Saturday, November 17, 2018

Evidence-informed Policymaking Seminar - Water-Energy-Food-Health


The office of the President and Founder of African Union Students' Council (AUSC)"For The Better Africa We Deserve" is pleased to share the upcoming Seminar , where Dr IRAGUHA BANDORA Yves,MD, the President and Founder of African Union Students' Council (AUSC) will be participating by the organizers invitation under provided full sponsorship after being selected among the participants from :

In Pretoria

Water, energy, food security and health remain in the scientific and policy making spotlight in Africa.
The Evidence Informed Policy Making (EIPM) seminar will train participants to use evidence for policy making by focusing on challenges and interrelations of those fields.

Application and selection

Please apply online outlining your motivation and why you think this training will help you in your current job.
Deadline for application: 8 October 2018
Applicants will be informed on the outcome of the selection procedure in the week of 5 November.
The selection process strives to achieve a balanced representation of qualified candidates, including
  • By gender and country;
  • Balanced representation of both policy makers and scientists;
  • Evaluating past experiences, and;
  • Motivation of the applicants.

What is unique about the professional development training?

  • Together, policymakers and scientists develop skills in using evidence to devise policy solutions and inform policy making.
  • Participants will learn how their respective counterpart's professional worlds operate.
  • Leading thinkers and practitioners share their experience with participants.
Participants completing the seminar will receive a certificate signed by the organising partners.

What will you gain?

Scientists will

  • Learn how to better communicate and visualise research results;
  • To address policy needs;
  • How to target relevant policy makers;
  • Understand the policy cycle, and;
  • Influence the policy making process.

Policymakers will learn how to

  • Use research to support policy;
  • Which scientific evidence is relevant to their field;
  • Where to find it and how to interpret it, and;
  • How to communicate with researchers.

Both will

  • Gain new insights on how 'the other side' operates;
  • Become part of the professional network of scientific researchers and policy makers
  • Be part of building the African evidence informed policymaking community, and;
  • Learn from and access to a global community of practice in evidence based policy making.


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Who is this Summer School for?

African early to mid-career policymakers and scientists with the following characteristics:
  • Interested in how to use scientific research and evidence to inform policymaking;
  • With at least 2 years of work experience within the themes of water, energy, food security or health;
  • Having an active interest in interdisciplinary working to solve global problems;
  • Working in Africa or on Africa related issues with African partners;
  • Being proficient in English, and;
  • Commit to take part the whole duration of the seminar.
Please note that in addition up to 20 places are available to policy makers and researchers coming from non-African countries.

Accommodation, travel arrangements and funding

Accommodation, transfers, catering and travel costs to South Africa (via an agency selected by the organisers) is offered for
  • 130 participants from Africa,
  • 10 UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund grant holders, and
  • 10 participants from EU countries.


Today's complex policy challenges, the super-abundance of data and information, scientific controversies and post-fact politics make strengthening the science-policy interface crucial for good governance.
Robust and relevant scientific evidence can make public policies transparent, consistent and effective.
Connecting scientific evidence and policy is not straightforward.
It calls for new collaborations, institutions, knowledge brokers and practices.
It also needs a new set of skills and competences for those working at the intersection between the worlds of science and of policy.


To deliver this seminar, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is forging a collaborative partnership with the
Organising partners commit to building the capacity of African scientific researchers and policy makers in evidence informed policy making, starting with this seminar.


For any questions about the event, please contact:
Updates on the call for applications will be available on this website.

Material and Community of Practice

To access resources relevant to evidence-informed policymaking we recommend to register as a member in the Evidence for Policy Community of Practice
AUSC President's shared video for readers to this article:

This Video contains full notes of the New conceptual and theoretical framework for creating the innovation system to integrate African sustainable and inclusive development by Professor Mammo Muchie, the AUSC Presidency's Special Adviser for African Union Focal Point.

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Dr Iraguha Bandora Yves, MD.
President and Founder
African Union Students' Council (AUSC)"For The Better Africa We Deserve"


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Office of the President of African Union Students' Council (AUSC)"For The Better Africa We Deserve"
P.O.Box: 6998 Kigali-Rwanda

Thursday, November 15, 2018

AUSC shares the New conceptual and theoretical framework for creating the innovation system to integrate African sustainable and inclusive development by Professor Mammo Muchie, the AUSC Presidency's Special Adviser for African Union Focal Point.

AUSC shares a very exciting  Video from You Tube :


This Video contains full notes of the New conceptual and theoretical framework for creating the innovation system to integrate African sustainable and inclusive development by Professor Mammo Muchie, the AUSC Presidency's Special Adviser for African Union Focal Point.

Please keep sharing.

