Gango Weekly | 20 Oct

World Youth Day for Democracy, #HowTheyRobbedUs, Tips for a well-written biography
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Tips for a well-written biography

A lot of calls for applications targeting individuals require that one also present some kind of an autobiography, and currently the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)  call for application requires one to write a brief autobiography. The people from YALI Network recently published tips for writing such an autobiography, whilst this was mainly targeted at YALI applicants, we found the tips very useful for any other application and we have decided to share with you here.

Tips for a Well-Written Biography


Pethidine Shortages a Risk to Pregnant Women

Access to health services in Zimbabwe, particularly maternal health has declined at an alarming rate and reports of shortage of critical drugs, unpaid allowances to practitioners and government misappropriation of funds has further worsened the situation. Most worrying, however, is the shortage of essential drugs such as pethidine (a drug common with pregnant women) which led to hospitals like the Harare Central Hospital (HCH) to temporarily suspend vital surgical operations. Lack of essential drugs in maternal health puts expecting mothers at high risk of pain, instability and birth complications which sometimes result in the subsequent death of either the mother or the child during birth.

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PODCAST: People's Views on the Zimdef Saga

Last week we had numerous headlines on how the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Professor Jonathan Moyo misappropriated Zimdeffunds. Organizing for Zimbabwe asked young people to share their thoughts on the issue, here is what they had say

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Community based organisation profiling

Women Development Association in Zimbabwe Trust

Women Development Association in Zimbabwe Trust is a non-profit citizen sector organization that was established to cherish the rights of women despite social and economic standing. It seeks to amplify the voice of women both in social and political spheres and believes that societies flourish when all voices are heard and when all opinions are considered. Since its establishment WODAZ has contributed to the opening up, expansion and accessibility of space for women participation in decision making and developmental issues. It has managed to encourage women to actively and effectively participate in political processes so as to increase women voice in political decision making spheres. It has engaged community leaders on issues affecting women and girls effective participation on governance issues.

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VIDEO: Young people speak on the World Youth Day for Democracy.

As the world celebrates the World Youth Day for Democracy, young people gave their views on the day and democracy in general in this video.

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The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court alias the International Criminal Court Statute or the Rome Statute is a treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) which was adopted at a diplomatic conference in Rome on 17 July 1998 and entered into force on 1 July 2002. The court is based at The Hague in Netherlands and has jurisdiction on four core international crimes i.e. genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. These crimes are not subject to any statute of limitations and can only be investigated and prosecuted by the ICC in situations where states are unable or unwilling to do so themselves.

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STORIFY: When Citizens Find Their Voice

This week #HowTheyRobbedUs has been trending on Twitter with people sharing their views on how the government has failed them in their lives. We gathered some of the views that people shared through this hashtag.

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More informative articles

Samora Machel's legacy lives

By Blessing Vava

It is exactly five years since the Committee of the People's Charter (CPC), launched the inaugural Samora Machel Public lecture at the New Ambassador Hotel in Harare in 2010 to celebrate and remember the life of Comrade Samora Moises Machel.

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Provision of maternity health care still a concern in Mat South

Pregnant women in Matabeleland South province, especially in rural areas have to endure travelling long distance to the nearest health centre to get maternal health services, a situation that resulted in many giving birth at home without proper delivery services leading to complications and subsequent deaths of both the mother and the child.

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  • The African Union is recruiting a Head of Knowledge Management Division. Deadline to apply: October 30, 2016. If you are interested, please visit this link:
  • The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is recruiting a Director of Finance and Administration. The deadline to apply is: November 7, 2016. For more information, visit the following link: we-are/vacancies/fixed-term- renewable-subject- probationary-period-1-year/ director-finance-and
  • The Boost Fellowship is seeking the services of a Program Manager who will report to the Business Development Manager. Click this link for more information. Application deadline is October 28⁠⁠⁠⁠.
  • National Gender Coordinator: Plan Zimbabwe Deadline: 31 October 2016. Location: Harare Country Office /Implementing PUs. Click here for more information.
  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) Is looking for 100 data collectors, to be based in Harare. Find out more on this link


  • Just a few days before the closing of The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI) applications. We thought we would just remind you to apply for this noble initiative.
  • Durham University Business School is delighted to offer full fee scholarships available across all MSc programmes. Click here to apply
  • The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers scholarships to recognize and reward the excellence of international graduate students pursuing Master’s or Ph.D. degrees at the University of Manitoba. The scholarships are valued at up to the international differential tuition fee amount. Click here for more
  • Google Business Internship Programme 2017 for Young People Worldwide is open. The internships expose you to the technology industry, as well as provide opportunities for personal and professional development. From being challenged, to collaborating with a team, join our team to make an impact. Find out more here.
  • The World Youth Alliance Internship Program provides opportunities for young people who are inspired by the ideas and work of the World Youth Alliance (WYA) to gain professional skills working on WYA’s projects and a substantive learning experience on WYA’s core ideas. Projects are designed to enhance each student’s specific academic background and interests. Interns receive mentorship and training from WYA staff members.

    Ideal candidates possess a strong desire to protect and promote human dignity while making a positive impact on society. Candidates must be proactive, self-driven, resourceful, detail-oriented, and humble individuals with a willingness to learn. Find out more and apply here

  • Boost your startup and let the world know about your digital solution to help support sustainable development in Africa. Startup Challenge Digital Africa, organised by French Tech Cape Town in collaboration with the Agence Française de Développement and Bpifrance, is open to African and French startups working for development in Africa.

Funding Opportunities

  • Dining for Women (DFW) is seeking letter of intent (LoI) to support grassroots international organizations empowering women and girls living in extreme poverty.

    DFW fund projects that foster good health, education, and economic self-sufficiency in developing countries. It also devoted to educating and inspiring individuals to make a difference and fight global poverty through the power of collective giving.

    Funding Information: Dining for Women makes grants of $35,000-50,000 that may be disbursed in one distribution or which may be taken in up to two equal distributions spanning a period of two years. Click here to apply

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