Saturday, September 26, 2015

Logbessou: Indwellers exposed to great danger

Sunday September 27, 2015 will be.....

World Tourism Day 2015

Theme for 2015: "One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities"

Every time we travel, for whatever reason, we are part of a global movement; a movement that has the power to drive inclusive development, create jobs and build the sustainable societies we want for our future; a movement that builds mutual understanding and can help us safeguard our shared natural and cultural heritage.

This year on the 27th of September, we want you to talk Tourism. Help us raise awareness of the important impact tourism has on countries and communities around the world and its potential as a force for good, creating a better world for all.

World Tourism Day 2015 would be celebrated at Sunday, on 27th of September.
This day is celebrated every year having particular theme for making aware the people all over the world.  The theme of 2011 event celebration was Tourism Linking Cultures and of 2012 was Tourism and Energetic Sustainability. May be the theme of year 2013 will be highlighting the tourism role to a brighter energy future. The day is celebrated every year on September 27th each year aiming to aware the people about the importance of the tourism.
A message is sent to the general public every year by the UNWTO Secretary-General to participate in the occasion. It is celebrated with the great interest by the various tourism enterprises, organizations, government agencies and etc. Varieties of competitions are held at this day such as photo competitions promoting the tourism, tourism award presentations including free entries, discounts/special offers to the general public.
Tourism has become the continuously growing and developing economic sectors worldwide because of the occurrence of various attractive and new destinations for the tourists. So it has become the main source of income ‎for the developing countries.

World Tourism Day
The World Tourism Day celebration was started by the United Nations World Tourism Organization in the year 1980 which is celebrated every year at 27th September. This particular day was selected as at this day the laws of the UNWTO came into force in the year 1970 which is considered as the big landmark for the global tourism as it aims to aware to people about the significant role of the tourism inside the international community as well as to exhibit how the social, economic, cultural, political values are affected by it globally.

Themes of World Tourism Day

  • The theme of 1980 was “Tourism’s contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage and to peace and mutual understanding”.
  • The theme of 1981 was “Tourism and the quality of life”.
  • The theme of 1982 was “Pride in travel: good guests and good hosts”.
  • The theme of 1983 was “Travel and holidays are a right but also a responsibility for all”.
  • The theme of 1984 was “Tourism for international understanding, peace and cooperation”.
  • The theme of 1985 was “Youth Tourism: cultural and historical heritage for peace and friendship”.
  • The theme of 1986 was “Tourism: a vital force for world peace”.
  • The theme of 1987 was “Tourism for development”.
  • The theme of 1988 was “Tourism: education for all”.
  • The theme of 1989 was “The free movement of tourists creates one world”.
  • The theme of 1990 was “Tourism: an unrecognized industry, a service to be released”.
  • The theme of 1991 was “Communication, information and education: powerlines of tourism development”.
  • The theme of 1992 was “Tourism: a factor of growing social and economic solidarity and of encounter between people”.
  • The theme of 1993 was “Tourism development and environmental protection: towards a lasting harmony”.
  • The theme of 1994 was “Quality staff, quality tourism”.
  • The theme of 1995 was “WTO: serving world tourism for twenty years”.
  • The theme of 1996 was “Tourism: a factor of tolerance and peace”.
  • The theme of 1997 was “Tourism: a leading activity of the twenty-first century for job creation and environmental protection”.
  • The theme of 1998 was “Public-private sector partnership: the key to tourism development and promotion”.
  • The theme of 1999 was “Tourism: preserving world heritage for the new millennium”.
  • The theme of 2000 was “Technology and nature: two challenges for tourism at the dawn of the twenty-first century”.
  • The theme of 2001 was “Tourism: a toll for peace and dialogue among civilizations”.
  • The theme of 2002 was “Ecotourism, the key to sustainable development”.
  • The theme of 2003 was “Tourism: a driving force for poverty alleviation, job creation and social harmony”.
  • The theme of 2004 was “Sport and tourism: two living forces for mutual understanding, culture and the development of societies”.
  • The theme of 2005 was “Travel and transport: from imaginary of Jules Verne to the reality of the 21st century”.
  • The theme of 2006 was “Tourism Enriches”.
  • The theme of 2007 was “Tourism opens doors for women”.
  • The theme of 2008 was “Tourism Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change and global warming”.
  • The theme of 2009 was “Tourism – Celebrating Diversity”.
  • The theme of 2010 was “Tourism & Biodiversity”.
  • The theme of 2011 was “Tourism Linking Cultures”.
  • The theme of 2012 was “Tourism and Energetic Sustainability”.
  • The theme of 2013 was “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future”.
  • The theme of 2014 was “Tourism and Community Development”.
  • The theme of 2015 would be “Millions of tourists, millions of opportunities”. 
  • Burkina Faso will host the Official Celebration 2015. Current developments and forecasts
  • International tourist arrivals grew by 4.3 % in 2014 to 1.133 billion
  • In 2014, international tourism generated US$ 1.5 trillion in export earnings
  • UNWTO forecasts a growth in international tourist arrivals of between 3% and 4% in 2015.

