Jobs and Announcements

Africa Regional Director
International Planned Parenthood Federation

The International Planned Parenthood Federation is looking for a Africa Regional Director. For more information Contact: Dick Irish -Ref: DB_09.

Africa speaks: Request for a video clip
Final call: closing date 30 June 2014

The Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR) is to be held from 30 September – 3 October 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa (http://hsr2014.healthsystemsresearch.org/). This is the first time this Symposium has been held in Africa. The theme of the 2014 symposium is: the science and practice of people–centred health systems. The involvement of people both in their own health decisions and in those concerning the development of a health system is a vital platform for effective service delivery and for ensuring the health system offers wider value in society.
The opening plenary (on 30th September 2014) will have a specific African focus – and its theme is governance and health in Africa. As part of this opening ceremony the organisers would like to feature different voices from the African continent and provide African stakeholders with an opportunity to share their perspective on the theme of the symposium. They would like you to identify a stakeholder whose voice you feel would be important to feature in the opening plenary and to record a short interview with them. It could be someone you work closely with – such as a health worker, a researcher, a community member or a client or user of the health service. Someone that you feel represents a critical constituency from the African continent. Depending on the volume and quality of material received we will seek to project the clips at other moments during the conference, and also post them on the conference website.

Further details: /newsletter/id/39013
Africa Speaks: Request for a video clip
Closing date: 30 June 2014

The Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR) is to be held from 30 September – 3 October 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa (http://hsr2014.healthsystemsresearch.org/). This is the first time this Symposium has been held in Africa. The theme of the 2014 symposium is: the science and practice of people–centred health systems. The involvement of people both in their own health decisions and in those concerning the development of a health system is a vital platform for effective service delivery and for ensuring the health system offers wider value in society.
The opening plenary (on 30th September 2014) will have a specific African focus – and its theme is governance and health in Africa. As part of this opening ceremony the organisers would like to feature different voices from the African continent and provide African stakeholders with an opportunity to share their perspective on the theme of the symposium. They would like you to identify a stakeholder whose voice you feel would be important to feature in the opening plenary and to record a short interview with them. It could be someone you work closely with – such as a health worker, a researcher, a community member or a client or user of the health service. Someone that you feel represents a critical constituency from the African continent. Depending on the volume and quality of material received we will seek to project the clips at other moments during the conference, and also post them on the conference website.

Further details: /newsletter/id/38956
Africa unveils new governance body
New website: African Governance Institute (AGI)

Africa has a new continental body, the African Governance Institute (AGI), based in Dakar, Senegal. AGI interim director, Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, explained that the main ‘added-value’ of the Institute is ‘to institutionalise African reflection on governance in Africa […] because we think that it is important that the people who live the realities of African societies and African states are better placed to understand what is going on and to propose solutions for a better future.’ He announced that AIG will convene a series of Conferences in 2010, including one with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on democracy and human rights ‘...to make this added-value a reality.’ The AGI’s programme of action was formally launched at an inaugural workshop on 3-4 November in Dakar. On 24 November, the AGI and ECDPM signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a strategic partnership, which aims to enhance both organisations’ work in supporting the African Governance Architecture and enhancing the dialogue strategies and development support of Africa’s European partners.

Africa Urban Infrastructure Summit
Cape, South Africa: 22- 23 April 2013

The Africa Urban Infrastructure Summit will seek to bridge the information gap in African urban infrastructure and create a platform to develop the market for African urban infrastructure and real estate investment. The aim of the summit is to bring together national and local government officials, urban planners, designers, developers, facility managers and potential investors to share ideas, develop business opportunities and discuss current projects, case-studies, lessons learned, future challenges and new opportunities. Participants will be able to network with other participants and presenters; and discover the opportunities behind key industries: "smart and green" solutions; renewable energy; construction; ICT; water management; sanitation; and healthcare.

African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum 2018
5-7 June 2018, City of Tshwane, South Africa

The African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF) functions as a network for the mayors of capital cities across the continent to achieve the sustainable development goals that are common to all and, in the words of Solly Msimanga, executive mayor of Tshwane, “to establish commonalities and challenges faced by major cities in Africa while showcasing and sharing successful initiatives towards the emergence of truly African, original and appropriate answers in addressing the sustainability imperative at the urban scale.”

African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum 2018
5-7 June 2018, City of Tshwane, South Africa

The African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF) functions as a network for the mayors of capital cities across the continent to achieve the sustainable development goals that are common to all and, in the words of Solly Msimanga, executive mayor of Tshwane, “to establish commonalities and challenges faced by major cities in Africa while showcasing and sharing successful initiatives towards the emergence of truly African, original and appropriate answers in addressing the sustainability imperative at the urban scale.”

African Cochrane Indaba: 6-8 May 2013: Cape Town, South Africa
Early registration deadline: 31 January 2013; Late registration deadline: 15 April 2013

The South African Cochrane Centre (SACC) is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. To mark this achievement SACC is inviting all African Cochrane contributors to participate the African Cochrane Indaba entitled ‘Global Evidence, Local Application’. This event will create opportunities for sharing, learning and development. Participants will have a chance to: share experiences in working in evidence-based healthcare; participate in relevant workshops and capacity development events to promote on-going learning related to Cochrane Review production and dissemination; and engage in rigorous discussion about how to ensure the evidence that Cochrane generates is promoted and communicated optimally to healthcare decision-makers. The objectives of the African Cochrane Indaba are: capacity development on methods issues for Cochrane reviews; sharing best practices regarding dissemination of evidence; deciphering and using the evidence; and sharing experiences and networking.

AFRICAN CONFERENCE FOR SEXUAL HEALTH AND RIGHTS
25-29 February 2004, Johannesburg, South Africa

An invitation is extended to healthcare practitioners, educators, psychologists, social workers, sexual health and rights policymakers and advocates to attend this milestone congress. Sexual health and rights are fundamental human rights and this conference intends to promote the advancement of these throughout Africa.

African Diaspora Support to African Universities: Call for Senior African Diaspora Academics to serve in the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa College of Mentors
Deadline for applications: 30 April 2019

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York is implementing an African Academic Diaspora Support to African Universities Program. In the early part of 2019, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa intends to recruit 50 doctoral students in the social science and humanities from accredited public universities in Africa and place them under the College to benefit from the mentorship program. As part of this initiative, CODESRIA intends to recruit 15 senior academics from the Diaspora to complement existing academics who are already serving in the College of Mentors. Selected mentors and mentees will be brought together at a ‘College of mentors’ summer institute scheduled to take place in August 2019. The institute will provide the opportunity for mentors and mentees to get to interact directly learn more about each other’s research interests and get to establish supervisory unions on the basis of shared interests. The call specifically targets senior African Diaspora in the social sciences, humanities and higher education studies based at universities in North America, Europe or Asia. African academics based at universities or other higher education and research institutions in Africa but outside of their own countries may also apply. Mentors will be compensated with a modest honorarium after a midterm review of the project. African academics in the Diaspora wishing to be considered should send detailed current CV’s and a brief note expressing interest to serve in the College.

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