Tana Forum Annual University Essay Competition Eligibility, Benefits, Guidelines for for Africans 2019/2020.
The Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa is an annual meeting
that brings together African leaders and stakeholders to engage and
explore African-led security solutions. The Forum strives to provide a
platform for young Africans to engage with African heads of state and
governments, practitioners and experts in peace and security in Africa.
Youth inclusion is an essential, yet often lacking, component of
decision-making in Africa and the Forum offers several opportunities for
youth participation before, during and after the Forum including youth
debates, multi-stakeholder dialogues, civil society and media
involvement, and different competitions.
Now in its fifth year,
the Tana Forum annual essay competition is aimed at obtaining views from
the youth on various peace and security challenges faced across the
continent. The competition is open to African nationals enrolled in
higher education institutions based in Africa and in the diaspora. This
year’s theme will be “Political Dynamics in the Horn of Africa:
Nurturing the Emerging Peace Trends”.
must be African citizens enrolled at recognized universities in Africa
or in the diaspora pursuing either a BA, MA or PhD in a relevant field.
authors of the three winning essays will be invited by the Tana Forum
Secretariat to attend the Forum as fully sponsored participants and
address participants at the Forum.
- Prior to the event, the
authors receive mentorship from a pool of experts based at the Institute
for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS)
Method of Application
- Entries must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman with a one-inch margin on all sides.
- Essays must be between 5-10 pages in length excluding reference materials.
essay must be the original work of the applicant supported by a
comprehensive list of sources. Essays on topics other than “Political
Dynamics in the Horn of Africa: Nurturing the Emerging Peace Trends”
will not be accepted.
- Essays must be written in English or French.
reference list in APA style must be included with a minimum of three
primary sources, i.e. books, periodicals or newspapers. Other sources
may be accessed online, provided they are cited correctly. Any
submissions lacking three primary sources will be disqualified.
- Any essay using crowd-sourced and publicly editable sources such as Wikipedia will be disqualified.
must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. Essays
submitted in any other format will not be considered.
Email your essay with the subject line: [Full name] 2019 Essay
Competition. Attach a short bio that includes your name, university,
degree title (BA, MA or PhD.), country of origin and contact information
(email address, telephone number).
All submissions should be addressed
to Dr. Samuel Gidey at firstname.lastname@example.org and submitted before 28 February 2019