  • "Let us work together to maximize the immense potential of tourism to drive inclusive economic growth, protect the environment and promote sustainable development and a life of dignity for all."
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon



Friday, September 25, 2015

Jobs, United States Institute of Peace, is recruiting a Vice President for the Applied Conflict Transformation (ACT) team and a Vice President for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) team,

Job Announcement:  

The U.S. Institute of Peace is recruiting a Vice President for the Applied Conflict Transformation (ACT) team and a Vice President for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) team.

For more info see

Job, Senior Gender and Youth Specialist, International Center for Research on Women, DC

Senior Gender and Youth Specialist
Title: Senior Gender and Youth Specialist
ID: 1114
Job Location: Washington, DC
Department: Research and Programs
About ICRW:

For nearly 40 years, ICRW has been the premier applied research institute focused on women and girls. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with regional offices in South Asia and Africa, ICRW provides evidence-based research to inform policies and programs that alleviate poverty, promote gender equality and protect the rights of women and girls. Corporations, foundations, governments and civil society organizations partner with ICRW to discover through rigorous research how to dismantle barriers and help women and girls achieve their full potential. ICRW’s focus areas include adolescent girls, agriculture and food security, economic empowerment, HIV and AIDS, population and reproductive health, gender-based and intimate partner violence.

At ICRW, we believe that research can and should be a process of social development, and employ participatory methods whenever appropriate.  Further, ICRW pursues intersectional research to the greatest extent possible when resources allow.  All research we undertake serves to advance ICRW’s mission of improving the status of women and girls, promoting gender equality and eradicating poverty.

Primary Role: 

ICRW is looking for a Senior Technical Specialist who is a thought leader in the fields of gender and youth development.  The Senior Technical Specialist will conceptualize, lead and provide technical oversight to multiple research and evaluation projects focused on gender, youth development and adolescent health and rights. The successful candidate will lead and contribute to projects across topics, including positive youth development, child marriage, girls’ education, adolescent health, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. S/he will also contribute to and lead conceptual and business development opportunities and contribute actively to the Gender, Population and Development portfolio and ICRW more broadly. Travel of at least 20-25% will be required.


Ph.D. or Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Public Health, Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Demography, International Development, Anthropology).


Minimum six years of post-Ph.D. experience or ten years of post-Master’s experience conducting research and evaluation internationally, with a focus on developing countries.

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks:

Research, Monitoring and Evaluation: Designs rigorous observational research studies and experimental and quasi-experimental intervention studies. Works in multi-disciplinary teams to lead, design, supervise, and undertake mixed-methods research encompassing innovative qualitative methods and quantitative surveys. Analyzes primary and secondary data using appropriate methods, writes incisive products for diverse audiences, including research reports, peer-reviewed publications, and other outputs, such as policy briefs and reader-friendly blogs. Develops conceptual models and M&E frameworks to guide research and program evaluation.

Project Management: Serves as project director, overseeing and contributing to development and management of project implementation (including workplans and budgets), supervision of project staff and consultants, liaising with ICRW support units and managing partner relationships.

Business Development:  Develops areas of research and proposals that complement and build on ongoing research efforts and contribute to achieving ICRW’s overall strategic objectives. Works closely with colleagues to conceptualize and design proposals and projects, as well as to disseminate findings. Identifies potential funding sources and actively cultivates potential opportunities.

Representation:  Maintains professional expertise and recognition outside of ICRW through publishing and speaking in relevant forums.  Authors publications and represents ICRW in the media and with colleague organizations; serves on coalitions and builds policy advocacy efforts in line with current research program.

  • Expertise in adolescent and youth health and/or development
  • Extensive experience in the design and conduct of formative, operations and evaluation research in gender, health and social sciences
  • Experience with designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks and methods for projects of varying types and sizes.
  • Quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis skills, to include expertise with one or more of the following analytical software packages:  SPSS, STATA, AtlasTi, NVivo
  • Experience conducting research with adolescents and youth, including the use of participatory methods
  • Ability to effectively manage and juggle multiple projects, including staffing, workplans, deliverables, timelines and budgets
  • Experience in leadership of multi-disciplinary research teams
  • Experience providing training, capacity building and technical assistance for research and programming related to gender and youth
  • Demonstrated successful project management skills, along with maturity, diplomacy, and independence to work effectively with in-country partners, donors and project staff
  • Strong strategic sense for business development, committed to developing an innovative research and program base
  • Strong networking and negotiation skills in order to identify, cultivate and sustain viable relationships with donors and other partners as well as communicate knowledgeably about project concepts, progress and impact
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated supervisory and mentorship skills
  • Experience leading research projects funded by USAID, DfID and UN donors highly desired
  • High-level of proficiency in English required and one proficiency in other language highly preferred
Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and 2 writing samples. Due to the large volume of responses we receive, ICRW is not able to provide candidacy status on an individual basis. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. ICRW is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V.
  for more info see




Job, Gender Specialist/ SGBV Investigator, UN Women, Geneva

Gender Specialist/ SGBV Investigator

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Application Deadline : 24-Sep-15
Type of Contract : TA International
Post Level : P-4
Languages Required : English  
Expected Duration of Assignment : 9 months

