Africa Innovates for the SDGs 2018 Award for African Social Innovators ($USD 5,000 grant)

Africa Innovates for the SDGs is a new award for African social innovators with exceptional ideas and initiatives linked to any of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Co-Chair of the Group of Eminent Advocates for the SDGs and President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, launched the award for a new generation of early-stage social innovators in Africa who are solving pressing problems in the SDG focus areas. The award will put a spotlight on the winning SDG innovators and raise awareness around their work.

Open to innovators from any one of Africa’s countries, Africa Innovates for the SDGs will recognize and award exceptional early-stage African innovation that solves key challenges linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. The winners will be awarded the grand prize and have their work showcased at an international level, helping them to expand their work.

Africa Innovates for the SDGs is seeking innovative solutions that will make a substantial contribution towards improving livelihoods and accelerating development across various economic sectors, whether it is health care, education, climate change, or any of the SDG focus areas. Successful innovations may start off small, but they will have the potential to scale to impact tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands and even millions of beneficiaries!

Basic eligibility criteria:

  • Applicant must be a citizen of any African country or a resident in any African countries for a minimum of 3 consecutive years.
  • Applicant must be 18 years or older.

General criteria

The solutions submitted to Africa Innovates for the SDGs must:

  • Be unique, new and innovative.
  • Clearly contribute to one or more of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Have already been tested or have proven impact.
  • Have the potential to create a strong and meaningful impact on society especially for large numbers of people.

Ideas

  • Are unique, new and innovative.
  • Are clearly contributing to one or more of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Have already been tested or have proven impact.
  • Have the potential to create a strong and meaningful impact on society especially for large numbers of people.

Benefit:

  • Selected innovators will receive funding to develop and scale their innovations to become financially sustainable and reach as many beneficiaries as possible.
  • Successful applicants will receive regional exposure and a cash award.

How to Apply:

  • You can complete an application form online by clicking here.
  • On the application form, you will be asked to describe your innovation and answer a number of questions. If you have any problems viewing the form, please send an email to africa@reachforchange.org.

 

Click here to read more information on the Africa Innovates for the SDGs 2018 Award

Application Deadline: 11:59PM GMT on September 7, 2018

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