Dr Iraguha Bandora Yves, MD.
President and Founder
African Union Students' Council (AUSC)"For The Better Africa We Deserve"


AUSC shares Immerse in the African Diaspora Network(ADN)'s Investment Ecosystem at ADIS2019 with the Highlights of the 2019 African Diaspora Investment Symposium: Impact Investment, Venture Capital, Human Capital Investment, Entrepreneurship

Highlights of the 2019 African Diaspora Investment Symposium:
Impact Investment, Venture Capital,
Human Capital Investment, Entrepreneurship

Register Today for ADIS2019: Amplifying Abundance in Africa

Dear Friends,

How can we work together to amplify the abundance of Africa? The 2019 African Diaspora Investment Symposium seeks to align our work of bringing together global leaders for the common purpose of uplifting the Continent with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, an important blueprint for achieving a sustainable future globally and in Africa. However, according to the Stanford Social Innovation Review, these goals face an annual finance gap of $2.5 trillion dollars globally, significantly impacting Africa and its future. 
Recognizing these funding gaps, the African Diaspora Network, from January 24-26, 2019 is hosting ADIS2019: Amplifying Abundance in Africa through Human Capital, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Investment to offer an opportunity for deeper dialogue on how to align impact on the Continent with key financial and business structures. The reality is that talent in Africa is everywhere, yet funding continues to be a primary impediment.
Africa is a continent with 54 different countries with economies growing at different pace. As such, we need to find a multi-faceted solution that addresses challenges and opportunities country by country, region by region, and city by city. African Diaspora Network provides a platform for collaborative problem-solving that has sparked numerous ventures and partnerships. We encourage you to be a part of our journey as we aspire to amplify successes while acknowledging challenges. Together, we can amplify the abundance of the continent to meet our global goals of creating a more sustainable world.
As always, thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the ADIS19. 
Thank you,

Almaz Negash
Founder & Executive Director, African Diaspora Network
Executive in Residence, Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC), San Jose State University

Immersing in the Investment Ecosystem at ADIS2019 

Early Registration Tickets Now On Sale! Register Today
The Investment Ecosystem: Capturing Exceptional Returns in Africa
Human Capital Investment
By 2050, Africa is expected to experience a demographic doubling in population to reach a landmark 1 billion. This profound shift has the potential to amplify abundance. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the African Union, African leaders established Agenda 2063 to plan for prosperity, shared growth, and economic opportunity for all.  How can the Continent harness human capital to achieve and activate the potential of its growing population? This session highlights investment opportunities that pave a foundation for skills development, education, mentoring, and employment training. Learn about the United Nations’ major Impact Investment Collaborative in Africa and investment opportunities that foster African talent and ingenuity for a competitive and inclusive marketplace.
Panelist Highlight
Phillip L. Clay, PhD, is a Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and former Chancellor (2001-11).  As Chancellor, he was involved in educational and research initiatives that MIT conducted with governments, corporations, and universities in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East to design sectoral or national strategies to harness the power of advanced research and education to advance national development goals.   Professor Clay is a trustee of the Kresge Foundation and a founding member and former vice chair of the MasterCard Foundation; both of these foundations have focused on education in Africa.
Semhar Araia is the Managing Director for Diaspora & Multicultural Partnerships at UNICEF USA, where she is responsible for developing and leading the organization's overall partnerships strategy with diaspora communities in the United States to raise awareness and support for UNICEF's mission. A recognized practitioner, organizer and thought leader on diaspora engagement, African affairs, and women's leadership, Ms. Araia's mission-driven lens and approach has helped amplify the powerful role of diasporas in the United States and around the world. Ms. Araia is also the founder of DAWN, the Diaspora African Women’s Network.
Venture Capital
Not all SMEs are alike — among them, venture capital in Africa holds the highest potential of generating robust growth in revenue and jobs on the continent. According to Partech Ventures, the VC funding raised by African startups reached $367 million in 2016, with 33% yearly growth. This session addresses the ecosystem’s knowledge gap around VCs in Africa and case examples of opportunities. Taking an opportunities-over-obstacles approach, hear from leading experts on their investment decision-making, venture-building strategies, and results that led them to take the VC path in Africa.
Panelist Highlight
Scott Wu is a partner at Omidyar Network and leads the firm’s investment, finance, and legal operations.  In this role, he drives the evaluation, selection, and closing of all investments and management of the firm’s overall investment portfolio. Scott comes to Omidyar Network with a deep dedication to innovation – investing in, working with, and launching young companies and organizations to disrupt their respective sectors.  He most recently served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow and senior advisor and entrepreneur-in-residence to the innovation funds of USAID. Scott was also a founding team member of
Cyril Ebersweiler is a General Partner at SOSV and the founder/MD of HAX. He is a board member/advisor to a few startups including Leap Motion, Formlabs, Angel List, Collaborate (ACQ: CISCO), Hackster (ACQ: AVNET), Adoreme and Breather. He is the most experienced investor in the hardware space (250+) and has invested globally. Cyril is a popular speaker at international events (TC Disrupt, Collision, Pioneers, MIT Forum) and Universities (Stanford, UC Berkeley), has written dozens of articles and publishes regularly on topics such as technology, robotics, health and crowdfunding.
Diaspora Impact Investment & Social Entrepreneurship
Africa’s economic growth is unleashing the creativity of entrepreneurs across the continent. These entrepreneurs are inventing novel solutions to address big unsolved problems in their local markets. Unfortunately, the biggest problem they face is the lack of working capital to bring those solutions to scale.  This session will share how to tap into the abundant financial resources that are available and how to attract impact investors to your social enterprise.  
Panelist Highlight
Okendo Lewis-Gayle is author of Harambeans and founder of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. Harambe is an ecosystem of over 200 young African leaders (Harambeans) which has spawned a series of tech-enabled ventures such as Andela, Yoco an Fibre. Collectively Harambeans have generated over 2000 quality jobs, raised over $300m from Google Ventures, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Ma and in the process established a pan-African network of startups valued at over $1bn. Okendo is the inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence at the Schwarzman College in Tsinghua University, Africa Advisor to  the Vatican and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School.
Irene Pritzker became a founding member and President and CEO of IDP Foundation, Inc. in 2008. It is her belief that education is the way to conquer the world’s greatest challenges, and that everyone should have equal access to education to provide hope, opportunity and economic impact on their homeland. IDP Foundation is dedicated to encouraging and supporting the development of innovative and sustainable solutions to complex global issues. She believes a combination of smart philanthropy and investment solutions can be galvanized to make that future a reality, such as the IDP Rising Schools Program, developed in partnership with Ghanaian MFI Sinapi Aba.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Cilker Family Foundation

