Engine Room’s second Replication Sprint on Unlocking Data for Social Good: Inviting Organisations from Eastern Europe and Western Balkans

November 28th, 2016


Deadline: 7 December 2016
Are you a non-profit working to increase government transparency and accountability in Eastern Europe and Western Balkans? Are you sitting on hundreds (or thousands) of scanned PDF documents whose content would greatly improve transparency, but would take too much time to analyse manually?
Apply to Participate in The Engine Room’s second Replication Sprint on Unlocking Data for Social Good!
Replication sprints are a part of The Engine Room’s Matchbox Program, which is designed to develop lasting partnerships with organisations that want to integrate data and technology in their social change projects. A week is spent with a few organisations that are facing the same challenges and interested in developing similar projects. Participants will walk away with components they can use right away. The end product will be complete in design and features, and developed around the specific needs of participants.

Benefits
We will be flying you to a venue in North-West Croatia (Istria) in the second half of January 2017 and you will spend five full days with us and the experts working on your project. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.
Eligible applicants
are based in Eastern Europe and Western Balkans.
work on transparency and accountability of governments.
have a large number of messy documents about a specific issue (such as cadastral information, politicians’ expenses, government invoices for public projects etc) and you need help pulling information out of them.
use data and technology for your advocacy and campaigning activities: collecting, analysing, visualising data.
already tried to analyse these documents using technology, but think they can do more with community help.
are ready to dedicate five days of your time in late January 2017 to work with our team of experts.
How to Apply. Applicants must submit applications online via given website.
Eligible Countries
Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia.
For more information, please visit https://www.theengineroom.org/open-call-second-replication-sprint/.

Yenching Global Symposium 2017: Bringing Chinese and International Scholars Together for Xinnovation

November 24th, 2016

Deadline: 15 December 2016

The Peking University, Beijing, China, is hosting Yenching Academy’s flagship event, the Yenching Global Symposium, one of the most selective conferences held in China, quickly becoming one of the world’s most competitive and highly anticipated conferences.

The symposium with the theme “Xinnovation: Identity of Innovation in China” will be a four-day event consisting of multidisciplinary lectures, panel discussions, site visits, and interactive sessions on Chinese innovation. It will feature prominent Chinese and international scholars as well as leading professionals who will challenge and expand previously held conceptions about innovation in China. The Symposium will select and invite approximately 75 students and young professionals to participate in the event as delegates. It will cover all fees associated with the trip—including flights, ground transportation, meals, and accommodation.

The Yenching Global Symposium will take place on the dates March 23-26, 2017. Delegates will arrive by the evening of March 22nd.

Benefits

We offer ambitious students and young professionals from around the world the opportunity to come to China and be inspired by:

a diverse body of global scholars from leading universities,
innovation leaders, sharing their passion for social entrepreneurship,
speakers from renowned universities, enterprises, and international organizations.
Eligibility Criteria

YGS is looking for:

China Scholars: Graduate or postgraduate students (Master’s level or higher) in any field of study at a Chinese university. Students should be fluent in English, and have a demonstrated interest in the role of innovation in China.
Global Scholars: Graduate or postgraduate students (Master’s level or higher) in any field of study at a university. Students must have a strong demonstrated interest in the role of innovation in China.
Innovation Leaders: Young professionals with a strong demonstrated interest in China, demonstrated leadership skills, and a commitment to the goals of innovation.
How to Apply

Interested applicant is required to submit a CV and the completed application form, online via given website.

For more information, please visit http://yenchingsymposium.org/apply

EC Call for Proposals: Promoting Development in Field of Education of Children and Young People with a Migrant Background

November 15th, 2016

Deadline: 22 February 2017

The European Commission-Education and Training is seeking proposals from eligible organizations to promote development in the field of the integration of children and young people with migration background in school education.

The overall objective of this call is to support an EU-wide network of relevant organisations (policymakers, practitioners, researchers and stakeholders, including with migrant background) to promote co-operation, policy development and implementation at different governance levels and support the integration of children and young people with migration background in school education.

Objectives

Create and develop a sustainable and inclusive network to facilitate dialogue and co-operation among experts from policy, research and practice. The network should serve evidence-informed policy-making and promote collaboration amongst relevant stakeholders at different levels, including other networks and projects funded through EU programmes and /or having an European cooperation dimension;
Analyse and co-create knowledge on the main challenges and policy approaches for ensuring inclusive education environments for children and young people with a migrant background, allowing them to succeed both in school and life and achieve their potential;
Identify, share and promote good policy practice and stimulate innovation in policy development and policy experimentation at different governance levels. There should be specific focus on the involvement of national, regional and local stakeholders;
Contribute to content development for European Commission’s dissemination tools, for example the School Education Gateway, an online platform for school education supported by the European Commission and especially the Toolkit for Schools. Contribute to follow-up initiatives in implementing the Migration Agenda.
Disseminate results and recommendations within and beyond the network, and inform EU-level debate, including co-operation under Education and Training.
Funding Information

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of a network in 2017 is estimated at 300,000.00 EUR which will also be the maximum amount granted.