Assignment start date: immediate
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Peace and Security is a key area of UN Women's work. At headquarters, the Peace and Security Section leads on UN system-wide coordination on Women, Peace and Security, provides technical and financial support to the peace and security work of UN Women field offices, and implements a number of global initiatives that range from training women on mediation, peacekeepers on preventing and responding to sexual violence, and experts on investigation and documentation of international crimes, to rapidly deploying gender advisors to commissions of inquiry, peace talks, and post-conflict planning and financing processes, supporting gender-responsive public service delivery, and linking women in the community and grassroots organizations to police and other actors to ensure better protection.
A key area of UN-Women’s work is ensuring access to justice for women and the equal application of the rule of law. Effective judicial and legal systems not only ensure the protection and advancement of women’s rights, but can provide an enabling environment to address discriminatory practices which impede development. From a women’s human rights and rule of law perspective, at no time is legal protection more necessary, or more fragile, than during and in the immediate aftermath of conflicts when women’s experiences of insecurity and violations often continue unabated. Securing accountability and ending impunity for sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and asserting women’s access to the full range of rights are some of the most challenging yet fundamental conditions for the restoration of the rule of law post-conflict. In close collaboration with the head of the relevant international accountability mechanism and the Chief Advisor, Peace and Security, UN Women, the Gender Specialist/ SGBV Investigator will contribute to implementation of UN Women’s mandate on promoting women’s access to justice and the rule of law through providing technical support to international accountability mechanisms in training, documentation and investigation of SGBV crimes under international law.

Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
  • Provide technical support to the work of international accountability bodies supported by UN Women by ensuring that appropriate attention is given to the gendered dimensions of human rights, including through gender analysis and training;
  • Liaise with international accountability bodies and UN Women;
  • Ensure proper documentation and investigation of cases of SGBV and other gender based human rights violations and abuses by international justice mechanisms.
Description of Functions:
  • Research and collect information pertaining to women’s human rights and gender issues directly related to the mandate of the international mechanisms, including violations of women’s economic and social rights, political and civil rights as well as SGBV;
  • Analyze existing documentation and propose gender-sensitive investigation methods according to the mandate of the international mechanisms including ensuring that all investigators are aware of the gendered dimensions of human rights violations, specific vulnerability of different categories of women (girls, mothers, repatriate women, women in prisons and camps, girls and women living with disabilities and elderly women), security arrangements are gender-sensitive and that cultural and political gender considerations are duly taken into account. The incumbent will also make sure how to identify violence against women in private and public settings;
  • Conduct and/or assist in the conduct of interviews and evidence gathering activities, ensuring that necessary measures of protection and confidentiality for witnesses and victims of women’s human rights violations are implemented throughout and that the gender-specific impact of violations is assessed;
  • Provide advice, awareness-raising, and inputs to the justice mechanisms’ mandate –ensuring that all investigators are aware of how to identify documentation and investigation of human rights violations of women including SGBV and the gendered impacts of human rights and international humanitarian law violations, that security arrangements are gender-sensitive, that cultural and contextual gender considerations are considered;
  • Ensure that the necessary measures of protection and confidentiality for witnesses and victims of women’s human rights violations and abuses are implemented, including measures such as working with local women’s organizations;
  • Contribute to briefings, interview notes and analytical documents as required to ensure adequate attention to women’s human rights and gender issues;
  • Contribute to the drafting of the investigation outcome document and final report, incorporating a gender perspective and gender-sensitive language. This includes ensuring that the analysis of facts to establish human rights violations reflects a gender dimension, including when addressing SGBV;
  • Prepare an internal report for UN Women reflecting on the work of the gender specialist/ SGBV Investigator and any recommendations for strengthening the gendered work of such bodies in future;
  • Perform any other duties, as required by the Chief, Peace and Security, UN Women.
Impact of Results
The appropriate investigation procedures of all international accountability mechanisms UN Women supports will reflect good practice in the investigation of SGBV cases, gender-sensitive approaches; full documentation of violations of women’s rights under international law; and advance women’s access to justice.

Core values and Guiding principles:
  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Core Competencies:
Ethics and Values:
  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.
Organizational Awareness:
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
Work in teams:
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Communicating and Information Sharing:
  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others.
Conflict Management:
  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision-making.
Functional Competencies:
  • Proven ability to conduct complex human rights investigations, including expertise in monitoring and documenting SGBV and understanding of gender-specific protection concerns;
  • Expertise in women’s human rights and gender dimension of human rights, including economic and social rights, political and civil rights and SGBV;
  • Good analytical capacity;
  • Solid knowledge in witness and victim protection and data protection;
  • Trained in management of data;
  • Demonstrated people management skills;
  • Ability to speak and write in a clear manner including ability to draft a variety of reports; correspondence using gender-sensitive language;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Familiarity with the UN system and good knowledge of UN Women.

Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced study (Master’s or equivalent) in law, political sciences, international relations, gender studies or other disciplines related to human rights;
  • A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible experience in human rights investigation with a focus on women’s human rights and gender issues
  • Fluency in English is required.
Important Application Information:
  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from;
  • Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment;
  • UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.
In July 2010, the United nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.




Student Media Grant, Focus on Conflict and Development, Center for Conflict and Development

STATUS: Currently accepting applications! Deadline: October 31st, 2015. 

