THE NEXT MANDELA PROJECT - NMP
BACKGROUND AND PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Next Mandela Project - NMP
Despite making up more than half of the population in many countries, young people (ages 18-35) often find themselves marginalized from mainstream politics and decision making. While they are often involved in informal, politically relevant processes, such as activism or civic engagement, they are not formally represented in national political institutions such as parliaments. They struggle to gain the respect of public officials and are seen as lacking the skills and experience to engage in political activity and lead positive change in their communities. This exclusion, combined with limited educational and economic opportunities, growing unemployment rates, stagnant growth, and wide scale corruption have contributed to increasing rates of emigration and frustration with the status quo. Young voices on the African continent are demanding progressive social and political inclusion, greater levels of participation, and a change in the configuration of politics. There is an emerging generation of young thought leaders and political change agents on the continent who not only need a favorable environment and appropriate laws but also the skills and resources to effectively engage in politics, evolve a new paradigm and consolidate democracy in Africa.

The Next Mandela Project is an initiative of the Network for Solidarity, Empowerment and Transformation for All (NewSETA), funded by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa - OSIWA. It is an annual series targeting young aspiring politicians and youth leaders interested in holding political office and advancing good governance, justice, transparency in government, and democracy in Cameroon (and Africa) through training, and mentoring. The Next Mandela Project is meant for political aspirants aged between 23 and 35 hoping to build their capacity to run for office in the 2020 Legislative and Municipal elections and those to hold beyond those dates. The 2020 series will host 50 youth leaders from the ten (10) regions of Cameroon for two (02) semesters, each lasting for three (03) days during which participants shall exchange and build knowledge, skills, and values needed in contesting in elections and advancing democracy work. The two semesters shall be interspersed by a Political Routing Project (PRP) on the field aimed at mapping conditions and prerequisites for successful campaigns and developing a responsive manifesto for their constituencies. Young people actively involved in any political party are welcome to participate in the project. Over the course of three months, fellows will engage in a series of theoretical and interactive exercises designed to develop their knowledge and political leadership skills. After training and mentoring exercise, aspirants are expected to have acquired critical skillsets in participation in politics including the following:

- Creating a political agenda (manifesto)
- Understanding of electoral process
- Understanding of party processes
- Confidence building as a leader
- Fundraising and budgeting strategies
- Public speaking and media presence
- Campaign Planning and Management
- Harnessing the Power of Social Media
- Canvassing
- Personal wellbeing and Resilience


Eligibility
Applicants (male or female) interested in The Next Mandela Project should:
- Be no older than 35 years of age,
- Preferably is a youth leader affiliated with a Political Party.
- Intends to run in upcoming elections
- Applicant must demonstrate a high level of interest in politics, leadership and community service

To be eligible to attend the next semester and receive the Certificate, each attendee must (after the first semester) conduct a Political Routing Project (PRP) activity with a clear manifesto for their community. Certificates are given to individuals only.

Please Note: The 2020 Next Mandela Project is open to applicants from Cameroon only.
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APPLICATION SECTIONS
1. APPLICANT PERSONAL INFORMATION AND CONTACT DETAILS (Where necessary highlight your choice in bold characters)
a. Name as on National ID: *
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b. Nationality: *
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c. Region / Division of origin (e.g. North/Bénoué): *
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d. Where currently based if different from Region of origin:(Please indicate if resident in the rural or urban): Rural / Urban *
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e. Telephone: *
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f. Your current email: *
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g. Date of birth: dd/mm/year *
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h. Gender
i. Language proficiency *
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j. Skype ID *
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k. Facebook name/url *
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l. Twitter handle
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m. How did you learn about The Next Mandela Project?
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n. Are you currently a member of a political party: *
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o. Who to contact in case of emergency [Name and current number]: *
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p. Are you being nominated by any political party for this program? If Yes, provide details. *
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2. APPLICANT INTEREST, MOTIVATION AND INVOLVEMENT IN YOUTH DEVELOPMENT/NATION BUILDING
a) Tell us a little about yourself and your passion (max 50 words): *
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b) What are your areas of interest in democracy and how have you been involved? (max 100 words): *
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3. NMP DEMAND ON YOUR TIME
a. Please tell us why you want to be The Next Mandela (max 100 words): *
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b. Each Semester requires 3 full days of workshop aside from the 2 days of travel. Each participant is required to attend all 2 semesters to receive the Certificate of participation. Do you see yourself able to meet this requirement? (max 20 words): *
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c. Following the first training semester, you will be required to conduct a Political Routing Project in your constituency which entails reaching to your constituency and mapping out the 10 most important issues affecting the lives of the population, and proposing a new vision for your constituency that takes stock of the findings. Share your strategies and how you would be able to organize and raise funds to achieve this. (max 200 words): *
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d. Every participant must be part of the online community as well as engage in different online activities during the 3 months long program. Are you versed with the internet? How often do you use internet in a week and do you think you can harness the power of social media for political campaigns? (Please be very specific) *
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4. SPECIAL NEEDS: Do you have any special needs or requirements (e.g. dietary, disability, etc.)
If yes, please specify
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5. ESSAY
According to you what explains the fact that young people do not occupy posts of leadership in Cameroon? (Between 230 and 250 words; Applications with less than the required number of words will be automatically disqualified) *
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6. REFREES INFORMATION
REFREE A
a) Referee’s Name /Institution/Position
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b) Address / State or Region / Country Zip/Postal Code
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c) Tel. No. / E-mail address
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REFREE B
a) Referee’s Name /Institution/Position
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b) Address / State or Region / Country Zip/Postal Code
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c) Tel. No. / E-mail address
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To the APPLICANT
***Please ensure you have read the Program Information Booklet and Application Guidelines***

***NOTE THAT***
Applicants must be Cameroonians between 23 and 35 years old
Attach a (1) separate curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé and
One (1) letter of Recommendation (Word, PDF, JPEG formats)

ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED
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