Eligibility Criteria

The call is open to entities or consortia of entities fulfilling the following conditions:

The network should have partners from at least 15 countries. Eligible countries are the Erasmus+ programme countries (mentioned below).
Only applications from legal entities established in one of the Erasmus+ programme countries are eligible. Also, the coordinating applicant has to be registered as a legal entity in one of the Erasmus+ programme countries. Actions may include Associate Partners from third countries, but the cost of their participation must be financed entirely by non-EU resources.
Eligible applicants are associations, foundations and other similar national or international bodies; national education centres; ministries of education and/or training; higher education institutions and research centres.
The applicant(s) must have had a legal personality for at least 2 years on the date of the deadline for submission of applications and must be able to demonstrate their existence as a legal person.
In case the application is submitted by several entities working together (consortium), the above criteria apply to all entities.
How to Apply

Interested applicants must download the application form via given website.

Eligible Countries

Member States of the European Union (EU): Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom

Non EU Programme Countries: former Yugoslav, Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey

For more informations: http://ec.europa.eu/education/calls/2016-eac-S28_en

Entries Open for Global Social Venture Competition 2017!

November 8th, 2016

Deadline: 5 December 2016

Entries are open for Global Social Venture Competition 2017 to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and funding to transform their ideas into businesses that will have positive real world impact.

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) empowers the next generation of social entrepreneurs by providing them with mentoring, exposure, and over $80,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges.

GSVC awards prizes to early-stage social venture teams that show the highest, most integrated financial and social returns – businesses that demonstrate blended value.

Prizes

FIRST PLACE AWARD: $40,000
SECOND PLACE AWARD: $25,000
THIRD PLACE AWARD: $10,000
PRIYA HAJI MEMORIAL AWARD: $2,500
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: $1,500
QUICK PITCH AWARD: $1,000
Eligibility Criteria

At the GSVC Global Finals, teams from around the world compete in front of panels of leading experts in the fields of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and impact investing for a series of prizes totaling $80,000.
Applicant’s team must include a student, current or recent graduate, from any level of higher education (undergraduate, masters level/graduate or doctoral) in any area of study in the world;
Recent students must meet the following criteria:

Recent Bachelor’s degree holders must have completed their degree with four (4) years of the application deadline (December 31, 2016).
Recent Master’s or Doctoral level degree holders must have completed their degree within two (2) years of the application deadline (December 31, 2016).
The student or recent student must be actively involved in the venture (i.e., a founder or co-founder, actively participating in development of the business or actively working on the business).
Applicant’s team should include a statement describing the student’s level of involvement.
The student or recent student must be one of the team’s presenters and must be available to answer judges’ questions regarding the business in the final two rounds of the competition.
Other Qualifications

A team cannot enter the competition more than twice.
Teams that have competed at the Global Finals may not enter more than once; Regional Partners may put additional limits on the number of times that a team may compete at the regional level.
All submissions and presentations for the Global Finals round must be in English. Questions from the judges during the Global Finals may be translated from English to the team’s native language, but should be answered in English.
How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit http://gsvc.org/

EC- EACEA Call for Proposals: Support for Policy Reform Civil Society Cooperation in the Field of Youth

October 25th, 2016

Deadline: 29 November 2016

The European Commission-EACEA is seeking proposals from eligible organisations for a programme entitled “Support for Policy Reform Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Youth”.

Aims

Promote the employability of young people, notably through activities that foster the development of competences and skills through non-formal education
Foster the empowerment of young people in society, and foster their participation in the decision-making processes
Contribute to the personal, socio-educational and professional development of young people in Europe
Contribute to the development of youth work at European, national, regional or local levels
Contribute to the debate on/development of policy issues affecting young people and youth organisations at European, national, regional or local levels
Promote intercultural learning, the respect of diversity, and the values of solidarity, equal opportunities and human rights among young people in Europe
Promote the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities in society,
Contribute to the implementation of the Declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education adopted in Paris on 17 March 2015 for example by mainstreaming the promotion of civic education, intercultural dialogue and democratic citizenship in their work programmes
Contribute to the implementation of the action plan on integration of third country nationals adopted on 7 June 2016 by launching and promoting actions and projects which deal with the integration into the hosting society of young people with a migrant background, including the newly arrived refugees
Funding Information