About the Grant

The Student Media Grant is an annual opportunity offered to students interested in using innovative methods to research and chronicle issues facing fragile and conflict-affected nations. This grant was inspired by Howard G. Buffett’s use of photography to document the nexus of conflict and development in “Fragile: The Human Condition.”
The selected students will spend at least three months next year engaged in and documenting an international development issue that reflects the challenges faced by fragile and conflict-affected nations, including but not limited to food insecurity, health, youth employment, land tenure and poverty. Past grant winners have produced media based on projects and research in Mali, India, Perú, Kenya, Haiti and other locations around the globe.
During their experience, students will be required to:
  • Demonstrate a minimum three-month engagement with international development issues through extension activities, internships, student research, or other pursuits;
  • Create a multimedia deliverable for ConDev (the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M)’s social media and/or website and document their chosen subjects through photo, video, radio or some other form of media that draws attention to conflict and development issues;
  • Publish or exhibit their work in a form of refereed media with the possibility of publishing with Texas A&M University Press.

Who’s Eligible?

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited university worldwide. Students graduating in May 2016 are also eligible to apply.

Application Timeline

  • September 1, 2015:  Begin Accepting Applications
  • October 31, 2015 (due by 11:59pm CST):  Proposal Deadline
  • November 2015:  Review Period – please be patient as we review your incredible proposals!
  • December 7-23, 2015:  Notification Period
  • January-May 2016 (Depending on proposal timeline):  Funding Disbursement
for more info and details how to apply see

Job Announcement Deputy Director, Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University

Background Information: The Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University is seeking a dynamic and highly qualified person to provide leadership and administrative skills for an international training program in peace and conflict resolution.  The Program supports the Rotary Foundation commitment to world understanding and peace. It aims to generate interactions among practitioners and academics and provide opportunities for scholars to focus on dealing effectively with the obstacles that currently impede international cooperation and peace.  It hopes to attract people working in the area of conflict resolution and parties concerned with the ongoing conflicts from various parts of the region.  To learn more about the program, please visit
The Deputy Director Position will be based in Bangkok, Thailand and coordinate with The Rotary Foundation in the United States.  (S)he will report directly to the Director of the Center, and will be supported by an administrative team.

Duties: The Deputy Director will be expected to perform the following duties:
  • organize ongoing support for the training sessions of the Rotary Peace Center; coordinate the production of a course and program manual describing the overall training process: its objectives, coverage, assignment procedures, evaluations, and selected reading lists;  be involved in collecting, compiling, disseminating data and reports relative to the course’s requirements and instruction;
  • act as a liaison to The Rotary Foundation and Chulalongkorn University; work closely with faculty and guest speakers who develop and teach the program and be responsible for the overall coherence of the curriculum by acting as a facilitator/moderator; contact qualified speakers based on recommendations of the academic committee; teach one or more courses within the discipline in which (s)he holds the appropriate academic credentials; be responsible for the overall coherence of the participants’ group work; organize field trips within and outside Thailand;
  • be responsible for the submission and approval of the budget to Director for annual expenditures, as well as managing all financial affairs of the Center; administer the program and direct all facilities improvements; lead the program’s development;
  • take part in the preparation for the selection of peace fellow applications;
  • lead alumni relations and Center promotion activities.
Qualifications: Experience and training/education in peace and conflict studies, development, human rights or a related field is essential; master’s degree or above in same field; knowledge of peace and conflict research field, especially in the Southeast Asian region; excellent writing and oral skills in English; exceptionally strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; well-developed supervisory and management skills.
Salary: Negotiable based on experience and qualifications
Application Procedure: Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, copies of academic degrees or certificates, and 2 professional letters of recommendation to with “Deputy Director Application” and your name in the subject line.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and interviewed.  Closing date for applications: 11 October 2015.
 Anticipated start date: 1 December 2015.


Stampede in Mina valley, the site of a vast tent city of pilgrims, leaves more than 800 others injured

At least 717 people have been crushed to death in a stampede outside Mecca and more than 850 injured in the deadliest disaster on the annual hajj pilgrimage in a quarter of a century.
Panic broke out when two groups of pilgrims preparing for one of the last major rites of their trip collided at the intersection of two narrow streets. Within minutes the tarmac was a macabre jumble of dishevelled, partially clothed bodies.
The disaster revived questions about Saudi Arabia’s ability to manage the world’s largest annual migration, and the tragedy turned political as officials and diplomats began trading recriminations even before rescue operations had wound up.
The Saudi monarch, King Salman, ordered a review of the kingdom’s plans for the hajj after the disaster. Speaking in a live speech broadcast by Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television, he also said he had asked for a swift investigation into what he described as a painful incident.

