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Call for Applications: Youth Development Leaders Cultivation China-Europe-Africa 1+1+1

Posted: Mar 22, 2023

Supported by Sino-German Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), the College of International Development and Global Agriculture (CIDGA), China Agricultural University has opened the call for application to join the second China-Europe-Africa 1+1+1 Youth Development Leaders Cultivation project from April to October 2023.

Dedicated to empowering tomorrow’s leaders in the field of international development, the “Youth Development leaders Cultivation: China-Europe-Africa 1+1+1 project” provides mentors, resources, programs, and events to encourage youth leaders to fully engage and contribute to sustainable development.

The project features a “1+1+1” Transnational Youth Study Group where a Chinese youth, an African youth, and a youth from Europe or beyond will form study groups to exchange experiences and learn about international development and global public goods (GPGs), especially in areas such as poverty reduction, agricultural and food security, women empowerment, as well as climate smart solutions to apply.

Why join?

By joining the programme, you will:

  • Be a part of a vibrant network of young and innovative youth leaders who are passionate about building a better world. In addition to improving your academic capacity, participants will have extensive opportunities to develop their leadership potential through participation in the program with other young leaders from China, Europe, and Africa;
  • Increase your skills in problem-solving, decision-making, communication and leadership, strengthen your presentation abilities, improve your analytical and writing skills, and your soft skills;
  • Build a richer, more nuanced understanding of knowledge on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), international development cooperation and GPGs and deepen your understanding of case study methods;
  • Work with recognized scholars in the field of development studies and receive detailed feedback from them (all fellows will be mentored by development scholars/practitioners from China/Europe/Africa. Mentors will meet regularly with fellows to discuss research plans, policy interests, and progress towards fellows’ goals).
  • Join a virtual tour in Morogoro Province, Tanzania and discover the “Small Beans, Big Nutrition” project, gaining valuable insights into agricultural cooperation between China and Africa.
  • Apart from receiving a completion certificate, excellent participants will also have the opportunity to publish their work on CIDGA, CSD’s websites, Chinese and international media outlets, or academic journals.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. To integrate their research and interests with previous studies, applicants must show a keen interest in sustainable development/GPGs, strong academic background, leadership skills, and cultural sensitivity. In addition, the applicant must have excellent writing skills in English (a basic understanding of Chinese is a plus) and the ability to overcome obstacles working in a cross-national group.
  2. Applications are open to postgraduate students, PhD candidates, and young professionals. Participants should obtain approval from their supervisors or local contact before applying.
  3. Applicants must be able to fully commit within the program period: June to October 2023.
  4. Evaluation and selection of applicants will follow the principles of gender equality.

How to apply

Application deadline: 23:59 GMT, April 20, 2023 (GMT)

To apply, please submit your resume and your application form to Ms. Gao:

Candidates may be invited for an interview to be held by video or phone. Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by early May 2023. For questions, please contact:

About CIDGA:

The College of International Development and Global Agriculture (CIDGA) was established in 2017 as a new platform for the formation of a global community with a shared future. This is based on China Agricultural University’s (CAU) 30-year exploration of international development research cooperation and talent training with its patterns shifting from simply “introducing in” to combination of “introducing in” and “going out.”  CIDGA aims for policy and theoretical innovations in international development and nurtures new development knowledge, a central goal supported by two lines of research, both area studies and global governance studies. Focusing on core areas – agriculture, poverty reduction and green development, the College is mainly engaged in four-pillar activities: high-end think tank research, academic and policy dialogue, talent cultivation, and overseas development demonstration.

Words from former participants:

Agbo Patience Ndidiamaka (Nationality: Nigeria)

“I was inspired by learning and sharing ideas of international development cooperation and progressive poverty alleviation strategies that could be applied worldwide to ensure economic stability.”

Carlo John B. Arceo (Nationality: Philippine)

“The 1+1+1 Program of the College of International Development and Global Agriculture is an innovative platform for knowledge sharing. Not only we were informed by the vast knowledge that this exchange can offer, but it also provided us an avenue to be creative on how to showcase the insights and learnings during the duration of the program.”

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