Nov 192013
 

On African Statistics Day 2013, Development Initiatives and the Uganda Bureau of Statistics announce a joint project to bring ‘data use’ capacity training to East African organisations working for poverty eradication

Development Initiatives (DI), a not-for-profit organisation working to eradicate poverty by 2030, and the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), the agency responsible for coordinating, monitoring and supervising the National Statistical System of Uganda, today announced they are in the process of entering into a partnership which will run for 5 years. The project will provide training and skills development on use of data, for civil society organisations and other stakeholders in the East Africa region. The partnership more broadly aims to drive engagement and support for East African citizens, including those leading CSOs (civil society organisations) and those who are involved in driving social change or community advocacy work, to support the use of public data and information for development and poverty eradication.

The training and mentoring programme will be delivered by UBOS in collaboration with DI. Public outreach and engagement will be supported by both organisations. Skills training aims to equip trainees with the capacity to access, understand and use data, with an emphasis on building the evidence base for advocacy and social change. The programme will begin with a workshop in Kampala with 5 CSOs in the health and education sectors, to better understand the modules available at UBOS and what role these can play in enhancing access, quality and use of data and information. The main programme will be delivered sequentially to respond to the needs and demand of the CSOs in a way that enhances and entrenches skills within the organisations from 2014.

Data on public spending and services is often released in formats which are not compatible or easy to understand. DI and UBOS are launching this partnership to put this information into the hands of individuals by ensuring trainees have the data skills necessary to turn raw statistical data into usable information. The collaboration between the two organisations will focus not only on capacity building, but also involve working jointly on quantitative and qualitative analysis, particularly on the impact of resource investments on poverty eradication. Through the partnership, DI and UBOS also aim to facilitate engagement with other East Africa Bureaus of Statistics, to encourage similar outreach with citizens and civil society leaders. The collaboration comes after discussions between DI and UBOS on how best to enhance access to data, build citizens’ capacity for data analysis, and increase public use of information about resources for poverty reduction.

Davis Adieno, Capacity Development Manager at Development Initiatives, said:

“Through our work analysing data and producing reports on resource allocation in East Africa, we see a real need for this. Many of the people we work with in civil society are working hard to advocate on problems and challenges in their communities, in sectors like education and health, but they really struggle to use complex data and information that would help them have more impact. We hope this capacity building enables them to do more good, in and for their communities.”

Johnson Kagugube, the Director in Charge of Statistical Capacity Development at the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) said:

“Statistical capacity building is needed to enable all stakeholders involved in the NSS to acquire expertise to determine their data needs and priorities. The staff handling statistics acquire knowledge to collect, interpret and disseminate information to support planning and monitoring of national development.  Coordinated statistical capacity building is an important precondition for the sustainability of development initiatives.”

The importance of better data, and increasing public use of data, has been recognised by the UN ECA which aims to raise the profile of the important role that statistics play in all aspects of social and economic life in Africa. African Statistics Day is commemorated annually. This year’s African Statistics Day focuses on “Quality Data to support African Progress”. Data quality enables public engagement and use of data, and is essential if citizens and organisations are to monitor the achievement of national development plans and international development goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). DI and UBOS hope to make a contribution through this project to the overarching objectives of the international community to eradicate poverty and improve lives.

About DI: Development Initiatives is a not-for profit organisation with a consultancy arm that carries out research and analysis into poverty and how to end it. We believe ending poverty by 2030 is possible, but we need better information to do so. Development Initiatives provides and analyses this information to empower people to make better decisions about how to end poverty. We have centres in the United Kingdom, Kenya and Uganda and have partners globally including governments, academic institutions, the private sector and citizen representatives. To find out more about our work visit www.devinit.org

About capacity building: DI works to enable people to gain access to and use information about aid and other poverty reduction resources, aimed at supporting efforts to hold governments, donors and service providers to account, and thereby increasing the effectiveness of those resources. Through this programme we have sought to understand the impact of increasing accessibility of information, and learning more about how stakeholders are able to use this information to improve development outcomes. Over the past few years, we have been working to increase the availability and accessibility of information, mainly through the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).

