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Apply Now: €300,000 for Data-Driven Digital Social Innovations in Africa

By Wayan Vota on May 6, 2024

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Creating value and identifying innovative regulatory approaches in African economies through data can only be sustained if the process and its objectives are supported and carried by a country’s or region’s entire digital ecosystem.

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Using a multistakeholder approach with governmental institutions, social entrepreneurs, academia, NGOs and civil society organisations is pivotal in ensuring that digital transformation is beneficial to the society as a whole and sustained in time.

Yet private sector actors are spearheading these digital ecosystems in Africa, accelerated by a growing interest in Africa’s tech scene, regulatory support from local governments and corresponding international investments.

Data-Driven Digital Social Innovations in Africa

Data-driven Digital Social Innovations in Africa by Enabel, HAUS and ESTDEV is two Calls for Proposals – one targeting not-for-profit and public sector actors, the other targeting the private sector – to identify and scaling up data-driven digital innovations that aim to tackle societal challenges in a variety of sectors through data use and/or data sharing.

  • Call 1: Grants up to EUR 300.000 per data-driven digital social innovations implemented by public institutions, academia, Civil Society Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, or Social Enterprises.
  • Call 2: Tailored training and personalized mentoring of data-driven digital social innovations implemented by private sector actors through a partnership and investment brokering facility and capacity building.

Many of the societal challenges (e.g. climate change, digital health/epidemics, migration, natural resource management, agriculture, digital inclusion, etc.) do not stop at national borders.

The Calls prioritise digital social innovations in and across: Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

Apply Now! Deadline is May 21, 2024

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. 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 his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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2 Comments to “Apply Now: €300,000 for Data-Driven Digital Social Innovations in Africa”

  1. Geofrey Ngulube says:

    Data-Driven Digital Social Innovations in Africa I found this programme very interesting for the Zambian situation. Its implementation can be of great impact in Zambia. Unfortunately, the application for the same are closed. We look forward to more interesting impactful funding

  2. Rosebella Akoth says:

    Got this today though it’s after the deadline but hope something good ends up happening

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