UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi (Japan) Co-Sponsored Research Fellowships Programme

2010 Cycle - With a view to keeping alive and honouring the spirit of former Prime Minister Obuchi and his belief in “people building the next era”, 20 fellowships per year, for the ninth year, will be awarded to deserving candidates from UNESCO developing countries, especially the least developed countries (LDCs), who are eager to undertake research on one or more of the topics listed below. The aim of the fellowships is to support innovative and imaginative post-graduate research in the areas of development to which former Prime Minister Obuchi was committed and which coincide with areas of particular interest to UNESCO.

(Deadline for the submission of applications: 8 January 2010. Please see the announcement letter of the programme which is available in:English, French, Spanish and Arabic)

Fellowship application form (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD) 

UNESCO-Keizo Obuchi sml.jpg A. INTRODUCTION
Mr Keizo Obuchi, former Prime Minister of Japan, passed away on 14 May 2000 at the age of 62. Soft-spoken and charismatic, he was known as a man of integrity, honesty and modesty. He built a reputation as an exemplary official and was a particularly adept negotiator. A member of Japan’s Diet (Parliament) for over thirty years, he served as Japan’s Foreign Minister in 1997 until he was elected Prime Minister in July 1998. Mr Obuchi was known in the international arena for his commitment to development issues and his resolve to put Japan at the forefront of countries involved in consolidating the efforts of the international community to further progress in the social and economic development of humankind.


The UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme funded under a Japan Funds-in-Trust project will aim, in particular, to impact on capacity-building and research activities in the following areas which were of particular importance to Mr Keizo Obuchi: 1. Environment (with particular attention to Water Sciences); 2. Intercultural Dialogue; 3. Information and Communication Technologies; and 4. Peaceful conflict resolution. No other research topics will be considered.

Applicants, a maximum of TWO from each applying National Commission, must meet the following general criteria:

1. Candidates under this Programme must be post-graduate researchers, already holding either an M.A. or M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) and wishing to pursue research work abroad (preferably in their own region) with a view to enhancing knowledge in one of the four specific fields mentioned in paragraph D.1 below. Thus, those who are in the process of completing their Master’s degree must have completed it PRIOR to taking up their Fellowship.

2. Candidates must be persons of high intellectual promise who may be expected to make significant contributions to their country on return.

3. Candidates must be no more than 40 years of age. Thus, applicants born before 1 January 1970 will not be considered under the Programme.

4. The selected Fellow must carry out the research under the auspices of an academic supervisor in a host institution. Confirmation of acceptance from the academic supervisor is imperative.

5. Priority attention will be given to:

* Women
* Candidates from least developed countries (LDCs)
* Palestinian researchers

6. Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study/research.

7. Applicants must be in good health, both physically and mentally.


1. Domains of research(a list of Suggested Sub-themes for research is provided in the announcement letter):

• Environment (with particular emphasis on to Water Sciences);
• Intercultural Dialogue;
• Information and Communication Technologies;
• Peaceful Conflicts Resolution.

2. Duration of proposed research:

minimum: 3 months
maximum: 9 months

3. Closing date for receipt of applications: 8 January 2010

4. Possible date of commencing research: Anytime from September 2010

5. Deadline for termination of research: December 2011

6. Place of study: 1 or 2 countries abroad

It should be understood that upon termination of the Fellowship, the beneficiary must agree to return to his/her home country so that knowledge acquired may be put to good use in local research and training programmes.

7. Study arrangements:
Research must be carried out under the auspices of an academic supervisor in a host institution

8. Application Procedures

NOTE: Please refer to the list of invited Member States who are eligible for this fellowship offer.

All applications must be submitted with the required documentation on the UNESCO Fellowship Application Form. Each Member State may nominate candidates a maximum of two (2). It is the National Commission’s responsibility to select the two candidates whose applications it wishes to submit to UNESCO. The application(s) should reach the Fellowships Programme Section, UNESCO, 7, Place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07 SP before 8 January 2010 midnight and an advance copy may be sent by fax to:

The application must include the following attachments:

(i) The UNESCO Fellowship application form duly completed in duplicate. Two recent photographs (obligatory) should be included with the form.

(ii) Certified copies of degrees or diplomas (including transcript of grades) in duplicate. Proof of having obtained a Master’s Degree must be included.

