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Google Africa Certifications Scholarships 2019 (Fully Funded to learn Mobile Web, Android and Google Cloud)

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Google is partnering with Pluralsight to give you free access to Pluralsight course content plus support from the Andela Learning Community across three skills development tracks: Mobile Web, Android and Google Cloud.After completing your desired skills development track, you will be eligible to receive a Google certification grant to take Google’s Associate Android Developer, Mobile Web Specialist and Associate Cloud Engineer certification exams.

Building upon our pledge to provide mobile developer training to 100,000 Africans to develop world class apps, today we are pleased to announce the next round of Google Africa Certification Scholarships aimed at helping developers become certified on Google’s Android, Web, and Cloud technologies.

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This year, we are offering 30,000 additional scholarship opportunities and 1,000 grants for the Google Associate Android DeveloperMobile Web Specialist, and Associate Cloud Engineer certifications. The scholarship program will be delivered by our partners, Pluralsight and Andela, through an intensive learning curriculum designed to prepare motivated learners for entry-level and intermediate roles as software developers. Interested students in Africa can learn more about the Google Africa Certifications Scholarships and apply here

According to World Bank, Africa is on track to have the largest working-age population (1.1 billion) by 2034. Today’s announcement marks a transition from inspiring new developers to preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow. Google’s developer certifications are performance-based. They are developed around a job-task analysis which test learners for skills that employers expect developers to have.

  • Access to expert-led videos, available on-demand with our mobile app and offline capabilities
  • Guided skill development with curated paths and channels according to your chosen track
  • Skill assessments that help you identify knowledge gaps and strengths, and allow you to share your proficiency on Facebook, Twitter and Stack Overflow
  • Support from the Pluralsight Help Center and the Andela Learning Community to help you complete your track and prepare for your chosen Google certification exam

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Google Africa Certifications Scholarships 2019

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Best iPhone 2019

Apple sells many iPhones, and the choice is overwhelming. Here we rank each one from first to last to see which iPhone is best for most people

It may not be the only choice, but for thousands of people when buying a smartphone, the iPhone is the obvious choice.

Android smartphones may resemble iPhone hardware and software at times but Apple has a hold on the smartphone market in the west and it doesn’t look like letting up any time soon.

With the unveiling of the iPhone XS and iPhone XR there are now seven different iPhones that Apple sells. That’s unusual, and means we have racked our brains to rank the iPhones from best to worst.

This of course is the subject of much passionate debate here at Macworld.

The debate over which iPhone is truly best could rage for days, and for many diehard fans it’s the most recent iPhone with the best specs. But many people simply don’t need – or can’t afford – the most expensive iPhone.

We’ve ranked the lineup to represent the best iPhones for most people. We took into consideration age, size, price on contract or handset only, performance and more to decide which should sit atop the charts.

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iPhone comparison 2019

iPhone XR

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RRP: 64GB $749 | 128GB $799 | 256GB $899 R

OK, it’s not cheap per se, but the iPhone XR is the best iPhone for most people right now. At £749 /$749 it’s more affordable than the XS and XS Max and you really don’t lose that much by going for it.

It has an LCD instead of an OLED, which is 6.1in – larger than the XS and smaller than the XS Max. It’s also got only one rear camera. Otherwise it has practically the same specs, including the powerful A12 Bionic processor.

It also has the best battery life on an iPhone ever and comes in six colours. Sold?

2. iPhone XS

iphone XS

The iPhone XS is the most fully featured and powerful iPhone ever. It’s got outstanding performance, a great OLED display and a new gold colour to draw you in.

The dual cameras are very good, offering portrait mode and 2x zoom while Face ID is here to stay – there’s no home button here. But when so much of the front of the phone is screen we don’t mind.

It’s very expensive but so are most iPhones. It has replaced the original iPhone X that launched in 2017 but sells for the same £999 / $999.

