and publicise their research by presenting their work at workshops and conferences. Deadline Our second round of funding for 2021 is now OPEN with a deadline of 17:00 (BST) Friday 10 September. Training and Travel Grants are awarded on a first come, first serve basis, therefore once all of the funding has been allocated, we are no longer able to accept applications. If the meeting you wish to attend is between January and the end of June, you must apply to the first round. If the meeting is after June, you should apply to the second round. (Please note that awards may take up to 2 weeks to be processed, therefore events taking place in the first two weeks of July are eligible for application within the first round).  To Apply REGISTER ONLINE When applications open, register/log in to our online grants system, complete your contact details, and navigate to ‘Your Applications’. Virtual Events and Courses Applicants can now use these grants to attend a virtual conference/course, to cover registration fees up to £250. In these circumstances, the applicant must provide proof of registration on acceptance, and meet the standard eligibility and criteria as outlined below. If you are unsure that your event meets the BES criteria, contact Siri McDonnell. Eligibility and Conditions All applicants are required to: be a BES member. have at least a B.Sc. or equivalent degree. use an institutional email address in order to apply. Any exceptions must be discussed in advance of submission with Grants & Events Officer, Siri McDonnell for approval. be a PhD student, postgraduate research assistant (within 3 years of completing relevant degree) or equivalent (Postdoc researchers are therefore not eligible to apply). work or study at a university or research institution (including field centres, NGOs, museums, etc.) that provide research facilities. work in scientific areas within our remit (the science of ecology) and of relevance to the training course or meeting they are applying to attend. give a presentation if attending a meeting. no retrospective claims for funding will be considered. no applicant may receive more than two Training & Travel Grants in any five year period. There must be at least three years between grants. There is no application deadline; instead, there are two opening dates within a 12 month period (January and July). Once funding for one round has been allocated, the round will close until the next opening date. If the meeting you wish to attend is between January and the end of June, you must apply to the first round. If the meeting is after June, you should apply to the second round. (Please note that awards may take up to 2 weeks to be processed, therefore events taking place in the first three weeks of July are eligible for the first round).  Our website will be updated when the funding for each round has been allocated.Our Training and Travel grants are awarded on a first come first serve basis; submitting an application does not guarantee funding. If you want to attend an event/training that falls within our remit, please email our Grants & Events Officer, Siri McDonnell. A maximum of two places per training course may be funded on a first come first serve basis. No more than two applicants from the same institution may attend the same meeting/conference. The applicant is responsible for booking to attend the course/event/workshop and as the grants are paid in retrospect, must pay the relevant institution/organiser the required fee at the time of booking as well as all monies additional to the award amount i.e. single supplements. Successful applicants are bound by the booking conditions of the organisation running the event, course or workshop and non-attendance on a booked course or event will result in the applicant being personally liable for the cancellation fee. It is a condition of all of our grant schemes that applicants submit a report within three months of the end date of your award. Reports will be submitted via our online grants system. Our Events We offer significant student registration discount on the costs of our own events, including our symposia and majority of our Special Interest Group (SIG) events. Therefore, Travel Grants are not available for these meetings. Grants may be considered for SIG events if the meeting is taking place outside the country in which the applicant resides. We have a limited number of grants available to attend our Annual Meeting and Symposia if you are a student, postgraduate research assistant, and a citizen of/working in a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ country according to the World Bank categorization. Annual Meeting Deadline: Applications will open later in 2021. We are pleased to be able to support a limited number of students/postgraduate research assistant who are a citizen of/ and working in a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ country according to the World Bank categorization to attend our Annual Meeting each December. These will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. Grants of up to £1000 are available. If you wish to apply for a Travel Grant to attend our Annual Meeting, please note the same conditions apply as the standard Training & Travel Grants (please see above). In summary you need to: Be a student/postgraduate research assistant Be a citizen of and working within a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ country according to the World Bank categorization. Have a talk or poster presentation accepted at the meeting Be a member of the BES This counts as a standard Training & Travel Grant, therefore the following applies: no applicant may receive more than two Training & Travel Grants in any five year period. There must