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Champions of Quality Education in Africa – Ashoka

From Ashoka: *Deadline: 24 June 2009*

“The close of the entry period for the Champions of Quality Education in Africa competition is just around the corner, so make sure to enter online here. You can also nominate yourself or someone you know today. We’re looking to schools, teachers and administrators to find the best practices that are changing lives at the local, district or national levels. And with the help of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, we’re going to help them take it to the next level with networking opportunities and chances for funding.”

You can also check out other Changemakers in Africa here, or visit Ashoka’s southern Africa site.

– New Ideas for Africa –

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June 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

Go green with New Ideas for Africa: Jo’burg event

Expedition to AntarcticaConversations about caring for the planet used to be reserved for hippie tree-huggers. Now the words Climate Change have grown beyond a whisper as government speaks of introducing carbon tax to companies who don’t keep emissions in check. Even closer to home – the thought of flooding in Soweto would have been laughable a year ago but a reality now. But what does all this really mean to you and I?

To find out, join the June session of New Ideas for Africa where Lesley will be sharing stories and lessons from her recent expedition to Antarctica. We will then open the session up for everyone to share their views and experiences about living sustainably. You will have the opportunity to find out how to plug into environmental initiatives on the go and how to transfer knowledge back to your home/community/work. Confirmed organisations supporting this event include Food & Trees for Africa and the Greenhouse Project. Jeunesse Park, founder of Food & Trees for Africa is a UN Award Winner on Climate Change and will be joining us for the session.

Event details as follows:
Date: Thursday, 18th June 2009
Time: 18h30 – 21h00
Venue: GIBS, Classroom 10, 26 Melville Road, Illovo
Contribution: R40 to support the costs of the event (includes light refreshment)
RSVP: joburg@africaplusplus.org by 15th June

– New Ideas for Africa –

June 10, 2009 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

The leadership Africa needs – London event

Femi writes: ‘The theme for our  May meetup is  ‘The leadership Africa needs’. We will precede the ideas workshop with a discussion on the type of leaders Africa needs and what can be done to generate these leaders. Unlike most discussions on this topic, I hope our conversation is not exclusive to political leadership but extends to every sphere of life in the continent where leadership is required.

After the discussion, we will have the ideas workshop and welcome practical initiatives around stimulating leadership and positive change for communities in Africa.

Please extend this invitation to other people in your network who have a passion for stimulating leadership and positive change in Africa.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday 20 May 2009
Time: 6:30pm to 9pm (for a 7pm start)
Venue: UnLtd, 123 Whitecross Street, London, EC1Y 8JJ
Map:http://tinyurl.com/UnLtdOffice (nearest tube – Old Street/Barbican/Moorgate)

There is a £5 contribution to support the event (light refreshments included).

Please RSVP by 19 May if you’d like to come along. For any enquiries, call or text Femi on 07707 318449 or send an email to newideaslondon@africaplusplus.org

We look forward to a fun, inspiring and knowledge sharing evening!’

– New Ideas for Africa –

May 18, 2009 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

Get into the SA music industry – Jo’burg event

‘Off the heels of the South African Music Awards (SAMAS),  the country’s abuzz about music.

This month’s New Ideas for Africa session is themed ‘Music: reclaiming cultural richness’. We will be taking a look at the music industry in South Africa, focusing on matters such as barriers to entry and how to grow as an artist.

The session will be as interactive as usual so bring along your thinking hat with questions, suggestions and possible actions. Our resident NIfA muscian/producer Arlyn Culwick, Andrè Le Roux from the SAMRO (South African Music Rights Organisation) and Sifiso Ntuli, co-owner of House of Nsako will be our discussion hosts for the evening.

Please extend the invitation to all musicians and anyone interested in accessing information on the music industry.

