Wednesday, 7 December 2016

World Bank Group Summer Internship Program 2017

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Opportunities for Africa, December 1, 2016

Applications are now open for The World Bank Group Summer Internship Program for young professionals. This internship program provides young individuals, who are highly motivated and successful, an opportunity to improve their skills while they work in a multi-lateral environment at the World Bank. This is undoubtedly an opportunity to experience something exciting and beneficial. 

Application Requirements:

In order to be eligible for the internship program, candidates must possess an undergraduate degree and already be enrolled in a full-time graduate study program, pursuing a Master's degree or PhD with plans to return to school in a full-time capacity. As a general rule, successful candidates have completed their first year of graduate studies or are already into their PhD programs.

The internship normally seeks candidates in the field of economics, finance, human development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social science (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, private sector development, as well as other related fields. It is essential that candidates are fluent in English. Prior relevant work experience, computing skills, as well as knowledge of languages such as French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, and Chinese are advantageous.

To seek more information and to apply see The World Bank Group.

Nigeria: 2016 In Retrospect

Premium Times Opinion 

Nigeria: 2016 In Retrospect

Premium Times, December 7, 2016
For Nigeria, the year 2016 was heralded by uncertainties in the overall economy. Nigeria’s economic outlook appeared gloomy, with many pundits signaling signs of doom. Following the astronomical decline in global oil prices in 2015, which continued to fluctuate in the new year, 2016, the economy of Nigeria was negatively impacted, resulting in significant changes in some economic fundamentals. For example, economic growth rate plunged from 6.3 percent recorded in 2014 to 2.7 percent in 2015, and inflation rose from 7.8 percent recorded in 2014 to 9 percent in 2015.

As 2016 draws to an end, the hope of Nigeria being firmly on the road to recovery from economic recession this year has seriously dampened, as the economy continues to contract. The non-oil sector, which is the beacon of hope of the recovery, shrunk further in the third quarter. This does not even suggest a bright prospect for the incoming year. However, although the gale from the economic downturn is blowing heavily, as evident in the economic hardships that the majority of Nigerians are facing and the increased fraudulent activities inspired by the need for survival by any means by many Nigerians, yet there is light glowing at the end of the tunnel. There is hope even in the seemingly hopeless situation. This is a presumption of faith, which is based largely on the expectation that the Federal Government will, somehow, embark on serious policy reforms that will eventually yield positive results that will give the economy the big thrust that it direly needs. Also the expectation that state governments will, somehow, begin to pursue and implement structural reforms that will make states less dependent on federal allocations, for example through investing, increasingly, in infrastructure and closing leakages from revenues as a result of corrupt practices.

To read the full article via PREMIUM TIMES click here.


Monday, 5 December 2016

OECD Young Associate Programme

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In this year, 2016, OECD launched the Young Associate Programme (YAP). The aim is to provide recent college graduates, with outstanding results, with the opportunity to work in OECD for two years (24 months) in order to gain professional experience within an international network of policy makers.

YAP is for young individuals who plan to pursue an advanced academic degree in the near future and who wish to gain experience while working with those working on initiatives that aim to better policies for better lives.

Successful candidates will have one-in-a-million opportunity to work very closely with senior analysts at OECD who will guide their professional development as they engage in tackling some of the most challenging social and economic global issues.

For further information on application click here.

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