3. iPhone XS Max

iphone XSmax

Starting at £1,099 / $1,099 the iPhone XS Max is the most expensive and largest iPhone ever. Its 6.3in tall display is one of the only main differences between it and the regular XS – that and the larger battery.

Otherwise this is the same phone as the XS. You might want the Max if you want a large screen for photo and video viewing or if you simply want the biggest iPhone money can buy.

4. iPhone 8 Plus

We feel better about the iPhone 8 Plus now than we did when it launched. At £699 or $699, it is now more affordable and if you want a home button and a big screen it’s your best bet.

You get a premium build, wireless charging and an improved display over the iPhone 7 series that adds True Tone for better colour management.

The dual cameras are technically better than those on the iPhone 7 Plus, but the Portrait Lighting mode is not much to write home about and unless you’re a pro photographer then you might find it an unnecessary inclusion.

5. iPhone 8

The iPhone 8 is a good deal now at £599 / $599. It has wireless charging, a True Tone display and improved battery life to the same design as the iPhone 7 – except the 8 has a glass back.

The A11 Bionic chip is also still very powerful. So if you need to do some truly heavy lifting in gaming, video or music production, the iPhone 8 is still capable for hundreds less than the iPhone XS.

If you want to spend less you can check out the iPhone 7, which is very similar in function but less powerful than the 8

6. iPhone 7

Now over two years old but still available from Apple, the iPhone 7 is a good pick if you want the latest iOS software for the least money.

The 4.7in Retina display, decent speakers, battery life and access to the peerless iOS App Store are backed up by its relative affordability, starting at £449 or $449.

It lacks a headphone jack, but it is waterproof. At 4.7in it is also the joint smallest iPhone you can buy from Apple now alongside the iPhone 8.

7. iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus is still a decent phone, but with the larger screens and smaller footprint of the iPhone XS it’s a less attractive form factor now, and not as powerful as the 8 Plus.

Now that it has gone down in price, starting at £569 /$569, it’s the cheapest way to get a larger screen iPhone at the moment.

The metal finish is beautiful, but unfortunately you can’t get the jet black or red versions any more.

The dual cameras allow the 7 Plus to have Portrait Mode, a setting that attractively blurs the background on shots of a focused subject. It’s the cheapest iPhone to have this feature.

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CALL to non-tenured African philosophers African Philosophy Essay Competitions

Essay competition

As part of our outreach to early-career scholars, non-tenured faculty, philosophers without doctorates, graduate students, and to philosophers in the non-academic professions and wider public arena,

the Third Biennial African Philosophy World Conference is the event which will launch the first round of FOUR annual essay competitions:

I. John S. Mbiti Essay on African Philosophy and Religion

II. Kwasi Wiredu Essay on African Metaphysics and Epistemology

III. Samir Amin Memorial Essay on African Leadership

IV. Sirkku Hellsten Memorial Essay on African Governance, Corporate Responsibility & Global Justice The winners of the maiden round of these annual prizes will be awarded travel costs and accommodation to present their essays at the conference and winning essays will be published in the 2020 volume of UTAFITI Journal of African Perspectives and annually hereafter.

Instructions for contestants:

Send your essay prepared for blind review in one file AND your abstract in another file and on a separate page (150-200 words) with your full name, email, phone number, affiliated institution and role, or other status. Provide the NUMBER (I, II, III, IV) to show WHICH PRIZE you are competing for in your FILES’ names.

Eligibility requirements:

Contestants must be: – non-tenured, or not on permanent contract, or not having a full appointment at a university, college, research institute, or school located in Africa but otherwise affiliated with a university, college, research institute or school located in Africa; OR – residing in Africa at a different occupation outside academia, or as unemployed, or as self-employed.