Sep 132013
 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, September 13, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A joint long term training program for 100 Somali Journalists was launched at the Mogadishu Guest House in Mogadishu on Thursday, September 12, 2013 until April 2014 by the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), Center for Media Research and Development and the Horn of Africa University, Department of Journalism in partnership with Radio Risaala, Gool FM, Radio Iftin, Royal Television, Star FM, Kulmiye New Network (KNN) Radio, Radio Dhusamareb, Mustaqbal Radio, Access Television, Radio Xamar – Voice of Democracy (VoD), Dalsan Radio, SIMBA Radio, Radio Banadir and Kasmo Radio.

 

The program, which is the first of its kind launched in Somalia, will run for eight (8) months and 100 Somali journalists, both currently employed journalists and unemployed naïve journalists will benefit directly from program with the aim of enhancing the quality of the

journalists and upgrading their professional standards of journalism.

30% of the 100 journalists awarded for receiving the program are female and all of whom will be trained as qualified reporters with different specializations, producers, writers, editors, camera people, technicians among others.

 

In his opening remarks, the Secretary-General of the National Union of Somali Journalists, Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim stated the training objectives, goals and expected outcome calling it, “The first such program launched for the last two decades.”

 

“Our aim is to get professionals who can provide quality news to their audience. The more we get professionals, the better.” Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary-General said in his opening remarks, “Such training programs is not limited to this region, we are planning to extend to the whole South/Central Somalia and Puntland shortly”

 

Mr. Ibrahim thanked Center for Media Research and Development, Horn of Africa University and the partners of the program in standing up jointly by making this program possible, noticing that the more we can join our small resources and power, the better we can make a real difference to the professional capacity of our media workers.

 

The launching ceremony, which journalists, media bosses, government officials, civil society representatives and other dignitaries were invited, was officially opened by His Excellency, Abdishakur Ali Mire, deputy Minister of Information, Posts, Telecommunication and Transport and called the program, “Timely and convenient.”

 

The minister highlighted the importance of such program toward the Somali journalists after experiencing two decades of civil unrest and chaos and the need for more professional and learned journalists and praised NUSOJ, CMR and Horn of Africa university for coming up with such very good initiative of training professionals for free, while thanking the partner organizations, noting that the program

 

“This is the first ever program I witnessed in terms and it is timely and convenient.” Mr. Abdishakur Ali Mire, deputy minister of information, Posts, Telecommunication and Transport said, “Those of you who had an opportunity for this valuable program are required to focus on the training and as government, we will do every possible means to support this initiative and hope you successful completion.”

 

The minister underlined that the professional journalists are those who guide their people for the good of their country and hope that once you complete this course that you can contribute to your country.

 

Representative of Horn of Africa University, Mohamoud A. Nur Mohamed, speaking at the launch ceremony on behalf of the Horn of Africa University stated the importance to be a learned and professional and promised that after the completion of this training program that, “Those interested to promote their educational level, the university will help and facilitate “ and thanked all the partner of this program for their support.

 

Mr. Ahmed Abdi Eynab, a representative from the Center for Media Research and Development who spoke at the launching ceremony focused on the significance of the program noting that the center is proud to be part of this program for training professionals stating that the center will expand such programs.

 

Fuad Haji Abdiweli, Director of Royal Television in Mogadishu who spoke on behalf of the program’s partner Televisions at the launching ceremony announced their commitment in providing the trainees studios where they will be interning during the course of their training program. Similarly, Hassan Salad Hasan, Director of Benadir Radio and Abdullahi Ali Farah “Catosh”, Director of SIMBA Radio who spoke on behalf of the program’s partner radio stations and Mrs. Nasro Abdi Bakaal, university graduate journalist at the Dalsan Radio, who spoke on behalf of the volunteer teachers at the launch made pledged similar assurances.

 

Though the majority of the trainees are unemployed, as part of the union’s strategy to fight against media unemployment and labor related violations and promote the professional standards of the media workers, during the training, the trainees will be given an opportunity to work as an intern at the program’s respective partner media houses and after completion of the program, the participants will be supported in finding decent jobs. The union routinely helped unemployed journalists find jobs both from the local media houses and the international media outlets and helped dozens in this way. In the protection of the rights of media employees, NUSOJ has gone into agreement with some of the major media companies in Mogadishu and is planning to negotiate the few remaining media stations to further protect the rights of its members.