Tehran accused Riyadh of failing its pilgrims after it emerged that dozens of the dead were Iranian, while some Saudi politicians appeared to push blame on to the dead themselves, with one reportedly making racist comments about African pilgrims.
The scale of the disaster was so vast that rescue teams worked into the evening to evacuate the injured and bodies of the dead, while security forces kept order among the thousands of pilgrims still filing through the area to finish their rituals.
Survivors described losing their loved ones and their clothes, in a frantic scrabble to escape the deadly crush as it surged down a narrow street with no exits. The toll may rise further, Al-Arabiya television channel quoted the interior ministry saying.
“I saw someone trip over someone in a wheelchair and several people tripping over him. People were climbing over one another just to breathe,” said one of the survivors, 44-year-old Egyptian Abdullah Lotfy. “It was like a wave. You go forward and suddenly you go back,” he told the Associated Press. Other survivors recounted being turned back from the entrance to tented camp areas as the crowd surged behind them.
“I saw the pilgrims were falling down and getting crushed and heard women and elderly people were screaming, asking for help,” said one survivor, who gave his name as Dr Abdulrahman. “I tried very hard to get out, I lost all my clothes, they were torn off but I didn’t care and I managed to get out”.
“Then I tried to get in one of the tented camps but I was blocked by the security forces who kept preventing anyone from entering, and that doubled the crisis.”
Abdulrahman eventually collapsed into a camp area when a security guard was distracted, and resisted attempts to throw him back out. But he said authorities were slow to arrive to calm the chaos.

“I saw the civil defence there but they were very late,” he said. “I realised that there was a shortage of emergency exits, because there supposed to be ways of getting off a road every 50 metres.”
The tragedy came just weeks after a crane collapse killed more than 100 people and injured more than 200 more in the same area, and two hotels had to evacuate thousands of guests when major fires broke out, also injuring some pilgrims.
The string of major accidents has revived concerns about management of the hajj pilgrimage, which brings more than 2 million people to the holiest sites in Islam each year. Thousands of visitors have died in fires, stampedes and other disasters in recent decades.
Saudi Arabia’s king is also known as the Custodian of the Two Mosques, an acknowledgement of his role protecting pilgrims and the sites they visit.
The crown prince ordered an investigation into the causes of the stampede, but other officials were quick to shrug off any suggestion of official failings even before the rescue operations had finished.
The Saudi health minister, Khalid al-Falih, pointed a finger of blame at the dead themselves, saying the pilgrims had been undisciplined.
“The accident, as most know, was a stampede caused by overcrowding, and also caused by some of the pilgrims not following the movement instructions of the security and hajj ministry,” he told a local TV channel.
High temperatures and exhaustion among may have contributed to the disaster, military spokesman Maj Gen Mansour al-Turki said, but he added there was no indication authorities are to blame. “Unfortunately, these incidents happen in a moment,” the Associated Press quoted him as saying.
Prince Khaled al-Faisal, head of Saudi Arabia’s central hajj committee, drew criticism on social media after reportedly blaming the fatal crush on “some pilgrims with African nationalities”.
Furious officials in Tehran accused local authorities of poor management of pilgrims in an area notorious for overcrowding, after it emerged that as many as 90 of the dead, or one in 10, may be Iranian. “Saudi Arabia’s officials are to blame for the incident,” said Amir Abdollahian, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs. He has summoned the Saudi envoy in Tehran over the deaths.
The two countries are old enemies, whose mutual distrust is amplified by sectarian differences. They have vied for regional influence for decades and are backing opposite sides in the wars in Yemen and Syria.

Thursday’s stampede was the worst disaster at the hajj since a similar tragedy in 1990, when more than 1,400 people died after panic broke out among crowds inside a tunnel.
The trip is one of the five pillars of Islam – it is a religious duty for able-bodied Muslims to make the journey at least once. Numbers were once limited by the duration and difficulty of a trip to Mecca, but rises in income and cheaper air travel has put thepilgrimage within reach of many more Muslims worldwide.
People gather around the victims of the stampede in Mina. Photograph: AP Thursday’s tragedy unfolded in Mina, a dusty, overcrowded valley a few miles outside Mecca where a temporary city of 160,000 tents houses more than 2 million people for a few days each year.
Its huge crowds have long given the area a grim reputation as one of the most dangerous parts of the pilgrimage. All pilgrims on the hajj must file through on a single day to participate in a symbolic stoning of the devil.
Thousands of people have died in stampedes and fires on its cramped streets in recent decades, but after more than 300 people died in a crush in 2006, Saudi Arabia stepped up investment in safety.
They spent millions on improvements, including expanding the “bridge” where pilgrims throw pebbles at three walls in a symbolic stoning of the devil into a multi-storey building with entrance and exit ramps.
Helicopters and surveillance cameras monitor crowd movements, and a strict assigned schedule is intended to control when pilgrims filter through the most crowded areas.
For nearly a decade there were no major accidents, but local activists said disorganisation and corruption meant a breakdown of the system was inevitable.
“We are not that much surprised at the accident. We are expecting worse every time,” said one Mecca-based Saudi activist, who asked not to be named because of fears the authorities would punish political dissent.
Muslim pilgrims in Mina during the hajj, Mecca, Saudi ArabiaHundreds of thousands of pilgrims in Mina make their way to perform a ritual at the Jamarat bridge, the last rite of the annual hajj. Photograph: Mosa'ab Elshamy/
He pointed out that in 20 years of rapid expansion and development around Mecca, authorities built only one new hospital to serve pilgrims, and had not installed a single fire extinguisher in the city’s Grand Mosque.
“Maybe it is not normal in other countries, but on account of the corruption that’s going on here in our country anything can easily make a disaster for us. We should expect worse and worse.”
Additional reporting by Hugh Miles.

