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By Baraka Rateng’

[NAIROBI] A mobile phone-based innovation that can predict rain is helping farmers in six Sub-Sharan Africa countries sow, fertilise and harvest crops at the optimum time.

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Article adopted from AuthorAID

By Carolyne Linet Awino Onyango, Research Fellow and PhD Candidate, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, KENYA

If you had sought my opinion in March 2016 as to whether you should enrol for any online training, I would have strongly advised you against it. I would have given you multiple reasons, like how you will miss out on the crucial face-to-face interaction that enriches learning, among others. Over the years, I have given such a response to tens of my high school and university students. Ask me the same question today and I will be the first to cheer you on to take up any online course offered by any credible institution at the earliest opportunity.

It all began with a re-tweet from @ResearchAfrica on March 30, 2016 bearing an announcement by AuthorAID (@authoraid) for an ”Online research writing course for developing country researchers” that was to start on 1st April 2016. Being a sceptic of online training, I had let many such opportunities pass me by. However, this one caught my attention; I liked the tweet and went on to download the course details. I thereafter alerted my peers as I sought familiar company for this soon-to-be new learning experience. The majority procrastinated; when I next checked on them, the deadline for enrolment had elapsed. 

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AuthorAID, a global network supporting researchers in developing countries to publish their work, is seeking volunteer mentors with an expertise in Healthcare and Medicine. The mentors will provide support to early career researchers in developing countries.

Potential mentors should be experienced researchers with a strong track record of publications. In addition, they should be enthusiastic and committed to the mentoring program. Mentors should be able to motivate early career researchers and help them focus on furthering their careers.

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The Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR),  a non-governmental organization registered in Kenya, is through its Devolved Research for Health in Prior Areas (DReHPA) program seeking to sponsor twenty (20) post-doctoral fellowships.

Successful applicants will receive a one-year post-doctoral research fellowship that will allow them to conduct research in either North Eastern, Upper Eastern, Lower Eastern, Nyanza, Western, North Rift, South Rift, Nairobi, Central or Coastal regions. 

This one year fellowship scheduled to begin on 1 September 2016 and end August 20, 20167 will provide funding up to 2,000,000 (Two million Kenyan shillings) and a stipend.

Submitted proposals must demonstrate policy and practice relevance.


-Be Kenyan Citizens

-Be a recent (past five years) PhD degree graduate from a recognized university

-Be currently based/allied to an institution in Kenya and in the region in which they seek to apply for the DReHPA grant

-Provide a letter of support from the County Executive for Health in the county in which the research will be conducted

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The Department of International Development in collaboration with British Council, UK Higher Education International Unit and PwC invites applications for two demonstration partnerships that focus on the delivery of higher education using technology enhanced learning while demonstrating relevance to labour market needs and employability of graduates.

Funding will be provided for:

  • a single project targeting higher education for mobile populations in protracted crisis, expressly targeting higher education for beneficiaries affected by the Syrian crisis, located in one or more neighbouring countries, including Turkey
  • a single project involving innovation in technology enhanced learning in higher education in one or more of the countries where DFID works directly in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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