 

NUSOJ is due to conclude by the end of this month two month camera

skills training course which were offered to 12 working journalists.

According to the journalists who benefited from the program said that the training course have changed their working style on the camera and upgraded their knowledge about working on the camera.

Source: APO

Aug 212013
 

The Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is currently accepting applications for Spring 2014.

Students matriculating in the Program will undertake a rigorous course of learning in Museology, the branch of knowledge dedicated to the study of the theories, procedures, and managerial concepts of museums. Practical application of course work is achieved by working with the University’s extensive collection of African art, as well as through internships with local, regional and national museums, which serve as extended classrooms. Graduates of the program are prepared to pursue careers in a variety of
local, regional and national museums, campus museums, private galleries and historical associations.

Applications can be found online at

http://suno.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/GradSchoolApplication.pdf

and must include the following:

  • Completed Graduate School Application
  •  Official Transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation that address academic achievements and potential as a graduate student.
  •  A one-page typed statement of purpose/interest that explains the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a master’s degree in museum studies. Applicants should demonstrate a desire to establish a career in the professional museum field.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 1 DECEMBER 2013. LATE AND
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Dr. David Riep

Interim Director

MA Museum Studies Program

Southern University at New Orleans

504 286-5010

Aug 212013
 

AMISOM opens training on improving understanding and compliance with International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights (HR) for the Somali National Army Officers

KAMPALA, Uganda, August 21, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has today opened a four-day training workshop on improving understanding and compliance with International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights (HR) for thirty-two officers of the Somali National Army (SNA) in Kampala, Uganda. The training which is being convened with technical and logistical support from the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission seeks to contribute to professionalizing and building a competent Somali Armed Forces by introducing the essential rules of International Humanitarian Law, both treaty and customary rules and other relevant norms binding Somalia.

The workshop was officially opened by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation of the Republic of Uganda, Honorable Asuman Kiyingi who noted that IHL is a fundamental instrument in the day to day running of the national and International Affairs for a country like Somalia that is emerging from a long spell of armed conflicts. He said; “… it is incumbent upon you to borrow a leaf from countries like Uganda, Burundi, South Africa, among others to ensure discipline, reconciliation, unity in diversity in order to build a prosperous, secure and self-sustaining Somalia.”

Representing the Federal Government of Somalia, Colonel Ali Amer said it was important for such training programmes in IHL and HR to include all commanding officers and key personnel of the Somali National Army. The workshop which has drawn experts and other high ranking officials from the African Union Commission, United Nations, and the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (ICRC) among others is the second of such initiatives by AMISOM after a similar event was conducted in Djibouti towards the end of last year for senior officers of the Somali National Army.

In the opening remarks read on her behalf, the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Dr. Aisha Abdullahi observed that the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1977 additional protocols remain important tools for the protection of civilians, as they clearly stipulate the rules of engagement in a situation of armed conflict. “I hope this training will provide us with a way forward on how we can use IHL and other relevant regional and international legal instruments such as the ones on human rights in enhancing the protection of such vulnerable persons.” She Said.

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif commended the Somali National Army for the security gains in the country especially driving out Al-Shabaab terrorists from key towns. He encouraged the officers to build on the Somali customs and norms to better respect IHL and HR.

The training will enhance Somali National Army Officers’ understanding of the basic rules regulating the conduct of hostilities in Somalia. It will also lead to the adoption of a forward looking strategy and action plan to ensure compliance with IHL by SNA and respect for other relevant norms.

Source: APO

Aug 102013
 

Afrifestnet Toolkit now available!