The total budget allocated in the year 2017 for the Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Youth is EUR 3 800 000 and it is divided as follows:
EUR 3 200 000 — reserved for beneficiaries who signed the Framework Partnership Agreements Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Youth in 2015 and therefore not available for this call,
EUR 600 000 — available for applicants submitting proposals for annual operating grant under the present Call.
The maximum annual operating grant will be EUR 35 000.
Eligibility Criteria

This Call is open to two categories of bodies: European non-governmental organisations (ENGO) and EU-wide networks (informal network). In the context of civil society cooperation in the field of youth, the following definitions apply:
Category 1: A European non-governmental organisation (ENGO) must:
operate through a formally recognised structure, composed of (a) European body/secretariat (the applicant) legally established for at least 1 year in an eligible country on the date of submission of the application and (b) national organisations/branches in at least 12 eligible countries having a statutory link with the European body/secretariat,
be active in the field of youth and run activities that support the implementation of the fields of action of the EU Youth Strategy,
involve young people in the management and governance of the organisation.
Category 2: An EU-wide network (informal network) must:
be composed of legally autonomous non-profit organisations active in the field of youth and running activities that support the implementation of the fields of action of the EU Youth Strategy,
operate through an informal governance setting, composed of (a) an organisation legally established for at least 1 year on the date of submission of the application in an eligible country with functions of coordination of and support to the network at European level (the applicant); and (b) other organisations established in at least 12 eligible countries,
involve young people in the management and governance of the network.

For more informations:

https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/funding/key-action-3-%E2%80%93-support-for-policy-reform-civil-society-cooperation-in-field-youth-eacea372016_en

Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa: Supporting Research focused on Environment and Alleviation of Poverty

October 25th, 2016

Deadline: 31 March 2017

The Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa (MCFEA) is seeking applications for its Grant Program in order to support research focused on environment and the alleviation of poverty.

The Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa (MCFEA) is a charitable foundation established in 1992 by Mitsubishi Corporation and its UK-based subsidiary Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) Plc. Over a period spanning more than two decades, the MCFEA has been engaging with a wide variety of partner organizations throughout Europe and Africa.

Objectives

The principal objectives of the Mitsubishi Fund for Europe and Africa are:

To conserve and protect, for the benefit of the public, the environment as a whole and its animal, forest and plant life in particular and to educate the public in natural history and ecology and the importance of conservation of the environment;
To advance the education of the public and, in particular, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing:
to promote education and research in the field of ecology and conservation of natural resources and the environment anywhere in the world;
to promote the study and appreciation of flora and fauna anywhere in the world with particular emphasis on endangered species;
to promote the study and appreciation of agriculture, horticulture, silviculture and land and estate management;
to carry out research into the sustainable development of forest lands.
To relieve poverty in any part of the world.
Funding Information

The MCFEA’s target grant-making level shall be between £200,000 and £300,000 per annum (the Fund’s total expenditure).

How to Apply

Interested applicants must fill the Application form via given website.

Eligible Countries

Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (UK), Vatican City (Holy See).

For more informations:

http://www.mitsubishicorp.com/gb/en/csr/mcfea/appli.html

7th World Summit of Culture and Arts

October 23rd, 2016

Over 400 delegates from 80 countries attended the 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture. The Center for Promotion of Intercultural Dialogue was represented by its President, Mr. Mihai Valentin Vladimirescu.

The 2016 Summit was held in Malta – a country situated in the heart of the Mediterranean, always found at the crossroads, where cultures have been meeting and interacting throughout history. The Summit explored changing perceptions of leadership and address a number of questions: What are the issues? How are decisions being made, and by whom? How is leadership defined in different cultures? How can governments and civil society collaborate? And where do we go from here?

The focus of the 2016 World Summit on Arts and Culture was on Cultural Leadership in the 21st Century. The arts and culture can be considered to be at a crossroads – faced with many challenges and opportunities at the global, national and local level such as: the impact of new technologies on the production and distribution of cultural goods and services; threats to global security; new patterns of migration; changing contexts at the national level including austerity measures and continuous requests for reform; aspirations from artists and culture operators to extend their impact and outreach to other sectors, while also struggling to guarantee freedom of expression and ensure cultural diversity. 

