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Katherine
Thursday, Sep 8, 2011

Hi everyone, 

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Katherine
Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011

Associates and interested parties,

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Katherine
Monday, Aug 8, 2011

Hi all, 

Last week was pretttyyyy nuts with the Project Design and Grant Proposal Writing Workshop taking place here in Dar. This is where all of the grantees who had their short proposal applications screened in to the competition and passed the on-site verification visits learned about designing successful and sustainable projects and how to prepare a persuasive grant application.

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Thursday, Jul 7, 2011

Hi everyone, 

First of all, I apologize for my infrequent posts. Tanzania's government-run power supply company (TANESCO) has instituted 12-hour power cuts each day, but really that's if we're lucky. I've also been ill this week and had to take a couple days off, so here's a little bit of what's been going on... 

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Katherine
Friday, Jun 24, 2011

Hi friends,

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Katherine
Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011

Hey hey,

For the last week or so I've been having (more) computer issues, so my access to the internet is....intermittent. I've been computer hopping when my colleagues are at meetings, but rarely have access to skype, email, and the shared drive which I've been working off of at the same time. For those reasons, I have been a little out of the loop, and my messages brief! 

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Katherine
Friday, Jun 3, 2011

Today the ILO Dar office officially launched round 2 of the Youth-to-Youth Fund! It was actually supposed t happen June 1st...and then yesterday...and now finally today everything came together (it seems that things are often pushed back), but all in the name of quality.

Check it! http://www.yefafrica.org/index.php?do=/youth-to-youth-fund/

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Friday, May 27, 2011

This week my direct supervisor returned from a two week mission, and it was awesome to finally meet her! There was a lot of debriefing to do, so this meant A LOT of meetings, which was actually a great way for me to catch up on what's been going on with the Youth-to-Youth Fund in Uganda and Kenya. As we are preparing to launch the 2011 round, there were many a "lessons learned" discussion - very informative for a newbie. In order to ensure sustainability of the program (i.e.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Since arriving at the ILO office in Dar, I've been hearing the words Kazi Nje Nje over and over. A direct translation means "work outside", but in context, its much more than that. Kazi Nje Nje is a program thought up by my colleague Mkuku, a Tanzanian man very passionate about youth employment. To him, it means easily accessible work for anyone who has a dream, or wants to be an entrepreneur. Its about breaking down barriers and changing the mentality that starting your own business is too

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