be at least three years between grants. Please note: applicants who are awarded a grant to cover registration fees for the Festival of Ecology 2020 will still be eligible to apply for all of BES Travel Grants in 2021, including those to our 2021 Annual Meeting. When applications open, register/log in to our online grants system, complete your contact details, and navigate to ‘Your Applications’. Value Unless the applicant is self-funded, it is expected that their organisation will provide at least £150 of support towards the costs of the event. a maximum of £250 is available to cover the cost of registration fees for virtual conferences/courses. a maximum of £300 is available for events and courses being held in the applicants’ country of residence. a maximum of £500 is available for events being held outside the applicants’ country of residence. grants of up to £1,000 are available to attend our Annual Meeting if the applicant is a citizen of and working in a country that is classified as ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank. the grant will be paid after the event has taken place, on receipt of a brief report, certificate of attendance and any appropriate receipts. all costs must be clearly justified within the budget section. Costs that are not justified will not be considered. Please ensure all costs are clearly calculated in GBP (British Sterling). Learn more: https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/funding/training-travel-grants/?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
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    ASA 64th Annual Meeting: 2021 Call for Proposals
    AfricaNow! Call for Proposals The African Studies Association (ASA) is excited to continue our AfricaNow! format to accommodate emerging issues on our Annual Meeting program. These sessions will feature late-breaking issues that emerged subsequent to the close of the ASA CFP.   Format:Sessions can be proposed as group discussions (maximum of five presenters), individual presentations, or memorials. Please ensure that your AfricaNow! proposal meets the following criteria:• Proposals must relate directly to current events on Africa and/or African Studies.• All AfricaNow! organizers and presenters must register for the Annual Meeting when notified of acceptance. Suggested Topics for 2021 are (but not limited to):• Developments in Ethiopia, Chad, Eswatini, South Africa, etc.• TikTok, WitchTok, Internet Rituals, & Black Lives Matter• COVID Vaccination• The 2021 Olympics• Literary Analysis: We Are All Birds of Uganda, Black Sunday: A Novel, Unbury Our Dead With Song, etc.• All 2021 Memorials   To Submit:Please prepare a (1) basic title, (2) an abstract that describes the session and confirms its timeliness, (3) the format, (4) the names and affiliations of each presenter, (5) the duration of the session, and (6) your preferred date and time. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences.   Submission GuidelinesAfricaNow! sessions will not be peer-reviewed and submissions of formal panels and papers will not be accepted in this format. The participation rules do not apply to AfricaNow! sessions. Presenters who are already on the program may submit proposals. Abstracts that were already submitted prior to the submission deadline cannot be resubmitted for AfricaNow! consideration. All requests for sessions will be reviewed by the ASA Secretariat for general appropriateness. The AfricaNow! submission portal via OpenWater is currently open and will close September 10, 2021. SUBMIT TO AFRICANOW! HERE.
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    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

  • To Tax or not To Tax? Questioning Customer Loyalty Programmes
    South Africa, like many other countries, needs additional sources of tax revenues. Recent debate indicates that one potential source of revenue is the taxation of customer loyalty rewards in the hands of customers. The arguments for the taxation of these rewards have been put forward from a principled perspective and not from a legal basis. We argue that while the taxation of these rewards would increase tax revenue, legislative reform is required as there are strong arguments that the rewards are actually not taxable. We suggest tax reforms that attempt to provide certainty and equity in the treatment of such rewards as a whole in order to provide additional revenue for the fiscus.
    By: Teresa Pidduck
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  • The Sasol Oil case – Would the present South African GAAR stand up to the rigours of the court?
    South Africa finds itself vulnerable to exploitation by the measures taken by multinational enterprises (MNEs) who seek to enter into tax avoidance schemes that artificially shift profits to low- or no-tax jurisdictions. While common law, specific and general anti-avoidance measures may be used as a defence against these schemes, there has been no judicial consideration of the current South African general anti avoidance rule (GAAR) since its replacement in 2006. In this context this paper makes two contributions. First, the paper applies the current GAAR to a recent case where the predecessor to the current GAAR was applied to a scheme entered into by an MNE. This is done in order to determine if the current GAAR (unlike its predecessor) is able to stand up to the rigours of court when presented with similar facts. In doing so it demonstrates how the untested GAAR may be interpreted and applied. Second, the paper makes suggestions for amendment to the current GAAR in order to improve its efficacy in an international context.
    By: Teresa Pidduck
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