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Apply Now: $635,000 for African Academic Research on Digital Inclusion

By Wayan Vota on August 16, 2021

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Information and communication technology infrastructure has proven vital in helping countries and consumers adapt and respond to the pandemic. ICTs have enabled telework, e-commerce, remote learning, and telemedicine to support COVID-19 digital response.

$635,000 for African Academic Researchers

Connect2Recover Research Competition from the ITU seeks to identify promising research proposals that will accelerate digital inclusion during the global pandemic recovery and preparedness for the ‘new normal’ (and potential future pandemics).

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Fifteen (15) research grants worth $42,000 USD each will be awarded to winning research teams exploring digital inclusion opportunities.

This competition is open to Academia, including early career researchers, think tanks, and individual experts affiliated with academic institutions. Submissions must clearly elaborate and demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Studies that assess resiliency for digital infrastructure and formulate forward-looking, actionable digital inclusion policy measures leading to positive outcomes in education, healthcare, or job creation.
  • How to build back better with broadband along with digital inclusion during the COVID-19 recovery efforts resulting in meaningful connectivity.
  • Develop key recommendations on aspects of resilient digital infrastructure supporting education, health, or job creation in the targeted context.

Connect2Recover heralds the beginning of ITU’s transition from COVID-19 response activities to helping countries to prepare for and adjust to the new circumstances caused by the pandemic.

Apply Now! Deadline is August 31, 2021

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of IntraHealth International or other ICTWorks sponsors.
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5 Comments to “Apply Now: $635,000 for African Academic Research on Digital Inclusion”

  1. Sindi Youth Member says:

    We are a youth group from RSA, we are currently facing connectivity issues and would like to apply for assistance to advance technologically so that we can open up a community centre to empower other African children to keep up with the everchanging world of Technology. Due to covid restrictions, keeping up with the curriculum is our greatest challenge due to lack of equipment, no data, electricity and wi-fi let alone being able to google information which is a new normal, we in rural areas are battling to uphold.
    We kindly request assistance in this regard and your input would be greatly appreciated.

  2. This is a very important area of research given the digital inequalities escalated due to the pandemic now. As I understand a range of factors are spreading across the world widening the digital divide. I have recently worked on a blog post too. If some one is interested in
    https://epilogueindevelopment.com/winds-of-change-digital-divide-in-pandemic/

  3. Philip Nzuma says:

    We’re talata self helf group non-profit organization based in eastern kenya machakos, our mission is assisting vulnerable children, orphans, street children and children from poor families,we have 550 children in our organization and 18 teachers,we give first priority to aducation,we intend to support wider population of poor and bring transformation in aducation sector, also we want to provide our community with clean water,and youths want to develop their talents,we want to start small scale agricultural farming for good livelihood kindly assist these forgotten children and their families, your support will improve many lives in our community philip nzuma director.

  4. thanks to be here. we provide free digital training to the less privileged and orphans with hardship and no laptops … we shall be seeking funding or kind support for these kids and target group .. Hope to get help from your platform . I promise to to you our feedback. thanks

  5. Esther cherutich says:

    Great opportunity to develop digital communities and economies