Procedures for the competition:

Essays will be vetted through blind review. – Essays must be at maximum 3,500 words inclusive of references. o (Winners will be able to expand for publication after presentation.) – All essays’ contents must be conceptual or theoretical in any philosophical tradition. – Two WORD files must be sent by the contestant:

1. COVER page file: Title of file should include “COVER PAGE” & the Roman numeral and name indicating which contest you are entering (I-IV above), and your own title of your essay, Author’s full name indicating surname in BLOCK capitals, author’s affiliation and current role in that institution or author’s location and employment status

2. ESSAY main body file: prepared for blind review. The title of the file attachment must contain

(i) identification of which AWARD (I-IV above) is intended, and (ii) title of essay (this is very important to avoid confusion in the vetting process)

Essay must be submitted as a WORD file with a subject title identified by one of the titles of the essay prizes listed above – Each contestant can submit only ONE essay.

More than one submission from the same contestant will disqualify all submissions from the contest, and such abstracts will be returned. – Essays must be submitted by April 1, 2019. – Essays that do not win prizes will still be vetted via their abstracts among those sent in response to the general call for abstracts for this conference. Schedule of advice for abstract submissions will apply. – Both files 1 & 2 must be sent simultaneously to


THE 7TH EAST AFRICAN HEALTH AND SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE Sub-themes Sub-themes will be presented and discussed during the first two days of the conference. Each sub-theme will start with a state-of-the-art presentation, after which evidence-based scientific material will be presented. The sub-themes will be presented by experts in the areas. They build on the main theme and provide detailed evidence-based information on specific key areas. These presentations will be discussed by the audience and experts. The presentations will result into outlines of recommendations.

1. Technologies supporting data for health system decision-making Pre-amble: the presentations and papers will focus on how technologies are strengthening public health governance, leadership, policy-making, performance of health programmes, etc. They will provide insight on the status of various electronic platforms (DHIS2, HIMS, LIMS, etc.) that have been employed by ministries, and allied organisations and institutions responsible for health.

2. Technologies for Disease Surveillance, Disease Outbreak Detection and Response, and Cross border mobility and disease tracking Pre-amble: papers and presentations will focus on innovative technologies that strengthen health information system, community health, and capacity to control diseases (e.g. outbreaks, epidemics, pandemics, and disease surveillance in general). Presentations will describe architectures of a technology-driven disease surveillance system; field practice and experience on utilisation of (digital) technologies to strengthen health systems

3. Innovative technologies and solutions for application in, and improvement of healthcare service delivery and health outcomes Pre-amble: the papers and presentations will focus on the use of technologies for healthcare services. The papers and presentations will demonstrate how technologies have improved care and outcomes. They will provide evidence on the role of technologies to provide accurate, comprehensive, and efficient health data, including point-of-care diagnostics, treatment, and adherence to treatment. The papers and presentations will demonstrate how primary health care can benefit from use of Digital Health, and the role of telemedicine.

4. Costing and Financing Health: the role of Digital Health, International Remittances, Universal Health Care, and EAC status on the UN SDGs Pre-amble: papers and presentation will showcase the value of technologies in resource management; the economies of scale associated with the use of technologies in health. The role of mobile financial services in improving health services, innovative technologies for health insurance, etc.

5. Health knowledge management through digital technologies and solutions in East Africa: health research, training, and care Pre-amble: papers and presentations will focus, on and showcase how technologies and solutions are leveraging knowledge management and the effective use of knowledge. The value-added of real-time data flow, training health workforce including community health workers into technologysavvy health workforce. Scaling up technology-driven research and big data aggregation and analytics

