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Apply Now: $15,000 for Online Conservation Conversation Platform Ideas

By Wayan Vota on April 19, 2021

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Historically, rural voices have been either missing or largely ignored in much of the debate and decision making around the management of natural resources, particularly wildlife, in Africa. However, the involvement of local people is critical to successful conservation outcomes.

Online communities can allow local people to join in discussions and open up conversations to wider constituencies and their viewpoints. Especially online communities where the conversations are civil, polite and respectful across the discussions.

$15,000 African Conservation Challenge

Digital identity startup Yoti has launched an African Conservation Challenge exploring the use of digital identities to help foster authentic, trusted, dignified online dialogue between communities and other stakeholders engaged in conservation across the Southern Africa region.

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Individuals and organisations based anywhere in Africa should submit preliminary ideas for an online platform that will engage government officials, conservation leaders, members of the public and, crucially, local communities living close to protected areas or whose land is wildlife habitat, to ensure trusted, respectful, verified and non-confrontational debate on critical issues that affect them, and the policies and programmes of the wider conservation sector.

The African Conservation Challenge will award a $15,000 prize for a short proposal outlining the proposed functionality and layout of the website. The final site design and functionality will be determined following discussions between the winning entry, and Resource Africa and Yoti.

Background reading for the site design includes Community, conservation, and collaboration: A framework for success, and Community Engagement in Biodiversity Conservation

Apply Now! Deadline is May 30th, 2021

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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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9 Comments to “Apply Now: $15,000 for Online Conservation Conversation Platform Ideas”

  1. Opeyemi Tajudeen says:

    Hello sir, it’s was great opportunity and thank for opportunity you gave for everybody applying for this grant and please consideration for approval and thanks

  2. Amoo Tomiwa says:

    Thanks for this great opportunity.

  3. It’s good for me to apply for this grant. Thanks

  4. Moses pepela sabwami says:


  5. Vanessa Anyango Ojuok says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to grant funding on research.

  6. Uto-obong Usoro says:

    Good one

  7. My sincere gratitude to this

  8. Bello UMAR says:

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