Job in Cameroon:Communications and Marketing Agent

Job Description:
Program Associate.
Clinical Operations begin on the ground in the Bekoko village, Cameroon in March 2016 and the Program Associate will work with national and international resources as well as the team of the oncology center to plan and deliver an outstanding clinical service and training program to interested customers. 
The Associate will identify and recruit a robust pipeline of ventures, manage all program logistics and communications, and engage a community of mentors and investors to support the participating ventures. 

The Associate will also serve as a financial consultant to the companies in our Education program. The Associate will provide critical financial analysis and modeling support to each company to better position them for continued growth and fundraising.

Communications Associate, Cameroon Oncology center Bekoko Village .
The Communications Associate will help tell the tremendous stories of successful clinical operations at the Oncology center — and the customers they serve — to a global audience, and will help introduce the Bekoko Oncology center  to new entrepreneurs and partners. The Associate will work closely with our senior team to implement core elements of our strategic communications plan and produce outstanding written content.
Partnerships Associate, Cameroon Oncology center Bekoko village.
The Partnerships Associate will play a key role in building new partnerships and strategic initiatives at the Bekoko oncology center, outside Douala. 
The Associate will work to identify and recruit the next generation of the Bekoko oncology center's partners, support current partners nation/worldwide through thought leadership and logistical assistance, and conduct research to deepen our sector knowledge.

Desired Qualifications
  • Open to working on the ground floor and doing a range of tasks (sales, logistics, communications, operations).
  • Willing to be geographically flexible for the duration of the two-year program.
  • Authorized to work in Cameroon.
  • Holder of at least a BS/BA in following subjects (mass communication, journalism, bilingual study, marketing, etc, etc)
  • Very fluent in spoken and written French and English
  • Is grounded within his/her community.
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Job, Village Capital is seeking its first-ever class of Leadership Development Associates

Leadership Development Program

Village Capital is seeking its first-ever class of Leadership Development Associates.
This fall, we will hire four outstanding Associates to join our team for a two-year rotational program. Program participants will work across the organization, including with senior leadership, to help us design and implement our strategic vision worldwide.
After an exceptional training program with other Leadership Development Associates in Washington, D.C., associates will participate in three rotations of approximately seven months each, based on their interests and skills spanning program operations, communications, partnerships, finance and more. 
Example rotations could include: 
Program Associate, FinTech-Mexico.
Operating on the ground in Mexico City, the Program Associate will work with Village Capital’s Latin America team to plan and deliver an outstanding entrepreneur training program for financial technology enterprises. The Associate will identify and recruit a robust pipeline of ventures, manage all program logistics and communications, and engage a community of mentors and investors to support the participating ventures. 
Finance Associate, Education-US.
The Finance Associate will serve as a financial consultant to the companies in our Education program. The Finance Associate will provide critical financial analysis and modeling support to each company to better position them for continued growth and fundraising.
Communications Associate, Village Capital-Global.
The Communications Associate will help tell the tremendous stories of our entrepreneurs — and the customers they serve — to a global audience, and will help introduce Village Capital to new entrepreneurs and partners. The Associate will work closely with our senior team to implement core elements of our strategic communications plan and produce outstanding written content.    
Partnerships Associate, Village Capital-Global.
The Partnerships Associate will play a key role in building new partnerships and strategic initiatives at Village Capital. The Associate will work to identify and recruit the next generation of Village Capital partners, support current partners worldwide through thought leadership and logistical assistance, and conduct research to deepen our sector knowledge.
Desired Qualifications
  • Open to working on the ground floor and doing a range of tasks (sales, logistics, communications, operations).
  • Willing to be geographically flexible for the duration of the two-year program.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
Deadline Sep 30, 2015. For more info see

Job, NYU, CLINICAL ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE/PROFESSOR OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS (to lead the private sector concentration)

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Full Time Non Tenure Track  
New York  
SPS: Center for Global Affairs - 44120  
Position Summary
The Center for Global Affairs at the NYU School of Professional Studies invites applications for a non-tenured full time clinical faculty position to lead the private sector concentration, one of eight in the MS in Global Affairs program. Courses subsumed under this concentration examine the global economy through a variety of lenses including corporate power and social responsibility, globalization and interdependence, economic growth, corporate finance, international trade and business, public-private partnerships, among others. We seek an individual with professional experience as well as excellent academic credentials who will be able to identify challenges facing the private sector, help shape a responsive curriculum, and teach existing as well as new courses.

The MSGA program is interdisciplinary with concentrations in Global Futures, Transnational Security, Energy and Environment, Development and Humanitarian Assistance, International Law and Human Rights, Gender Studies and Peacebuilding, in addition to the Private Sector.

The successful candidate will be expected to play a full role in curricular development, student advisement and the Center's robust series of public events besides the primary role of teaching graduate level courses.