(iii) A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the candidate’s work.

(iv) A host institute’s letter of acceptance (i.e. the institute that has accepted the candidate for work should she/he be selected for a Fellowship). This letter of acceptance must indicate that the host institute confirms its willingness to provide the relevant research facilities required by the candidate in the chosen field of specialization.

(v) The certificate of language proficiency (on the UNESCO form) duly completed in duplicate for the language of the country of study (should this be different from the candidate’s mother tongue) issued by an official authority.

(vi) A detailed description, one to two page(s) (maximum), in either English or French, of the research work for which the candidature is being put forward. The research proposal should cover the following points:

• Why? The concrete nature of the proposed project’s contribution to the fields listed in paragraph D.1 above; its innovative, original aspects; and the scope and purpose of the research project. The candidate should demonstrate the reasons the theoretical and practical knowledge or training acquired at the host institution would be beneficial to her/his on-going research project.

What? The expected results or impact of the research project being undertaken.

How? Describe the proposed arrangements for conducting the research.

Where? The proposed country where research will be undertaken (one to two countries maximum) and the name and address of the host institute.

When? The timeframe explicitly stating the proposed starting date and the suggested duration of research which should be of three months minimum and nine months maximum.

How much? A detailed budget estimate indicating the resources required for the candidate to undertake the proposed research. The amount should be determined according to the proposed duration and place of research (between US$6,000 to US$10,000). The amount should not exceed US$10,000. All figures must be shown in US dollars and must be included on a separate page. The amount indicated should cover, exclusively, the international or domestic travel costs for the approved itinerary and personal subsistence abroad, etc. (The object of this Programme is to provide research fellowships so it is considered that in most cases tuition fees will not apply). Applicants should be realistic in compiling their proposed budgets, and consider that an average of US$1,000/US$1,800 per month for accommodation and meals (including local transportation and incidentals) should not be exceeded. Applications where funds requested are judged to be excessive in relation to the objectives and importance of the project are likely to be considered for a smaller grant.

(Note: The following costs are not eligible: computer or equipment purchases; publication costs; attendance at conferences, unless a case can be made that such attendance is an integral part of the research and would make a direct and significant contribution to the outcome of the development of the research project.)

UNESCO and Japan attach the greatest importance to originality and quality. Consideration will be given only to well-planned research proposals which demonstrate innovation, imagination and relevance, and which promise to contribute to knowledge in the four specific areas mentioned in paragraph D.1 above.
Files which are incomplete or which are received after the deadline for application, as well as candidatures that do not meet the requirements mentioned above, will not be taken into consideration.


The Fellowships financed by Japan and administered by UNESCO will consist of the following:

• A maximum amount between US$6,000 to US$10,000 will be awarded to selected candidates. The amount, to be paid in two or three instalments, is intended to cover research costs only, and will not be negotiable.

• No other costs will be considered and grants will be neither extended nor renewed.


A Selection Committee made of experts in the four areas listed above will make recommendations for the final decision of the Director-General of UNESCO. Applications will be judged on the basis of the merit of each application and its pertinence to the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme.

Selected candidates will receive a Letter of Award.
Candidates who have not been informed of their selection by 1 September 2010 should consider that their applications have not been approved in the selection process.


Once the Fellowship has expired, the beneficiaries will be encouraged to disseminate the results of their research. No prior approval of UNESCO will be required for publication of a scholarly paper resulting from research done while benefiting from the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme. However, the Fellow will be asked to acknowledge UNESCO, the Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme and the Government of Japan in their paper as having provided support for the Fellowship and the Fellow will be required to send a copy of the report and/or printed article to the Organization for information. It should be emphasized that UNESCO has no obligation to publish the scholarly papers and no allowance will be provided for that purpose.

Selected beneficiaries will be required to submit an interim and a final report describing the results of the research undertaken. Fellows will be required to send UNESCO a one-page summary with their report that will be reproduced later in a leaflet and disseminated widely by UNESCO.

