Call for Applications - MINDS Youth Program Baseline Study
The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is calling for applications from distinguished African researchers/ research institutions to conduct a baseline study on advocacy and engagement strategies to enhance youth participation in elections and governance in Africa.
Purpose of study and research questions
The main objective of the baseline study is to provide an understanding of youth participation in elections and governance in Africa with the aim of clarifying the gaps to be filled or opportunities to be harnessed by MINDS in order to increase, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the meaningful participation of African youth in elections and governance. The findings of this study will provide information that can be used to re-design the MINDS Youth Program in Elections and Governance. This information will also be used as a base against which the effectiveness of the program can be monitored and assessed. It is expected that the study will address the following research questions:
- Which socio-economic factors affect (enable or inhibit) meaningful youth participation in elections and governance in Africa?
- Which stakeholders are working (at continental, regional and national levels) to enhance youth participation in elections and governance in Africa and what is the nature and scope of their work?
- Which advocacy and engagement strategies have had a relatively high success rate in shifting the perceptions, attitudes and behavior of African youth in relation to participation in elections and governance, and why?
- What high impact opportunities or gaps exist for increasing youth participation in elections and governance in Africa?
- Which demographic categories would facilitate a focused approach for maximum impact in encouraging youth participation in elections and governance?
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a registered, compliant legal entity within at least one African country. (Applicable to organizations only not individual applicants).
- Have at least five (5) years' individual or organizational experience conducting similar studies and/ or publishing academically acclaimed research on African youth, African elections and/or related fields.
- Have access to a diverse team (including but not limited to age, gender and geographic location/ exposure to the African continent).
- Be able to write and fluently present in English. The ability to collect data, write and present in other African languages especially French and/ or Arabic will be an advantage.
- Have a demonstrated track record of applying both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
- A demonstrated research track record or interest in governance in Africa, African youth or African economies will be an advantage.
- Be flexible to travel, should that be necessary. An extensive, accessible network across Africa e.g. offices in different African countries will be an advantage.
The all-inclusive budget for this study is thirty six thousand US dollars (USD 36 000).
The engagement should take no longer than three (3) months.
Submission of interest
Applicants are required to submit an electronic expression of interest with the following documents:
- A research proposal outlining how the applicant would approach such research and the research methodology to be applied. The proposal should not be longer than ten (10) pages including annexures, appendices and references.
- A preliminary timeline AND budget estimate based on the information provided above. Applicants must state clearly any assumptions they make in arriving at a preliminary timeline and budget.
- A detailed CV or organizational profile outlining leadership and ownership structures, values, research related awards/ achievements, any other work the individual/ organization is involved in, and contact details.
- A list of African youth-related published research citing the title of the published work, the name of the publication, the date of publication and any partners that worked on and/ or sponsored the publication.
The documents above must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org in PDF version on or before 1700 hours South African time on Friday the 3rd of February 2017. Late applications will not be acknowledged or considered.
MINDS will contact shortlisted organizations and may request more information before making the final selection. To all applicants (excluding late applicants), MINDS will communicate the outcome of the selection process by Tuesday the 28th of February 2017. MINDS reserves the right not to explain the outcome of the selection process or provide any further detail to the applicant's outcome.
Should you require more information, kindly send your query to email@example.com before the application closing date.
The full Terms of Reference (TORs) are available here: TORs_ Youth Program Baseline Study.
For more information on MINDS, please visit www.minds-africa.org.
MINDS signs a partnership agreement with Old Mutual for the MINDS Scholarship Programme
The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is pleased to announce Old Mutual as a partner for the MINDS Scholarship Programme. MINDS will launch a Scholarship Programme for leadership development in Africa in 2017. The Programme will see African students studying in an African country other than their home country. The aim of the Programme is to develop leaders who have a continent wide development mindset; leaders who can facilitate greater cooperation between African countries in future.
Old Mutual has committed R3 million over three years to fund the Programme. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between MINDS and Old Mutual was signed in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 7th of November, 2016. MINDS Founder and Executive Chair Dr Nkosana Moyo expressed his enthusiasm for the Programme by stating that, "A pool of young leaders committed to facilitating greater cooperation between African countries will play a critical role in achieving the continent's future success."
Old Mutual Emerging Markets Chief Executive Ralph Mupita added that "As a financial services provider with an expanding footprint on the African continent, Old Mutual is proud to be a cornerstone investor in this visionary initiative. We share MINDS' belief that the graduates of this Programme will be well equipped to promote the performance and tangible progress of our continent. There is no doubt that a more integrated African economy of global scale will accelerate growth, generate positive outcomes and benefit all its communities."
The Institute will partner with donors and African universities to sponsor African university students to study within Africa, but outside of their own country. MINDS invites individuals and organisations to support this one of a kind initiative. For more information on how you can partner with MINDS in developing future African leaders, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase 'MINDS Scholarship Programme' in the subject.
Attending the signing, from left: Gim Victor, Divya Babu, Khanyi Chaba, Simpiwe Somdala, Carine Seke, Ralph Mupita, Dr Nkosana Moyo, Rumbidzai Chisenga, Mpho Nhlabathi, Sipho Gumbi and Clinton Rodgers.
MINDS 2016 Annual Youth Dialogue
The 2016 MINDS Annual Youth Dialogue was recently held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on the 3rd and 4th of August. The MINDS Youth Dialogue is an annual gathering of young African leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to the development of Africa, practical involvement in elections and governance and the ability to mobilize other #youth. At this year's event, 47 African countries were represented by 95 participants.
The #MINDSDialogue2016 delegates received a keynote address from South African Former Finance Minister and MINDS Advisory Board Member, Mr. Trevor Manuel. Manuel shared insights on the state of the continent, highlighting challenges and opportunities in #Africa.
Research topics discussed at the Dialogue included 'Nation Building in Africa', 'The Efficacy of Presidential Term Limits in Africa' as well as 'The Trajectory and Challenges of Institutional Reform in Africa'.
Special guests at the event included MINDS Advisory Board Member Dr. Adebayo Olukoshi, MINDS Trustee Dr. Jumoke Oduwole and Tanzanian Minister of State in the Vice President's Office for Union Affairs & Environment, Hon. January Makamba.
View pictures from the MINDS Facebook page.