Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Public Policy and Good Governance Master 2011

Corruption, non-transparent decision-making, limited possibilities of participation and social discrimination continue to pose a challenge for every society – including Germany. Professionals and leaders with an awareness of related problems and the knowledge and capacity to find solutions for them are required for the implementation of transparent, efficient and democratic governance based on the rule of law and social justice. Development agencies have promoted and advocated Good Governance in developing countries for some twenty years now. German universities have also taken up this topic and have developed practise oriented degree programmes that qualify students to assume leading positions in politics and administration.

Since 2009, the DAAD programme "Public Policy and Good Governance” (PPGG) is supporting future leaders from Africa, Latin-America, South-Asia, Southeast-Asia and the Middle-East who want to promote democracy and social justice in their home countries. The programme, which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, offers the chance to acquire a Master’s degree in Master programmes of particular relevance for the social, political and economic development in the students’ countries of origin. In the light of the principles of Good Governance, highly qualified graduates with a first academic degree are being educated in political science, law, economics and administration and prepared for future leading positions in their home countries. In addition, the scholarship holders will hopefully continue to be qualified contact persons for German politics and economy after their return.

Besides supporting Good Governance and civil society structures in selected partner regions, the PPGG-programme also contributes to the internationalisation of the participating German universities and provides the German fellow students with insights into the world beyond Western industrialized countries.

More info here: http://www.daad.de/deutschland/foerderung/16983.en.html
Deadline: 31 July 2011 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Australia Awards - Development Awards

The Australia Awards – Development Awards support the objectives of the Australia-Philippines Development Assistance Strategy (DAS) 2007-2011 in:
  • improving basic education
  • promoting national stability and human security
  • supporting economic growth

In line with these objectives, scholarships are awarded to select partners and individuals to support capacity building, human resource and organisation development.

Scholarship Categories

1. Targeted – awarded to partner organizations (government/ non government, private) with mandates supporting mutual priorities of Australia and the Philippines as reflected in the DAS. The Facility Board of the Philippines Australia Human Resource and Organisational Development Facility (PAHRODF) determines the partner organizations.

2. Open-targeted – are open to individuals (public and private sectors) planning to pursue post-graduate studies in:
  • Basic Education
  • Social Protection/Welfare
  • Peace and Development
  • Public Financial Management
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Organisational Development/HRMD
  • Trade
  • Foreign Relations
  • Pandemics (Preparedness and Management)
Successful candidates from both categories will be awarded post-graduate (Masters Degree or PhD) Australian Development Scholarships (ADS). Exceptional nominated awardees are eligible to compete for the global Australian Leadership Awards Scholarships (ALAS).

Equal opportunities are accorded to female and male applicants. Special considerations are given to Persons with Disabilities.

Deadline: 31 May 2011
More info on application, and application forms:


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Global Model UN(GMUN) Conference

 United Nations is inviting applicants to 2011 Global Model UN(GMUN) Conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea; who are between ages 18-26. deadline for applications extended: 30 May 2011. 
download application form @ http://www.un.org/wcm/webdav/site/gmun/shared/Individual%20Application%20Form.pdf

I am A Changemaker

Social Enterprise business plan competition


We are looking for a new breed of entrepreneurs who dream up innovative solutions to help solve problems in their communities.

This new breed of people are called Social Entrepreneurs - a distinct group of individuals with a definite and more positive attitude towards entrepreneurship.

Social Entrepreneurs* act as change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss and improving systems, inventing new approaches, and creating solutions to change society for the better.

They change the face of business by spotting social problems and issues and find innovative ways to address them.

They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.

Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.


I am A Changemaker operates like a business plan competition, awarding seed capital directly to the best social enterprise idea that best meets our criteria.

It provides a vehicle for taking innovations from idea to reality, and is a real-world exercise for improving your skills in:

Starting a Project/Business
Pitching ideas to possible investors
Building networks

No matter what your idea may be, we challenge you to unleash your ideas, energy and idealism to affect positive social change in our society. The only limit to the range of projects eligible for the award is your ambition and imagination.