Individual Sponsors

Agnieszka Winkler and Art Lund

Twum Djin, Goodwater Capital

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AUSC shared the PRESS RELEASE: Science and Leadership Festival 2019, Kabala, Sierra Leone



Project 1808, Inc. to host Fourth Science and Leadership Festival in Kabala, Koinadugu District.


Kabala, Wednesday, November 7, 2018: The Founder and chief strategist of Project 1808, Dr. Alhaji Njai, has said that next year’s Science and Leadership Festival, will be held in Kabala, in northern Sierra Leone. The event is slated for January 10-12, 2019 and organized under the theme: Leadership, Empowerment, and Job Opportunities.

Dr. Alhaji Njai, a Scientist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Associate Professor in Biological Sciences at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, stated that: “Science and technology are fundamental to the advancing quality of life in all societies and translating ideas to practice in communities requires effective, sometimes visionary leadership.” 

A team of volunteers are expected from around Sierra Leone, the US and around the world to accompany Dr. N’jai and the Executive Director Dr. Linda Vakunta to the Kabala event. 

According to Dr Njai, small pointed and targeted activities that builds science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics (STEAM) and leadership capacity among students, youths, and adults in the community will be implemented for the festival in Kabala. ‘The Sierra Leonean students will work with small groups of younger students on the day of the event, helping them to explore the worlds of biology, ecology, physics, chemistry, leadership, and more,” he added.

Next year’s events in Kabala will feature activities and curriculum written by Project 1808 global and local volunteers in partnership with and implemented by students and volunteers from Kabala, various partners in Sierra Leone and abroad. 

In 2018, over 500 students and community members attended the festivals in Kabala and in Calaba Town/Wellington, Freetown, where they observed, experimented, and explored the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, leadership, and more etc. through hands-on experiments and demonstrations.  Last year’s microscopy station was the most popular station featuring a compound microscope and paper microscopes “Foldscopes” donated by Prof. Manu Prakash Lab at Stanford University. 

Dr. Linda Vakunta, Executive Director for Project 1808, firmly believes that Science and Leadership are critical for solving basic challenges in society. “For young people, Science can enhance abilities to problem solving, and ability to evaluate evidence, which is linked to academic success,” she said.  

More broadly, Project 1808 is a non-profit based in Madison, WI that has long been involved in youth capacity building and community development in Sierra Leone through a school-community-University partnership model. Project 1808 currently supports the education and wellbeing of over 400 students in the Koinadugu District of Sierra Leone through scholarships, after-school classes, computer literacy programs, and leadership opportunities. 

Media Contacts:
Alhaji N’jai, Founder, Project 1808 
Tel: +232-79591515

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