The Center for Global Affairs (CGA) educates and inspires its community to become global citizens capable of identifying and implementing solutions to pressing global challenges. Through rigorous graduate and continuing higher education programs and provocative public events, the Center prepares global citizens who will be at home, and thus be effective agents of change, in diverse environments around the world. For more information, visit
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Successful candidates will possess an advanced degree, with an earned doctorate in an appropriate discipline, and experience teaching at the graduate level. Expertise in and familiarity with East Asia and emerging markets is preferred. The individual chosen for this position should possess the background and experience necessary to teach a variety of courses in the curriculum, and a record of publishing and research. The rank of the position will be dependent upon experience and qualifications.  
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All posts close at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on the date listed.
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Applications and nominations will be accepted until November 15, 2015.
Three references will be required.
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pope Francis commends US Bishops' courage over the child sexual abuse crisis

The pope in his address to US Bishops commend them for “courage” shown over the child sexual abuse crisis. “Nor have you been afraid to divest whatever is unessential in order to regain the authority and trust which is demanded of ministers of Christ,” he added.

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International Day os Older persons marked on October 1

Elderly care, aging- associated diseases, geriatrics, issues affecting the elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse are basic problems the old are confronted to on daily basis.  October 1 will bring the plight of the old to the spotlight, while yet appreciate the contributions older people make to society.

Living up to the Secretary-General's guiding principle of "Leaving No-One Behind" necessitates the understanding that demography matters for sustainable development and that population dynamics will shape the key developmental challenges that the world in confronting in the 21st century. If our ambition is to "Build the Future We Want", we must address the population over 60 which is expected to reach 1.4 billion by 2030.

After past themes: 
  • 2011: The Growing Opportunities & Challenges of Global Ageing
  • 2012: Longevity: Shaping the Future
  • 2013: The future we want: what older persons are saying
  • 2014: Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All
 awareness campaigns on the plight of the elderly will be organised under the theme of the 2015 commemoration: “Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment”. 
  Older people play a pivotal role in African society today but their needs are often overlooked by development programmes and services. This observance, similar to National Grandparents Day in the United States and Canada as well as Double Ninth Festival in China and Respect for the Aged Day in Japan lays focus on ageing organizations and the United Nations Programme on Ageing.

On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly (by resolution 45/106) designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons. This was preceded by initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing - which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing - and endorsed later that year by the UN General Assembly. In 1991, the General Assembly (by resolution 46/91) adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons.

In 2002, the Second World Assembly on Ageing adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages.

"Older persons make wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development. However, discrimination and social exclusion persist. We must overcome this bias in order to ensure a socially and economically active, secure and healthy ageing population."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

South Africans celebrate Heritage Day

...when South Africans celebrate the diverse cultural heritage that makes up a "rainbow nation".
 It is the day to celebrate the contribution of all South Africans to the building of South Africa.

Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September.
On this day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.

South Africans celebrate Heritage Day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day.

 History of Heritage Day before 1995

 In KwaZulu-Natal, 24 September Heritage Day was firstly was known as Shaka Day, in commemoration of the Zulu King, Shaka.[1] Shaka was the legendary Zulu King who played an important role in uniting disparate Zulu clans into a cohesive nation. Each year people gather at King Shaka's grave to honor him on this day.Public Holidays Bill presented to the Parliament of South Africa at the time did not have 24 September included on the list of proposed public holidays.
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), a South African political party with a large Zulu membership, objected to the bill. Parliament and the IFP reached a compromise and the day was given its present title and seen as a public holiday.
As a result of this exclusion, the Former Western Cape Provincial Premier Ebrahim Rasool addressed the public at a Heritage Day celebration at the Gugulethu Heritage trail in 2007 in Gugulethu. In Hout Bay, there is an army procession and a recreation of the battle fought there.
In 2005, a media campaign sought to "re-brand" the holiday as National Braai Day,[3] in recognition of the South African culinary tradition of holding informal backyard barbecues, or braais.
On 5 September 2007, Archbishop Desmond Tutu celebrated his appointment as patron of South Africa's Braai (Barbecue) Day[4], affirming it to be a unifying force in a divided country (by donning an apron and tucking into a boerewors sausage).
At the end of 2007 National Braai Day changed its name to Braai4Heritage and the initiative received the endorsement of South Africa's National Heritage Council (NHC).

Organiser Jan Scannell (known as "Jan Braai") announced that the aim is not to have a mass braai, but little ones with friends and family.  Some have commented that this is a ploy to make people forget the history and the original meaning of why the day was created.
This  five level storey building collapsed early Thursday Morning in the Nkomondo neighbourhood of Douala.
The worried and curious crowd woke up to the terrifying scenes that kept onlookers on the edge for latest information on surviving cases. Talking to some Nkomondo indwellers, they hold that the construction of houses with cheap and inappropriate material could take the blame.

The timely arrival of the police force, gendarmerie officials and elements of the National fire fighting brigade beefed up individual efforts by a few courageous Nkomondo inhabitants in an attempt to save house occupants under the crushed building. This unfortunate collapse takes us back to 2013 with a similar incident that claimed the life of a pregnant woman crushed by an incomplete building that shared borders with the former Douala 1 Delegation for women's empowerment and the family. Facts and figures on severe cases or deaths (if any) will be communicated as soon as the investigating team releases a report.

Tuesday September 29, 2015 will be....

Heart Day keeps the ticker in good working order and improves the health/well being of people across the globe.
Health checks, Co-ordination of walks and runs, public talks, shows and exhibitions are amongst others, interesting and informative events that will be organised across national territory and the globe to promote healthy hearts.

