wief2014The World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) invites applications for its 2014 WIEF Young Fellows programme from 18-24 June in Manila.

Who can apply?

  • Fresh graduates, young entrepreneurs, civil society leaders, community workers, researchers, junior professionals, artists, creative change makers who are between the ages of 20 and 30, and have a seed of an idea that they want to develop into a full-grown project.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate how this Programme will directly benefit them, their community and their country.
  • Proficiency in English is required. If you are accepted you will be required to participate fully in the discussions and role-plays in English.

How to apply?

  • Applying is a 2-step process. First, you need to send these details to Said Hamadi at said@wief.org.
  1. completed application form
  2. your CV
  3. letter of recommendation
  4. passport-sized photo
  • Second, if you are selected as a candidate, you are liable to pay a registration fee of USD100 to secure your placement.

Key points to note

  • WIEF Young Fellows 2014 is a subsidized programme for accepted candidates. Participants need to pay only the registration fee and their own return flights. Accommodation and transportation during the programme period, programme materials and basic everyday meals are covered by the organizer.
  • Closing Date of Application: 9 May 2014
  • Confirmation deadline. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of selection latest on 16 May (earlier applicants will be notified earlier.)
  • Proof of participation. If you are selected, you will be given a 2-week deadline to send us proof of your participation, by submitting your confirmed flight itinerary and paying your registration fee. Participants seeking financial support from their own organization and/or other foundations, crowdfunding, or sponsors, need to do so by the given deadline. If you pass this deadline, the organiser will transfer this opportunity to another candidate.
  • Commitment. As an annual programme, we only have spaces for 30 young leaders every year. It is a privilege if you are selected for this programme as you are chosen amongst hundreds of applicants. We expect you to take this opportunity to commit fully to the programme.
  • Cancellations. Please think before you register. Make sure you really can make the time to participate because last minute cancellations result in an opportunity lost to another young leader.

Click here for the WIEF Youth Fellows 2014 programme [in pdf format].

Click for the WIEF Youth Fellows 2014 application form [in word doc].

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If you’re in Singapore on the 8 February 2014, do come for the Launch of Faith & Nature: An Eco-Guide to Greening Faith Communities. This eco-guide is a must have to equip faith and community organisations with the necessary tools on how to operationalise environmental ethics and principles. The event will also have an inter-faith panel discussion on how various faith communities can do their part in increasing environmental awareness and action. Best part, the book is freely available to all  🙂

Interested participants are kindly requested to register as shown in the poster above.

For more information and to download your free copy of the Eco-Guide, please click here.

Nuclear energy protests in the immediate wake of the Fukushima Nuclear crisis in Japan (Credit: SandoCap / flickr.)
Nuclear energy protests in the immediate wake of the Fukushima Nuclear crisis in Japan (Credit: SandoCap / flickr.)

Civil nuclear energy policy in Southeast Asia has seen sharp swings recently. Prior to the Fukushima tsunami and nuclear crisis in March 2011, several ASEAN member states had been actively pursuing nuclear energy. Fukushima compelled some to re-evaluate their plans. Thailand delayed the construction of its first nuclear power plant. In the Philippines, it became more difficult to gain public support to reactivate the Bataan nuclear reactor. Meanwhile, Japan pledged to phase out nuclear energy. Two years on, however, the momentum has reversed. Japan is now taking a more pro-nuclear stance, and some countries in Southeast Asia have revived their nuclear plans.

What is behind the rapid policy about-turn? This NTS Insight argues that while the discourse post-Fukushima has emphasised safety and energy governance, economic and strategic interests remain primary drivers of civil nuclear energy use in Southeast Asia.

To read the full article, please click here.

Good news and opportunities should always be shared. Like this one.

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Call for Applications for the Islamic Development Bank Group’s Young Professionals Program (YPP)

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group which based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is pleased to announce the recruitment for it’s  Young Professionals Program. The Young Professionals Program (YPP) is the strategic talent pipeline for professional careers in the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group. The Program is designed for outstanding young graduates who can significantly help the IDB Group to carry out its mission and attain its objectives. Details of the YP Program are attached.

IDB representatives will be in Singapore on 4 March 2013 to conduct a career presentation to registered participants and interview pre-selected candidates. If you are interested, kindly do the following:

a) Those who meet the YP Program requirements are advised to apply online through: www.isdbcareers.com
You shall be contacted if you are selected for preliminary interview scheduled on 4 March 2013

b) The career presentation is open to all but space is limited. Please register your participation to: ypp@isdb.org. Walk-ins are subject to place availability.
Details of presentation are as follows:

Date 4 March 2013
Time 10.45 am
Venue 5th Floor,Muis Academy, Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis)
Singapore Islamic Hub, 273 Braddell Road, Singapore 579702

In addition, the Bank will also participate in the Career & Education Fair 2013 at Marina Bay Sands on 2 – 3 March 2013. You are welcome to visit the Booth 100C for a career discussion.

RSIS Centre for NTS Studies' Year in Review 2012
RSIS Centre for NTS Studies’ Year in Review 2012

Think saving the planet is that easy? Think again.

If trying to understand the complex interactions between sciences, economics, culture, politics, security and global/regional frameworks is just not working for you and you’re close to giving up, then check this out.

For the fourth year running, the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies has released its Year in Review (2012). The Year in Review provides a snapshot of dominant NTS events/issues in 2012, particularly affecting the Asia-Pacific region.

This year’s publication focuses on the role of institutions in NTS and its feature article is on developments in Myanmar. Articles following that are based on the 5 themes: Climate, Energy, Food, Health and Water. The publication also includes a summary of activities and publications produced by the centre in 2012.

To view the report [in pdf], click here.

Bayer –  in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – is organising its annual Bayer Young Environmental Envoy Program. Calls for 2012 application have already started.

What initially started out as a  local project in Thailand in 1998, the program has been extended to 17 other countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Call for applications from Malaysia and Singapore are now open. For the remaining countries, do stay tuned and visit the Bayer website or their Facebook page for more updates.

Hear what one of the BYEEs from the Philippines have had to say about the programme.