Fourteen months after the official launch of the network in Accra, we are pleased to announce that the Festivals Best Practice Toolkit is now available! This Afrifestnet publication was conducted with the support of 28 African festivals directors who contributed their experiences to the research conducted by Peter Rorvik, Secretary General of Arterial Network.

http://crm.opennetworks.com/references/emailReply?onRN01=bAlu.U3lZCWUqAgvbnRhmJR3R4WEM4mwgCG0qAxvZ0lyOCy0MFyxg4msmnVFB1Q6MCMFqAxpbYP3Z9a6gaNN

Jul 102013
 

Call for proposals: Workshops on Language Documentation, Maintenance, and Revitalization

Deadline for receipt of proposals: July 15, 2013
Selection of proposals: August 30, 2013

To be held as part of:

2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang/InField) Institute on Field Linguistics and Language Documentation
http://www.uta.edu/faculty/cmfitz/swnal/projects/CoLang/

(please note this web address is case sensitive)

University of Texas at Arlington
June 16th – June 27th, 2014

We are soliciting proposals for workshops in language documentation, language maintenance, and language  revitalization to be held as part of the fourth CoLang/InField, Institute on Collaborative Language Research.  The
CoLang/InField training institutes take place in summers alternating with the
Linguistic Society of America’s Institute. The participant audience at CoLang
2014 will include Indigenous community members, practicing linguists, graduate
and undergraduate students in linguistics and anthropology, archivists,  and
language activists with an interest in documenting, maintaining, or
revitalizing their languages.

Previous workshops have been hosted by the University of Kansas, the
University of Oregon and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Past
participants have gone on to great success in developing documentation and
revitalization projects, generating funding, and presenting results at major
international venues like the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting,
the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas, and the
International  Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation.

The 2014 Institute will take place at The University of Texas at Arlington
from June 16 to June 27, 2014.  CoLang 2014 will offer courses that address
technological training, interdisciplinary collaborations with the sciences,
developing collaborative community language projects,  and
pedagogical/teaching applications.  Several foundation courses in linguistics
are also offered.  The current list of planned courses is online at
http://www.uta.edu/faculty/cmfitz/swnal/projects/CoLang/CoLang2014-courselistv
1.htm
. These courses are already assigned instructors.

In keeping with CoLang as a training venue that promotes exposure to
cutting-edge techniques and innovative approaches in language documentation
and revitalization, proposals for new workshop topics are being solicited.
Workshops should not duplicate currently planned courses.  At CoLang 2014,
there will be two instruction formats for workshop offerings : 4-day courses
(6 hours total) and 2-hour workshops (2 hours total).  We estimate accepting
approximately five new workshops of each type (ten accepted workshops from
this solicitation, five in 4-day format, five in 2-hour format).

The proposal should be a maximum of 2 pages in length, and should include:
topic, rationale for including it as part of CoLang, proposed length (2-hour
or 4-day), a brief description of  workshop content (general lesson plan ,
target audience, and level, e.g., beginning, intermediate, advanced), how it
would be taught (balance of theory, examples, hands-on exercises), and what experience qualifies you to teach
it. We encourage students and language activists to apply.  For an example of
workshop titles and descriptions from a previous institute, go to
http://linguistics.uoregon.edu/infield2010/workshops/index.php

Travel and room and board will be covered for instructors,  and a modest
honorarium provided.

Questions should be directed to Colleen Fitzgerald, Director of the 2014
Institute on Collaborative Research at cmfitz@uta.edu.  Completed proposals
should be submitted as a PDF to uta2014institute@gmail.com.

CoLang/InField is partially funded by the National Science Foundation.

Jul 052013
 

CFP: Early Career Scholars Writing Workshop – Nairobi, 20-21 September 2013

Date: 3 July 2013 12:51
From: Reuben Loffman
<r.loffman@qmul.ac.uk>

Please find below a call for papers for a writing workshop hosted by the British
Institute in Eastern African and the African Studies Association of the
United Kingdom for early career scholars based in Africa.

Early Career Scholars – Writing Workshop
Friday 20th and Saturday 21st September British Institute in Eastern
Africa, Nairobi

Call for Applications: The African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK)
invite applications to attend a writing workshop for early career scholars
to be held in Nairobi on 20th and 21st September 2013.

ASAUK is currently organising a writing workshop in Nairobi to assist early
career scholars to prepare material for publication in international
journals. The ASAUK is committed to enhancing academic links between
British and African institutions and to increasing representation in
British journals of work by scholars based in Africa. Previous ASAUK
workshops in the UK and in other parts of Africa have been extremely well
received and there has been a strong demand for places.

