Snapping Cities Photo Competition: Beautiful, Inspiring, and Original Photos sought for 2014 Mo Ibrahim Forum on African Cities

Mo Ibrahim Foundation, a Kabissa member, has announced a photo competition on the theme of African Cities - see below for the announcement I received by email today. If you decide to submit, show us your photos in the comments below as well! 

 

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is to hold its flagship, high-level Annual Governance Weekend from the 21-23 November 2014 in Accra, Ghana. The focus of the weekend will be the Ibrahim Forum. The theme of the discussions is “African Cities”.


It is projected that Africa will enter its ‘urban age’ by 2035 when 50% of its population will live in urban areas. The 2014 Ibrahim Forum will explore innovation and solutions crucial to unlocking the potential of urban centres to act as engines of sustainable and equitable growth and development. 

In the build up to the Forum, MIF is inviting anyone interested in this issue to contribute to the broader discussions by participating in our “Snapping Cities” competition. We encourage you to enter and also share with your networks.

Snapping Cities Photo Competition

Snapping Cities is an opportunity for photographers of all abilities and ages, to capture through their own lenses, urban life in Africa. MIF is seeking images that capture inspiring ways of tackling urban challenges in African cities. This may be modern innovation or a basic adaptation of day-to-day life. The theme is open to your personal interpretation but we’re looking for beautiful, inspiring and original photographs. A selection of the best photographs will be displayed at the 2014 Ibrahim Forum on African Cities in Accra, Ghana, in November, with prizes for the top three entries: first prize of US$500, second prize of US$200 and third prize of US$100.

For more information on how to enter www.moibrahimfoundation.org/snapping-cities

Terms and Conditions apply

Phishing alert: Beware fake emails asking for your passwords!

From two members today I was asked about exactly the same email purporting to be from "our tech support team" and asking for confidential information that should never be shared by email to anyone, ever. If you received this message, please just delete it - don't even bother responding. And definitely do not do as it says and respond with password information. 

Great lineup of Africa Roundtables starts on 13 May with "OpenAid for NGOs", Clayton Dewey from Aten Design Group

Clayton Dewey wrote up a nice post on his blog introducing himself and his topic for the Africa Roundtable coming up on 13 May - see below, after a listing of the great Africa Roundtables we have planned for this summer. To help our event team gauge interest and make plans, please register for the events that interest you as soon as possible!

On May 6, 2014, Kabissa joined 200 Nonprofits for Kitsap Great Give!

Kitsap Great Give

Trivia fact: did you know? the US-based nonprofit organization that governs and operates the Kabissa online networking platform is based on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle in the northwest corner of the United States. Bainbridge is located in Kitsap County, named after Chief Kitsap of the Suquamish tribe. According to wikipedia, Kitsap County was originally called Slaughter County! Thankfully it was soon renamed.  

More immediately relevant to Kabissa is the fact that we have been included in a distinguished group of 200 nonprofits to participate in Kitsap Great Give, a one-day giving event with the aim to raise $500,000 in total. Donations will be incentivized by a widely promoted campaign and exciting prizes contributed by local foundations. 

Kabissa may be run by volunteers, but we depend on donations to cover our core costs. No matter where you are in the world, please join the campaign on 6 May and donate to Kabissa!

Heartbleed Bug - Change passwords TODAY to google, yahoo and many other online services!

Update 4/11: There's a great post over on qz.com with an update on which sites were affected (with before/after lists) and what action should be taken. Key is to not bother updating passwords until the site has been fixed. Link: http://qz.com/197258/t/60189

I just finished changing alot of passwords. <phew>

Please take some time TODAY to read this brief post and change passwords for services that were affected by the Heartbleed Bug but have been fixed already. 

Using Storify to contribute to eNigeria Conference from afar

The #eNigeria2013 Conference is in full swing in Abuja, and I am contributing to the event from afar using Storify - see below for all the details or click here to view the eNigeria Conference story directly on Storify website. It's a distant second from being there in person as I was last year, but still I am happy to be a part of it in my small way.

Storify is a handy online tool that lets you create and develop narrative out of online content. It has powerful search tools to find content on twitter, google and other common sources and then include them using a drag and drop interface. I like it for making sense of the flood of information from a time-limited event that multiple people are posting updates about. 

Africa Roundtable: What is the Appropriate Combination of Financing and Human Capital Training for Sustainable Development?

Update:

Thanks everyone who joined us for the Africa Roundtable! The discussion with Nathan was very interesting, and the recording is well worth listening to (about an hour) and can be downloaded from https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1436887230943837954 

The Africa Roundtable is back on 15 January, 2014 with an invitation to join a discussion on an interesting and timely question facing African civil society today, proposed by Nathaniel Houghton of the Congo Leadership Initiative: 

"The question development in Africa frequently becomes an argument about whether or how much aid should be given to developing communities and in what cases markets may be a useful development mechanism. This debate simplified is a question over whether the primary or first problem facing underdeveloped countries and communities is a lack of resources or a lack of capacity. Ultimately, both of these factors are necessary to promote sustainable change, but the correct "mix" is a serious topic for debate." 

How to Join the Discussion 

Click here to register and we will send you instructions and a link for joining the online event using your web browser. The event is free for all but we do request that you register in advance and consider making an optional $10 donation to Kabissa which helps to cover our costs. 

