The Islands Society is issuing an open call to young professionals in the Lake Victoria Basin Region to participate in its annual essay competition. This year, the nonprofit is calling upon young professionals to respond to the following question: “How can islanders on the African Great Lakes become stakeholders on international water governance?”
In recent years, the governance of trans-boundary bodies of water has become an area of great strategic importance for many African states. Although efforts have been made to promote cooperation in the governance of trans-boundary bodies of water in Central Africa, the residents of lake islands on the the African Great Lakes usually are not key stakeholders in these initiatives despite the fact that they depend on these trans-boundary bodies of water for their livelihood.
Through the “African Great Lakes Water Governance Essay Competition,” the Islands Society therefore challenges young scholars and young professionals to consider these issues and come to their own determinations about what the future holds. Then, they are asked to draft an essay that provides practical recommendations on how island communities can best position themselves and the region.
Young scholars and young professionals interested in participating in the essay competition are invited to submit an article of 500-900 words on “How can islanders on the African Great Lakes become stakeholders on international water governance?” They are also asked to provide a resume. All materials must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00pm EST on May 30, 2016. Only completed applications received by that date and time will be considered. Selected essays will then be professionally edited and published on The Islander – the official blog of the Islands Society. A press release will also be issued and the articles will be shared with over 3,000 contacts across the region.
Note: While preference will be given to young scholars and young professionals who are residents of lake islands on the the African Great Lakes, the essay competition is open to young scholars and young professionals around the world who have an interest in the Lake Victoria Basin Region.
About the Islands Society
The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to respect, inspire, and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. The Islands Society is based on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
About the Inlands Islands Society
The Inland Islands Society is one of our regional societies. Its primary mission is to develop and implement programs that enable individuals and sub-national organizations from lake island communities and river island communities to more fully participate in international relations. Specifically, the society develops and implements programs that provide women, ethnic minorities, and the next generation of leaders from these island communities with the knowledge, networks, platforms, and exposure required to realize their full potential as artists, athletes, chefs, designers, educators, musicians, nurses, scholars, policymakers, scientists, and technologists on the world stage.
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