Vodafone India Foundation
The power of mobile as a potentially life changing tool is evident in India today. In many instances, access to health services, banking, job opportunities and educational tools have been made possible for the first time. With more than 300 million women mobile phone users, we want to ensure the availability of value added services at scale which enhance women’s lives and enable a better future.
The Vodafone Foundation in association with the Digital Empowerment Foundation introduces the Women & Innovation for Mobile (WIN) Award. The ‘Win’ Awards seeks to identify innovative mobile solutions which meet the diverse needs of women under the following categories:
- Healthcare & Family
- Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship
The three winning solutions will qualify for a funding grant of 44,00,000 INR to further develop and scale their mobile innovation to serve and benefit a larger female user community.
Tel: 011-26532786, Fax: 011-26532787.
Call for Papers: Rio+20 Special Issue
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) are jointly organizing a special issue of the journal Public Administration and Development (PAD, Wiley-Blackwell) on “institutional framework for sustainable development and green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication”, the two main themes of the Rio+20 Conference. This special issue will discuss topics that shed light on a new set of reforms in management, organizations and policies in the different levels that are needed to create greener economic growth in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. Experts in academia and practice are invited to submit conceptual and empirical manuscripts to contribute to the discussions permeating Rio+20. These should be linked to the fields of public administration and development and hence be multidisciplinary in nature.
Deadline for 500 word abstract submissions: October 31, 2011
Deadline for full paper submissions: January 31, 2012
Submissions should be made by email to PAD_Editor@yahoo.com.
Dr. Yannick Glemarec, Director of Environmental Finance, UNDP
Dr. Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira, Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS
For more information, please visit the journal website
Extension of the Call for Contributions for the Forum of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, Jeju 2012
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The IUCN World Conservation Congress will take place from 6 to 15 September 2012, in Jeju, Korea. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your work, air your views and take action for conservation.
Many excellent proposals have already been submitted and enthusiasm seems to have grown significantly during the last few days. So, in order for you to have time to sharpen your proposals, we have decided to extend the deadline for you to submit your proposals until the 31 October 2011.
This short video will tell you everything you need about the Forum and the Call for Contributions. Then, just visit the Forum page for practical information on how to submit a Forum proposal, download the Outline of the Call for Contributions, access the Call portal and submit your event!
Don’t wait until the last minute. Remember that you need to have your partners confirmed in the system to be able to submit your proposals. 31 October will be the last chance, and we will not be able to extend the deadline any further.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any doubts or queries.
The IUCN Congress Forum Team
Training Programme on Participat
Natural Resource Management Centre, NABARD and IIRR are organising training programme on ” Participatory Natural Resource Management- January 16 – 27, 2012″. This 10-day training course exposes the participants to participatory concepts, tools, methods and strategies in undertaking community based natural resource management. The course emphasizes the importance of multiple stakeholder involvement in managing natural resources. It promotes the engagement of various stakeholders in the community to assess and analyze the root causes of their problems and identify courses of action to address their immediate needs.
A participatory NRM aims to involve the community in decision making together with other stakeholders so that they can best decide on how to conserve and sustain these resources. It is equally important that alternative livelihood options are provided to ensure that people’s basic needs are met and they will have a good quality of life.
The course targets local and international NGO staff, government and extension personnel, researchers and faculty members who are engaged in planning, assessing, implementing and monitoring/evaluating natural resource management programs in the community.
· Exposure to two countries’ NRM experiences (Philippines and India) in the field practicum.
· Use of participatory learning method and encourage sharing of experiences.
For more information, participation and to receive an application form, contact:
Dulce Dominguez, Training Assistant
Deadline for application: 16 December 2011
Deadline for payment: 30 December 2011
Natural Resource Management Centre
National Bank For Agriculture & Rural Development.
CDKN INNOVATION FUND
The first deadline for applications to the Innovation Fund is: 28th October 2011, 17:00 (GMT+1)
The CDKN Innovation Fund supports innovative thinking and innovative action. It is designed as an open competitive fund to provide fast-moving support for creative initiatives in the field of climate change and international development
It is flexible in order to catalyze a range of different project types, scales of operation and projects in different stages of development.
The Innovation Fund is structured around two stages.
· Stage 1 provides support for organisations/partnerships in designing and developing innovative projects on climate compatible development. This will be supported through an innovation process, and the outcomes of this process will include a project proposal.
· Stage 2 focuses on innovative research projects, and provides funding for organisation/partnerships to implement (a) research projects that emerge from Stage 1, as well as ‘fast-track’ research proposals which do not need support through Stage 1.
Applicants should either apply for Stage 1 (Innovation Process), with the potential to go through to Stage 2 on completion, or apply to be fast-tracked to Stage 2 (Research Projects only).
The overall budget for this round of the CDKN Innovation Fund is £1.1 million and CDKN invites applications that fall under one of the following themes:
· Climate compatible development strategies and plans
· Improving developing countries’ access to climate finance
· Strengthening resilience through climate-related disaster risk management
For full information including guidance documents and details on application processes and eligibility criteria, please visit the CDKN website, or contact the CDKN Innovation Fund Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: NEWS Flash from MRI:
The 4th European Biennial Event of Highland Regions, Innovation in Mountains, will take place in Gérardmer, Vosges, France, 13–14 October 2011.
The UGI 2011 Regional Geographic Conference will take place in Santiago, Chile, 14–18 November 2011.
The IAMO Forum 2012, Land Use in Transition: Potentials and Solutions between Abandonment and Land Grabbing, solicits proposals for organized sessions, mini-symposia, and papers involving research investigating the main trends and drivers of land use in transition economies of Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, and East Asia. The session proposal deadline is 18 November 2011, while the mini-symposium and paper submission deadlines are 27 January 2012.
Transdisciplinarity in Research Projects Investigating Climate Change Effects on the Alpine Water Resources. Participants in this two-day informal workshop will exchange approaches, methods, experiences, and advice elaborating transdisciplinary work packages of integrative research projects ranging from small-scale individual activities to large consortium programs at the interface of climate change and water resources in Alpine regions. The focus of the workshop will be on actor participation as well as transfer activities to produce a scientific publication with a methodologically comparative analysis and recommendations derived from the lessons learned. The regional focus is Switzerland and Austria, but contributions from other countries are also welcome. The workshop will take place in Innsbruck in spring 2012, organized by the universities of Berne, Innsbruck, and Graz under the sponsorship of MRI. An invitation to the workshop will follow.
The Alps Are Renewed in Poschiavo: On what sort of resources are the Alps building their future? Can climate change be an opportunity? What ought to be done to ensure that young people have prospects? The Alpine Week in the Swiss Val Poschiavo, 4–9 September 2012, will address just how renewable the Alps actually are.
And more generally, see the CIPRA events calendar: http://www.cipra.org/en/
Started in year 2010, ‘Climate Himalaya’ initiative has been working on the mountain and climate related issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In the last two years this knowledge sharing portal has become one of the important references for the governments, research institutions, civil society groups and international agencies, those have work and interest in Himalayas. The Climate Himalaya team innovates on knowledge sharing, capacity building and climatic adaptation aspects in its focus countries like Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Climate Himalaya’s thematic areas of work are mountain ecosystem, water, forest and livelihood. Read>>