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Nominations open for 2015 Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards – See more at UN Women.

This year, the global community commits to a new UN framework for sustainable development for the next 15 years and in the current draft, the use of ICTs is included as an important means of implementing gender equality commitments. The year 2015 also marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. One of the pillars of this platform is Media, including information and communications technology. The GEM-TECH Awards are an opportunity to highlight ways in which women’s meaningful access, use and development of technology can be achieved and to inform thinking and investments as we look forward.

The 2015 awards will focus on the following three categories:

  • Application of Technology for Women’s Empowerment: Recognizing applications of technology across all sectors, and particularly the pillars of the Beijing Platform for Action, for the empowerment of women and to achieve gender equality.
  • Women in the Technology Sector: Recognizing success in the promotion of girls and women as creators, drivers, leaders and decision-makers in the technology sector.
  • Gender-Responsive Technology Governance, Policy and Access: Recognizing efforts to bridge the gender digital divide through strategies, policies and regulations that ensure enabling and foundational factors such as access, connectivity, security, digital literacy and citizenship, and more advanced skills-development are gender-responsive.

Nominations of civil society, government, international organizations and private sector stakeholders can be made here until 31 July.

For more information on the 2014 and 2015 GEM-TECH Awards please see: http://www.itu.int/en/action/women/gem/Pages/award-2015.aspx.

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30 fellowships available to attend ITC-ILO Gender Academy

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The ITC-ILO Gender Academy is confirmed to take place in Turin from 16 to 27 November 2015.

An initial lot of 30 fellowships covering tuition fees to participate in the Gender Academy is available.

Priority is normally given to nationals from ODA recipient countries however a limited number of fellowship is also available for nationals from OECD countries. Geographical and gender balance are among the selection criteria for assigning available fellowships.

UN staff or from international development agencies, including bilateral cooperation agencies, are not eligible for fellowships. However special arrangements apply to organizations enrolling more than two participants.

For more information on how to apply for fellowships please consult:


or write to: genderacademy@itcilo.org

Deadline for application : 14 August 2015

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Call for Applications: SEED Awards 2015

Is your enterprise in a start-up phase and does it integrate social and environmental benefits, solving pressing local issues? Is it women-led? Do you need support to help to establish and grow your enterprise? 

If these questions apply to you, you will be pleased to hear that SEED has opened the Call for Applications for the 2015 SEED Awards.

SEED welcomes innovative ideas from any enterprise in a developing country or country in transition, which is working in partnership with others to generate economic, environmental and social benefits. SEED’s independent international jury of experts selects Award Winners, those enterprises that have the greatest promise of making substantial improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy.

Read the full call here.

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Call for proposals: Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW)

The Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program has announced a new call for research proposals. This call, on the effects of patterns of growth on women’s economic empowerment aims to generate new evidence on the impact of specific growth patterns, and which public policies and interventions can ensure that the positive effects of growth on women’s empowerment are enhanced.  Please have a look at the call, at IDRC’s competitions page.

The closing date for applications must is 17:00 (GMT)/12:00 (EST) on February 23, 2015 and applications are through the IDRC online application process. The GrOW program is a joint initiative of DFID UK, The Hewlett Foundation, and IDRC. For more information please visit our website at: www.idrc.ca/grow.

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Funding Opportunity: Gates Foundation launches new Grand Challenges

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications for three new Grand Challenges, including one related to gender and development:

Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development – focusing on a rigorous understanding of  women’s and girls’ needs and preferences and gender inequalities and supporting new approaches to promote women’s and girls’ empowerment that will enhance the ability to achieve multiple health and development goals.

Melinda Gates says in the press release for the new Grand Challenges:

“We know how critical women and girls are to the health and economic prosperity of their families and communities, but we don’t have all the answers yet […] Over the last decade, Grand Challenges has demonstrated that when we partner together and think in bold ways about possible solutions, we get that much closer to every person realizing their full potential. I am excited by the incredible opportunities that lie ahead with these new challenges.”

Applications for the new challenges will be accepted beginning on Nov. 4, 2014.

More information on the Grand Challenges grant opportunities here.

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Call for Proposals: Horticulture Innovation Lab

The Horticulture Innovation Lab invites researchers at US public universities, along with their colleagues in developing countries, to submit proposals for five year projects that address one of the following three topics:

  • Horticulture and Nutrition
  • Postharvest Practices in Horticulture
  • Gender, Social Equity, and Horticulture

Each project will be funded from January 1, 2015 to August 31, 2019. Full proposals are due online by September 30th, 2014. Read the full call for proposals, and details on the submission process here.

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Call for Applications: AWARD Fellowships

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

Call for Applications for 2015 AWARD Fellowships

The majority of those who produce, process, and market Africa’s food are women, but only one in four agricultural researchers is female. The AWARD Fellowship is equipping African women scientists to bridge that gap (Photo: Mike Goldwater). AWARD is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills, through tailored fellowships. AWARD is a catalyst for innovations with high potential to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers, especially women. AWARD Fellows benefit from two-year fellowships focused on fostering mentoring partnerships, building science skills, and developing leadership capacity. Fellows stay in their institutions, continue their research, and travel to AWARD training courses held in various locations in Africa.


Women agricultural scientists who are citizens of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia, who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in one of the disciplines listed below, or other agriculture-related fields, are eligible to apply. Applicants must be resident in Africa throughout the two-year fellowship period.

Agricultural economics

Agricultural engineering


Animal and livestock sciences

Aquatic resources and fisheries

Biodiversity conservation

Crop science



Extension education

Food science and nutrition

Forestry and agroforestry


Molecular biology (plant/animal breeding)

Natural resources management

Plant/animal virology

Soil science

Veterinary sciences

Water and irrigation management


Fellowships are awarded on the basis of intellectual merit, leadership capacity, and the potential of the scientist’s research to improve the livelihoods of African smallholder farmers. This is the last round of fellowships offered by AWARD under its current grant funding.

Apply: For the electronic application form and more information, click here.

Deadline: August 8, 2014    Applications received after the deadline and incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.

Winners will be notified by December 31, 2014. Successful candidates must be available to attend one of the three five-day AWARD Mentoring Orientation Workshops to be held in February/March 2015 in Kenya. Specific dates to be announced. AWARD is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. AWARD is a preferred service provider of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and is hosted by the CGIAR’s World Agroforestry Centre.