Project Document
(Multi-Language - Eng-Fre-Spa-Arab) Letter of Announcement Obuchi 2010.pdf
Announcement date
15 Jul 2009
Deadline for applications
08 Jan 2010

Source: http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=14635&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

Upumbavu tu! "Wauguzi na Madaktari watuhumiwa kwa wizi wa dawa"

Watu wasiokuwa na adabu wala lepe la woga ndo wanaweza kufanya mambo kama haya. Kusingizia ati mishahara midogo ndo iwe sababu ya kuonea mwananchi ni sababu ya kipumbavu mno, hata asiyekwenda shule anaitumia hiyo. Badala ya kuonesha utofauti wa akili na maarifa, jitu linatumbukia kufanya anayofanya asiyekwenda shule, ndo maana hata wanasema kama wasomi wanafanya utumbo huu kama sisi, ipo haja gani ya kwenda shule na faida ya kusoma ni ipi? Maarifa-less! Wapumbavu sana tu wote mnaofanya hivi. Ni upumbavu tu, kama wangekuwa na akili wasingefanya hivi kisha wasingizie njaa, upumbavu tu. Kama ni njaa si wende udai haki yako huko inakotakikana? kwani Mwananchi ndo anakunyima haki yako? Upumbavu tu.
WANANCHI wa Kata ya Mzenga wilayani Kisarawe mkoani Pwani wameiomba Idara ya Afya wilayani humo kuwachukulia hatua baadhi ya wauguzi na madaktari wanaojihusisha na wizi wa dawa katika kituo hicho na kuyauza tena kwa walengwa kwa maslahi yao binafsi. Walisema baadhi ya wauguzi na madaktari hao wameanzisha viduka vidogo vya kuuza dawa ambapo huzichukua kituoni hapo na kuziuza katika viduka hivyo. Waliendelea kusema kuwa mgonjwa anapofika kupata matibabu katika kituo hicho, huwa wanakosa dawa, lakini katika viduka hivyo dawa hupatikana, jambo linalowafanya wagonjwa kuwa katika wakati mgumu wa kupata huduma bora za afya.

Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari Kaimu Mganga Mkuu wa Hospitali ya Wilaya, Dk Elly Helela, alikanusha tuhuma hizo na kusema kuwa wauguzi na madaktari katika vituo vya afya, zahanati na hata hospitali ni vigumu kuiba dawa kutokana na vituo hivyo kufanyiwa ukaguzi wa mara kwa mara.

John Gagarini, http://DarLeo.co.tz Kisarawe, Pwani.

Albania, Burkina Faso and Tanzania praise the US for aid

US praised for helping countries escape poverty
UNITED NATIONS — In words of praise rarely heard at the United Nations, leaders of several poor countries thanked the U.S. government and American taxpayers Tuesday for helping with economic development. The presidents of Tanzania and Burkina Faso and the prime minister of Albania said a U.S. government aid agency — which lets recipients decide on the best programs to reduce poverty — is having a major impact on the development of their countries. The three countries are among 38 nations in Africa, Asia, Europe and Central America that are receiving grants totaling over $7.3 billion from the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent agency created by Congress in 2004 to help fight against global poverty.

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said his government and people were “grateful recipients of generous support from the government and people of the United States.” Kikwete said none of the projects in Tanzania’s compact with the corporation were “dictated by the U.S. government.”“We identified the projects and we set the priorities. We made the strategic choices, and in our case we decided to use the entire compact resource in embracing some of our most pressing infrastructure challenges — roads, energy, water and airports,” he said.
Read the rest of the story via this link: http://blog.taragana.com

Pepo la ulawiti linaendelea kuchanua Tanzania

Jana niliposti habari ya kuudhi yenye kichwa cha habari, 'Habari za uchawi: 'Gongagonga' afumwa akimlawiti mume wa mtu" haijapita hata saa 24 tayari kisa kingine cha kufanana na hicho kimeripotiwa Dar. Jiulize ni visa vingapi havijaripotiwa!

MWANAFUNZI wa shule ya Sekondari Mohamed Ramadhani (18), mkazi wa Mpiji amefikishwa katika Mahakama ya Hakimu Mkazi Kinondoni kujibu mashitaka ya kumlawiti mtoto wa kiume.
Mbele ya Hakimu Suzan Kihawa imedaiwa na Mwendesha Mashitaka Inspekta wa Polisi Benedict Nyagabona kuwa, Juni mwaka 2009, mshitakiwa kwa makusudi alimlawiti mtoto wa kiume na kumsababishia maumivu makali sehemu zake za siri. Mshitakiwa amekana mashitaka hayo na kesi hiyo itatajwa tena Septemba 30, mwaka huu.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009 11:52, Rehema Maigala, Kinondoni, http://darleo.co.tz

Needed: Team Leader/Experts with FCG - Namibia

Company: Finnish Consulting Group (FCG) International Ltd
The projects will be located in Namibia

Commencement date & Period of implementation
The intended commencement date is early next year.