The aim is to improve health globally by encouraging World citizens to make lifestyle choices that will keep a healthy heart and promote education against obesity, poor diet and physical inactivity in children and young people.
The International campaign to spread awareness about heart diseases and stroke prevention is marked this year (like every other September 29) under the theme: 'Healthy heart choices for everyone, everywhere'.
Lessons learnt on this day are increasingly relevant as statistics prove that about 17.3 Million people die each year of heart disease or stroke across the globe. Medics say this is a perfect day to quit smoking, get exercising and start eating healthy.
Creating heart-healthy environments, reflections on the 4 main risk factors (tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol) will help reduce the 80 per cent deaths caused by cardio vascular diseases each year.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Jacques a Tourism entrepreneur targets peace in Cameroon and elsewhere for growth



Devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace among all nations and peoples within and without a nation, the Peace conference focused on the importance of different parts of society working together to strive for peace. Officially established by resolution 36/67 in 1981, coinciding with the United Nation General Assembly's opening session which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September, The first International Peace Day was officially celebrated in September 1982.
After marking 2014 WPD under the theme 'The Right of Peoples to Peace' with a wide range of activities from Peace walks to concerts as well as art showcases, community outreach and peace education programs, the 2015 WPD in Cameroon educated students, parents, pupils, refugees, the destitute and the prisoners on notions of peace. Recognizing and celebrating different kinds of peace under the theme 'PARTNERSHIPS FOR PEACE - DIGNITY FOR ALL', the speakers like the conference participants robbed minds on the essence of understanding, vigilance, love and tolerance in the home, community, country and continent.
Ranging from what is peace, whether the absence of war is peace, the reality of peace in conflict zones, whether the culture of peace can be cultivated in refugee camps, why there's conflict and war amidst peaceful people and why peaceful patriots must be mindful of peace threats to counter acts of terrorism, all parties left satisfied with the knowledge acquired from the conference in Muea.

The Target Peace online campaign in partnership with Peace Revolution called on the crowd to be engaged  and become active peace agents of the society. Sending peace selfies to loved ones on social media, Pupils like students, parents, pastors, educationists, lecturers, traditional chiefs and Leaders retained at the end of the come together that "Partnership for peace,dignity for all" calls for evident preaching and practice of peace.
In this light, bringing women like men to the core of happenings in every community and acknowledging their contributions to the society's growth, is an important step to achieving lasting peace for sustainable development.

Wilpf Cameroon, in partnership with Feplem Moral marked WPD at the GADO refugee camp of the East region via a show of solidarity.
Sharing healthy peace messages, the refugees were educated on the virtues of peace in an intellectual and enriching exchange platform. This left them promising to preach & practice peace, solidarity, support, love, trust, the spirit of sharing, the building of self confidence, all which encourages the practice of non violence.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hommage à Me Belmond Riyab à Nkil, ce jeune avocat mort sur la route de la liberté de Celestin Yandal

Hommage à Me Belmond Riyab à Nkil, ce jeune avocat mort sur la route de la liberté de Celestin Yandal
Detenu depuis près de deux ans, Celestin Yandal, un jeune militant des droits de l'homme - il est le président du Collectif des jeunes de Touboro qui milite pour le respect de leurs droits fondamentaux dans cette localité du département du Mayo Rey, région du Nord du Cameroun, soumis à l'une des féodalités les plus brutales du monde - a finalement bénéficié le 17 septembre dernier de la liberté provisoire. Cette bonne nouvelle n'est célébré dans les milieux que de manière très réservée. Et pour cause. La veille, Me Belmond Riyab à Nkil, l'un des deux avocats dont l'abnégation à l'assister dans son calvaire politico-judiciaire, a été arraché à la vie. Victime d'un accident de la route alors qu'il se rendait précisément à cette audience de délibéré de la demande qu'il avait introduite depuis quelque temps, pour le compte du jeune défenseur des droits des jeunes de Touboro. 

Mort pour la dignité et la liberté humaines

 La nouvelle a naturellement installé un émoi dans les milieux de promotion du respect de l'Etat de droit et du respect des droits de l'homme au Cameroun.
Selon la direction du Réseau des défenseurs des droits humains Redhac Redhac), qui a une intense campagne pour la libération du jeune défenseur, arrêté précisément quelques jours après un séjour à Douala où il avait eu une rencontre d'information de la direction de réseau associatif sur la situation des droits des jeunes dans sa région tenue de main de fer par le Lamido du Rey-Bouba, Me Belmond Riyab était un "avocat dévoué, disponible et surtout méticuleux".
Pour cette organisation, les défenseurs des droits humains du Camerounais perdent un allié dont l'engagement professionnel permettait toujours d'avoir accès à des données souhaitées pour soutenir les plaidoyers necessaires auprès des autorités politiques et judiciaires en charge du dossier de Celestin Yandal ainsi que ses 13 jeunes camarades détenus à Tcholliré.
L'moi est d'autant plus grand que Me Riyab est le seul passager décédé dans l'autobus accidenté qui transportait pourtant plusieurs dizaines de personnes. Juste un coup du sort? Nul ne sait.

Alex Gustave AZEBAZE - AGA