The writing workshop will bring a wide range of editors of Africanist
journals, from across the humanities and social sciences, together in order
to support doctoral and recent post-doctoral students as well as junior
staff based in East African universities in preparing articles for
submission and eventual publication in Africanist and International
journals. The participating journals have asked prospective participants of
the workshop to submit articles which address the journal themes outlined
below.

*Applying to attend*

The workshop will be organised in collaboration with the British Institute
in Eastern Africa. The organisers will cover the costs of travel and will
provide accommodation and food for the duration of the workshops. The
African Studies Association of the UK looks forward to hearing from you.

For more information, or for any enquiries, please see the applicant
details below or contact either Reuben Loffman (reuben.a.loffman@gmail.com)
and/or Professor Ambreena Manji, Director of the British Institute in
Eastern Africa (ambreena.manji@biea.ac.uk)

The ASAUK very gratefully acknowledges the support of the British Academy,

*Applicant Details*

Deadline for receipt of applications: 17:00 (GMT) on 15 July 2013

In order to qualify for the workshops, scholars are invited to send in the
following documents: • A short CV including their name, gender,
nationality, date of conferral or expected conferral of their PhD, academic
career and position at their current institution. • A completed,
full-length article (8,000-10,000 words) based on original research. Please
indicate clearly which journal you are targeting. • An explanation of how
you would benefit from the training and development workshop, whether you
have previously been published (and if so please provide details of the
articles and journals you have been published in), and how you would
contribute to the early career discussion.

To apply for a reimbursement of travel costs, you must submit an estimate
of expenses.  Please bear in mind that the organisers will expect
applicants to have explored the most economical travel options.

Selection criteria: The primary selection criterion is the quality of the
article submitted, but assessors will also be looking to see who might
benefit the most from the workshops.  The workshops are open to early
career scholars, which we interpret to be up to 6 years following the award
of your doctorate.

Please send applications electronically Reuben Loffman at
reuben.a.loffman@gmail.com

*Please note that applications without all the supporting documentation
will not be considered.*

*Journals and journal themes:*

Papers selected will be in line with the thematic areas covered by the
participating journals. Allocation of participants to given journals is at
the discretion of the organisers.

The following journals have confirmed their participation and we expect
others to join them (further journals wishing to participate in the
workshop should contact Reuben Loffman and Ambreena Manji:

*Africa: Journal of the International African Institute*

http://www.internationalafricaninstitute.org/journal.html

Africa is the premier journal devoted to the study of African societies and
culture. Editorial policy encourages an interdisciplinary approach,
involving humanities, social sciences, and environmental sciences. Africa
aims to give increased attention to African production of knowledge,
highlighting the work of local African thinkers and writers, emerging
social and cultural trends ‘on the ground’, and links between local and
national levels of society.

*Journal of Modern African Studies  *

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=MOA

The Journal of Modern African Studies offers a quarterly survey of
developments in modern African politics and society. Its main emphasis is
on current issues in African politics, economies, societies and
international relations. It is intended not only for students and academic
specialists, but also for general readers and practitioners with a concern
for modern Africa, living and working both inside and outside the continent.

*Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE)*

http://www.tandfonline.com/action/aboutThisJournal?journalCode=crea20#.UZ3MCbWG18E

Since 1974, ROAPE has provided radical analysis of trends, issues and
social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation
of change. It has paid particular attention to the political economy of
inequality, exploitation and oppression and struggles against them,
whether  driven by global forces or local ones such as class, race,
community and  gender. It sustains a critical analysis of the nature of
power and the state in Africa in the context of capitalist globalisation.

*Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS) (if there are papers submitted
on the geographical area covered by the journal – see below for details on
the scope)*

http://www.tandfonline.com/action/aboutThisJournal?show=aimsScope&journalCode=cjss20#.UaHgQLXVB8E

JSAS is an international publication for work of high academic quality on
issues of interest and concern in the region of Southern Africa. It aims at
generating fresh scholarly enquiry and rigorous exposition in the many
different disciplines of the social sciences and humanities, and
periodically organises and supports conferences to this end, sometimes in
the region. It seeks to encourage inter-disciplinary analysis, strong
comparative perspectives and research that reflects new theoretical or
methodological approaches. The region covered embraces South Africa,
Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola and
Mozambique; and occasionally, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo,
Madagascar and Mauritius.

