Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa

Apply for the 2024 Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa (up to EUR250,000)


In the heart of Africa, where innovation intertwines with the quest for food security, the Kofi Annan Award for Innovation stands tall. This prestigious recognition, born from the Kofi Annan Foundation’s unwavering commitment to a fairer and more equitable world, seeks to empower African social entrepreneurs who are reshaping the continent’s food systems through technology-driven solutions.


Are you a social entrepreneur with a vision to transform Africa’s food security landscape? If your heart beats with the rhythm of innovation and your venture aligns with the award’s focus areas, this opportunity awaits your bold ambition.

Focus Areas for the Award

The award centers on three critical pillars, each addressing a pressing need within Africa’s food systems:

  1. Inclusion of Marginalized Groups: Empowering women, smallholder farmers, and other marginalized communities to actively participate in food systems and strengthen their livelihoods.
  2. Enhanced Nutrition for Women: Ensuring women and children have access to nutritious food, fostering better health outcomes and overall development.
  3. Reduced Post-Harvest Losses: Minimizing food losses that occur after harvest, thereby enhancing food security and availability.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this prestigious recognition, your venture must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a for-profit legal entity, incorporated for at least two years.
  • Have a solution firmly anchored in at least one African country.
  • Demonstrate existing presence and partnerships within the country of implementation.
  • Possess a sustainable business model and measurable social impact.


The Kofi Annan Award for Innovation paves the way for growth and impact:

  • Financial Grants: Winners receive substantial grants (EUR 250,000) to fuel their initiatives.
  • Mentorship: Benefit from the guidance and expertise of renowned mentors.
  • Visibility: Gain international recognition and exposure.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with a vibrant community of innovators and changemakers.

How to Apply

Ready to embark on this journey of recognition and impact? The application process awaits your vision: https://www.bundeskanzleramt.gv.at/en/kofiannanaward.html

  1. Visit the official website of the Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa. Click here to the application portal
  2. Complete the online application form, providing details about your venture, its impact, and alignment with the award’s focus areas.
  3. Submit your application by the deadline.

Application Deadline

Mark your calendars, changemakers! The application deadline for the 2024 Kofi Annan Award for Innovation in Africa is February 8th, 2024.

Seize this opportunity to not only gain recognition but also contribute to a more food-secure and equitable Africa. Let your innovation be the driving force behind a continent where hunger is a relic of the past, and prosperity abounds. Apply today and become a part of the movement for a brighter future.

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