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IMF Information Technology Department Recruitment Drive

The Information Technology Department (ITD) provides high quality, value for money Information Technology services and leadership in the application of technology towards supporting the mission of the IMF. It delivers world class IT solutions and services, lead day-to-day technology operations, and provides ongoing support to ensure the satisfaction of our business partners across the Fund. Apply by Nov 17, 2020. file:///Users/lauretta/Downloads/IMF%20Information%20Technology%20Recruitment%20Drive.pdf

DAAD in-Country/ In-Region scholarship programmes Eastern Africa. 

The target group for scholarships are graduates and postgraduates from sub-Saharan Africa with a first academic degree (Master’s courses) or a Master’s degree (PhD courses). The duration of the Master programme is generally 2 years and for PhD programme is generally 3 years (regular period of studies). Please check with the selected host institutions the exact start dates of the programme. The scholarship includes University tuition fees, monthly stipend, travel allowance (in-region only) and the possibility of a study visit of up to 6 months to Germany within the period of the scholarship. Deadline 15 Dec. 2020.

Digital Entrepreneurship Competition

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Centre (USAfBC) and the American Business Council Nigeria (ABC Nigeria), are hosting a Digital Entrepreneurship Competition. The Competition will award innovators for developing solutions through digital products and services while creating a positive impact on the Nigerian citizens during the onset of COVID. A Digital Innovation Award of $25,000 to be allocated in cash and in-kind will be distributed among the top 3 winners. The Award is sponsored by Zenith Bank and other companies supporting the event. To apply or gain more information:

MSc/PhD in Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, and big data at Muhammad bin Zayed university, UAE.

Tuition is free with stipends. They are looking for students from different parts of the world.

Contact: – The Admission Office, Student Affairs Department [email protected],

Ecommerce Capacity Development Programme for Women Entrepreneurs in South Africa

Supported by the Canadian Government and Maya Foundation, training for women in ecommerce skills. Apply:


Nigeria Digital Economy Conference on Thursday, November 12

The Nigeria Digital Economy Conference on Thursday, November 12 from 9:00-11:30 AM EST aims to build on the success of past events in South Africa and Kenya, this virtual conference will bring together the public and private sectors, influencers in academia and the media, and entrepreneurs to foster dialogue on current and emerging policy challenges and opportunities to accelerate the growth of digital economies across Africa.

The conference will focus on 3 core themes: Enabling skills an workforce development; Enabling trade to drive investment in infrastructure and cross-border data flows; Enabling effective cybersecurity policy to strengthen Nigeria’s digital ecosystem. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Details from Margaret Olele ([email protected]) or Joseph Ishie ([email protected])

UNESCO Nairobi Office

Is looking for youth organizations working on UNESCO areas of competence to mark UN @75. Each selected project can receive funds of up to $ 10,000.

How to Provide Insanely Good Customer Service as an Online Business

Did you know that as many as 52% of consumers make an additional purchase from a company after receiving a positive customer service experience? So if you aren’t putting your customer service to work, you’re missing a trick. This post gives you practical ideas so you can: Take your customer service up a notch; Use the right tools that make customer service easier; Plus find out new ways customers might be reaching out to your brand.

The Ecommerce Foundation’s Benelux Report

The Benelux 2020 Ecommerce Region Report provides an in-depth analysis of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, the report also considers how the Benelux ecommerce sector affects retail in the rest of Europe.The Benelux region’s ecommerce sector is especially intriguing for a number of reasons. In itself, the region represents a sophisticated Northern European market. In great part because it is central to logistics across the whole continent. It is also a region where, even within individual countries, retailers have to tackle nuances around customer behaviour because, for example, consumers speak different languages.


EFSA Supports Scamadvisor

Scamadvisor has launched The Global State of Scams 2020 Report which looks at fraud statistics for 31 countries worldwide and aims to support the fight against online fraud more effectively.

WTO issues 2020 edition Global Trade Statistics


Your new word for the day – “Phygital

The Phygital Economy is a combination of the physical world married to the digital ecosystem.

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