* *

*Journal of Law and Society*

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-6478

Published annually, the Journal of Law and Society Special Issues offer an
interdisciplinary approach to specific themes within socio-legal studies.
Challenging and authoritative, these issues provide searching yet
accessible analyses of a wide range of topics, with examinations of
specific legislation appearing alongside more general discussions of
current legal practice and theory in relation to other social forces.
Attracting contributors from around the world and addressing issues from a
range of legal cultures, as well as theoretical concerns of a
cross-cultural nature, this series will have a broad international appeal –
not only to legal researchers and practitioners, but to sociologists,
criminologists and other social scientists.

* *

*Journal of African Cultural Studies*

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjac20/current#.UZDmzLWG18E

The Journal of African Cultural Studies is an international journal
providing a forum for perceptions of African culture from inside and
outside Africa, with a special commitment to African scholarship. It
focuses on dimensions of African culture including African literatures both
oral and written, performance arts, visual arts, music, the role of the
media, the relationship between culture and power, as well as issues within
such fields as popular culture in Africa, sociolinguistic topics of
cultural interest, and culture and gender.

*Journal of Contemporary African Studies*

http://www.tandfonline.com/action/aboutThisJournal?show=aimsScope&journalCode=cjca20#.UZ3MWrWG18E

The Journal of Contemporary African Studies (published four times a year,
in January, April, July and October) is an interdisciplinary journal
seeking to promote a scholarly understanding of developments and change
throughout the African continent, as well as the location of Africa within
the global political economy. Its scope extends across the social sciences,
as well as encouraging articles relating to the social dimensions of the
wider humanities, sciences and the environment. It welcomes contributions
reviewing general trends in the academic literature, as well as those
offering careful analyses of developments at national, regional and
continental level. It also publishes special issues and welcomes proposals
for new topics.

* *

*Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies*

(Web page available soon on http://www.tandfonline.com)

Eastern African Literary & Cultural Studies is a new international journal
which offers a distinctive, integrated forum for publication of leading
peer-review papers on the literature, culture and arts of the Eastern
Africa region and their widespread influence. The arts and culture have
played an instrumental role in the post-colonial project, and indeed in the
forging of twenty-first century identities and realities, where they have
actively engaged with ideas from other fields including economics,
politics, history, and religion. This dynamic interface will be explored in
the journal.


Dr. Reuben Loffman
Lecturer in African History,
Queen Mary, University of London
Department of History,
3.32, Arts Two,
r.loffman@qmul.ac.uk

Jun 242013
 

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, June 24, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Aggreko (http://www.aggreko.com), the world leader in the provision of temporary power and temperature control services, has announced the launch of its inaugural ‘Aggreko University’ technical training programme at an event today in Abidjan. The first 15 students to be accepted into the Summer Module of the programme were officially recognised at the event in the presence of top academia from local universities, representatives from local industry and the energy sector and senior management from both Aggreko and CI-Energies, the state utility of Ivory Coast.

aggrecko logo

The Aggreko University began earlier this year when 100 graduates were selected from the more than 300 respondents who applied to the programme. The shortlisted students were invited to Abidjan on 29th May to attend the Aggreko University Open Day. From this group a further selection was made of the most promising 15 students who were chosen to attend the Summer Module which officially begins from today.

 

The Summer Module will see the students complete an intensive four week programme in which they will be introduced to the Aggreko business and learn the fundamental aspects of operating and working within an Aggreko facility. The students will be housed for the entire month on campus in Abidjan and will undertake weekly assessments on their performance and understanding of the course content. At the conclusion of the four weeks the group will be further reduced to six students who will then move into the final stage of the programme.

