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Youth entrepreneurship in Africa: a solution to unemployment and underdevelopment?

DATE AND TIME:Mon, 19 June 2017,6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

LOCATION:The Red Lion Pub: 47 Clarence Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9K1

The CIC National Capital Branch and its Africa Study Group, in partnership with Cuso International, invites you to our next Politics @ the Pub event:
Youth entrepreneurship in Africa: a solution to unemployment and underdevelopment?
Unemployment and poverty are major problems for any society. In most of the world, the poor quality of employment continues to disproportionately affect young people. Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s highest rate of working poverty — people who are employed but earning less than US$2 a day, and a very high rate of youth working in poverty. Africa has the youngest population in the world, and the number of working age youth is expected to have grown by 42.5 million between 2010 and 2020. Could entrepreneurship provide solutions to youth unemployment and poverty from underdevelopment? In recent years some African governments to address these issues, by improving the entrepreneurial and labour force capacities of young women and me

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Training and Research Development Fellowship (TRDF)

The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) intends to appoint a Training and Research Development Fellow (TRDF) on a fixed-term contract of one year, to begin in September 2017, to lead the development of a series of external funding applications, and assist with the development of the BIEA’s profile in the UK by organising research, fundraising and other events in the UK.

The Training and Research Development Fellow (TRDF) may be from any discipline in the social sciences or humanities. The TRDF will be appointed at post-doctoral level, at 80% of FTE, for 12 months in the first instance. The TRD Fellow will appointed at point 26 on the standard UK university pay spine (£28,452), amounting to £22,761.60; plus NI (£167.92/month or £2015.04/year) and pension contributions (£341.42/month, or £4097.09/year).

The tasks of the TRDF will be divided 50%/30% respectively, between a) leading in the development of a series of BIEA external funding applications; b) assisting in the development of the BIEA’s profile in the UK by organising research, fundraising and other events in the UK.

The TRDF’s primary function will be to provide academic support to the work of our Project Development Officer (PDO), focusing particularly on the development of new BIEA-led research funding applications; the development of new academic partnerships and consortium-based funding bids in which the BIEA is a major partner. The TRDF will also be responsible for initiating and organising a series of research, fundraising and other events in the UK, aimed at the raising the BIEA’s UK profile. He/she will also assist in other BIEA related research projects, events and research-related activities.


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Call for Papers: 3rd Annual Institute of African Studies Undergraduate Research Conference

Theme: Migrations and Human Rights in Africa and the Diaspora: Vulnerability, Social

Justice, and New Nationalisms

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Okey Ndibe, author of Foreign Gods Inc. and other books

Calling all undergraduate students with a passion for African Studies! The Institute of African Studies (IAS) at Carleton University ( is hosting its third international undergraduate research conference organized by the Institute of African Studies Student’s Association (IASSA). The goal of this interdisciplinary conference is to provide a platform for emerging researchers in the field of African Studies. It is understood this may be a student’s first time completing a scholarly paper, therefore the timing of this conference has been chosen to allow time for students to complete research over the summer and to present in October.

This year’s conference seeks to encourage interdisciplinary engagement with a new generation of continental and diasporic Africans confronting questions such as: How are global and intra-continental migration patterns impacting the continent and its diasporas? What can be learned from migrant’s individual agency and what tools do they use to actualize justice and social change? How have the rise of New Nationalisms and a global politics of fear shaped the migrant experience? What does the securitization and militarization of the border mean for fabricated national boundaries on the continent? In a time of increasing consequences of climate change, terrorist regimes, and refugees flow, how do we realize a vision of mobility as a human right? This conference encourages students not to simply regurgitate information obtained from a variety of sources, but also to bring forth new and innovative ideas, be it problem solving or avenues for further research.

Papers must remain within the scope of African Studies and may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Human Rights and development
  • Security and migration regulation
  • Migration and Identity formation
  • Resource extraction, sustainability
  • Refugeeism, displacement and border politics
  • Youth, Culture, Activism and frameworks of social justice
  • New Nationalism, global politics and Africa’s role on the world stage
  • Globalization, migrant flows and global integration
  • Social, political and economic impacts of migration
  • Climate change and its social consequences for migration


We also encourage students coming from the following disciplines: Globalization and International Relations, Policy and Political Science, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Law, Art History, Musicology, Religion, Film Studies, Business and Economics, Media and Communication Studies, Technology, Literature and Critical Studies.

Students interested in participating are invited to submit abstracts by July 1, 2017 to the communications team at:

Abstracts of between approximately 300 words in length should include the following:

  • Name, institution, field of study, address, email and phone number
  • The title of your presentation
  • A thesis statement, two or more research questions, and a brief description of the argument the paper seeks to make

Research Papers are due September 1, 2017 and must be a minimum of 3000 words.

For participating students, this conference is an excellent opportunity for improving academic portfolios, especially for those interested in future graduate studies or careers that require writing reports or policy papers for government agencies, NGOs, etc. There will be prizes for the best papers at the conference, including being awarded publication opportunity in Nokoko, the open-access academic journal of Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies.
The IASSA plans to make this a memorable experience for students by incorporating guest-speakers, cultural components, and an environment that fosters the kind of support and encouragement that undergraduate students treasure. More information on these activities as well as about accommodation, possible travel subsidies, and so forth will be made available in due course to students whose abstracts are accpeted .

For more information please email the organizing committee at:

Applicants will receive confirmation of acceptance of abstracts by July 21, 2017.