FCG International is currently implementing a project -Technical assistance support to the National Planning Commission Secretariat- and now looking for experts for the next phase of the project - Support to the National Planning Commission Secretariat - Capacity Development Programme with following profiles/requirements.

Team Leader/Experts
with experience in
- sub Saharan Africa
- Capacity building

In addition we are looking for experts for the other projects in Namibia.

Support to the Government of the Republic of Namibia in the preparation of a Rural Development Sector Programme
- expertise in sector programmes, rural development/agriculture, public finance management, and institution and capacity building.

Strengthening of the NAO function
The contract aims at strengthening the NAO function by making available staff to deal with Contracts, Finance and Procurement, liaise with implementing partners, visit project sites, review progress against objectives and produce monitoring reports to be used by the NPCS to take informed decisions.

Support to Performance Management System
The contract provides a technical assistance team (TAT) to provide services regarding Performance Management System to the Performance Management Unit (to be created) within the Department Public Service Management at the Office of the Prime Minister which aims to improve the individual, organizational and institutional capacity of the public sector in Namibia.

Application time ends 01.12.2009 

Contact person:
Ms. Milla Toivonen
Email milla.toivonen a fcg.fi
Tel. +358 10 409 4555

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Death for Tanzania albino killers

A court in north-western Tanzania has sentenced three men to death by hanging for killing a 14-year-old albino boy. They were found guilty of attacking Matatizo Dunia and severing his legs in Bukombe district in Shinyanga province.

Albino body parts are used in potions sold by witchdoctors promising wealth. Tanzania has seen an unprecedented rise in the killings in recent years. Dozens of people have been arrested, but the justice system is notoriously slow and this is the first conviction. There are 50 other cases of killings of albino people before the courts. The Tanzanian government has publicly stated its desire to end the killings.

In March, President Jakaya Kikwete called on Tanzanians to come forward with any information they might have. In July a court in neighbouring Burundi sentenced one person to life in prison and eight others to jail for the murder of albino people whose remains were sold in Tanzania. There are estimated to be about 17,000 albino people living in Tanzania. They lack pigment in their skin and appear pale. (Info source:  BBC.co.uk)

Job opp: Education Programme Coordinator with Amani Children's Home - Tanzania

Amani Children’s Home is a nationally registered NGO based in Moshi, Tanzania. Amani is committed to reduce the number of children living on the streets in northern Tanzania by providing a safe place for homeless children to heal, grow, and learn, and when possible uniting them with safe and healthy homes.

Location: United Republic of Tanzania (the) - Moshi

Position Description: This role requires a highly motivated, professional individual dedicated to children’s rights and the ongoing development of Amani’s programs and services. The Education Coordinator will lead a dynamic team of teachers dedicated to the education of vulnerable children. S/he will continue the development of an innovative curriculum for the children in Amani’s in-house MEMKWA programme as well as monitor the progress of over 200 children in the community whose education is supported by Amani. S/he will ensure that the education of each child supported by Amani is prioritized in their care and follow-up and that consideration is given to each child’s individual needs, interests, and abilities. S/he will be responsible for actively catalyzing the professional development of each staff member on the Education team. The Education Coordinator will put the Strategic Plan into action through creating and monitoring strategic targets and action plans with the Education staff, using participatory leadership. This person will lead Amani as one of the members of the Management Team, develop and manage the Education Programme budget, and supervise the Education staff team.

