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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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