 

In September 2013 the six selected students will begin a 12 month intensive training syllabus incorporating advanced technical, engineering and project operations modules. Theoretical training will take place in a classroom environment, while a large portion of the programme will involve hands-on training at operational project sites. Upon completion of the programme, graduates will be eligible for fast-track employment opportunities within Aggreko in technical and project operations positions in the Ivory Coast and potentially other locations in Aggreko’s network of international power projects.

 

“Highly trained technical staff are the foundation of our global operations. By identifying high-potential local talent and fast-tracking them through the Aggreko University programme we are able to ensure we have a source of highly competent future leaders for our projects business. It is also an essential element in developing a strong local workforce and providing excellent career opportunities to people within the communities in which we operate,” commented Laura Dumoulin-Minguet, Head of Human Resources, Aggreko North and West Africa.

 

“The Aggreko University is a great initiative that will help to build up a solid base of well trained and experienced electrical and mechanical technicians within Ivory Coast,” commented Amidou Traore, Director General, CI-Energies. “We are looking forward to partnering with Aggreko in the delivery of this programme and we will offer our full support to ensure that it is a great success, both for the students themselves and for the energy industry of Ivory Coast.”

 

“This programme will see Aggreko and CI-Energies working together to develop the next generation of energy industry professionals for Ivory Coast,” added Christophe Jacquin, Managing Director, Aggreko North and West Africa. “This close cooperation and mutual desire to add real value in Ivory Coast is a hallmark of the relationship between our two companies.”

 

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of Aggreko plc.

 

 

EDITOR’S NOTES

Aggreko plc (http://www.aggreko.com) is the world leader in the supply of temporary power and temperature control solutions. Aggreko employs over 5,700 people operating from 194 locations. In 2012 we served customers in about 100 countries, and had revenues of approximately GBP 1.6bn (USD 2.5bn or Euros 2.0bn). Aggreko plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AGK.L), is a member of the FTSE-100 index, and is headquartered in Scotland. For more information, please visit the company website at http://www.aggreko.com

Aggreko provides power and temperature control solutions to customers who need them either very quickly, or for a short or indeterminate length of time. Examples would be the supply of power to an industrial site which needs to service its permanent power supply, supplying a whole city in times of power shortage, or providing a major sporting event with power and cooling systems. We serve our customers either through our 194 service centres, which we call the Local business, or globally through our Power Projects business.

In the Local business, which accounts for about half of our revenues, we hire our equipment to customers, who then operate it for themselves, although we retain responsibility for servicing and maintaining it. In the Power Projects business, which also accounts for about half of our revenues, we operate as a power producer. We install and operate power plants (http://www.aggreko.com/interim-power-plants) and we charge our customers both for providing the generating capacity, and for the electricity we produce. We design and manufacture equipment specifically for these requirements in our factory in Dumbarton, Scotland.

Recent customers include the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (http://www.aggreko.com/media-centre/press-releases/aggreko-supports-a-powerful-london-2012), the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games (http://www.aggreko.com/events/the-olympics/vancouver-2010) and the power utilities in over 50 countries including the UK, France, Angola, Kenya, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil and the USA.

In 2012 we fulfilled almost 45,000 customers’ assignments and 70% of those who responded to our research gave us a recommendation of 9 or 10 out of 10.

For more information, please visit our local website at: http://www.africa.aggreko.com

 

ENQUIRIES TO:

Nicholas van Santen

PR & Communications Manager

Aggreko EMEA

T: +971 56 682 5978

E: nicholas.vansanten@aggreko.ae

Source: APO

May 102013
 

Workshop on preservation and protection of documentary heritage for managers of selected National Heritage sites in Nigeria (Osogbo, 14 – 17 May 2013)

This two-day workshop will intimate the Nigerian National Heritage site managers with preservation and protection of documentary heritage in digital format. At least 20 participants are expected for this event with hands-on practical which will be facilitated by experts in culture, documentary heritage and information technology. The opening ceremony (which involves welcome address by the Director & Country Representative of UNESCO Abuja and goodwill messages by partners, among others) will be covered and reported by the press.