Event details as follows:
Date: 19th May 2009
Time: 18h30 – 21h00
Venue: GIBS, Classroom 10, 26 Melville Road, Illovo
Contribution: R40 to support the costs of the event (includes light refreshment)
RSVP: Lesley at lesley@africaplusplus.org by 15th May

We look forward to a fun, inspiring and knowledge sharing evening!’

– New Ideas for Africa –

May 17, 2009 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

Project: Sustainable energy for rural communities

Jim Kleiber is looking to build access to sustainable sources of energy for communities in rural areas by tapping into local resources.
His current plan is to identify resources available locally that could, by applying the right technologies, be used to generate energy. He interested in working with resources that might otherwise be treated or seen as waste. Part of his work will involve developing new technologies where necessary, to convert these resources into energy.
Jim hopes that these technologies will increase the self-reliance of rural communities, lower the costs of energy and help clean-up the environment.
At New Ideas for Africa (29/04/09), participants suggested Jim assess existing resources on the ground and focus on small-scale energy provision at a household or neighbourhood level. TED.com and the Shell Foundation were among the sources of research and funding highlighted.
Jim is hoping to speak with product designers and engineers next, in particular those based in Tanzania. He is going to spend some time researching waste tanks in India too.
Jim Kleiber is looking to build access to sustainable sources of energy for communities in rural areas by tapping into local resources.
His current plan is to identify resources available locally that could, by applying the right technologies, be used to generate energy. He interested in working with resources that might otherwise be treated or seen as waste. Part of his work will involve developing new technologies where necessary, to convert these resources into energy.
Jim hopes that these technologies will increase the self-reliance of rural communities, lower the costs of energy and help clean-up the environment.
At New Ideas for Africa (29/04/09), participants suggested Jim assess existing resources on the ground and focus on small-scale energy provision at a household or neighbourhood level. TED.com and the Shell Foundation were among the sources of research and funding highlighted.
Jim is hoping to speak with product designers and engineers next, in particular those based in Tanzania. He is going to spend some time researching waste tanks in India too.

– New Ideas for Africa –

May 17, 2009 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Project: Cut your CO2 footprint with the Carbon Neutral Dance

Bremley Lyngdoh has developed a concept called the Carbon Neutral Dance (CND) to raise funds to cover the start-up costs for local branches of World Impact in Togo, Ghana and Kenya.

Bremley organises a venue and some entertainment (live music). The idea is that people reduce their carbon footprint by dancing. The fee they pay at the door goes towards sustainable development projects that offset carbon in various countries around the world.

Bremley came to New Ideas for Africa (29/04/09) to think about how he could reduce his costs – venue hire and logistics eat heavily into his takings at the door – and to explore the market for this kind of event, especially among people in the diaspora.

Suggestions included working with artistes from Africa, finding sponsors to cover the cost of logistics, piggybacking on other events and using new media to build the CND brand.

May 15, 2009 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Spring into action (London 29/04/09)

One of the many delighting things about the turnout at our April meeting, kindly hosted by Unltd*, was that we had the highest ever number of participants from the (African) diaspora. Countries represented included Nigeria, Gambia, Zimbabwe, the US and Nepal. By chance, it also turned out that over half of the 14 participants had been members of AIESEC while they were students!

As ever, we had a fun and fantastic set of discussions, ranging from how to engage in projects in politically sensitive regions to promoting innovation and enterprise among the under-30s. For those of you that couldn’t join us in person, here is a brief run down of the ideas presented, and the people behind them:

– Toyin Dania: Encouraging and supporting entrepreneurs to set up businesses in Ghana

– Bremley Lyngdoh: Carbon Neutral Dance – raising funds for Worldview Impact teams in Ghana, Togo and Kenya

–  Jim Kleiber: Sustainable Energy for rural communities made from local resources

–  Africa++ (that’s us): Directory of opportunities for diaspora engagement with Africa through UK-based organisations.

Get in touch if you’d like to know more – or, better still, come to our next meeting.

May 15, 2009 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

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