The event is scheduled for 15 January, 2014 at 15:00 UTC (6pm Nairobi, 4pm Abuja, 4pm Berlin, 3pm London, 10am Washington DC, 7am Seattle)

Introducing Nathaniel Houghton 

Portrait of Nathaniel Houghton

Nathaniel is the President and Founder of the Congo Leadership Initiative. From the CLI website stories page:

Nate used to think that he didn’t have a very good CLI story. That’s because he can’t point to one moment in Congo that changed his life, made him renounce every idea he had about the world, and led him to start a nonprofit in Africa. He’s not from Congo and the first time he visited Kinshasa, he was nineteen. But at this point, it’s safe to say that Congo’s history, people, and future are as big a part of his life as his own family and friends in the United States.

Nate believes that, “The best way to make the world a better place is to find something you love doing and figure out how to positively impact other people’s lives through your talents and interests. I think startups are cool, and that’s what CLI is. I believe in our product - leadership - and its power to change the world. I am inspired by the countless volunteers, in Congo and around the world, who make CLI possible.” Nate is thrilled with how much CLI has grown and even more excited for the future.

 
Nate believes that, “The best way to make the world a better place is to find something you love doing and figure out how to positively impact other people’s lives through your talents and interests. I think startups are cool, and that’s what CLI is. I believe in our product - leadership - and its power to change the world. I am inspired by the countless volunteers, in Congo and around the world, who make CLI possible.” Nate is thrilled with how much CLI has grown and even more excited for the future.
 
Nate believes that, “The best way to make the world a better place is to find something you love doing and figure out how to positively impact other people’s lives through your talents and interests. I think startups are cool, and that’s what CLI is. I believe in our product - leadership - and its power to change the world. I am inspired by the countless volunteers, in Congo and around the world, who make CLI possible.” Nate is thrilled with how much CLI has grown and even more excited for the future.
 
 
Nate believes that, “The best way to make the world a better place is to find something you love doing and figure out how to positively impact other people’s lives through your talents and interests. I think startups are cool, and that’s what CLI is. I believe in our product - leadership - and its power to change the world. I am inspired by the countless volunteers, in Congo and around the world, who make CLI possible.” Nate is thrilled with how much CLI has grown and even more excited for the future. - See more at: http://congoleaders.org/stories.html#S4

About the Congo Leadership Initiative

Congo Leadership Initiative empowers young people in Congo by preparing them to be leaders because the ultimate solutions to Congo's problems will come from the Congolese people. 

About the Africa Roundtable

The Africa Roundtable is an initiative of Kabissa to organize events to bring together people with a mutual interest in Africa for networking and to learn from featured speakers. Roundtable events connect people via video conference, and are recorded and put online for later viewing.

If you are interested in being featured at a future event please contact [email protected]. Details about upcoming events and an archive of past roundtable events are on our website at http://www.kabissa.org/africaroundtable

The Internet and Human Rights

I am and always have been an advocate of Internet as an important empowerment tool for civil society organizations worldwide working to improve the lives of people in their communities. The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights is also an important tool we can use to claim and defend our rights. Sometimes the connection gets lost, and indeed it seems that, increasingly, the Internet is being used more as a tool to oppress us rather than to empower us. 

So for this year's Blog Action Day on Human Rights I would like to draw your attention to The Internet and Human Rights, the infographic below published by APC.ORG under a creative commons license, which clearly outlines the articles in the declaration of human rights that related to how we use the Internet. These freedoms are important and we need to understand them in order to defend them. To this end, APC has developed Internet Rights Are Human Rights, an excellent series of training curricula that you can download and use to teach yourself or use to run workshops  on the topic. 

The Internet and Human Rights

Blog Action Day is just 5 days away. Register your blog today.

I received this important reminder and tips by email today from the Blog Action Day team. All Kabissa members are strongly encouraged to participate! Click here for info specific for Kabissa members blogging about human rights in Africa.

Latest news from Blog Action Day
 

Dear Tobias,

It’s hard to believe that Blog Action Day has come around again so quickly. Our team of volunteers are working hard to make sure that this year’s Blog Action Day will be awesome. 

As previous Blog Action Day participants, we don’t want you to miss on being part of Blog Action Day. Mark October 16 in your calendar now and set yourself a reminder to get your post ready.

Make sure you register your blog today, so we can include it in our participants list and help connect you with thousands of other bloggers around the world.  

Not sure what to cover in your Blog Action Day post?

This year the Blog Action Day theme is Human Rights.

We know that some bloggers might find developing a post about Human Rights a bit tricky, especially if you don’t normally cover it in your regular posts. It may even be what has been putting your off from registering your blog to take part in Blog Action Day. 

To make it  a little bit easier, here are some ideas to help you develop your blog post. 

  • If you’re short on time, work together with other bloggers to produce content together
  • Ask your blog and social media followers what they would like to know about Human Rights and focus your post on trying to answer their questions. 

To make sure you make the most out of Blog Action Day we have take a look at our blog post on the Top 5 tips on how to make the most out of being involved in Blog Action Day

We are looking forward to see what you have to say about Human Rights on October 16so don’t forget to register and get your post ready.  

All the best

Karina and the rest of the Blog Action Day Team.

P.S. Tell your friends to take part in Blog Action Day  with you and register their blogs by going to our website in English Spanish or Portuguese


  

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