Symposia: Symposia will take place during the last day of the Conference. Symposia will be linked to the main theme of the conference. These will be sessions of coordinated presentations and discussion by experts on a specific topic in order to outline recommendations that will be further analyzed and synthesized into actionable plans by the EAHRC secretariat in collaboration with other stakeholders. Each symposium will commence with a state-of-the-art presentation by an expert in the field, followed by discussions and subsequently outlining concrete recommendations. 1. Role of Government in providing a robust enabling ecosystem for scaling uptake and utilization of technologies in health: leadership, policies, regulation, and enabling environment for digital technology and solutions in health 2. Status and gaps in Digital Health in the region: readiness of the health sector to transition to digital health, and the health workforce to embrace technology. Capacity for data analytics, and responsible data practice 3. Regional role: harmonization, standardization, interoperability, responsible data practice, privacy, security, investment in technology for health, scaling uptake and utilization of technologies, and regional digital health implementation initiatives 4. Public Private Partnership (PPP): role of private sector and development partners; investment opportunities and a prototype win-win investment case; cooperation between health and ICT sectors; enabling ecosystem for investment. Utilization of locally available minerals, raw materials and other resources for digital health industrialization. International health exhibition Alongside the conference, there will be an international health exhibition. Research institutions, health care facilities, medical /health academic institutions, medical and pharmaceutical industries, NGOs, CSOs, Ministries, EAC Secretariat, International organizations, UN agencies (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCO, etc.) will showcase their activities and products. International health trade fair Given the free movement of goods, the trade fair will allow trade related to health from East Africa to exhibit during the scientific conference. The Trade fair will invite all health-related business in the region.

DATE: 27th – 29th March 2019


a) YEARS’ FORUM: Young East African Health Research Scientists’ Forum: 24th – 26th March 2019 b) 18th Ordinary Meeting of the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health (21st – 26th March 2019) as indicated below: c) Session of Senior Official (EAC Sectoral Committee on Health): 21st -23rd March 2019 d) Session of the Coordinating Committee (Principal/Permanent Secretaries): 25th March 2019 e) Ministerial Session (the EAC Sectoral Council on Health): 26th March 2019 f) JointandSeparateMeetingsofthevariousEACPartnerStates’NationalHealthProfessional Statutory Regulatory Boards, Councils, Associations, Societies and Federations: 25th – 26th March 2019 g) EAGLES’ HEALTH FORUM: East African Government Leaders, Legislators and Legal Executives’ Health Forum”: 26th March 2019

Call for abstracts From 1st of June 2018, the 7th EAHSC will start accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentation, and application to organize any of the symposium above. The portal will be open from June 2018, for conference information, and registration and submission of conference abstracts. Registration fee (US$) Citizen of the EAC Partner States 50 Students 10 Students with selected abstracts Free Non EAC Citizens 200 Exhibition/Trade fair 250 (for two persons)

Internship Opportunities


UONGOZI Institute seeks to inspire leaders and promote the recognition of the important role of leadership in sustainable development within Africa.

Located in the President’s Office, United Republic of Tanzania, UONGOZI Institute provides training to leaders from Tanzania and beyond, organises high-level policy forums and dialogues, and carries out research on leadership and sustainable development.


Finance and Administration Department plays a vital role in making sure that the Institute’s planned activities are run and implemented smoothly by making sure funds availability, timely preparation of financial transactions, timely preparation of budget implementation report and providing other necessary support.

The Finance Intern will assist the Finance Team in the day-to-day operations of the Department. He/She will work closely with- and report directly to- the Finance Officer.

Main Task

The Intern will be mainly responsible for assisting to maintain efficient and accurate accounting functions of the Department.

Scope of the Assignment

  • Assist in preparation of payment vouchers and writing of cheques.
  • Assist in updating the cashbook.
  • Assist in preparation of bank and petty cash reconciliation.
  • Assist in filing of finance documents such as; receipts, vouchers etc. and ensuring accurate record keeping.
  • Assist in revision and verification of Staff imprest retirements.
  • Any other relevant duties as directed by the supervisor.


  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in MS Excel.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, both in English and Swahili.
  • Volunteering experience is preferred, although not required.


Initially, the Intern will be provided with a three-month contract. Some assignments will require travel.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit their applications via with the following subject line “Finance Intern”. The application should include a Curriculum Vitae (CV) with contact details of three referees and a motivation letter, submitted by February 15th, 2019.

Note: UONGOZI Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We regret that we will not be able to contact unsuccessful applicants.