25 February 2014
Dear All,

We have been notified by one our networks that, there is a new funding opportunity with a fast approaching deadline – the Carnegie Corporation  is supporting African diasporans to travel back to Africa for short periods for capacity building at African Universities. The information is below, but in a nutshell, it provides funding for African-born scholars (from all disciplines) based in North America to visit Africa for a period of 2 weeks to one semester to engage in joint curriculum development, research collaboration and/or graduate student training and mentoring in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. This is the first round of competitions and the applications are due March 17, 2014!  

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY TO YOUR AFRICAN-RELATED NETWORKS AND HELP GET THE WORD OUT! It’s the hope of the organizers that there will be a very healthy representation of scientists among the first cohort - the first round of any competition can help shape it, and demonstrate the demand!

Related Documents:

In a related effort, please also note that the Department of State works with AAAS and the National Academies in a partnership called NODES – Networks of Diasporas in Engineering and Science.  The website for this partnership (http://www.aaas.org/program/science-and-engineering-diasporas) has many resources and groups – alas in its new website design, AAAS now requires that you dig around – but there are treasures under the Events/Resources/Groups/About tabs. The Deputy Secretary of State recently authored an article of the Potential of Science Diasporas (http://www.aaas.org/news/potential-science-diasporas).

Let me know if you will have any question,

With Kind Regards,

Dr. Ndaga Mwakabuta,
DICOTA President.
21 February 2014

Kwa Viongozi wote wa Jumuiya ya Watanzania - Marekani,


Natumaini wote hamjambo na  mnaendelea vema na shughuli zenu za kila siku, sisi huku Washington, DC pia hatujambo, tunamshukuru Mungu.

Naomba kuwafahamisha wote kwamba Mhe. Balozi Liberata Mulamula ametoa siku maalum JUMANNE ya kwanza ya kila mwezi ya wale watakaopenda kuonana naye/kuzungumza kwa njia ya simu, iwe kwa salaam/kujitambulisha au kwa mazungumzo ya kuendeleza Taifa letu, utaratibu huu utaanza rasmi mwezi wa Februari, 2014.

Unaweza kupiga simu 202-884-1081 au 202-939-6125 Ext. 181/184 ili kuweza kuweka miadi hiyo kwa siku hiyo. Pia unaweza kuja Ubalozini kwa nafasi yako na kama Mhe. Balozi atakuwepo na akiwa na nafasi muafaka basi ataweza kukuona.  Tunaomba pia muwafahamishe na wengine kuhusu jambo hili.

Taarifa maalum itawekwa kwenye website yetu ya Ubalozi, pamoja na blogs zote ambazo zinasomwa kwa wingi na Watanzania wote waishio hapa Marekani.

Ahsanteni na kazi njema!

Wenu katika ujenzi wa Taifa,
Ofisi ya Balozi

21 February 2014

You are invited to TaWichita year end meeting on December 14th at 5pm which will be held at a club house of 6602 East Harry (Brentwood appartment). Agenda will be posted soon, snacks and soft drinks will be provided. You are all welcome and please let other people know.


As per our TaWichita Constitution and Bylaws, the Executive Committee is reminding TaWichita members that we do not have active leadership i.e. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer. The leadership we had, completed their term on November, 2011.
As per our constitution, a President and Running Mate will contest on one ticket and when elected together they will appoint their cabinet (i.e. Secretary and Treasurer) and shall serve a period of 24 months. They are allowed a total of two executive terms.
The Executive Committee will be accepting nominations from Sunday September 22nd, 2013 till Sunday October 20th, 2013. Qualified Candidates as per Article Two Section One, Two and Five of the constitution will be announced by October 31st, 2013, and the Elections is planned to be held by November, 2013(date to be announced).
For interesting parties, kindly review our constitution copy online at www.tawichita.org then fill in the President Application form on our TaWichita website, or simply follow this link http://www.tawichita.net/application-form
Please review NEW benefits for leaders which was added and approved by general meeting on February 2013, at http://www.tawichita.org/ under latest news “General meeting Feb 2013"
Good Luck!

21 February 2014

Lunda Asmani has traveled a long way to get to his job as assistant city manager and chief financial officer for the city of Newton.

Asmani, who earned a master’s in public administration from Wichita State University in 2002, is originally from Tanzania, East Africa. He grew up in a diplomatic family and was able to travel all over the world as a child.

Despite those advantages, Asmani credits his on-the-job training as a WSU student with his ability to land a successful job.

While at WSU’s Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs, Asmani connected with the university’s Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning program. That connection helped him score two valuable internships: first for the city of Maize and then for the Sedgwick County manager’s office.

He was employed full-time as soon as he graduated.

“I truly believe that my WSU co-op experience bolstered my resume and gave me a leg up on the competition,” Asmani said.

Workplace study

Asmani took the long route to Kansas. From Tanzania, he came to New York City for first grade. Then he moved to Brussels, Belgium, for most of middle school and high school. He went back to Tanzania, where he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Dar Es Salaam.

Hoping for a career in environmental studies, Asmani moved to Wichita in the summer of 1998 and began his Master of Public Administration at WSU in spring 1999.

When he first arrived at Wichita State, Asmani contacted Daisy Kabagarama in the School of Community Affairs. She referred him to Sam Yeager at the Hugo Wall School, and, after a brief discussion, Asmani decided public administration was his future.

“As I went through the Master of Public Administration program, my passion for local government grew,” he said. “Although I had lived in the United States for a number of years, I continued to be intrigued about the democratic process and the role of local governments in everyday lives. I realized that to gain a better understanding of the profession and process I needed some sort of workplace study.”

That desire led to his internships for the city of Maize, where Asmani worked on the city’s comprehensive plan for 30 hours a week for six months.

“This was my first real exposure to local government, and the best part is I was also getting paid,” Asmani said.

In the summer of 2001, he began a management internship in the Sedgwick County manager’s office. Asmani said the county internship is one of the most respected public management internships in the region, and it set him up for his first real job after he graduated, working there for nine years in finance and enterprise planning.

In 2010, Asmani took his current job in Newton, where his responsibilities include investments, budgeting, risk management, accounting and oversight of the human resource functions.

Along with his work in Newton, Asmani has served on several area boards, is involved with the Kansas City/County Managers Association and serves as vice president of the Kansas Government Finance Officers Association.

He has been recognized with the De Vore Foundation’s 2010 Excellence in Public Service Award and was named a 2011 Wichita Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree.


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