Cultural leadership which understands and takes into account the changing realities of today’s world becomes fundamental for ensuring that the arts and culture are seen as pillars of social development in the 21st century. New models of cultural leadership are more important than ever as we work to affirm the arts and culture as pillars of social development. At a time when the notion of participatory governance is prevalent, no decision can be made without the involvement of multiple stakeholders, and the tradition of top-down leadership is no longer the only model. Artists, networks, advocacy groups, and professional organisations play an increasingly important role in engaging people, debating the issues, and proposing solutions to the challenges of our times.

Call for Applications: 2016 Emerald/HETL Education Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards

October 23rd, 2016

Emerald Group Publishing and the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) are delighted to offer a grant award for a doctoral research project in the field of education. The award recognizes excellence in research in the field of education. 

Awards topics
The dissertation topics should be in the areas of higher education, teaching/instruction, learning, curriculum, assessment, service, or any directly related area such as educational leadership, management, policy, development, research, technology, internationalization, teacher preparation, counselling, etc. See Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education for topic examples.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500, an award certificate, free registration to a HETL conference where they will have the option to present their paper, and one free copy of an Emerald​ (http://books.emeraldinsight.com/index.asp) or ​HETL (https://www.hetl.org/hetl-books/) ​book. In addition to the research award it is also hoped that the findings of the research can be published in the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education (JARHE)​ (http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=jarhe)​ 

Up to two Highly Commended Doctoral Research Awards will also be bestowed. Each winner will receive an award certificate and one free copy of an Emerald/HETL​ book. 

The closing date for applications is 1 March 2017. 
Winners will be announced in May 2017. 

To apply, go to 

http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/research/awards/hetl.htm

Florence Short Term Fellowships in Religious History and Religious Studies

May 26th, 2016

The Sangalli Institute for the religious history and cultures, in collaboration with the City of Florence and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Center, and with the generous financial support of the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, intends to offer the opportunity of a research stay in Florence to senior researchers of any nationality who are affiliated with a university or research enter outside of Italy, or who have an equivalent record of internation scholarship. The goal of the Florence Short Term Fellowships Program is to promote productive and effective dialogue between the great cultural heritage of Florence and international researchers in the humanities specialized in the history of religions and religious studies, with special attention to interfaith dialogue and interdisciplinary approaches.For the academic year 2016-2017, the Sangalli Institute offers 5 residential fellowships of 1 month of duration (worth 2,000 euro each), to help covering living expenses and accommodation. The deadline for applications is May 30, 2016 by 12.00 pm (Italian hour – CET).
For more informations, http://www.istitutosangalli.it/

Centre for Promotion of Intercultural Dialogue participates in 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, 26-27 April 2016

April 29th, 2016

President of the Centre for Promotion of Intercultural Dialogue, Prof. Dr. Mihai Vladimirescu attended the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, on 26-27 April 2016, with theme: “Living Together In Inclusive Societies: A Challenge and A Goal.”The Global Forum is the highest-profile event of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, bringing together prominent personalities, current and potential partners, and others from different sectors. 3000 representatives of more than 140 countries attended the Forum.
At Forum’s opening ceremony participated President of Azerbaijan, Mr Ilham Aliyev, the Turkish President, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Mr Nasser Bin Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and a host of ministers of foreign affairs, culture and religious affairs and official personalities representing countries, international and regional organizations, private sector companies, civil society, youth organizations, technical bodies, the media, and international donors.
Delivering the inaugural speech, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev emphasised the role of UNAOC on the issues of dialogue, understanding, tolerance and co-existence between cultures and religions. He also confirmed his country’s support for each of these values that it believes in.
The Azerbaijani president underlined that security, peace, tolerance and co-existence are the principles for understanding among peoples, which require the support of everyone in this regard for the alliance and for the establishment of new foundations for peace. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the important role UNAOC plays in carrying out the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind and addressing the root causes of violent extremism and terrorism. Division and exclusion only play into the hands of the extremists, but what they really want to destroy is our common ground, he stressed. “Stereotyping is dangerous and destabilising. Sensationalism may sell papers, but it does not solve problems,” he said.

The forum is aimed at promoting the Alliance of Civilizations initiative as a platform for materializing the “Living Together in Inclusive Societies” concept, creating new partnerships between the Alliance of Civilizations and institutions sharing its goals, and launching the UNAOC Advisory Council.
The forum is deemed very important as it is aimed at achieving the goals set by the previous UNOAC Fora held in Madrid, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Doha, Vienna and Bali, namely promoting peace, boosting communities development through intercultural and intercivilizational dialogue, fostering world peace and security, and combining the accomplishments of the UNAOC and the Millennium Development Goals.