Key Responsibilities:
1. To carry out Amani’s vision on child development in its programs through developing and implementing effective policies and stimulating reflection and learning for other staff members.
2. To develop, implement and supervise the Amani MEMKWA Program.
3. To work closely together with Amani’s Social Workers to ensure that high-quality and timely educational support is given to all children in the community supported academically by Amani.
4. To supervise the activities of the Education team staff members, ensuring the professional growth and development of each member as well as the effective and cooperative functioning of the group as a whole. This includes monthly performance report discussions with each staff member, job mentoring, and facilitating team meetings.
5. To continuously monitor the situation on the ground and actively meet the educational needs of all children supported by Amani (Formal School, MEMKWA, VTC and Secondary School).
6. To manage the Education budget and supplies. The ES Coordinator is ultimately responsible for finances and administration of the ES Department and supervises that colleagues are using funds in line with Amani’s financial policies.
7. To keep complete and accurate records of students’ progress. To write detailed and thoughtful reports for Trustees and donors.
8. To work alongside of a child’s counselling leader to identify and address developmental issues and to achieve the progress goals created with the child.
9. Work in close collaboration with the others on the management team to ensure that Amani’s programs and activities are being continually developed to advance its mission and vision, and to advocate for the best interests of the individual children in Amani’s care.

- Bachelors degree or higher, preferably in the field of education.
- At least three years of management experience working in a professional NGO environment.
- Minimum of four years of classroom experience teaching children and youth.
- Comprehensive understanding of current debates concerning education in Tanzania, the national, regional, and global context and how children’s vulnerability affects their needs and performance academically.
- Demonstrable experience in team management and training.
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation and strategic planning
- Project planning and management experience
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to coordinate and strategise both independently and as part of a collective decision-making process
- Observant, creative, and initiative-taking
- Ability to monitor spending strictly and follow a budget
- Excellent writing, editing, presentation, and research skills.
- Open for self-evaluations and to be active in improving own skills
- Fluency in English and Swahili (written and spoken)
- Tanzanian citizen
How to apply
Position begins in January 2010. All posts are contractual, starting with a three-month probation period and renewable depending on performance. Salary commensurate with Amani’s salary scale.

Qualified Tanzanians are invited to submit a cover letter, CV, copies of diplomas, professional references as well as salary requirements to: [email protected] or by mail to: Human Resource Coordinator, Amani Children’s Home, P.O. Box 6515, Moshi.
Reference Code: RW_7VR9PD-68
Qualified women are encouraged to apply.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Closing date for the application is 1.10.2009.
With questions contact: [email protected] or +255 784 277 543.
Please visit our website at www.amanikids.org

Why Tanzanian pulled out of race for UNESCO top post - TheCitizen reports

Lack of support from African countries forced Tanzania's Prof Sospeter Muhongo to pull out of the race for the top post in the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), The Citizen can confirm.

The election of the Unesco director general was scheduled to be concluded in Paris last evening. Prof Muhongo told The Citizen by telephone from Paris yesterday that he pulled out after many African Arab countries opted to vote for Egypt's Culture minister Farouk Hosni. "A meeting of African countries decided to join the Arabs and other Islamic countries and vote as a bloc for Egypt's candidate,"he said.

Prof Muhongo said he had the full support of Tanzanian leaders, but added that it was not enough to counter plans by other African countries.  Those who had supported his candidacy included President Jakaya Kikwete and retired presidents Benjamin Mkapa and Ali Hassan Mwinyi.  "The Government has offered me its full support. I cannot blame anybody (at home). The problem is among us Africans. We don't even have a 'Plan B' as our European colleagues," Prof Muhongo said.  He added that African and Arab countries did not have a "Plan B" in case things did not go as planned for their preferred candidate.

However, the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation ministry said it was not aware that Prof Muhongo had pulled out of the race for the Unesco top post.  Acting permanent secretary Francis Malambugi told The Citizen that the Government had not received official notification from Prof Muhongo on his decision to withdraw his candidacy.

Ms Irina Gueorguieva Bokova of Bulgaria and Hosni were the two remaining candidates yesterday after an inconclusive fourth round on Monday.  The fifth and final round was scheduled to take place last evening.

Earlier this week, UNESCO's 58-member Executive Board interviewed all nine candidates and then discussed those interviews in a private meeting. Voting was by secret ballot and a winner is chosen by a simple majority of the board.  The person elected will serve an initial four-year term. The current director general, Mr Koiro Matsuura of Japan, ends his second term in November and is not eligible for re-election.
Read Prof. Muhongo's short bio and the full story via: Thecitizen.co.tz