Read more about the training workshop at http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/events/calendar-of-events/communication-and-information-events/?tx_browser_pi1%5BshowUid%5D=17085&cHash=8f13ce6df1

Mar 202013
 

DOCUSOUND 

INCLUSION, OPEN ACCESS AND KNOW-HOW SHARING = EMPOWERED AND AWARE COMMUNITIES

FOR A MORE JUST WORLD

 

Program implemented by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States and funded by the European Union

 

Professional training program for operators of radio and new media in Kenya and Senegal; the program is open to members of marginalized categories such as the blind, the disabled, albinos…DOCUSOUND is an inclusive training course with a long-term impact of increasing the access to Information and Communication Technologies for minorities.

Professional training program for operators of radio and new media to strengthen democracy and include minorities and underserved groups in the public debate through open access to media and information production/distribution.

DOCUSOUND is a free program for 15 trainees, 9 months of hands-on work, 3 5-day workshops, 15 radio documentaries being produced and distributed and just as many communities being empowered.

 

If minorities of all kinds are proactively involved in social dynamics, the barriers that traditionally prevent their advancement can be overcome once and for all, as society begins to consider them not as burdens but as resources. DOCUSOUND  is intended not only for minorities, rather it is an inclusive long-term project that includes both minorities and the larger populations to work together in building a network of factual-content/documentary professionals, whose work aims to raise awareness on various topics with the ultimate goal of gaining social change.

50% of the available spots will be reserved for members of marginalized categories; women will also have priority in the selection process.

 

Application process opens March 19th and ends April 19th;  5-day workshops will be held in May and October 2013 and January 2014.

 

For inquiries prospective applicants can email  <admin@kub.or.ke>

 

DOCUSOUND is a project of the Italian NGO COL’OR (www.colorngo.org) – Kenya partner: Kenya Union of the Blind; Senegal partner: Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities.

 

ACP-EU Support Programme to ACP Cultural Sectors

Programme implemented by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States and funded by the European Union (Grant received € 379,373 – KES 43,085,910.70)

 

For more info:

docusound@colorngo.org

http://docusound.org/media-literacy-program/

 

Contact Person: Jackson Agufana <info@kub.or.ke> mobile phone # +254 724 621 814

 

Feb 262013
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 26, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM in Tanzania is facilitating a workshop on Identity Management in partnership with the Dutch I.D. Management Academy and the Portuguese Border Agency (SEF.)

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by julyinireland

The workshop which runs from 25th to 27th February, 2013, is being attended by directors of the Immigration Departments of Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia within the context of a regional European Union (EU)-funded border management capacity building programme. The objective of the workshop is to increase government awareness of the importance of identity management and assist participating governments in assessing and improving the integrity of their identity documents and related issuance and management systems, with a focus on effective, robust and internationally compliant processes.   Tanzanian Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Pereira Silima, opening the workshop, said that false identities were increasingly becoming key assets for criminal individuals and groups who were using identity fraud to conduct human trafficking, money laundering, arms smuggling and drug trafficking across international borders. “We cannot practically stop people from crossing borders, but we can put in place proper migration management systems to ensure smooth and orderly movements of persons,” he said. Source: APO

Feb 242013
 

Open Licensing workshop

This week I have been taking part in a very interesting online workshop on Open Licensing run by the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex which may be of interest to you. Although registration for the workshop is closed because the workshop is now running, you may be interested to watch some of the slide shows, which are, of course, Open Access. I’ve found these slide shows really helpful in clarifying open licensing and they have given me pointers for the way I personally use open access materials, but also in thinking through institutional issues. For African researchers Open Access materials are a key way to obtain up to date information/data/journals at no cost. We also need to consider institutionally how we make our own data and publications available for others.

Copyright and Intellectual Property issues are very important all over the world, but in a development context it is a necessity to understand the licenses available and the issues involved.This slideshare gives an historical overview of copyright laws.

This slideshare introduces the different levels of Creative Commons licenses. It gives some clear guidance about which type of license to use for different purposes. This is an area which can be very confusing and it was good to see the information portrayed so clearly.

One of the things I found most useful in Day Three’s slideshare was the explanation of the Sherpa Romeo website which you can use to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher’s copyright transfer agreement, particularly in journals. RoMEO is a searchable database of publisher’s policies regarding the self- archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories. You can access RoMEO here

The last day was useful in providing us with resource links